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How to Spend the Perfect 24 Hours on Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Travel and Leisure - 6 hours 5 min ago
<p>While Charleston is a beloved South Carolina destination, nearby Kiawah Island tends to fly under the radar — and that’s exactly what makes it the perfect place to unwind for a day.</p><p>As soon as you arrive on the magnolia-lined avenues of Kiawah, serenity sets in... Perhaps that's why it's consistently voted by T+L readers as one of their <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/islands-in-us" target="_blank">favorite islands in the U.S.</a> The only commercial development you'll find on the island is Freshfields Village, a small town center with an assortment of shops and restaurants, and the crowds of other coastal retreats are blissfully absent.</p><p>One of the main draws of Kiawah is the award-winning golf courses. With five public courses to choose from you certainly won’t run out of holes to work on your chip shot. The only danger? Letting the stunning ocean vistas distract you into scoring a double-bogey rather than a birdie.</p><p>Kiawah is a quick island getaway that offers pristine natural beauty — with wide golden beaches, maritime forests, and picturesque marshland — and a laid-back, Lowcountry vibe. Here's how to spend the perfect 24 hours on the charming island.</p><h2>8 a.m.: Breakfast at Java Java</h2><p>Start off the day with — what else — coffee, brewed with beans from award-winning King Bean Coffee Roasters in Charleston, or a fresh fruit smoothie if coffee isn’t your preferred morning drink. <a href="http://www.javajavaff.com/" target="_blank">The cafe</a> also serves a delicious selection of breakfast sandwiches and pastries. Take your brew to go as you window shop the more than 30 boutiques in <a href="https://freshfieldsvillage.com/" target="_blank">Freshfields</a>.</p><img alt="18th Hole at The Ocean Course, Kiawah Island "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1558124578/ocean-course-KIAWAH0519.jpg?itok=eYfvi0Yk"><h2>9 a.m.: Tee time at the Ocean Course</h2><p>Of all of the beautifully designed courses on the island, <a href="http://kiawahresort.com/golf/the-ocean-course/" target="_blank">Ocean Course</a> is the most famous — it has hosted several PGA Championship tournaments, and is considered one of the best golf courses in the world. Scoring a tee time at this course guarantees some incredible panoramas of the Atlantic surf while you play. Designed by legendary course designer Pete Dye, the Ocean Course hugs almost three miles of coast, boasting the most seaside holes in the Northern hemisphere.</p><h2>1 p.m.: Lunch at Ryder Cup Bar</h2><p>Head straight off the final hole to some post-round drinks at the Ocean Course’s <a href="http://kiawahresort.com/dining/ryder-cup-bar/" target="_blank">Ryder Cup Bar</a>, where they serve elevated pub fare with low country flair. Order the signature Crispy Shrimp, made with American white shrimp caught by the trawlers you'll see on the horizon. Ask to sit on the veranda so you can soak in the ocean breeze.</p><img alt="Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1558124578/beach-chairs-KIAWAH0519.jpg?itok=3jbJuJHd"><h2>2:30 p.m.: Relax on the sand at Beachwalker Park</h2><p>One of the most unique characteristics of Kiawah is that it runs east-west as opposed to north-south, so while many other barrier islands battle beach erosion, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/beach-vacations/south-carolina-beaches" target="_blank">Kiawah’s 10 miles of beaches</a> are actually growing wider with each passing year. Building regulations on Kiawah keep houses well past the second row of dunes, leaving the beaches peaceful and pristine.</p><p>Head to <a href="http://www.ccprc.com/1411/Kiawah-Beachwalker-Park" target="_blank">Beachwalker Park</a>, a yearly pick on <a href="http://drbeach.org/online/2018-top-10-beaches/">Dr. Beach’s Top 10 Beaches in America list</a>. Despite the accolades, the beach remains uncrowded even during high season. And with its calm surf and amenities (lifeguards, restrooms and changing rooms, snack stand), it’s a great beach for families with kids of all ages. Didn’t pack beach gear? Chairs, umbrellas, kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards are available to rent from Island Beach Services. They even offer surf lessons if you’re really feeling adventurous.</p><img alt="Bike path on Kiawah Island "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1558124578/marsh-path-KIAWAH0519.jpg?itok=G2T1yaGu"><h2>4:30 p.m.: Bike ride along the nature paths</h2><p>After enjoying the island’s beautiful Atlantic coast, it’s time to take in another side of Kiawah: its interior, dense with sprawling live oak trees draped with Spanish moss, towering palmettos, stout yucca plants, and expansive marshlands with sea grasses and river tributaries. The best way to explore is via the island’s 30 miles of bike paths.</p><p>Don't be surprised to come across some of the island’s abundant wildlife: bobcats, alligators, herons, deer, bottlenose dolphins, and loggerhead sea turtles are just some of the fascinating animals that make up the island’s ecosystem. (Just remember to always keep your distance and to never feed wild animals.) If you’re hoping to participate in the <a href="https://www.kiawahisland.org/wildlife/loggerhead-sea-turtles/" target="_blank">Turtle Patrol volunteer program</a> to help track turtle nesting and hatching, plan your trip for July through October. Bikes are available to rent from <a href="https://kiawahresort.com/recreation/bike-rentals/" target="_blank">Kiawah Island Golf Resort</a> and <a href="https://www.seacoastsports.com/" target="_blank">SeaCoast Sports and Outfitters</a> in Freshfields Village.</p><h2>6:30 p.m.: Oysters at Mingo Point Oyster Roast and BBQ</h2><p>End your bike ride at <a href="http://kiawahresort.com/dining/mingo-point-oyster-roast-and-bbq/" target="_blank">Mingo Point</a> on the island's western end, where Kiawah’s longest running tradition happens every Monday night all summer long: a community feast of oysters roasted over an open fire; barbecued ribs, pulled pork, chicken, and steak; along with an assortment of classic Southern side dishes like mac ‘n cheese, collard greens, and Lowcountry red rice and sausage. Live music and watching the sun set over Kiawah River make it the perfect way to close out the evening.</p><h2>7:30 p.m.: Dinner at The Ocean Room</h2><p>For a memorable meal to end your stay, make a reservation at the upscale <a href="http://kiawahresort.com/dining/the-ocean-room/" target="_blank">Ocean Room</a> at the Sanctuary resort, which offers gorgeous coastal views as you dine. The elegant, wood-paneled steakhouse is perennially awarded both Forbes 4-Star and AAA 4-Diamond ratings. Dining here promises superb food and impeccable service, so get dressed up (t-shirts, jeans, shorts, and sandals are not allowed) and indulge.</p><p>The menu reflects chef Kyle Bowling’s dedication to using locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients, with five cuts of steak from cows raised on a nearby family farm raised especially for the Ocean Room, as well as expertly-prepared local seafood. Those more inclined towards surf than turf will approve of the restaurant’s impressive sushi lounge. Be sure to also enjoy a selection from the 1,000-bottle wine list to complement your meal.