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  • Quiz: which US national park should you visit this year?

    Quiz: which US national park should you visit this year?

    April 1st, 2016Lottie Gross
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    This year the US National Park Service celebrates its hundredth year in operation. There are loads of events happening throughout America’s 59 parks this year, so to help you decide where to go, we’ve devised this short test. Find out which US national park you should visit next:  

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  • Weird America: 9 of the USA’s most bizarre traditions

    Weird America: 9 of the USA’s most bizarre traditions

    March 29th, 2016Helen Abramson
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    Despite being a relatively young nation – at just 240 years old – America has developed its fair share of traditions. Most of us are familiar with the big hitters such as Thanksgiving, Halloween and Independence Day. But what about the USA’s less well-known, more peculiar customs? Join us as we delve into the fascinating world... Read more »

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  • The best theme parks in America

    The best theme parks in America

    January 26th, 2016Colt St. George
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    The USA is practically bursting with amusement parks, from the sprawling and city-sized to the off-beat and unexpectedly endearing. Cotton candy and corn dogs, kiddie rides and coasters – here are the best theme parks in America. Six Flags Magic Mountain, California Magic Mountain boasts the world record for most roller coasters in a single amusement park, clocking... Read more »

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  • The most haunted places in America

    The most haunted places in America

    January 22nd, 2016Colt St. George
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    Ghost stories are fun. Though folk tales and flatout fabrications abound, the best of them possess a kernel of historic truth that prompt us to ponder the lives of those who inhabited the world before we came along. From Hollywood horror hotspots to dilapidated colonial settlements, here are the most haunted places in America. Fact... Read more »

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  • Where to stay in LA: an area by area guide

    Where to stay in LA: an area by area guide

    January 20th, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    Few regions of the world have been as idealized and mythologized as California – and yet it seldom fails to live up to the hype. The glamour, surf beaches and near-endless sun of the Southern California coast are rightly celebrated, with Los Angeles, the second-most populous city in the US (after New York City), at... Read more »

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  • The ultimate foodie’s guide to Mexico

    The ultimate foodie’s guide to Mexico

    January 19th, 2016Sarah Gilbert
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    Banish thoughts of boring burritos and tasteless Tex Mex; it’s not just chillies that are making Mexican food hot right now. The country’s diverse cuisine is so good, it’s been granted UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage status (French is the only other gastronomy), and there’s everything from tasty tacos to fine-dining fusion. Here are some of... Read more »

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  • 15 things to do on the Las Vegas Strip

    15 things to do on the Las Vegas Strip

    January 12th, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    A dazzling oasis where forty million people a year let their hair down, Las Vegas has made a fine art of indulging its visitors’ every appetite. From its ever-changing architecture to cascading chocolate fountains, adrenaline-pumping zip lines and jaw-dropping stage shows, everything is built to thrill. The Strip is where the real action is, a... Read more »

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  • 6 reasons why Montana is the star of America’s west

    6 reasons why Montana is the star of America’s west

    December 23rd, 2015Eric Grossman
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    America’s fourth largest state, Montana is bigger than Germany or Japan. Despite the presence of some of the nation’s fastest highways, the drive from one side to the other takes around twelve hours. Fortunately, many of the state’s most treasured destinations and experiences are clustered in the rugged western portion, making it less daunting for the... Read more »

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  • The most romantic places in the USA

    The most romantic places in the USA

    December 10th, 2015Phoebe Lowndes
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  • On the trail of the real Twin Peaks in the USA

    On the trail of the real Twin Peaks in the USA

    December 9th, 2015Kris Griffiths
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    It’s been 25 years since we first saw the famous Twin Peaks waterfall disgorging through the show’s opening credits, and the town’s kooky characters speaking enigmatically over their cherry pies in the local diner. David Lynch’s masterwork was so effective in evoking this small-town atmosphere because he used actual localities of Washington State in the... Read more »

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  • The best city breaks in the USA

    The best city breaks in the USA

    November 10th, 2015Emma Gibbs
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    There are so many great US cities that there’s almost too much choice when planning a short break. Whether you want to chase the sunshine, stuff yourself silly, or check out the best local beats, we’ve got it covered. These are the best US cities for a weekend away. Best for music: Austin, Texas Austin does a great job... Read more »

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  • Lunenburg: Canada’s most colourful town

    Lunenburg: Canada’s most colourful town

    October 29th, 2015Stuart Forster
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    Twenty years ago the facades of the wood-built buildings in Lunenburg, a UNESCO-listed fishing town in Nova Scotia, were white with black trimming. The only exceptions were the red buildings down by the wharf. But in 2007 the new owners of the Mariner King Inn kickstarted a trend. They decided to repaint their multi-building property,... Read more »

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