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How to holiday like Obama, Clinton and Trump
How to holiday like Obama, Clinton and Trump

When President Barack Obama – or “vacationer-in-chief”, as he’s been called by Republican critics – heads for the exit door this winter, he’ll have taken around 200 days off since assuming office eight years ago. But he’s far from the worst White House holiday offender. That dubious honour goes to Former President George W. Bush,…

The colours of Mexico captured in 14 pictures
The colours of Mexico captured in 14 pictures

Travel photographer Tim Draper has shot images for more than 20 Rough Guides guidebooks, visiting far-flung corners around the world. Here he shares some of his favourite shots of Mexico. I began my journey in Tijuana, firstly heading slowly down to the tip of Baja, then across the Gulf of California by ferry, up into the hills on the…

Marvellous Mexico: 8 insider tips from our authors
Marvellous Mexico: 8 insider tips from our authors

Surviving 42ºC (107ºF) desert heat, tramping hurricane-battered Pacific beaches and scaling lofty volcanoes, our hard-travelling authors have visited every corner of this vast, magnificent country – from the ancient caves of Baja California to the dense rainforest of the Lacandón Jungle. To celebrate the publication of the new Rough Guide to Mexico, we’re sharing a few…

Cozumel: an insider’s guide to Mexico’s Caribbean jewel
Cozumel: an insider’s guide to Mexico’s Caribbean jewel

Most people visit Mexico’s Isla Cozumel for one of two reasons: to scuba dive, or to kill time with food and drink before their cruise ship takes off again. Every day, up to ten cruise ships – each with several thousand passengers – will dock on the island and unleash a barrage of crowds to…

American beauty: the southwest USA in pictures
American beauty: the southwest USA in pictures

After two months road tripping through the southwest USA, Rough Guides photographer Tim Draper captured the region’s stunning natural beauty through his lens. Here are a selection of his best photographs.  We began our two-month tour of America’s Southwest with a few days in Las Vegas. As we drove our hire car out of the…

The best beaches on the east coast of the USA
The best beaches on the east coast of the USA

With more states spanning the coastline than its western counterpart, the beaches on east coast of the USA, reaching from ruggedly charming Maine down to the tropical climes of Florida, offer style and substance to rival the most famous west coast beauty spots. So whether you’re embarking on a road trip or making a beeline…

An underwater art exhibition just opened in Florida
An underwater art exhibition just opened in Florida

A brand new art exhibition with a difference has opened in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary this month. You can’t exactly buy an entrance ticket and there are no galleries as such. Instead, you’ll need a PADI license and an oxygen tank, because this exhibition sits 27m below the surface of the Atlantic, around…

Quiz: can you name these famous places in the USA?
Quiz: can you name these famous places in the USA?

Do you pride yourself on your travel knowledge of the USA? Have you marvelled at the Grand Canyon, taken a ride on a cable car in San Francisco and visited Washington DC‘s finest museums? If so, this is the quiz for you. We’ve selected eight famous sights across the USA – from mountains and monuments to towns and cities – to…

Space tourism: an interview with an astronaut
Space tourism: an interview with an astronaut

Last month we were lucky enough to welcome an astronaut all the way from the Kennedy Space Center to Rough Guides HQ, and we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to ask him a few questions. Astronaut Don Thomas has been to space four times on the NASA space shuttles and takes part in the Kennedy Space Center…

You can visit all US national parks for free next week
You can visit all US national parks for free next week

To celebrate of the 100th birthday of the National Park Service, visitors will be offered free entry to national parks across the USA next week. From the 16th to the 24 April, admission fees will be waived in all 59 parks, with a range of special activities also planned around National Junior Ranger Day on…

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