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Hikes for your next vacation: Scenic treks in National Parks across the United States

Hikes for your next vacation: Scenic treks in National Parks across the United States

From leisurely strolls to strenuous treks, national parks across the USA provide plenty of reasons to break out those hiking boots and start exploring. These outdoor natural playgrounds offer everything for fun day hikes or rugged adventures, including wildlife sightings, dramatic scenery and lots of bucolic calorie-burning experiences.

Plan your summer beach vacation: Legendary Boardwalks in the USA

Plan your summer beach vacation: Legendary Boardwalks in the USA

For passionate beachgoers, summer vacation is synonymous with oceanfront boardwalks that offer stunning views of the dunes, beaches and crashing waves. Featuring fun amusement rides, eclectic shops, cool cafes, live music and carefree summertime traditions, these boardwalks have become popular destinations with their own sun-soaked personalities, characterized by the sweet and salty combined aromas of fresh popcorn, cotton candy, French fries, pizza and other delectable and local treats.  

10 places you need to eat Hawaiian food on Oahu

10 places you need to eat Hawaiian food on Oahu

Published in USA Today

Vibrant and diverse, Oahu's culinary scene is evolving at a rapid rate in Honolulu – as well as across Hawaii's most populated island. Spearheaded by creative chefs who combine local, fresh ingredients with innovative flavors and cooking techniques, the island is offering a multitude of exciting and surprising dining experiences, at new establishments as well as long-time favorites.

Retro vibe intact at refurbed Queen Kapiolani

Retro vibe intact at refurbed Queen Kapiolani

Published in Travel Weekly

The newly refurbished Queen Kapiolani Hotel in Waikiki exudes a cool, casual vibe. Open, airy and light-filled, the lobby of this recently renovated property welcomes guests with a fresh ambience enhanced with ocean breezes and bright Hawaiian artwork.

'Blue Mind': Why being near the water makes you happy

'Blue Mind': Why being near the water makes you happy

Published in USA Today

A day at the beach brings joy to visitors of all ages. Those who love to vacation by oceans, lakes and even swimming pools can attest to the water’s power to inspire relaxation and promote personal rejuvenation.

Shhh… 6 Hidden Hotels Perfect for Privacy-Seekers

Shhh… 6 Hidden Hotels Perfect for Privacy-Seekers

Published in Robb Report

Unless you’ve been to Hawaii, there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of poi. One of the Aloha State’s most traditional ingredients, poi has always been much loved by Hawaiians, but it wasn’t until recently that it’s started to make appearances in innovative dishes at restaurants across Hawaii, from fine dining restaurants to casual cafés and even bakeries.

Hotel Review: Holiday Inn Express Waikiki

Hotel Review: Holiday Inn Express Waikiki

Published in Travel Age West

When entering the breezy, open-air lobby of the new Holiday Inn Express Waikiki, clients can’t help but feel enveloped by the proverbial aloha spirit. With a waterfall, a koi pond, plenty of light and comfortable seating, the laid-back lobby emits a relaxed vibe, and modern decor invites travelers to soak in the casually understated Hawaiian ambiance. Ideal for those seeking a centrally located, budget-friendly option, Holiday Inn Express Waikiki is an easy three-block walk from iconic Waikiki Beach and steps away from major shops, bars and restaurants.

Fill that free weekend with a last-minute getaway

Fill that free weekend with a last-minute getaway

Published in Courier Post

It’s a dream come true for road-trippers. You find yourself with a free weekend (or a few days off) and decide to take a last-minute trip. With limited time for an escape, how do you quickly choose your destination and activities? And do you make arrangements in advance … or simply “wing it” and hope for the best?

A Quick Travel Guide to Center City Philadelphia

A Quick Travel Guide to Center City Philadelphia

Published in Travel Age West

Philadelphia is a city that blends old with new — celebrating its history while embracing the reinvention of everything from its architecture and design to its diverse food offerings. Walkable and easy to navigate, Center City Philadelphia is abundant with hip cafes, award-winning restaurants, stylish boutiques and world-class museums.

A Guide to Lisbon for Art and Design Lovers

A Guide to Lisbon for Art and Design Lovers

Published in Travel Age West

Lisbon, Portugal, offers an array of visual inspiration for art and design enthusiasts, ranging from centuries-old sculptures and paintings to modern street art that revitalizes the community with splashes of color. Travelers to this seaside city will most likely find themselves meandering along intricately pattered sidewalks and admiring the azulejos (distinctively detailed ceramic-painted tiles) adorning the city’s architecture.