Travel like a local for a truly authentic vacation experience
Americans are on the move: logging two billion business and leisure trips of 50 miles or more from home for at least one night last year alone, according to the U.S. Travel Association. Today, more people are looking for authentic travel activities - ones that are outside the traditional museum or monument visit. To get more out of your next vacation, consider expert advice on how to break out of the tourist rut and have a truly authentic local experience.
50 state parks that will make you forget all about the shutdown
The government shutdown is having far-reaching consequences, but travelers are really feeling the pinch as their plans get ... well, shut down ... due to national park and monument closures. But America's principal attractions aren't all shuttered. From sea to shining sea, state parks have an astounding array of natural wonders and historic hotspots well worth a look. So don't cancel your travel plans. Instead, head out to these 50 amazing state parks, chosen by travel inspiration site DreamPlanGo, that will leave you saying, "Shutdown? What shutdown?"
The Internet has revolutionized the way we plan vacations, and nowhere is that impact more apparent than in the explosion of online, first-person traveler reviews of hotels, restaurants, guided tours, cruises and attractions. With some common sense and these tips, you can use online reviews as an effective tool to plan your next vacation.
Must-see sights for New England fall foliage watchers
While humans have explained in detail the science behind the biological process that causes leaves to change from green to yellow, red, orange or purple, the wonder of fall colors endures. Nowhere in the country is fall's beauty more gloriously displayed than in New England. A fall excursion through New England offers the opportunity to savor breath-taking scenery, but also the chance to experience some our nation's oldest historical and cultural sites.
Travel the world with friends in a small group setting
Whether you're traveling with a spouse or significant other, alone, or among a group of friends, small group travel with 20 to 24 like-minded travelers takes a trip to a new level of delight. The world is full of myriad locations perfect for small group travel.