Star Wars Day: Top 5 Spots to Geek-Out in California on May the Fourth

by Eli Ellison. Posted May 2nd 2014 03:55 PM
Star Wars Day. Star Wars Show at Disneyland Amusement Park in California USA
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Dig the lightsaber out of the closet and brush up on your Yoda-ese: Star Wars Day is this Sunday, May 4 -- as in "May the fourth be with you." Around the world, Rebel scum and Vader disciples alike will gather for Star Wars costume parties and movie-watching marathons. How anyone could sit through The Phantom Menace again though is a mystery. And in a pre-holiday announcement poor Mark Hamill has been awaiting since 1983, the cast of J.J. Abrams' upcoming Episode VII film has been revealed.
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Kentucky Derby vs. Indy 500: Which Race Is Best?

by David Moss. Posted Apr 29th 2014 12:22 PM
Kentucky Derby and Indianapolis 500
Kentucky Derby/Sam English and Indianapolis 500/Bret Kelley
In May, travelers in search of Americana, booze and racing have two iconic options: the Kentucky Derby (May 3) and the Indianapolis 500 (May 25). If you're overwhelmed by trying to pick one to attend, we've matched these two classic American races head-to-head in a contest for your time and money. And they're off!
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Get Royal on William and Kate's Anniversary at these 10 U.S. Palaces and Castles

by Megan Swanick. Posted Apr 28th 2014 11:41 AM
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Associated PressWhat are the odds Prince Harry remembered to buy his brother and sister-in-law an anniversary present?
Prince William and Kate Middleton's third wedding anniversary is Tuesday, April 29. Don't worry if you forgot to send the royal couple a gift though; they're all set (but probably appreciate your thought). If their anniversary has you dreaming of castles and courts, and wishing we had stateside options to visit, good news: the United States is home to one genuine royal palace as well as some worthy imitators.
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Popes John Paul II, John XXIII: A Saint's Cousin on Being a Pilgrim in St. Peter's Square for a Canonization

by Justin Catanoso. Posted Apr 24th 2014 01:09 PM
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Getty ImagesThe double canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII on April 24 is bringing travelers to Rome and Vatican City.
On April 27, Pope Francis will host a spiritual doubleheader of sorts in Rome for two of Catholicism's most illustrious leaders: Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. The late popes –- the former who sought to modernize the church through Vatican II, and latter who is credited with helping to topple Communism in Eastern Europe –- will be canonized this Sunday. In effect, they will, as saints, join the church's eternal hall of fame. And it's estimated that two million travelers will be in Rome to witness their canonizations.
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Cherry Blossom Festival: 5 Tips from a Washington, DC Insider

by Elise Hartman Ford. Posted Mar 19th 2014 11:14 AM
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The National Cherry Blossom Festival: Washington, D.C.'s most popular annual event has zip to do with politics and everything to do with celebrating the awesomeness of these special trees. The 1912 gift of the original Japanese cherry trees from the mayor of Tokyo sparked both a friendship between those two capital cities and the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which this year runs March 20 to April 13. Trees bloom for about 10 days, but activities of every description take place throughout.


To get the most out of your visit, follow these best-of-the-fest tips.
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Grand Ole Opry House at 40: Its 16 Best Moments

by Susan Barnes. Posted Mar 14th 2014 01:29 PM
Grand Ole Opry House celebrates its 40th anniversary this weekend.
Grand Ole Opry House

Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House, home of the weekly Grand Ole Opry concert series, kicks off its 40th anniversary celebration this weekend. The festivities will continue throughout the year and into the next one, leading up to the 90th anniversary of the concert series itself on Nov. 28, 2015.
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5 U.S. Cities Pope Francis Should Visit

by Graham Shelby. Posted Feb 27th 2014 11:44 AM
Vatican, Rome, Italy. 19th February 2014. General Audience of 19 February 2014 - Pope Francis drinks the mate offered by a pilgr
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The pope is coming.

That's the word, anyway. There's no official confirmation (otherwise it'd be The Word), but recent reports have stated that Pope Francis may be planning his first papal visit to the United States. He'll likely attend the Vatican-sponsored World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September 2015 with a possible stop in New York to address the United Nations.

Here's hoping the pontiff takes the opportunity to see a little more of the country during his visit. These five cities are good fits.
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'Bridges of Madison County' Musical: Iowa Setting Obeys Broadway's Expectations

by Diana Lambdin Meyer. Posted Feb 20th 2014 10:15 AM
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Bridges of Madison County musicalThe Bridges of Madison County musical brings Iowa to Broadway.
As The Bridges of Madison County musical opens today on Broadway, sales of the book by Robert James Waller are expected to resurge. Rentals of the 1995 movie starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep also should get a bump.

But better than the book, the movie and the musical combined is a visit to the real Madison County and those beautiful and very real covered bridges.
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French Lick, Indiana: A Visit to Larry Bird's Hometown

by Diana Lambdin Meyer. Posted Feb 14th 2014 04:03 PM
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For sports fans in Boston and in tiny French Lick, Indiana, the number 33 is sacred. With a population of 1,800, French Lick is one of those places where everybody knows everybody. And there, 33 is synonymous with French Lick's most famous native son -– Larry Bird.
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Never Mind the Ed Sullivan Theater, Abbey Road Is the Top Beatles Travel Spot

by Zach Everson. Posted Feb 7th 2014 04:05 PM
BEATLES FIRST CONCERT AUCTION
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Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles playing on the Ed Sullivan Show, the Fab Four's first U.S. television appearance. To commemorate the occasion, New York City's Ed Sullivan theater (now home to The Late Show with David Letterman) unveiled a special marquee; the New York Port Authority placed a historical marker at JFK International Airport, where The Beatles held their first press conference; and CBS is airing a two-hour tribute Sunday at 8 p.m. EST, "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America -- A Grammy Salute."

But just as Abbey Road is the group's best-selling album, a visit to the setting of its iconic cover -- outside Abbey Road Studios in London -- has got to be the top Beatles-related travel destination. (Just watch the Abbey Road Crossing Cam and count the photo shoots.) Here are some of the better shots we found online.
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