Travel Ideas

The 5 Best Tour Companies For Paris Sightseeing

by Gerard Walen. Posted Apr 1st 2011 01:00 PM
Paris Tours

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There are plenty of reasons why Paris remains one of Europe's most-visited cities: world-class restaurants, historic landmarks, museums and hotels, and, of course, romance. Due to its sprawling nature, however, touring Paris can be arduous. Here's a quick look at the myriad options available no matter the mode of transportation.
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Florida Vacations With Baseball, Beer And Gators

by Gerard Walen. Posted Mar 27th 2011 12:00 PM
Florida Vacations

Photo by Gerard Walen

Sure, there are Florida vacations that center on Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Orlando or Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, but everyone's doing that. Don't follow the crowd, at least not all the time.

Some of the best Florida vacations are those with less popular itineraries or that focus on an aspect of the Sunshine State that's tough to find anywhere else.

Here are three ideas for different kinds of Florida vacations.
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Disney World Tickets Explained: Get The Most Bang For Your Buck

by Gerard Walen. Posted Mar 25th 2011 01:00 PM
Disney World Tickets

Gerard Walen

There are four theme parks, two water parks, an indoor amusement center and restaurants out the wazoo at Walt Disney World. Tickets can be purchased in all ways, shapes and forms for any of them, depending on how much you want to see and do at the Central Florida mega-park. The options can be confusing, so don't wait until you're at the Disney World tickets booth to decide: Not only will you hold up the line, but you may end up not getting the best deal for your dollars.
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Indy 500: Celebrating a Century of Thunder in 2011

by Gerard Walen. Posted Mar 18th 2011 09:00 AM
Indy 500

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Originally billed as the "International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Race" in 1911, the Memorial Day weekend high-speed automobile race in Indiana soon became known as the "Indianapolis 500," "The Indy 500," or simply "The 500." The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, nicknamed "The Brickyard" because it once was paved with bricks, opened in 1909. The first 500-mile race took place in 1911.
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List of National Parks for One-of-a-Kind Experiences

by Gerard Walen. Posted Mar 17th 2011 06:00 PM
List of National Parks

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The United States established Yellowstone National Park as the country's first national park back in the 1800s. Other wilderness areas came under federal protection over the years, and the National Park Service was established in 1916 to protect and care for these wilderness areas. The list of national parks expanded, and the federal agency now safeguards nearly 400 places, including battlefields, historic homes and national monuments.
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Gilroy Garlic Festival: Don't Forget the Breath Mints

by Gerard Walen. Posted Mar 15th 2011 05:00 PM
Gilroy Garlic Festival

Bill Strange, official Gilroy Garlic Festival photographer

If you're traveling through the San Francisco Bay area, and you notice a complete absence of vampires and the distinctive fumes of garlic wafting through the air, it's likely that the Gilroy Garlic Festival is in progress.
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Summer 2011 Holidays: Three-Day Weekends Galore

by Gerard Walen. Posted Mar 11th 2011 01:00 PM
Summer 2011 Holidays

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Summer 2011 holidays begin with the Summer Solstice on June 21 (in the Northern Hemisphere), the longest day and shortest night of the year. Over the centuries, this day has been known as Midsummer, St. John's Day or Litha and was especially important in such ancient religions as Druidism and Wicca. Summer 2011 officially ends on September 21, when fall begins.
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Family Cruises: Look Before You Book

by Gerard Walen. Posted Mar 7th 2011 12:00 PM
Family cruises provide some of the best vacation memories for everyone involved, and the stress level is low because most everything is included in the price of the cruise. But before you book, you need to make sure the cruise provides everything needed for the entire clan. If not, parents or children could end up not being able to enjoy the care-free getaway on the high seas that they expected.
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St. Patrick's Day Parades: Where Everyone is Irish

by Gerard Walen. Posted Feb 25th 2011 10:00 AM
St. Patrick's Day Parade

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Along with an influx of Irish immigrants to the United States in the 18th and 19th centuries came a celebration of the Emerald Isle's patron saint, St. Patrick's Day.

Parades on or around every March 17 in various U.S. cities have grown more elaborate over the years, in some cases eclipsing even the celebrations back in Ireland itself.

Though many U.S. cities hold a St. Patrick's Day parade, here's a short list of the most travel-worthy destinations.
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Florida Spring Break: Families and College Students Each Have Their Places

by Gerard Walen. Posted Feb 24th 2011 12:00 PM
Florida Spring Break

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A recent AOL survey found that 75 percent of spring break travelers in 2011 will stay in the United States, and most of those will head to Florida.

Spring break destinations in Florida tend to cater to either college students or families, so you need to do a little research before embarking on your Florida spring break vacation to ensure you've booked your hotel or resort at an appropriate spot.
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