</p><img alt="Guestroom at The Sanctuary, Kiawah Island "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1558124578/sanctuary-room-KIAWAH0519.jpg?itok=Se9H82rr"><h2>10 p.m.: Book a room at The Sanctuary</h2><p>After being thoroughly wined and dined, turn in right upstairs at this <a href="http://kiawahresort.com/accommodations/the-sanctuary-hotel/" target="_blank">five-star oceanside resort</a>, which feels more like a lavish Southern estate rather than a hotel. The lobby is set up like a richly appointed living room. Cozy seating areas around limestone fireplaces open to a foyer with double curved staircases reminiscent of a grand plantation home. Each guest room is outfitted with a soaking tub and walk-in marble shower, plus a private balcony with either ocean or dune views.</p><p>With three pools, 22 tennis courts, a luxury spa, nature programs that include marsh canoeing and ocean kayaking, and access to five golf courses, you won’t run out of activities to fill your time.</p><h2>How to Get There</h2><p>Kiawah is about a 40-minute drive southwest from Charleston. If you’re coming from farther away, you can fly into Charleston International Airport or access Kiawah by way of Charleston Executive Airport (JZI), approximately 20 minutes away on Johns Island, where many private jet companies fly.</p><p>Want to make your trip to Kiawah a regular event? Private jet company <a href="https://www.netjets.com/en-us/" target="_blank">NetJets</a> has an exclusive partnership with <a href="https://www.kiawahislandclub.com/club/scripts/section/section.asp?NS=HP" target="_blank">Kiawah Island Club</a> that offers access to private events hosted on the island, as well as complimentary discovery visits to <a href="https://www.netjets.com/en-us/kiawah-island" target="_blank">experience everything on Kiawah</a>.</p><h2>The Best Times to Go to Kiawah Island</h2><p>Conveniently located mid-way up the Atlantic coast, Kiawah enjoys pleasant weather even when temps on New England islands are too cold and Florida islands are too hot. The best time to go for optimal weather is in late spring and early fall.</p><p>Summer temperatures (averaging between the high 70s and low 90s) are pleasant with ocean breezes, but keep in mind that this is also the island's most popular season.</p><p><em>Note: NetJets provided support for the reporting of this story.</em></p>
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Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis Are Beyond Adorable in New Royal Family Photos

Travel and Leisure - 7 hours 41 min ago
<p>The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge — Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton — shared a few new snapshots of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/queen-elizabeth-flew-helicopter-to-see-prince-louis" target="_blank">their entire family</a> on social media. The photos of the littlest royals are beyond adorable.</p><p>The couple shared the images of their family frolicking in a garden, which happened to be co-designed by the Duchess alongside architects Andrée Davies and Adam White as part of the Chelsea Flower Show in London. The garden is titled “Back to Nature.”</p><img alt="Prince William with Prince Louis "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1558362636/prince-william-prince-louis-ROYALPICS0519.jpg?itok=zrMVeoQX"><p>"In recent years I have focused much of my work on the early years, and how instrumental they are for outcomes later in life," the Duchess said in a statement released by Kensington Palace. "I believe that spending time outdoors when we are young can play a role in laying the foundations for children to become happy, healthy adults."</p><p>In the first image posted to Instagram Kate herself looks to be having a ball in her own garden as she jumped on her newly-installed rope swing.</p><p>“The woodland wilderness garden aims to get people back to nature, and highlight the benefits of the natural world on our mental and physical wellbeing,” the caption reads.</p><img alt="Prince George, Princess Charlotte "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1558362636/princess-charlotte-prince-george-ROYALPICS0519.jpg?itok=tELLxxXy"><img alt="Prince Louis "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1558362636/royal-house-cambridge-family-garden-ROYALPICS0519.jpg?itok=-FYysMln"><img alt="Prince William, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George and Prince Louis "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1558362636/duke-duchess-cambridge-family-garden-ROYALPICS0519.jpg?itok=U5EZqYpx"><p>In the next image, an adorably chubby-cheeked <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/new-prince-louis-photo" target="_blank">Prince Louis</a> can be seen running toward the camera holding a hazel stick.</p><p>“Over the past months, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have helped The Duchess gather moss, leaves and twigs to help decorate <a href="https://www.instagram.com/The_RHS/" target="_blank">@The_RHS</a> Back to Nature Garden,” The caption read in part. “Hazel sticks collected by the family were also used to make the garden’s den.”</p><p>In the third image, Prince George and Princess Charlotte can be seen dangling their tiny feet into the running water below.</p><p>For the last post of the series, Kensington shared a slideshow of two images — the first with the Duchess and Louis and the second of Charlotte playing on the same swing as her mother.</p><p>“I really feel that nature and being interactive outdoors has huge benefits on our physical and mental wellbeing, particularly for young children,” The Duchess told Monty Don in an interview for the BBC, according to the image’s caption. “I really hope that this woodland that we have created really inspires families, kids and communities to get outside, enjoy nature and the outdoors, and spend quality time together.”</p><img alt="Princess Charlotte "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1558362636/princess-charlotte-swing-ROYALPICS0519.jpg?itok=9rbYRhSh"><p>If a bunch of adorable royal babies won’t inspire you to get outside we don’t know what will.</p>
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25 Memorial Day Quotes for Your Patriotic Instagram Photos

Travel and Leisure - 8 hours 39 min ago
<p>Consecrating the final Monday of May as a national holiday, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/holiday-travel/memorial-day/free-memorial-day-events" target="_blank">Memorial Day</a> is a popular time for U.S. travelers and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/holiday-travel/memorial-day/top-memorial-day-trips-2019" target="_blank">three-day-weekenders to venture away from home</a> or just spend some downtime with loved ones.</p><p>But it’s much more than just a day off of work that marks the unofficial start of summer: Memorial Day is set apart to remember and honor the servicemen and women who lost their lives in defense of liberty and justice for all. Amid the patriotic celebrations of our country’s hard-won freedom, Americans take time to express and reflect on their perennial gratitude to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of their fellow citizens.</p><p>Memorial Day 2019 is coming up on Monday, May 27. Honor the fallen heroes who died to protect our freedom with these 25 inspiring, patriotic, and thankful Memorial Day quotes.</p><h2>Most Patriotic Memorial Day Quotes</h2><img alt="Memorial day "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557776137/memorial-day-dogs-MEMQUOTE0519.jpg?itok=4V5QiSGh"><p>“Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.” — Adlai Stevenson</p><p>“Our democracy must be not only the envy of the world but the engine of our own renewal. There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.” — President Bill Clinton’s first inaugural address</p><p>“To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” — Nelson Mandela</p><p><b> </b>“America without her soldiers would be like God without His angels.” — Claudia Pemberton,<em> Love Leaves No One Behind</em></p><p>“And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave / for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.” — Joseph Drake</p><p>“Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.” — unknown</p><p>“Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land</p><p>Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.