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15 spectacular highlights of the Southwest USA
15 spectacular highlights of the Southwest USA

A vast expanse of stunning desert scenery, the Southwest is arguably the USA’s most spectacular region. For splendour and sheer scale, the landscape consistently defies belief – a glorious panoply of cliffs and canyons, buttes and mesas, carved from rocks of every imaginable colour, and enriched here by shimmering aspens and cottonwoods, there by cactuses…

Eccentric Florida: 6 ways to weird out in the Sunshine State
Eccentric Florida: 6 ways to weird out in the Sunshine State

Pioneers, visionaries, geniuses, crackpots – the Sunshine State has seen more than its fair share of eccentrics over the years, drawn from cooler northern climes in pursuit of their dreams. Florida’s Gulf Coast may be best known for its relentless sunshine and glorious sandy beaches, but it’s also home to some of the state’s more…

15 awesome images of Canada
15 awesome images of Canada

Canada is has vast and varied landscape, from beautiful beaches to glassy mountain lakes. It’s difficult to capture the country’s real beauty in a photograph, but Picfair‘s best photographers have done an excellent job. Here are 15 of our favourite Canada photos. A boat comes close to the mighty Niagara Falls Adam Batterbee / Picfair The…

A beginner’s guide to the Hawaiian islands
A beginner’s guide to the Hawaiian islands

The USA’s 50th state is considered a once-in-a-lifetime destination for good reason. Hawaii’s signature offerings ­– beaches, surfing, and luaus (parties) – all live up to the hype, but visitors should be sure to take in the islands’ native culture and unique cuisine. Six of Hawaii’s eight major islands are open to tourism, and each one offers…

8 reasons Vancouver is cooler than you think
8 reasons Vancouver is cooler than you think

Vancouver sometimes gets knocked for being a bit dull – and while it’s true that its residents can be earlier to bed than in the rest of North America, this is the city that brought us Flickr, Greenpeace and, according to some, the California sushi roll. Rough Guides writer Rachel Mills is coming to Vancouver’s defence.…

Where to stay in Las Vegas: a first-timer’s guide
Where to stay in Las Vegas: a first-timer’s guide

Shimmering from the desert haze of Nevada like a latter-day El Dorado, Las Vegas is the most dynamic, spectacular city on earth. At the start of the twentieth century, it didn’t even exist; now it’s home to two million people. Boasting eighteen of the world’s thirty largest hotels, it’s a monument to architectural exuberance, whose…

Portland or Seattle: where should you visit first?
Portland or Seattle: where should you visit first?

The Pacific Northwest, stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the Rocky Mountains, is known for its picturesque national parks, stunning coastline and awe-inspiring mountain scenery. But what about its urban areas? The region’s two largest cities are both celebrated for their farm-to-table produce and liberal, easy going attitude. They also offer some great attractions, from…

10 places where you can see America’s fall foliage at its finest
10 places where you can see America’s fall foliage at its finest

As fall approaches, a magnificent blanket of gold and amber leaves begins to descend across the country. Misty morning walks and roaring fires start to beckon, and it’s time to make travel plans to catch this glorious season at its best. Wondering where to go? We’ve got 10 suggestions. 1. Glacier National Park, Montana In Montana’s spellbinding Glacier National Park, the burnt-orange foliage creates the…

13 reasons why Colorado is America’s most beautiful state
13 reasons why Colorado is America’s most beautiful state

Dreaming of getting out into the great outdoors? Wondering which state should top your next travel bucket list? It’s time you considered Colorado. From its sensational landscapes and soaring mountains to its cool cities and quirky gold-rush towns, the star of the West is home to some of the most beautiful places in the country.…

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