Scenic Route: Blue Ridge Parkway

Winding through the forests and fields of North Carolina and Virginia for 469 miles, the Blue Ridge Parkway was built to connect Shenandoah National Park and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. But it’s more than just a roadway. As it dips and winds and curves, the Parkway shows off some of the most stunning scenery […]

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Sweeter by the Dozen

"Doughnuts. Is there anything they can't do?" American cartoonist Matt Groening once asked. After combining the country from east to west in search of the perfect doughy confection, we can answer definitively: No, there's not. Topped with chocolate, bacon, or strawberries; filled with cream, burgers, or fried chicken; dunked in coffee, milk or just more […]

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Castles of Britain

High stone walls, towering turrets and grand halls – whatever you imagine a historic castle to be – you'll find it in Great Britain.  It seems everywhere you look in England and Scotland there's a majestic fortification perched on a hill or in a city center, fascinating places where you easily conjure up armored knights […]

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At Sea with Sirena

Against a cultural backdrop of tapas, La Sagrada Familia, Picasso and Gaudi’s Parc Guell, 684 passengers eagerly awaited their turn to board Sirena, Oceania Cruises’ newest ship, for her inaugural voyage. On that day, April 27, 2016, she officially joined the premium cruise company’s fleet of small to mid-sized ships, known for their casual elegance, […]

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Make it to Maine

There’s never a bad time to enjoy the unparalleled food, scenery and lighthouses of Maine. At the most northern part of the country’s East Coast, Maine’s coastline gently curves out into the ocean and beckons as an idyllic antidote to the speedy pace of life in New England's best-known cities. The state’s border is a mere […]

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Party of One

One of the biggest trends to hit the travel industry in recent years is the rise in solo travel: according to some studies, nearly a quarter of the people who took an overseas vacation last year did so by themselves.  Ready for your solo sojourn? Here are a few tips: Before you Book a Cruise […]

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Hot Island, Cool Vibes

Soft sand beaches and sapphire seas draw visitors to the islands of the Caribbean, but the beach is just the beginning. Opting for a tropical vacation in the Caribbean sounds like a dream – but with more than 30 islands and countless resorts to choose from, how do you choose your perfect paradise? Our island primer […]

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Voyages at Sea

Traveling the world used to be all business, but now John Grainger cruises for leisure. When John Victor Grainger boards Holland America Line's ships, he's greeted as warmly as family, as are all the cruise passengers. But there's a difference. In Grainger's case, he'll often hear crew members call out “Welcome home, komang,” meaning third […]

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