</p><p>Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,</p><p>And this be our motto: ‘In God is our trust.’</p><p>And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave</p><p>O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!”</p><p>—Francis Scott Key, “The Star-Spangled Banner”</p><h2> Quotes About Feeling Thankful for Your Freedom</h2><img alt="Memorial Day "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557776137/memorial-day-parade-MEMQUOTE0519.jpg?itok=Wnm7bd5g"><p> “Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity.” — President Herbert Hoover</p><p>“Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.” — Albert Einstein</p><p>“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter the words, but to live by them.” — President John F. Kennedy</p><p>“Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better, whereas enslavement is a certainty of the worst.” — Albert Camus</p><p>“I love America more than any other country in the world, and exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.” — James Baldwin</p><p>“To find yourself, think for yourself.” — Socrates</p><p>“Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be.” — Daniel Boorstin, twelfth Librarian of the United States Congress</p><p>“We don’t know them all, but we owe them all.” — unknown</p><h2> Memorial Day Quotes That Make Great Instagram Captions</h2><img alt="Memorial Day "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557776137/memorial-day-tablescape-MEMQUOTE0519.jpg?itok=rYG9h1pR"><p>“If you want to thank a soldier, be the kind of American worth fighting for.” — unknown</p><p>“Heroism doesn’t always happen in a burst of glory. Sometimes small triumphs and large hearts change the course of history.” — Mary Roach</p><p>“No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.” — Douglas MacArthur</p><p>“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” — Mark Twain</p><p>“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” — Elmer Davis</p><p>“We honor the dead best by treating the living well.” — Jennifer Granholm</p><p>“When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?” — George Canning</p><p>“Sometimes courage is nothing more than a willingness to think differently than those around you. In a culture of conformity, that’s braver than it sounds.” — Mary Roach</p><p>“Home of the free because of the brave.” — unknown</p><p>“I believe in America … because we have great dreams and because we have the opportunity to make those dreams come true.” — Wendell Willkie</p>
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This Disney Packing Hack Could Make Your Next Trip so Much Less Stressful

Travel and Leisure - 9 hours 5 min ago
<p>You never have to worry again about leaving something at home when you go to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/disney-world-travel-tips" target="_blank">Disney World</a>.</p><p>Packing for yourself and your family members can be a chaotic experience, so it’s natural that some things get left behind — like hair brushes, toiletries, or other essential items that you totally thought you packed.</p><p>While the resort hotels at Disney World also sell sundries, such as deodorant, Band-Aids, or sunscreen, they may not always have exactly what you’re looking for in stock. </p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/disney-packing-list" target="_blank">The Ultimate Disney Packing List for the Whole Family</a></p><p>Amazon is now offering <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/amazonprime" target="_blank">same-day delivery for all Prime members</a> in Orlando, <em><a href="https://www.rd.com/advice/travel/amazon-perk-disney-park-visitors/" target="_blank">Reader’s Digest</a> </em>reported. That means your personal items like shampoo or diapers, groceries, or even an extra stroller is only a click away. (And if you're not a Prime member, you can always <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/amazonprime" target="_blank">sign up for a free trial</a> and instantly reap the benefits). </p><p>It stands to reason that this offer is available to Orlando residents and non-Disney tourists as well, so it’s also great news for people visiting <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/amusement-parks/universal-annual-pass-hack" target="_blank">Universal Studios</a>.</p><p>In order to get same-day delivery, you must place an order greater than $20. If you want it delivered to your hotel, go to the Amazon <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://primenow.amazon.com/" target="_blank">Prime Now</a> storefront and type in your resort name with the word “guest” + “your name” after it, and add the resort’s physical address.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-bags/pincnil-travel-backpack-amazon">This $26 Travel Backpack Is Lightweight, Water-resistant, and Pickpocket-proof</a></p><p>Then, feel free to place your order and add delivery instructions so it gets to you as quickly as possible. According to <em>Reader’s Digest</em>, the package will be taken to the resort’s front desk and held for you there, so you can enjoy the parks and never worry about your items getting delivered.</p><p>Looking for more Disney World hacks? There are plenty of ways to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/syndication/walt-disney-world-vacation-hacks">make your Disney vacation even more magical</a>.</p>
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This Company Is Giving Free Kayak Tours in Europe If You Pick up Trash From the Water

Travel and Leisure - 12 hours 43 min ago
<p>One of the best ways to see a new destination is to truly immerse yourself in it. And for many <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/underappreciated-european-destinations" target="_blank">European destinations</a> that means hoping in the water.</p><p>This summer, <a href="https://www.greenkayak.org/" target="_blank">GreenKayak</a>, a Denmark-based nonprofit, wants every tourist to jump into the canals and rivers through Ireland, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/island-vacations/denmark-islands-europe-best-secret" target="_blank">Denmark</a>, Germany, Sweden, and Norway to paddle their way along on kayaks. And their willing to gift you this activity for free, so long as you’re willing to pick up trash along the way.</p><p>“In Denmark, people hang out on canals and eat pizza and unfortunately see trash floating by,” Tobias Weber-Andersen, GreenKayak founder and CEO, told <em><a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/experience/2019/05/08/kayaking-free-denmark-ireland-germany-sweden-and-norway-greenkayak/1146528001/" target="_blank">USA Today</a></em>. “You can’t take your shirt off and jump in, but you can get in a GreenKayak and make an impact.”</p><p>The free kayak and cleanup project began in Denmark in April, 2017, <em>USA Today</em><i> </i>explained. Since then, thousands of kayak volunteers have cleaned up 11 tons of trash from the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/copenhagen" target="_blank">Copenhagen</a> harbor. And now, the program is expanding to new waterways including Dublin, Bergen, and Hamburg. Those who’ve taken part in the program have even shared their adventures on social media with the hashtag, #GreenKayak.</p><p>As part of the program, visitors can book a free kayak. Life jackets and equipment are also provided.</p><p> “We had hoped to have 30 kayaks this year, but most likely we will have around 50 spread across all of our locations,” Weber-Andersen said.</p><p>The GreenKayaks, the company’s website explained, are a highly effective tool for collecting waste from water bodies as they are flexible and can access areas that are otherwise hard to reach.</p><p>Each kayak is a double seater, meaning there’s enough space for two people. If you can’t physically use the kayak yourself you could still donate to the nonprofit’s mission to clean up European waterways <a href="https://www.greenkayak.org/about-us/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>
