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  • It’s time to make a beeline for Berkeley

    It’s time to make a beeline for Berkeley

    July 7th, 2015Nick Edwards
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    Ever since the 1960s Berkeley has been synonymous with left wing politics and student protests. And while the city has stayed true to its progressive credo, it offers numerous other reasons for visitors to the Bay Area to make sure they don’t only get trapped in the albeit sublime honeypot of San Francisco. Former US... Read more »

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  • Quiz: can you locate these national parks?

    Quiz: can you locate these national parks?

    July 2nd, 2015Rebecca Hallett
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    National parks are some of the world’s most awe-inspiring natural places, taking in mountains, glaciers, waterfalls and forests (sometimes all in the same one), but how much do you know about them? Can you tell these national parks apart? Compare flights, book hostels and hotels for your trip, and don’t forget to purchase travel insurance before you go. 

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  • 10 reasons to make a pit stop in Pittsburgh

    10 reasons to make a pit stop in Pittsburgh

    June 17th, 2015Nick Edwards
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    For most people the very mention of Pittsburgh conjures up images of heavy industry and skies black with smoke. And while such vistas were true a century ago and are still coded in the name of the successful local NFL team, the Steelers, the contemporary reality is of an attractive and vibrant modern city, which... Read more »

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  • 20 photos that prove Hawaii is paradise

    20 photos that prove Hawaii is paradise

    June 17th, 2015Dustin Wong
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    A resident of Hawaii, photographer Dustin Wong has always been in awe of his home island’s natural beauty. Here he shares some of his best pictures of Hawaii.  “Growing up on the island of O’ahu teaches one many things. For me, those lessons include: land is a limited resource; life can be simple; and within... Read more »

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  • Cocktail culture: the best bars in New Orleans

    Cocktail culture: the best bars in New Orleans

    June 16th, 2015Eric Grossman
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    Among hardcore cocktail experts, no American city is held in such high regard as New Orleans. The Crescent City’s cocktail culture dates back nearly two hundred years, when the first cocktails were created for medicinal benefits. Local physicians and pharmacists experimented with concoctions of herbs and alcohol, and in the 1830s, the pharmacist Antoine Peychaud... Read more »

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  • The 10 best beaches in Florida

    The 10 best beaches in Florida

    June 11th, 2015Rough Guides Editors
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    The Sunshine State takes great pride in its 600 or so miles of beautiful beaches. Thanks to a year-round mild-climate – sub-tropical in the south – these mesmerizing white sands make Florida prime beach territory. Although some of the most popular beaches are around Miami on the Atlantic coast, the Gulf of Mexico, with its... Read more »

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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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