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January 15, 2013

2013 President Barack Obama Inauguration: Events in Washington, D.C.

By Lacy Morris

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Capitol building, Washington D.C.(iStockphoto,Thinkstock)
Capitol Building, Washington D.C.(iStockphoto)

As America gears up to inaugurate President Obama into a second term as President of the United States, Washington, D.C., gears up to accommodate the thousands who will flock to our nation's capital to welcome the president and his family to another four years in the White House. Plans have been made to ensure that this year's inauguration, dubbed "Faith in America's Future," is a safe one. Here are some helpful hints and a preview of some of the activities scheduled around the city to help you execute your inaugural weekend without a hitch.'s Washington, D.C. Travel Guide

Saturday, January 19
National Day of Service
To commemorate those who have served, a public event will be held on the National Mall from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Many special guests will be speaking, including Honorary Chair Chelsea Clinton, Iraq war veteran and Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, PIC Co-Chair Eva Longoria, and the Washington Children's Choir. The weatherman is calling for no rain and sunny skies, but with temps in the lower 50s, a coat will still be needed for this outdoor event.

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New York City's Broadway Week: 2 for 1 Tickets

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Have you been wanting to don tails and catch the latest on the theatre curcuit? Here's your chance to hit up Broadway without diminishing your savings for fancy duds. Starting January 22, and running through February 2, New York City is holding Broadway Week, or to those who like to talk money, 2 for 1 week. Buy two tickets for the price of one—perfect for a NYC date night. Click here for participating shows and booking information, and hurry, they're going fast!'s New York City Travel Guide

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Big Easy Style for Super Bowl XLVII

New Orleans Superdome, New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana (New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau)

Seven years ago, Hurricane Katrina devastated the Big Easy, but the citizens and the spirit of New Orleans were resilient and built back, some say stronger and better. Being named the destination for Super Bowl XLVII was a cherry on top of a headline year. Transplants to the area will tell you that New Orleanians are football fanatics; everyone hangs their Saints flags and wears their football jerseys, and, on game day, New Orleans gets almost eerily quiet as everyone is huddled around the TV to watch their beloved team. But even though the New Orleans Saints will not make an appearance at this year's big dance, the townspeople of New Orleans will be sure to show all who visit a good time.

Whether you're going to the game or just happen to find yourself in New Orleans the weekend of February 3, you're almost guaranteed a great time. Even the Bleacher Report named this city as the "Best NFL City to Party In." So here are a few tips on getting around and what to see/do over Super Bowl Weekend.'s New Orleans Travel Guide

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January 09, 2013's December Photo Contest Winner

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Dec Contest WinnerIn December, readers submitted their most inspirational travel photos of Winter Holiday Destinations. Seven finalists were selected and our followers rated the finalists' photos through the end of the month of December. With a final average rating of 3.8, the winning photo was of the world's first national park, Yellowstone National Park. reader Andrew Orr from Illinois submitted the photo. Andrew is the recipient of two round-trip flight vouchers courtesy of

In Andrew's own words, "Yellowstone National Park is a breathtaking place to visit in the cold of winter. The hot springs of Mammoth erupts with clouds of steam making the trees that struggle to survive the harsh temperatures a beautiful and inspirational sight."

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January 08, 2013

Hotel Spotlight: Hotel Teatro

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Deluxe room, Hotel Teatro

Located exactly where you want to be in Denver, Colorado, Hotel Teatro occupies the cornerstone of the city's theater district. This downtown enclave sits in a restored century-old building originally built in the early 1900s as the Denver Tramway Building, and is now restored with careful efforts taken to preserve original touches like marble flooring and wainscoting. Its central location allows for an easy walk to the best of Denver's cultural offerings—the Denver Performing Arts Center and Colorado Convention Center provide a meeting place for musicals, ballets, and symphony performances; Coors Field and the Pepsi Center house some of the city's best athletic events; and the 16th Street Mall boasts local boutiques and street performers showcasing their best acts. The only problem with Hotel Teatro is getting yourself out of the hotel itself.

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December 28, 2012

Five Must-Try Activities in the Sea of Galilee

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Sea of Galilee, Israel (Zoonar)

Constantly mentioned in the world's bestseller, the Bible, the Sea of Galilee is more than just a beauty of nature but also an oasis overflowing with history and culture. Fed by the Jordan River, it is the largest fresh water lake in Israel and is visited by more than one million local and foreign tourists annually.

If you're planning a trip to see the lake and its surrounding towns, here are five things you must see and do upon your visit to the historic Sea of Galilee.

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December 26, 2012

Five Tips for Keeping the Family Sane on a Winter Ski Vacation

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I've been skiing with kids for more than a decade, and while it's sometimes difficult, the rewards have been well worth it. Our family now enjoys a life-long sport that we are all capable of experiencing together. Skiing with kids can be daunting and expensive, but if you plan it right, it can be the savior of your kids' winter blues. Here are five ways to save money, time, and hassle.

Have the right gear.
Quality outerwear and equipment is expensive, but families can reduce the cost by attending ski swaps and participating in "grow with kids" gear programs at local ski shops. Renting gear on the mountain is less hassle if families reserve skis or boards ahead of time and have them delivered directly to their lodge room or condo. (If your ski resort doesn't offer this service, check to see if a local ski shop does.) Warm gloves, jackets, and socks make the difference between a fun day skiing and a miserable one. Consider it an investment. After paying for lift tickets and lodging, do you really want to hear whining all day? Of course not.

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December 17, 2012

Balance out a Vacation with a Calorie-Burning Race

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Author Jennifer Maltba Seabolt runs the Hood to Coast race in August 2012

Race series that feature courses in some truly amazing destinations have been popping up all over America (and even the world). One of the fastest growing and most recognizable is the Rock n' Roll Marathon Series. In 2013 the series will have 28 "tour stops" in North America and five stops in Europe. With destinations ranging from Washington, D.C., and Pasadena, California, to Edinburgh, Scotland, and Oslo, Norway, it's easy to mix your need to calorie-burn with your next vacation.

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December 13, 2012

Travel Deal Alert: New York City Hotel Week

By Kate Chandler

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The Maritime Hotel is participating in New York City's 2013 Hotel Week.

Cash-strapped gourmands around the country have New York City to thank for introducing the “restaurant week” concept back in 1992. What started as a lunch-only promotion during the Democratic National Convention, has spawned a huge 50-city (and counting) phenomenon of prix fixe lunches and dinners at some of the country’s best restaurants.

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December 10, 2012

Shan Lin, November's Exotic Destinations Photo Contest Winner

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For 13 days in November, travelers submitted their most inspirational photos of exotic destinations from around the world. Seven finalists were selected, and readers rated all seven photos, ultimately selecting the winner at the end of the month. With a final average rating of 3.9, the winning photo was of China's Wulingyuan National Geopark. The photo was submitted by reader Shan Lin from Minnesota. Shan won a $100 VISA gift card and an official T-shirt. Wulingyuan is located in the Hunan Province of China near Zhangjiajie City and Changsha. This scenic area, which contains a few national parks, is most known for its towering pillars and breathtaking formations.


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