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The Best Way to See Vietnam’s Iconic Ha Long Bay Is by Soaring Over It in a Helicopter

Travel and Leisure - 12 hours 59 min ago
<p>A visit to Ha Long Bay tops the list for most travelers in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/a-list/john-clifford-vietnam-laos-itinerary" target="_blank">Vietnam</a>. And once you see it, it’s easy to understand why. The bay in northeastern Vietnam is dotted with forest-covered limestone islands that tower over the bay’s emerald green waters. Most visitors explore the bay by boat or kayak, but starting now, they’ll be able to see the <a href="https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/672" target="_blank">UNESCO heritage site</a> from the sky.</p><img alt="Ha Long Bay, Vietnam "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557852655/halong-bay-vietnam-helicopter-HALONGSKY0519.jpg?itok=gzdPegIo"><p>Helicopter manufacturer <a href="http://bellflight.com/" target="_blank">Bell</a> announced that the <a href="http://www.vnhn.com.vn/en/home.php" target="_blank">Northern Vietnam Helicopter Company</a> will be offering tourism flights in their new Bell 505 helicopters. The five-seaters will take passengers high in the sky for rare, aerial views of Ha Long Bay and the surrounding area. Bell said in a <a href="http://news.bellflight.com/en-US/173073-vietnam-launches-tourism-flights-over-iconic-ha-long-bay-with-bell-505-jrx-helicopters" target="_blank">statement</a> that the Bell 505's “forward-facing seats and large windows give all passengers outstanding visibility during flight while large doors make boarding and loading cargo easier.”</p><p>In addition to offering flights for tourists, Bell says the Northern Vietnam Helicopter Company will use the helicopters for point-to-point transfers from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay, charter flights, and wedding photography.</p><p>Booking details and availability have yet to be announced. Those looking to book a flight should contact the Northern Vietnam Helicopter Company’s <a href="http://www.vnhn.com.vn/en/services/helicopter-service-for-tourism.php" target="_blank">tourism service</a>.</p>
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We Found Your New Go-to Travel Wallet — and It’s Only $10 on Amazon

Travel and Leisure - 13 hours 28 min ago
<p>If you’re in the market for <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/best-travel-wallets" target="_blank">a new travel wallet</a>, there’s a good chance we just found it. Not only does the <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Travelambo-Minimalist-Leather-Blocking-texture/dp/B073CZ5275/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltravelwalletrcarhart0519-20&amp;linkId=82047e68492d6bf814955a135e9570dd" target="_blank">Travelambo Slim RFID Blocking Wallet</a> have a coveted Amazon’s Choice recommendation, but it has also racked up over 4,200 perfect five-star reviews with multiple shoppers calling it the best wallet they’ve ever owned.</p><p>The simple design features multiple card slots and a roomy middle section that will hold all your essentials without any added bulk. Besides being slim and compact (making it ideal for travel), the wallet also boasts RFID-blocking technology to help keep your personal information safe and secure. The <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-accessories/best-mens-travel-wallets" target="_blank">stylish unisex wallet</a> is handmade from a soft and supple Nappa leather that gets better with age and each wallet comes in a cute box — making it an excellent gift option for the travelers in your life.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/lanzom-wide-brim-straw-panama-hat-amazon" target="_blank">We Found Your New Go-to Travel Hat — and It’s Under $20 on Amazon</a></p><p>So it’s no wonder that <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-bags/pincnil-travel-backpack-amazon" target="_blank">Amazon customers are going crazy for the cute accessory</a> which has an impressive 4.6-star rating. “Best wallet ever,” raved one customer. “Very durable and minimalist. Bought it as a temporary wallet to travel so I can have it in my front pocket but ended up replacing my old Perry Ellis wallet afterwards. It is that good. The slim/low profile actually forces you to only carry the essentials which is great for me. It might appear small at times especially if you are coming from the larger billfolds but the slots will expand and form fit your cards over time as you wear it. It can easily fit 7-9 cards and 200 USD in 20 dollar bills. Your back (and butt) will appreciate less bulk in your back pocket!”</p><p>“It really changed my life. I travel a lot and got a new credit card. So I wanted to throw away my old bulky wallet and upgrade something more convenient for the modern age. I did a lot of research and this looked the best. It arrived and I'm really glad I bought it. It carries everything you need. I have five cards including an ID, debit card, two pretty thick credit cards, and a fair amount of cash. It stays thin and it makes me look pretty cool when I pay from this stylish, minimal wallet,” said another.</p><p>The best part? <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/best-travel-accessories" target="_blank">This top-rated travel accessory</a> retails for just $10, and it comes in 25 different colorways and textures, so you are sure to find a style (or two or three) that you love. Plus, if you aren’t fully satisfied, you can receive a full refund or free replacement with the company’s one-year warranty. Whether you’re looking for a wallet that protects your info while you travel, or just want a slim everyday option, this sleek and affordable wallet is definitely a smart buy.</p><img alt="Travelambo wallet "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1558126215/travelambo-front-pocket-wallet-WALLET0519.jpg?itok=wyXLQ64n"><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Travelambo-Minimalist-Leather-Blocking-texture/dp/B073CZ5275/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltravelwalletrcarhart0519-20&amp;linkId=82047e68492d6bf814955a135e9570dd" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $10</p>
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Divers Discover World's Biggest Cave Is Even Bigger Than Previously Thought (Video)

Travel and Leisure - 16 hours 34 min ago
