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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)

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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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 17, 2012

Balance out a Vacation with a Calorie-Burning Race

Hood To Coast Race
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 06, 2012

Plan a Warm-Weather Holiday Getaway to Arizona

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Phoenix, Arizona at dusk (iStockphoto)

December is here, and like many people I'm already dreaming of warm weather. Luckily for me, my family lives in Phoenix, Arizona, so I get to escape the cold for a week and visit a warm weather destination during my holiday vacation. With average winter temperatures in the 60s, the Phoenix metro area has so much to offer. I'm already planning my week of activities, so I thought I would share some of my favorite things to do while in Arizona.'s Phoenix Travel Guide

Shop 'til You Drop
If you enjoy shopping, Phoenix and Scottsdale are some of the best vacation spots in Arizona. Be prepared to drop some coin because Scottsdale and Phoenix are home to a number of great indoor and outdoor shopping promenades. In Phoenix, your best bet is Biltmore Fashion Park, a luxury outdoor retail and dining plaza located in the upscale Biltmore area of Phoenix. In Scottsdale you have a number of options. Kierland Commons is an upscale sidewalk shopping center located on the border of North Scottsdale that offers fabulous restaurants and a bustling bar scene. If you head south to downtown Scottsdale you'll find one of the Southwest's premier shopping destinations, Scottsdale Fashion Square, which houses many luxury retailers. If high-end designers aren't your thing, there is a little something for everyone along the 5th Avenue shopping district. You'll find a mix of trendy boutiques, art galleries, jewelry stores, and Native American gifts. With all the options, you might need to bring an extra suitcase to bring home all of your loot from your Arizona vacation.

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October 18, 2012

The Guide to a Non-Skier's Ski Season

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The first question people usually ask me when I tell them I live in Denver, Colorado, is, "Do you ski or snowboard?" This is generally followed by a bewildered look when I tell them that I don't do either. But just because I'm one of the few Denverites who doesn't have plastic crates of bindings, boards, and out-grown snow pants in my garage, doesn't mean that I don't enjoy visiting ski towns and taking advantage of all they have to offer. With ski season quickly approaching, here are my favorite ways to pass the time when visiting some of Colorado's most popular mountain-resort towns, for those of you who prefer to skip the lift lines.

Channel Your Inner Child
Tubing is a fantastic way to hit the slopes, okay, hills, without asserting any athletic ability. On a recent trip to Breckenridge, I decided to try out the Frisco Adventure Park tubing hill. I had a blast screaming down the 1,200-foot tubing lanes. A magic carpet takes you back to the top of the hill so you can repeat the fun. Tubing is offered at most Colorado ski resorts and is generally open to all ages.

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September 21, 2012

Vieques By Day and Night: A Guide to Puerto Rico's 'Little Girl Island'

By Lacy Morris

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Red Beach on Vieques Island, Puerto Rico (iStockphoto/Thinkstock)

The island of Vieques belongs to the territory of Puerto Rico, and sits as a buoyant landmass just eight miles off the coast of the PR mainland. In fact, the name Vieques is a translation of a translation (Spanish spelling of a Native American word) that is thought to mean "small island." And it's nickname "Isla Nina," meaning "Little Girl Island" in Spanish, refers to its relationship to Puerto Rico. But if you've spent any time there, you know that the island's rightful owners are the wild horses that fill in for the lack of traffic lights on the 21-mile-wide by four-mile-long island. These Paso Fino horses were brought over by the Spanish, and though many of them are owned by locals, they're free to roam about the tree-shaded streets that cover less than half of the island--the rest is virtually untouched by modern construction.

Vieques, once used as a Navy testing site, started to boom for other reasons in 2003, when all military operations ceased and left the island to the locals. It's then that the full potential of the white-sand beaches and near-constant sunny days was realized. Now the island resembles more a barefoot beach resort than a nuclear waste ground, being triumphantly led by the addition of the W Hotel on the island's east side.

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September 19, 2012

Hot Spots and Highlights of Portland, Oregon

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Portland, Oregon skyline (iStockphoto/Thinkstock)

Portland, Oregon, might be nicknamed the City of Roses, but after vacationing there I think it could also be called the City of Beer, the City of Coffee, or an all-encompassing City of Food. Having lunch on my first day in PDX with a local Portlander, she told me that I better enjoy eating and drinking because that is what Portland does well. Thankfully, those two activities are high on my list of 'Things I Like To Do While On Vacation,' so I knew I was going to be just fine. Though I certainly did enjoy the local fare, I also found there was a ton to see in this easy-going town, and a good excuse to work off your dinner.

The city is very walkable, but if you want to conserve energy, it has a MAX light rail system that runs anywhere you'd like to go, and usually for free. And even though you might see people walking around in their pajamas, the city itself is very clean. Upon my arrival, one of the first things I saw was a city worker Windexing the trash cans and recycle bins... sparkling trash cans... yes, Portland has them.

So with map of downtown in hand, hit some of these hot spots and highlights of Portland, and, of course, stop and smell the roses.

Visit Powell's Bookstore
1005 W Burnside Street
Powell's is the largest independently owned bookstore in the world; it takes up an entire city block (68,000 square feet to be exact). The store has been around for more than 40 years, and, on average, 6,000 people walk through its doors each day to get a cup of coffee and browse the selection of nearly one million books that line the shelves.

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September 06, 2012

Some of the Coolest Modes of Transportation Around the World

By Lacy Morris

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Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Bangkok, Thailand (Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock)

Planes, trains, and automobiles are universal, but in some reaches of the world, moving parts are put to new uses. Sometimes visitors find them strange, or downright unsafe, but for whatever reason, be it history or recent culture, these interesting vehicles define a country, a city, or a countryside. These unique transporters bring new meaning to the notion that it's not the destination, but the journey, that really counts. Here is just a glimpse of some of the coolest modes of transportation you could find yourself flagging down, jumping on, or jumping off when traveling the world.

Thai-Style Canoe
The gondola rides in Venice's famed canals are epic. Though a boat trip in Bangkok is roughly the same concept, the experience doesn't relate. The city's floating markets are a chaotic mix of haggling and boating, traffic jams of a different sort. Lined along the side of the canal, sellers hawk from canoes filled to the brim with fresh fruit and vegetables. There are many located around Thailand, though the biggest and most popular are within a day-trip's reach of the country's capital city.'s Bangkok Travel Guide 

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