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  • Buffalo thrill: the ultimate way to see America’s Great Plains

    Buffalo thrill: the ultimate way to see America’s Great Plains

    October 7th, 2016Neil McQuillian
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    South Dakota, one of the USA’s Great Plains states, holds an annual buffalo roundup in Custer State Park. Last week was the 51st event and we were lucky enough to be in the area. Here’s the lowdown… What is a buffalo roundup, exactly? First, the roundup is a practical business – it’s undertaken by people on... Read more »

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  • Pilsners, poltergeists and pistes: why you should visit Mammoth Lakes, California

    Pilsners, poltergeists and pistes: why you should visit Mammoth Lakes, California

    October 4th, 2016Greg Dickinson
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    When you think of California, what comes to mind? Surf, celebrities, maybe the first few chords of Good Vibrations by the Beach Boys? Set in the high Sierra Nevada mountains on the eastern border of the state, Mammoth Lakes avoids just about every Californian cliché. From world-class beers to high-altitude mountain biking, via a peculiar... Read more »

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  • 15 spectacular highlights of the Southwest USA

    15 spectacular highlights of the Southwest USA

    September 23rd, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    A vast expanse of stunning desert scenery, the Southwest is arguably the USA’s most spectacular region. For splendour and sheer scale, the landscape consistently defies belief – a glorious panoply of cliffs and canyons, buttes and mesas, carved from rocks of every imaginable colour, and enriched here by shimmering aspens and cottonwoods, there by cactuses... Read more »

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  • Eccentric Florida: 6 ways to weird out in the Sunshine State

    Eccentric Florida: 6 ways to weird out in the Sunshine State

    September 21st, 2016Edward Aves
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    Pioneers, visionaries, geniuses, crackpots – the Sunshine State has seen more than its fair share of eccentrics over the years, drawn from cooler northern climes in pursuit of their dreams. Florida’s Gulf Coast may be best known for its relentless sunshine and glorious sandy beaches, but it’s also home to some of the state’s more... Read more »

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  • Keeping Portland weird: why this is one of America’s quirkiest destinations

    Keeping Portland weird: why this is one of America’s quirkiest destinations

    September 13th, 2016Freya Godfrey
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    Introduced in 2003 as an initiative to support local businesses, “Keep Portland Weird” has fast become Portland’s unofficial motto. Anyone who’s been to the city or watched cult TV show Portlandia will know that the phrase has been taken to heart, and Portland is proud to be, well, a little bit quirky. Here’s why we think... Read more »

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  • A beginner’s guide to the Hawaiian islands

    A beginner’s guide to the Hawaiian islands

    September 7th, 2016Eric Grossman
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    The USA’s 50th state is considered a once-in-a-lifetime destination for good reason. Hawaii’s signature offerings ­– beaches, surfing, and luaus (parties) – all live up to the hype, but visitors should be sure to take in the islands’ native culture and unique cuisine. Six of Hawaii’s eight major islands are open to tourism, and each one offers... Read more »

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  • Where to stay in Las Vegas: a first-timer’s guide

    Where to stay in Las Vegas: a first-timer’s guide

    August 31st, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    Shimmering from the desert haze of Nevada like a latter-day El Dorado, Las Vegas is the most dynamic, spectacular city on earth. At the start of the twentieth century, it didn’t even exist; now it’s home to two million people. Pin Boasting eighteen of the world’s thirty largest hotels, it’s a monument to architectural exuberance,... Read more »

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  • Portland or Seattle: where should you visit first?

    Portland or Seattle: where should you visit first?

    August 30th, 2016Freya Godfrey
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    The Pacific Northwest, stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the Rocky Mountains, is known for its picturesque national parks, stunning coastline and awe-inspiring mountain scenery. But what about its urban areas? The region’s two largest cities are both celebrated for their farm-to-table produce and liberal, easy going attitude. They also offer some great attractions, from... Read more »

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  • 10 places where you can see America’s fall foliage at its finest

    10 places where you can see America’s fall foliage at its finest

    August 24th, 2016Phoebe Tatham
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    As fall approaches, a magnificent blanket of gold and amber leaves begins to descend across the country. Misty morning walks and roaring fires start to beckon, and it’s time to make travel plans to catch this glorious season at its best. Wondering where to go? We’ve got 10 suggestions. 1. Glacier National Park, Montana In Montana’s spellbinding Glacier National Park, the burnt-orange foliage creates the... Read more »

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  • 13 reasons why Colorado is America’s most beautiful state

    13 reasons why Colorado is America’s most beautiful state

    August 18th, 2016Eleanor Aldridge
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    Dreaming of getting out into the great outdoors? Wondering which state should top your next travel bucket list? It’s time you considered Colorado. From its sensational landscapes and soaring mountains to its cool cities and quirky gold-rush towns, the star of the West is home to some of the most beautiful places in the country.... Read more »

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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

    August 17th, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    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... Read more »

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

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

    August 8th, 2016Eleanor Aldridge
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    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 Pin Image courtesy of Maine Office... Read more »

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