<p>A team of divers has discovered that the largest cave in the world is even bigger than anybody previously thought.</p><p>During a dive last month, a British team discovered an underwater tunnel connecting the largest cave, Son Doong, in Vietnam, with another gigantic cave, called Hang Thung. Once the caves are officially connected, it will measure an estimated 1.4 billion cubic feet.</p><img alt="The cave is nearly Sondoong cave in Quang Binh provice, Vietnam "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1558366515/hang-en-cave-camp-vietnam-BIGCAVE0519.jpg?itok=xn0PwN7l"><p>“It would be like someone found a lump on top of Mount Everest, making it another 1,000 meters higher,” Howard Limbert, one of the organizers of the dive, <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/son-doong-cave-vietnam-expedition/index.html" target="_blank">told CNN Travel</a>. “Any cave in the world will be able to fit comfortably inside Song Dong when it's connected -- it's just outrageous in size.”</p><p>The dive included some members of the team that <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/thai-boys-trapped-in-cave-rescue-effort" target="_blank">rescued the Thai soccer players from a cave where they were trapped for two weeks last year.</a></p><p>Son Doong is located in Central Vietnam, in the heart of the Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. It is considered the largest cave in the world, based on volume. It was discovered by accident in 1990 and was only explored by the British Cave Research Association in 2009. It opened up to visitors in 2013 and is currently <a href="https://oxalis.com.vn/cave/son-doong-cave/" target="_blank">accessible only through the adventure tour company Oxalis.</a></p><img alt="Cave hiking and camping tour in Son Doong Cave, the worlds largest cave in Vietnam "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1558366515/entrance-son-doong-cave-vietnam-BIGCAVE0519.jpg?itok=OvlFTovS"><p>The river cave is thought to be at least 3 million years old. It measures more than three miles long, and at its largest, the cave is more than 650 feet tall, and almost 500 feet wide.</p><img alt="Cave hiking and camping tour in Son Doong Cave, the worlds largest cave in Vietnam "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1558366515/son-doong-cave-vietnam-BIGCAVE0519.jpg?itok=umWLX-7g"><p>The divers plan to return in April 2020. That month is considered the best for diving as it’s when the caves are easiest to explore because of low water levels and high visibility.</p>
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Eiffel Tower Closed to Tourists After Man Tries to Climb It

Travel and Leisure - 16 hours 46 min ago
<p>The Eiffel Tower is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world, and consistently ranks as one of the world’s <a href="https://www.skyscanner.com/tips-and-inspiration/inspiration/9-of-the-most-visited-tourist-attractions-in-the-world" target="_blank">most popular</a> tourist sites — so you can imagine the disappointment when tourists showed up today to find the iconic monument closed.</p><p>Officials evacuated the Eiffel Tower Monday after a man tried to scale the monument. <a href="https://www.apnews.com/7193622d19914e4e8e36139b845a1f31" target="_blank">The Associated Press</a> reports that the man could be seen dangling just below the highest level of the structure — almost <a href="https://www.toureiffel.paris/en/the-monument/key-figures" target="_blank">900 feet</a> in the air. It wasn’t immediately clear why the man had attempted to climb the tower or how he got past the monument’s security.</p><p>Tourists were evacuated, and the monument is closed indefinitely, according to the French news site <a href="https://www.20minutes.fr/paris/2522163-20190520-paris-tour-eiffel-evacuee-raison-presence-grimpeur" target="_blank">20 Minutes</a>.</p><p>The Eiffel Tower Exploitation Company, which operates the monument, advised tourists to postpone their visit.</p><p>A member of the Paris police said a climbing specialist and a team of firefighters were on the scene and were in touch with the intruder.</p><p>Further information was not disclosed and it’s not known when the Eiffel Tower will reopen.</p><p>The closure comes less than one week after the Eiffel Tower celebrated its 130 anniversary with an elaborate light show.</p>
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Kate Middleton Can’t Stop Wearing These White Sneakers — and They're on Sale Right Now

Travel and Leisure - 17 hours 56 min ago
<p>On Monday, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, unveiled her newly designed garden for the Chelsea Flower Show. The garden, titled “Back to Nature,” was co-designed by the Duchess and landscape designers Andrée Davies and Adam White. And though the garden itself is stunning, it was Middleton’s outfit — specifically <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.zappos.com/p/superga-2750-cotu-classic-sneaker-white/product/7423619/color/14" target="_blank">her sneakers</a> — that really stole the show.</p><p>At the event, Middleton looked wildly garden chic in a pair of <a href="https://www.massimodutti.com/gb/women/collection/trousers/culotte-c1467619.html" target="_blank">culottes from Massimo Dutti</a>. She paired the tan wide-legged pants with a white eyelet button-down shirt from M.I.H Jeans. The Duchess then finished off the look with a pair of fresh <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.zappos.com/p/superga-2750-cotu-classic-sneaker-white/product/7423619/color/14" target="_blank">white Superga sneakers</a>.</p><img alt="Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1558368196/kate-middleton-garden-outfit-KATESHOES0519.jpg?itok=n7TZZwMr"><p>The comfortable and flattering sneaker brand is a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/shoes/superga-sneakers-sale?slide=744766#744766" target="_blank">true favorite of the Duchess</a>, who is often photographed in the shoe during more casual events. Middleton isn’t the only A-lister who’s fallen in love with Superga either. Emma Watson is also a known fan, and Princess Diana was also reportedly a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/fashion/emma-watson-kate-middleton-same-sneakers" target="_blank">regular customer as well</a>.</p><p>Middleton’s pair this week appeared to be the brand’s <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.zappos.com/p/superga-2750-cotu-classic-sneaker-white/product/7423619/color/14" target="_blank">2750 COTU Classic Sneaker</a><a href="https://www.zappos.com/p/superga-2750-cotu-classic-sneaker-white/product/7423619/color/14?PID=7876402&amp;AID=11554337&amp;utm_source=Meredith+Corporation&amp;splash=none&amp;utm_medium=affiliate&amp;cjevent=851c98d37b0411e983a502f70a180514&amp;utm_campaign=4522830&amp;utm_term=7876402&amp;utm_content=11554337&amp;zap_placement=TL%2CEmmaWatsonandKateMiddletonGoEverywhereinThese%2465Sneakers%28Video%29%2Cchenk%2CFAS%2CART%2C566468%2C201811%2CI" target="_blank">,</a> which retails for $65 (and is <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.zappos.com/p/superga-2750-cotu-classic-sneaker-white/product/7423619/color/14" target="_blank">on sale at Zappos</a> right now!) and comes with a thick rubber sole that may be the ideal shoe for walking around fancy gardens in this summer.</p><img alt="Superga White Sneakers "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1558368196/kate-middleton-superga-white-sneakers-KATESHOES0519.jpg?itok=Tg_KbV8z"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.zappos.com/p/superga-2750-cotu-classic-sneaker-white/product/7423619/color/14" target="_blank">zappos.com</a>, $51 (originally $65)</p><p>Though the shoes are cool, they still shouldn’t take away from all the hard work the Duchess put into designing her space, built around the idea of inspiring others to get outside more.</p><p>“Over the past few months, The Duchess and landscape architects Davies White have visited plant nurseries, suppliers and specialist craftspeople who have been growing and building elements of the garden ready for Chelsea,” Kensington shared in an Instagram post. It further explained, the Duchess worked with the team to “highlight how being active in nature can positively impact our physical and mental health. The garden has a natural woodland feel and contains lots of unique design features to inspire families to get outside and explore nature together.”</p><p>But hey, nobody said you can’t enjoy the outdoors and look cute in some fresh white kicks, too. </p>
