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What to Carry On: Ten Things to Take With You on the Plane

by Meg Massie. Posted Apr 25th 2011 12:00 PM
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Airlines have always had carry on luggage size restrictions, but it seems like they're actually enforcing those rules for the first time ever as of late. If your bags are over the limit, you'll probably be asked to check them, so it's important to stay within the size guidelines when you plan what to carry on. Here are ten essential items that should go with you on the plane -- and that all fit nicely in a small carry on bag.
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Eco-Friendly Hotels: Luxury with a Conscience

by Meg Massie. Posted Apr 4th 2011 02:00 PM
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We all know that travel can have a negative impact on the environment, but does that mean it's your duty to Mother Nature to give up on seeing the world? Of course not! Do you have to go camping and live off the land for a true eco vacation? That's one way to do green travel, but it's not the only option. Eco-friendly hotels take the guilt out of a luxury vacation, and educational, family-friendly eco adventures offered at these destinations teach you about being green on vacation and at home. These five eco-friendly hotels do way more than just recycle their paper products; they're raising the bar for green travel.
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Where is Yellowstone National Park?

by Meg Massie. Posted Mar 14th 2011 04:00 PM
Where is Yellowstone National Park?

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Even though it's one of the most popular national parks in the United States, Yellowstone National Park is kind of out in the middle of nowhere. Located mostly in Wyoming, Yellowstone's borders extend into parts of Montana and Idaho as well, but there are no large cities or major airports very close to the park. That can make planning a Yellowstone vacation a little tricky, but the extra work is well worth it. The park is home to natural features unlike anything else in the country. So where is Yellowstone National Park, and what's the best way to get there? We'll help you plan your visit.
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Kentucky Derby 2011: Facts, Traditions, and Tips

by Meg Massie. Posted Mar 11th 2011 05:00 PM
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Also known as the Run for the Roses and the Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports, the Kentucky Derby 2011 is coming up on May 7th. The longest continuous annual event in sports is held each year at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. This year's Derby is the 137th Run for the Roses, so named for the blanket of roses draped over the winning horse. If this is your first time attending the Kentucky Derby, or you're just going to a Derby party with friends, there are some important traditions you should know before you go.
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When is the Kentucky Derby 2011?

by Meg Massie. Posted Mar 9th 2011 04:00 PM
When is the Kentucky Derby 2011?

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Every year the Kentucky Derby is held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on the first Saturday in May, and it falls on May 7th in 2011. It's a beautiful time of year to visit Louisville, and while the Kentucky Derby is the most exciting two minutes in sports, you'll find way more than two minutes of entertainment when you attend the most popular thoroughbred horse race in the United States.
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Affordable Beach Weddings: How to Avoid Paying Dearly

by Annie Scott. Posted Mar 3rd 2011 05:00 PM
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Affordable beach weddings are totally within your reach, if you plan your nuptials to be either hotel-adjacent or DIY on a public beach. Here's how to make them happen.
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When is Memorial Day 2011?

by Meg Massie. Posted Feb 18th 2011 11:00 AM
When is Memorial Day 2011?

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Memorial Day is one of those tricky holidays that falls on a different date from year to year, but unlike Easter, which jumps all over the spring, Memorial Day is always on the last Monday in May. Always on Monday, Memorial Day always gives you one of those coveted 3-day weekends. So when is Memorial Day 2011? This year, it's May 30th. Let's take a look at some ways you can celebrate.
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Visiting Joshua Tree National Park

by Meg Massie. Posted Feb 15th 2011 08:00 AM
Joshua Tree National Park

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A visit to Joshua Tree National Park should be on every outdoor enthusiast's bucket list. The park is a Mecca for rock climbers, hikers, birders, photographers, and campers. If these activities excite you, plan to spend several days at Joshua Tree National Park. Even if you wouldn't call yourself outdoorsy, the unique landscape you'll find makes Joshua Tree National Park worth a day trip from your vacation in nearby tourist hotspots like Palm Springs and Los Angeles.
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Romantic Winter Getaways: Relax & Pamper Yourselves

by Meg Massie. Posted Feb 11th 2011 05:30 PM
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It's easy to get cabin fever in the winter. Even if the weather cooperates, daylight is gone before the work day is over. The best way to get through the long winter is to take a Monday or Friday off and take a long weekend somewhere special. Better yet -- take your sweetie with you for a romantic winter getaway that will recharge your spirits until spring. Here are three luxurious romantic winter getaway ideas that you can book today.
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Las Vegas Monorail: The Easiest Way to Navigate The Strip

by Meg Massie. Posted Feb 4th 2011 06:15 PM
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The Las Vegas Strip is roughly four miles from end to end, so you wouldn't think it would be too hard to get from one hotspot to another, but even a 15-minute walk in three-digit temperatures can be excruciating. Driving up and down the Strip, either in your own vehicle, a cab, or bus, often means long waits in traffic and high fares for short rides. The Las Vegas Monorail travels from the Sahara at one end of the Strip to the MGM Grand at the other end in 15 minutes or less. With seven stops along the Strip, the monorail is convenient to nearly all of the Las Vegas hotels and casinos located on Las Vegas Boulevard.
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