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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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  • The best beaches in California

    The best beaches in California

    April 6th, 2015Site Editor
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    Few regions of the world have been idealised and mythologised as much as California – yet it seldom fails to live up to the hype. Among the finest jewels in the state’s crown are its magnificent beaches. There’s no better place to soak up the near-endless sun than along the coast, whether you’re there for... Read more »

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  • Quiz: can you name these famous sights?

    Quiz: can you name these famous sights?

    March 20th, 2015Jessica Sinyor
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    Do postcards and travel posters paper your walls? Do you pride yourself on your travel knowledge? We’ve selected ten of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring sights around the world to put you to the test. Can you identify the famous sight from the picture? Be warned, sometimes places can look surprisingly similar…

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  • Hidden New York: 5 little-known sights

    Hidden New York: 5 little-known sights

    March 16th, 2015Site Editor
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    We’ve just published a brand new Pocket Rough Guide to New York City, and thought we’d share a sneak preview. Want to shun the crowds? Here are five places to explore hidden New York.  No superlative, no cliché does New York City justice. It may not serve as the official capital of the US or even... Read more »

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  • Southern Louisiana: from Baton Rouge to the bayous

    Southern Louisiana: from Baton Rouge to the bayous

    March 13th, 2015Charles Hodgkins
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    New Orleans might hog the limelight, but there’s no end of things to do in Louisiana. Here, Rough Guides author Charles Hodgkins takes us on a tour of the state’s beguiling south. While it’s easy to understand why New Orleans dominates most discussions of southern Louisiana, there’s much more to the lower areas of the... Read more »

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  • 20 seriously weird places around the world

    20 seriously weird places around the world

    March 12th, 2015Rachel Mills
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  • Quiz: can you identify the country from its outline?

    Quiz: can you identify the country from its outline?

    March 2nd, 2015Ed Wright
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    Are you a cartographic clever-clogs or due a geography refresher course? We’ve compiled the outlines of ten different countries – large and small – without any rivers, seas, mountains or cities to help you. Can you deduce the country from its shape alone? Take the quiz to find out…

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  • A titillating tour of the world’s finest sex museums

    A titillating tour of the world’s finest sex museums

    February 27th, 2015Robin McKelvie
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    Sex museums are nothing new. Dozens were erected across Europe during the Swinging Sixties when the sexual revolution was in full swing. These days the orgy of sex museums has slowed to a mere mouthful, though they have been stimulated by a new breed of ‘erotic’ museum that aims to steer more towards art than... Read more »

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  • The dying romance of the drive-in movie theater

    The dying romance of the drive-in movie theater

    February 18th, 2015Sandra Lawrence
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    John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John are sitting in a red 1950s convertible under the stars. Giant ice creams march across a giant screen. A giant hot dog dances with a giant bun. He yawns, sliding a surreptitious arm around her neck. She turns away. He moves in, she slaps him and I’m hooked. My first... Read more »

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  • The most beautiful city in the world – as voted by you

    The most beautiful city in the world – as voted by you

    February 12th, 2015Lottie Gross
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  • Discover the world’s most technologically advanced cruise ship

    Discover the world’s most technologically advanced cruise ship

    February 11th, 2015Jonathan Weinberg
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    Robotic bar staff and virtual reality aren’t the first things that come to mind when thinking about cruises. But it’s time to forget images of golden-oldies sunning themselves on deck with a pina colada in one hand and foil reflector in the other: Royal Caribbean’s US-based Quantum of the Seas is the most technologically-advanced cruise... Read more »

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  • 6 reasons you should drive the Pacific Coast Highway

    6 reasons you should drive the Pacific Coast Highway

    February 3rd, 2015Donna Dailey
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    With a sea breeze in your hair and the sun (or sometimes the fog) on your face, driving the Pacific Coast Highway is one of America’s most awesome road trips. Following California’s Highway 1 and US 101, it hugs the west coast from the Mexican to Canadian borders. Whether you choose to dip your toe... Read more »

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