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The Best Times to Save on a Trip to America's Most Popular National Parks

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 14:00
<p>At America's <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/national-parks/most-popular-national-parks" target="_blank">most popular national parks</a>, travelers are greeted with everything from one of the country’s oldest mountain ranges to terrain dotted with as many trees as all of Europe, which is why the locations often draw large crowds. </p><p>This can often mean higher accommodation rates when staying around the parks, which is why <a href="https://www.priceline.com" target="_blank">Priceline</a> took a look at 16 of the most popular parks to pinpoint the most affordable time of the year to stay at accommodations ranging from hotels to lodges and bed and breakfasts near each park. </p><p>To determine this, Priceline looked at weekly hotel bookings from 2017 to 2018, selecting nearby locations that offered an ample amount of lodging and were around an hour-and-half drive or less from the park. </p><p>For cases where there was only one main city or location near the park, Priceline looked at lodging solely for that area. In instances where a park had multiple entrances or spanned a larger territory, Priceline looked at the nearest locations that offered ample lodging availability and were easily accessible by car. </p><p>The list of most popular parks was based on the <a href="https://irma.nps.gov/Stats/SSRSReports/National%20Reports/Annual%20Park%20Ranking%20Report%20(1979%20-%20Last%20Calendar%20Year)" target="_blank">2018 visitation numbers from the National Park Service</a>, although the following parks were not included due to limited inventory to pull from on Priceline: Bryce Canyon National Park, Hot Springs National Park, Yosemite National Park, and Glacier National Park.</p><h2>Great Smoky Mountains National Park</h2><img alt="Visit U.S. National Parks "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557263282/great-smokey-mountains-national-park-SUMNP0519.jpg?itok=Uv2di3OS"><p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/skybridge-longest-suspension-bridge-in-america-opening-in-tennessee" target="_blank">Great Smoky Mountains National Park</a> was the most popular park for 2018, drawing in more than 11 million visits for the year. The park, which borders North Carolina and Tennessee, is home to one of America’s oldest mountain ranges, over 90 historic structures, and an array of wildlife inclding some 1,500 black bears and 65 different mammal species.</p><p>Accommodations at Tennessee's Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge and at North Carolina's Cherokee and Bryson City are most expensive from July and October, when daily rates average over $120. </p><p>January and February are the most affordable times to visit to get daily rates between $86 and $100, with Pigeon Forge offering the best rates overall at $109 a day throughout the majority of the year. </p><h2>Grand Canyon National Park</h2><img alt="Visit U.S. National Parks "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557263282/grand-canyon-national-park-SUMNP0519.jpg?itok=UVLVKGAx"><p>Arizona’s <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/national-parks/grand-canyon-national-park" target="_blank">Grand Canyon National Park</a> is the second most popular, drawing in over six million visits in 2018. The most crowded times at the park tend to overlap with the most expensive times for lodging, which fall between May through June in Flagstaff and Page. Average daily rates during this time are around $143. </p><p>Meanwhile, the cheapest times coincide with some of the least-crowded months for the park, which fall between October and January. During this time, average rates can be as low as $75, while winter is also when park <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/national-parks/national-parks-insider-tips?slide=660141#660141" target="_blank">representatives recommend visiting</a> to take in popular hikes like the Bright Angel Trail without the crowds and to experience dramatic storm clouds in the park that few travelers ever get to see.</p><h2>Rocky Mountain National Park</h2><img alt="Visit U.S. National Parks "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557263282/rocky-mountain-national-park-SUMNP0519.jpg?itok=I75cNVy-"><p>Colorado’s <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/national-parks/national-parks-jim-will-pattiz" target="_blank">Rocky Mountain National Park</a> was the third most popular location, with 4,590,493 recreation visits in 2018. The park is home to a series of hiking trails that weave through lakes and are dotted with wildlife. While the most expensive lodging options at the nearby town of Estes Park are in June and July (over $180 a day), visiting from November through January not only allows travelers to take in the lowest lodging rates, but to also be able to see a different side to the park.</p><p>The <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/national-parks/national-parks-insider-tips?slide=660165#660165" target="_blank">fall</a> and <a href="https://www.visitestespark.com/blog/post/why-winter-in-rocky-mountain-national-park-is-magical/" target="_blank">winter</a> can be some of the best times of the year to see the park’s magnificent foliage in hues of gold, orange, and bronze, and to witness animals like elk, mule deer, coyotes, and large mammals. Average daily rates during November through January are as low as $100.</p><h2>Zion National Park</h2><img alt="Visit U.S. National Parks "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557263282/zion-national-park-SUMNP0519.jpg?itok=FlmXoAJg"><p>Utah’s first national park, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/national-parks/zion-national-park" target="_blank">Zion National Park</a>, is a popular option thanks to its combination of large sandstone cliffs in hues of pink and red and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/national-parks/national-parks-jim-will-pattiz?slide=540960#540960" target="_blank">hikes that weave through canyon terrain</a>. Stays at the nearby cities of Hurricane and St. George are most expensive from February through April, with average daily rates of $116. The most affordable rates are available in December and January at an average of $80 per day.</p><p>Hurricane, Utah offers the most affordable options throughout the year, with average daily rates of $94, while visiting in the winter also allows travelers to take part in activities that range from scenic drives and hiking to biking at locations like Zion Canyon thanks to <a href="https://utah.com/zion-national-park/winter" target="_blank">low elevation that make for mild weather conditions</a> at the park. </p><h2>Yellowstone National Park</h2><img alt="Visit U.S. National Parks "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557263282/yellowstone-national-park-SUMNP0519.jpg?itok=2bVhW-nh"><p>Summer is the busiest season for <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/national-parks/yellowstone-national-park-guide" target="_blank">Yellowstone National Park</a>, which is why staying at various nearby locations (Cody and Jackson in Wyoming, Gardiner in Montana, and Island Park in Idaho) are most expensive in June and July. During these months, average daily rates are $220, while the most affordable rates in November and December come in at an average of $133 per day.