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A day by day itinerary for the perfect weekend in San Francisco
A day by day itinerary for the perfect weekend in San Francisco

As inspiring and charismatic as its singular setting, San Francisco stands apart from other US destinations; in fact, you’ll struggle to find many places like it anywhere in the world. The famed city is surrounded on three sides by churning water and threaded with a grid of streets that courageously tackles thirty-degree gradients, elements that…

20 pictures that will have you booking your next vacation to Maine
20 pictures that will have you booking your next vacation to Maine

New England‘s beauty needs little introduction. From the spectacular fall colours to the charming seaside towns, this is a region that rewards travellers year-round. Each state has it’s own myriad attractions, but covering an area the size of the other five combined, Maine‘s diversity is hard to beat. 1. Bass Harbor Lighthouse Image courtesy of Maine Office of…

12 tips for travelling by train in the USA
12 tips for travelling by train in the USA

The USA‘s national rail operator Amtrak won’t get you everywhere you want to go, but it’s an excellent way to explore this vast country on a budget. Incredible landscapes will zoom by and you’ll see a slice of real Americana as you slow through quirky little towns dotted along each route, plus, there’s no better way…

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…

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