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  • Get your claws out: 14 places to go for the best lobster in Maine

    Get your claws out: 14 places to go for the best lobster in Maine

    June 10th, 2015Eric Grossman
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    While the American lobster is found all along the east coast of North America, from Newfoundland to North Carolina, it is most commonly associated with Maine, where the crustacean is abundant and devoured in a number of dishes and numerous restaurants. Maine’s lobster industry contributes more than $1 billion to the state’s economy – 2014... Read more »

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  • The sandcastle competition to end all others

    The sandcastle competition to end all others

    June 9th, 2015Rough Guides Editors
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    Dreaming of a forum for your long-repressed artistic abilities? Hoping to construct a life-size sand-version of Elvis, Jesus or someone else close to your heart, then have it washed away with the afternoon tide? Next week, on June 20th, the annual Sandcastle Contest in Cannon Beach, Oregon, offers just the opportunity – along with the chance... Read more »

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  • Quiz: can you name these famous American landmarks?

    Quiz: can you name these famous American landmarks?

    June 4th, 2015Tom Beetham
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    Do you know the National Mall from Independence Hall? How many national parks can you name? Whether you’re an avid tourist or a well-researched resident, put your knowledge of the USA‘s landmarks to the test with our quiz… Explore more of America with the Rough Guide to the USA. Compare flights, book hostels and hotels for your trip, and don’t forget... Read more »

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  • Film-maker perfectly captures spring in Philadelphia

    Film-maker perfectly captures spring in Philadelphia

    May 26th, 2015Lottie Gross
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    Philadelphia is one of America’s unsung heroes. The one-time capital is too often overlooked in favour of its big-shot neighbours, Washington DC and New York City. But if you take some time to explore, you’ll discover a city that lives and breathes beautiful art, great music and delicious food. Our pick of the week, this... Read more »

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  • 9 American beers that defined the craft brewing revolution

    9 American beers that defined the craft brewing revolution

    May 26th, 2015Daniel Neilson
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    As the global craft beer explosion continues to, well, explode, there are few that doubt its provenance: the United States of America. The craft brew scene in the US has been fizzing with adventure and experimentation for three decades. It is Americans who are largely responsible for that citrusy hops rush, for adding that quirky... Read more »

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  • A guide to the otherworldly Joshua Tree National Park

    A guide to the otherworldly Joshua Tree National Park

    May 19th, 2015Erin Behan
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    About two hours east of Los Angeles awaits a landscape so starkly foreign, it’s like landing on another planet. The 3000-square-kilometre Joshua Tree National Park sits at the meeting of two deserts, the Colorado to the east and the Mojave to the west, and those two ecosystems are home to a wide array of curious animals... Read more »

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  • The eeriest ghost towns in the USA

    The eeriest ghost towns in the USA

    April 29th, 2015Freya Godfrey
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    Emerging above the rolling tumbleweed of prairies or hidden below modern cities, hundreds of eerily desolate former towns are scattered across the United States. Many of the USA’s ghost towns were once thriving settlements: they grew quickly, but disappeared just as fast in the boom and bust Gold Rush years, while others have a more shadowy... Read more »

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  • Quiz: can you name the US state from its outline?

    Quiz: can you name the US state from its outline?

    April 24th, 2015Ed Wright
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    If you think you’re well-travelled around the USA, this tricky map quiz might make you think again. If you know your 50 states like the back of your hand, you’ll do just fine – but there’s only one way to find out… Explore more of the USA with the Rough Guide to the USA >

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  • The best fish tacos in San Diego

    The best fish tacos in San Diego

    April 21st, 2015Helen Ochyra
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    It is surprising that the city of San Diego hasn’t erected a statue to Ralph Rubio. Because Rubio brought the fish taco to town and nothing – seriously, nothing – is treated with more reverence here than the fish taco. Does a corn tortilla covered in fried fish, cabbage, crema and pico de gallo sound... Read more »

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  • 9 of the world’s best white­water rafting spots

    9 of the world’s best white­water rafting spots

    April 20th, 2015Helen Abramson
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    Rough Guides’ adventure sports expert Helen Abramson gives us her top tips on some of the world’s best adrenalin­-pumping whitewater rafting. Rapids are classified from I–VI, where grade VI is “un-runnable”, so the Grade V rivers listed here are essentially as thrilling as it gets. 1. Zambezi River, Zimbabwe Africa’s most exhilarating rafting is found on... Read more »

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  • 14 magical sunrises that prove it’s worth getting up early

    14 magical sunrises that prove it’s worth getting up early

    April 16th, 2015Eleanor Aldridge
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    Looking through the Rough Guides photography archive, one kind of shot stands out again and again: pictures captured at sunrise. Sure, there’s nothing more tempting than sleeping in until noon while you’re on holiday. But if you can bring yourself to brave the odd early morning, you’ll discover a magical world as dawn breaks. From... Read more »

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