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Hotel ZaZa
Car-Free Getaway to the Houston Museum District

If you think Texas is nothing but Sunbelt sprawl, a visit to the Houston Museum District may change your mind. This urban zone is home to a whopping 20 museums and cultural gems, all within a cozy 1.5-mile radius. Its compact nature makes the cosmopolitan Museum District easy to discover on foot. A hip hotel, delectable dining options and a bike share program sweeten the car-free deal, challenging the notion

Edgewater Beach Hotel
Gourmet Getaways: Three Places to Eat in Naples, Florida

Does all this frigid weather have you dreaming of warmer shores? Say goodbye to the Polar Vortex and hello to Florida palm trees. Naples goes by the moniker Paradise Coast but it could easily be called the Culinary Coast. A bevy of youthful chefs are being drawn to the abundance of fresh seafood and fertile farmland within a few miles of the city limits. Naples proves irresistible to hungry visitors

Red Rocks
Top Things to Do in Denver

The pioneer spirit of the West is alive and well in Denver. Tattooed hipsters flock to Colorado’s capital for the very reason their cowboy-hatted great-grandparents once did: there’s a sense that change is possible. Innovation is everywhere, from its groundbreaking bike share program to its rapidly expanding public transportation network to the recent legalization of marijuana. Despite Denver’s multitude of urban delights, no visit to the Mile High City is

St. Augustine
The Best Things to Do in St. Augustine, Fl

St. Augustine is our nation’s oldest city. Founded by the Spanish in 1565, a 21st century visit will immerse you in the melting pot of cultures that have enriched this quaint locale for nearly 450 years. But don’t get the idea that this venerable town is frayed around the edges. Nightlife, unbeatable restaurants, cultural attractions and an array of ways to exploit the glorious waterways keep the pace brisk and

The Field Museum
Top 10 Things to Do in Chicago with Kids

Chicago is loaded with urban moxie, but it isn’t brash or in-your-face. Think big city with a dash of Midwest humble.  This metropolis has plenty of fast-paced mojo, but its touch of modesty makes it a fabulous city to explore with kids. World-class interactive museums, an inner city amusement pier and scores of skyscrapers are all part of the kid-approved cityscape. Add gutsy public art, accessible mass transportation and kid-perfect

Biking Cleveland
Fun Things to Do in Cleveland, Ohio: The Brooklyn of the Midwest

Cleveland, Ohio: Home to baseball’s Indians and football’s Browns, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and more recently, home to urban farms, a burgeoning bike culture, microbreweries and restaurant menus full of locally-sourced foods. Cleveland, the city that solidified its place in movie history as the filming location of holiday cult classic, A Christmas Story, is an idyllic destination for eco-minded, car-free travelers. And with more than $2 million

biking in calgary
Calgary Activities: Going Local and Car-Free in Western Canada

So you think Wrangler jeans and 10-gallon hats can never look trendy? In Calgary, the locals make cowboy threads look effortlessly chic, as if they stepped off the page of a Ralph Lauren ad. The city’s traditional, western-infused spirit goes surprisingly well with the contemporary vibe that exists here, where the median age of its one million-plus residents is under 35. If you’re interested in the arts, indigenous history, local ingredient-based dining,