There’s more to Houston than meets the eye. Yes, Space Center Houston is spectacular, especially for adults who’ve always dreamed of interstellar travel. And yes, it’s home to the Houston Astros and Rockets, but outside of space and sports, there’s a funky little town hidden in one of the country’s metropolitan cities—the fourth-largest, to be exact.
In the depths of the Grand Canyon lies a place a beauty that most don’t know about: Havasupai. The Havasupai people who reside there are known as the “people of the blue-green water,” and have been maintaining this secret mythical place for many years, but have permitted visitors to come and experience the magic of the falls and river.
Pasadena may be best known for its Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl, but the city has a lot more to offer. Now with the new Los Angeles Metro Gold Line, it’s easy to jump on board and visit Pasadena for the day or for a weekend. Old Town Pasadena is a charming and elegant city filled with curious shops and places to eat, all within a short distance of L.A.
With 200 miles of pristine pacific coastline and dozens of tiny seaside towns and pueblos, the coastal community of Riviera Nayarit near Puerto Vallarta is just calling out to be explored. There are lush mountain peaks, nature reserves, golden sand beaches, and even an exclusive luxury resort community with some of the top hotel brands in the world.
In the past few years, Phoenix has transformed from a snowbird mecca to a cosmopolitan city with a revitalized downtown. With this transformation has come a happening new food scene that mixes classic Phoenix fare with hip foodie finds. From the best happy hour deal to the most deluxe burger in town, our list of Phoenix’s favorites will have you eating like a local.
Marrakech is best known for its historic medina and souks filled with spices, colorful textiles, and leather goods. The tourist-packed streets can sometimes be more of a source of stress than pleasure, but luckily, the city is also filled with luxurious spas to offer visitors a respite from the hustle and bustle.
With its gorgeous beaches and opulent resorts, it’s easy to understand why everyone loves Maui so much, but many visitors to the island overlook some of the smaller towns in favor of better-known tourist destinations. Next time you’re on Maui, stop by some of these towns and really get to know another side of the island paradise.
Depart for Waynesville, a 40-minute drive, and when you arrive in Waynesville check into The Swag, perched 5,000 feet above the cares of the world. This bed-and-breakfast offers breathtaking views from the mountaintops complemented by luxurious accommodations, award-winning service and cuisine, and a private entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Those that haven’t been in recent years might have a misconception of the Queen City, but just like many other second- and third-tier cities around the country, they are quickly catching up. Neighborhoods are diversifying, bringing more and more locals to the actual city center, which is in turn bringing more restaurants, shops, and culture to areas that might have been lacking, but were just waiting for a little TLC.
Yes, it is a college town, and yes, sports do dominate here—really, they dominate the entire state—but Durham is adapting to popular culture by welcoming funky hotels, hip lounges serving craft cocktails, and small boutiques that are quickly filling up the once-abandoned streets. But just because the city might be upping its coolness factor, it’s still holding on tight to its Southern charm, hospitality, and history.
Northwest Arkansas has always been a business traveler’s destination—some of the largest companies in the U.S. are headquartered there—but in recent years, residents of the area have slowly been transforming the region. Craft cocktails, a burgeoning culinary scene, and a surprisingly vibrant cultural lifestyle taken over both Bentonville and Fayetteville, two of the major cities in this part of the state. Beyond the newfound hipness, what makes Northwest Arkansas fun is the variety of quirky attractions.
As the host of the world’s largest single-day sporting event, the Indianapolis 500, it’s hard to link the city of Indianapolis with anything other than racing. But the city is thriving, and it offers travelers an abundance of options to fill up a visit: Museums and art galleries line the streets, the restaurant scene is booming, and there's a collection of monuments and memorials that are comparable to those found in Washington, D.C.
Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead (October 31–November 2), is a time when Mexican people honor their deceased loved ones in hopes that their spirits will return to their families during this two-day celebration each year. Traditionally, people build private altars and visit graves with gifts such as sugar skulls and marigolds. With colorful, Carnival-like traditions, delicious foods, and art-filled experiences, it’s no wonder why the Mexican holiday has fascinated people from all over the world.
For many travelers, California’s Orange County is regarded as a place for amusement parks, or as the backdrop for television series and reality shows. But there’s so much more to the area, especially in the southern part. South Orange County is not only home to the wealthy, but also offers world-class shopping, dining, and extraordinary attractions.