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  • Podcast: the Black Masking Indians of New Orleans

    Podcast: the Black Masking Indians of New Orleans

    September 10th, 2018Rough Guides Editors
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    In 18th-century Louisiana, escapee African slaves would make a break for the bayous. Here they might encounter Native Americans and occasionally find asylum with them: two peoples who had in common a struggle for freedom from oppression. That this episode in history is remembered is in part thanks to the Black Masking Indians of New... Read more »

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  • The best day-trips from San Francisco

    The best day-trips from San Francisco

    August 15th, 2018Rebecca Hallett
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    The Golden Gate Bridge, rows of colourful Victorian houses, trams chuntering up steep hills: San Francisco is a city full of iconic sights. But it’s worth tearing yourself away from it for a day or so to discover the other Californian treasures on its doorstep. Angel Island State Park A trip to Angel Island State Park... Read more »

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  • Stargazing in Utah: a postcard from Antelope Island

    Stargazing in Utah: a postcard from Antelope Island

    August 3rd, 2018Jacqui Agate
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    Following the USA’s total solar eclipse in 2017, ‘astrotourism’ is big news. And the growing global light pollution problem means so-called ‘dark sky parks’ are more precious than ever. Jacqui Agate reports from Antelope Island in Utah, home to more dark sky parks than anywhere else in the world. It’s 9.30pm and Antelope Island is... Read more »

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  • San Antonio at 300: a city on the rise

    San Antonio at 300: a city on the rise

    August 2nd, 2018Edward Aves
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    Texans tend to go a little gooey about San Antonio. Dallas‘ big money may eye Austin‘s hippie vibes with suspicion, while Austonians often snark at the Big D’s consumerism. Houston gets a bad rap from everyone. But love for the Lone Star State‘s second biggest city seems to be just about universal. It’s not hard to see why.... Read more »

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  • 8 of the most beautiful state parks in the USA

    8 of the most beautiful state parks in the USA

    July 18th, 2018Jacqui Agate
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    The USA‘s national parks get a lot of hype. From the Grand Canyon to the Everglades, America’s backyard is pretty special. But while ever-increasing visitor numbers put pressure on these popular sites, many equally beautiful state parks remain under the radar. Given that there’s more than 10,000 of them to choose from, that’s a real... Read more »

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  • Keeping Austin weird: why the time to visit is now

    Keeping Austin weird: why the time to visit is now

    July 6th, 2018Edward Aves
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    Kooky, liberal and easy to fall in love with, Austin feels a world away from clichéd images of conservative, oil-rich Texas: a “blueberry in the tomato soup” as memorably described by former governor, Rick Perry. A haven for free-thinking creatives, the Texan capital is a laid-back college town at heart, fed by its vast and... Read more »

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  • A city in motion: why Detroit should be on your radar

    A city in motion: why Detroit should be on your radar

    May 23rd, 2018Jacqui Agate
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    Perhaps no city in history has fallen from such heady heights as Detroit. Through the earlier half of the twentieth century, the city bubbled with industry. Detroit was wheeled out as an archetype for urban growth – the ultimate proof of the American Dream. But as the automotive industry shrank and collapsed, so too did... Read more »

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  • Why California should be your next family holiday

    Why California should be your next family holiday

    February 19th, 2018Keith Drew
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    When it comes to kids, the Golden State certainly lives up to its name – California is one paradise of a playground. Go now and you’ll find the sights quieter and your accommodation costs, particularly in the cities, much lower than during the popular summer months. From world-class museums to weird and wonderful wildlife, here’s why... Read more »

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  • Los Angeles or San Francisco: which should you visit first?

    Los Angeles or San Francisco: which should you visit first?

    January 29th, 2018Keith Drew
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    They’re two of the biggest cities in the United States. They’re two of the most famous cities in the world. Los Angeles and San Francisco have been written about, sung about, and eulogised a thousand times on the silver screen. But which of these West Coast heavyweights should be first on your travel list? Here’s our... Read more »

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  • The best national parks in California

    The best national parks in California

    January 25th, 2018Keith Drew
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    California has more national parks than anywhere else in the United States; together they protect an area the size of West Virginia. And with such a wealth of national parks, deciding which ones to visit can be tough. So we’ve made things easier for you – here’s our list of the best places to embrace the great outdoors... Read more »

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  • An expert’s guide: the best area to stay in New York City

    An expert’s guide: the best area to stay in New York City

    January 10th, 2018Stephen Keeling
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    For dynamism, cultural impact and sheer diversity, New York City is hard to beat. The city is a global leader in art, architecture, music and food, and is crammed with iconic sights, from the raised torch of the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, to the hipster haunts of Brooklyn. With accommodation in... Read more »

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  • Why you should head to Minnesota and Wisconsin for winter thrills

    Why you should head to Minnesota and Wisconsin for winter thrills

    December 27th, 2017Michelle Bhatia
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    Though it may be tempting to escape to the sunshine this winter, there’s a lot to be said for revelling in the snow and ice, too. And there’s plenty of beautiful (and bracing) backcountry to explore in northern Minnesota and neighbouring Wisconsin. As Minnesota gears up for February’s Super Bowl, all eyes are on the state. So, whether you... Read more »

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