</p><p>While the months of November and December can be some of the most quiet in the park, allowing for activities away from crowds, travelers need to note that most roads close <a href="https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/visiting-yellowstone-in-winter.htm" target="_blank">except for one road</a> on the north side. </p><p>Travelers who do head here during this time, though, can take part in activities ranging from viewing geothermal features at Mammoth Hot Springs and enjoying scenic drives with views of elk and bison to skiing and snowshoeing through the park. </p><h2>Acadia National Park </h2><img alt="Visit U.S. National Parks "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557263282/acadia-national-park-SUMNP0519.jpg?itok=h2qbrjgi"><p>Maine's <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/national-parks/lost-in-acadia-national-park" target="_blank">Acadia National Park</a> drew more than three million visitors in 2018, thanks to its combination of seven different peaks that rise over 1,000 feet, its more than 100 miles of hiking trails, its 45 miles of carriage roads to explore, and its dreamy coastline views.</p><p>August is the most expensive time of the year to book stays in the nearby town of Bar Harbor, Maine, with average daily rates at over $210.</p><p>November offers the most affordable daily rates at $138, though May can also be a good month for affordable options with average daily rates for lodging starting at $161.</p><h2>Grand Teton National Park</h2><img alt="Visit U.S. National Parks "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557263282/grand-tetons-national-park-SUMNP0519.jpg?itok=WfIEF-or"><p>Head to Wyoming's <a href="https://www.nps.gov/grte/index.htm" target="_blank">Grand Teton National Park</a> in November and December to snag the lowest rates at locations that include Jackson and Teton Village. The daily average rate during this time is between $138 and $149, compared to $291 during the most expensive months of June and July.</p><p>While <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/national-parks/jonathan-irish-stephanie-payne-best-national-parks-america?slide=513354#513354" target="_blank">Grand Teton National Park can be stunning in the fall</a> with its colorful foliage, <a href="https://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/winter.htm" target="_blank">winter</a> also offers opportunities to explore the park away from large summer crowds and take part in cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobile rides. A variety of tours are also available for travelers in the winter.</p><h2>Olympic National Park </h2><img alt="Visit U.S. National Parks "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557263282/olympic-national-park-SUMNP0519.jpg?itok=x1828Ijx"><p>Washington’s Olympic National Park combines a variety of scenery to give visitors the feel they’re visiting <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/national-parks/national-parks-insider-tips?slide=670570#670570" target="_blank">three parks in one</a>. The park is home to dense forests, miles of coastline, and soaring peaks dotted with glaciers.</p><p>The peak season at the city of Port Angeles is during July and August, with average daily rates of more than $160, while traveling in both March and October through December offer the most affordable rates with average daily prices ranging from $84 to $99.</p><h2>Joshua Tree National Park</h2><img alt="Visit U.S. National Parks "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557263282/joshua-tree-national-park-SUMNP0519.jpg?itok=hBLXB9LO"><p>Besides the famed trees and their unusual shapes <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/maria-cornejo-joshua-tree" target="_blank">Joshua Tree National Park</a> is known for, it is also a prime destination for stargazing thanks to dark night skies.</p><p>The month of April is the most expensive time to head there, with average accommodation rates at the nearby cities Indo and Palm Springs coming in at over $250.</p><p>Traveling in July brings in the most affordable rates at $118, but high heat means visitors need to take precautions like hiking in the early morning and carrying at least double the amount of water they normally would, according to park representatives. </p><p>A popular activity during this time is to drive through the park to take in its formations and views before having an al fresco picnic to enjoy its scenery, all while still keeping cool. </p><h2>Cuyahoga Valley National Park</h2><img alt="Visit U.S. National Parks "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557263282/cuyahoga-valley-national-park-SUMNP0519.jpg?itok=JAs7ddcu"><p>Ohio’s <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/national-parks/national-park-in-ohio" target="_blank">Cuyahoga Valley National Park</a> is home to the winding Cuyahoga river, which carves through the park and its surrounding terrain of forests, rolling hills, and farmlands.</p><p>The park is in close proximity to Akron and Cleveland, with the most affordable options available from November through December. Average daily rates during this time fall between $109 and $119, though staying in Akron can bring in even cheaper daily rates at an average of $78. August is the most expensive month, with average daily lodging rates of $130.</p><p>The park’s more than 125 miles of hiking trails stay open throughout the year, with many of them becoming all the more scenic as <a href="https://www.nps.gov/cuva/planyourvisit/winter-sports.htm" target="_blank">winter</a> arrives.</p><h2>Gateway Arch National Park</h2><img alt="Visit U.S. National Parks "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557263282/gateway-arch-national-park-SUMNP0519.jpg?itok=VPE9Ke9H"><p>Missouri's <a href="https://www.nps.gov/jeff/index.htm" target="_blank">Gateway Arch National Park</a> is home to the 630-foot Gateway Arch and the Old Courthouse, where the first two trials of the Dred Scott case took place and where Virginia Minor’s case for a woman’s right to vote went to trial in the 1870s.</p><p>Prices in St. Louis stay relatively steady throughout the year, though June and July are the most expensive times to book stays, with average daily rates coming in at $118. Prices for the rest of the year hover around $102 to $114, though December and January offer daily rates that can often be slightly under $100.</p><p>Winter often offers mild temperatures and no lines to take the park’s tram or explore its offerings, which is why park <a href="https://www.nps.gov/jeff/planyourvisit/hours.htm " target="_blank">representatives also say it’s a “perfect time to visit.”</a></p><h2>Indiana Dunes National Park</h2><img alt="Visit U.S. National Parks "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557263282/indiana-dunes-national-park-SUMNP0519.jpg?itok=ExWcG8Uo"><p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/indiana-dunes-national-park" target="_blank">Indiana Dunes National Park</a> might be the country’s most recent national park, but that doesn’t stop it from being one of the most popular locations with close to two million visitors in 2018.</p><p>The park is home to 13 miles of the Lake Michigan shoreline, offering beaches, woods, prairies, dunes and more.</p><p>The most affordable time for stays at the nearby locations of Chesterton, Michigan City, and Valparaiso is between November and January, when daily rates average between $81 and $87. Overall, prices don’t escalate too high, with the most expensive options from June to August averaging $112 per day.