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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), at their... 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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  • 20 places to embrace the great outdoors in the USA

    20 places to embrace the great outdoors in the USA

    October 1st, 2015Rachel Mills
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  • San Antonio Missions: a guide to one of the newest UNESCO sites

    San Antonio Missions: a guide to one of the newest UNESCO sites

    September 25th, 2015Donna Dailey
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    Strung along a 10 mile stretch of the San Antonio River, five Spanish missions shimmer in the south Texas sun. Built in the early 1700s, with ornate limestone churches and picturesque bell towers, they make up the largest collection of Spanish Colonial architecture in the USA. In July 2015 the San Antonio missions were designated... Read more »

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  • Diehard Detroit: video captures the city’s bright future

    Diehard Detroit: video captures the city’s bright future

    September 16th, 2015Eleanor Aldridge
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    Detroit has been much maligned over the last decade. The largest US city ever to file for bankruptcy, in the summer of 2013, it became the poster child for urban blight. As industry moved out, photographers moved in, fed by an online fascination with “ruin porn”. Hundreds came to see the beauty of Detroit’s crumbling... Read more »

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