</p><h2>Death Valley National Park</h2><img alt="Visit U.S. National Parks "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557263282/death-valley-national-park-SUMNP0519.jpg?itok=hW9jsdhg"><p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/pool-the-oasis-at-death-valley" target="_blank">Death Valley National Park</a> is a park of extremes, known as America’s hottest, driest, and lowest national park.</p><p>The park’s popularity has created an overall rise in accommodation prices in the nearby towns of Lone Pine and Pahrump, according to Priceline representatives, with the most expensive options arriving April through July with average daily rates of $140.</p><p>The most affordable rates come in November and January, when visitors can find daily rates ranging between $80 and $91. The periods after Thanksgiving and before Christmas are also the least-crowded at the park, <a href="https://www.nps.gov/deva/planyourvisit/seasons.htm" target="_blank">according to park representatives</a>, with a combination of snow-capped peaks and winter light making it a beautiful time to explore the park in serenity. </p><h2>Arches National Park</h2><img alt="Visit U.S. National Parks "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557263282/arches-national-park-SUMNP0519.jpg?itok=F9Rf-3zN"><p>Utah's Arches National Park is known as a <a href="https://www.nps.gov/arch/index.htm" target="_blank">“red rock wonderland”</a> thanks to its thousands of stone arches that rise in intricate shapes in hues of red.</p><p>The park is near Moab, where lodging is most affordable in December (average daily rates of $93) and most expensive in May (average daily rates of $193).</p><p>Thanks to the hot temperatures in the area, visiting in December gives travelers a chance to take in the park’s beauty with less crowds and mild weather that makes strolling through its terrain all the more enjoyable. <a href="https://www.nps.gov/arch/planyourvisit/winter.htm" target="_blank">Ranger-led hikes and campfire talks start in the winter</a>, while 25 camping sites are available between November and February.</p><h2>Mount Rainier National Park</h2><img alt="Visit U.S. National Parks "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557263282/mount-rainier-national-park-SUMNP0519.jpg?itok=tAk_UpzO"><p>Washington’s <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/national-parks/mount-rainier-national-park" target="_blank">Mount Rainier National Park</a> is home to the towering Mount Rainier, which rises more than 14,000 feet above sea level and stands as the most heavily-glaciated peak in the lower 48 states.</p><p>July and August are the priciest times to stay in the nearby cities of Olympia and Tacoma, with daily rates averaging $119. November through December offer some of the most affordable options with average daily rates ranging from $86 to $97, while April can also offer average rates as low as $97.</p><p>Locations like <a href="https://www.nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/paradise.htm" target="_blank">Paradise</a>, famed for the views it provides, becomes a winter wonderland to provide snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and tubing in late December. Meanwhile, the park starts to see snow in late October, creating magical scenery throughout its grounds.</p><h2>Shenandoah National Park</h2><img alt="Visit U.S. National Parks "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557263282/shenandoah-national-park-SUMNP0519.jpg?itok=zKa-Eczf"><p>Located in Virginia, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/national-parks/national-parks-insider-tips?slide=660171#660171" target="_blank">Shenandoah National Park</a> hosts everything from cascading waterfalls and over 500 miles of hiking trails to incredible fall foliage.</p><p>Lodging in nearby Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, or Waynesboro are most affordable in December and January (average daily rates between $91 and $99) and most expensive in September and October (average daily rates of $130).</p><p>Park representatives say winter is one of the better times to visit to catch woodland animals ranging from deer to squirrels and turkey that forage for food, while the combination of falling leaves and improved visibility with cooler temperatures means views of the valleys and mountains are “more spectacular than ever.”</p>
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I Went on a ‘Hotel Crawl’ in San Francisco and It Changed the Way I Travel

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 13:00
<p>I dare you to name something better than waking up on a Saturday morning to a tap on the door and someone announcing “room service” while you’re tucked into fluffy white linens and your head is resting on a cloud-like pillow. Can’t think of anything? Me either.</p><p>I love hotels. In fact, I wish I could pull a <a href="https://www.instagram.com/tinsleymortimer/?hl=en" target="_blank">Tinsley Mortimer</a> from “Real Housewives of New York,” and just live in one full time. While that may not be an option for me — <em>right now</em> — I have found a way to fully immerse myself in hotel culture when I travel, and it’s more than just binging on room service every morning. Think back to your college days, or early 20s, and the experience of a bar crawl. Now transform that into a long weekend, but instead of shooting Jager at bar after bar, you <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/3-day-vacation-ideas" target="_blank">take a long weekend</a> and check into three different hotels in three completely different neighborhoods.</p><p>Friends thought I was crazy when I did this in February on a weekend visit to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/san-francisco" target="_blank">San Francisco</a>. “Who wants to have to pack up their stuff three different times?” they repeatedly told me. “Who wants to deal with learning the layout of three different neighborhoods?” Well, I wanted to. So I did.</p><p>Here’s what I learned on San Francisco hotel crawl, and what you need to know to try it yourself.</p><img alt="San Francisco Hotels "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557851044/virgin-hotels-san-francisco-SFHOTELCRWL0519.jpg?itok=ORuQlY8P"><h2>Pick neighborhoods you really want to immerse yourself in.</h2><p>Going to San Francisco was overwhelming for me, because there are plenty of distinct neighborhoods to experience. After some exhaustive research I narrowed it down to two areas I really wanted to explore, plus one simply based on the fact that I wanted to visit a certain hotel — <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/virgin-hotels-san-francisco-open" target="_blank">Virgin Hotels San Francisco</a>. Part of going on a hotel crawl is also experiencing the hotels themselves.</p><h2>And pick hotels that have a solid hotel bar or restaurant.</h2><p>Personally, if a hotel doesn’t have a serious place to eat or drink, I’m not interested. A bar or restaurant is a great place to dive into an area because you can have drink or eat a nice meal, and use that time to set up your journey. Over dinner at <a href="https://www.properhotel.com/hotels/san-francisco/eat-drink/villon/" target="_blank">The Proper Hotel’s Villon</a> (the short rib is insane), my boyfriend and I were able to have an upscale dining experience before hitting some dive bars in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. And at <a href="https://virginhotels.com/san-francisco/dine-and-drink/the-commons-club/" target="_blank">Virgin’s Commons Club</a>, we chatted with local bartenders about their favorite nearby hotspots while sipping on craft cocktails.</p><h2>Plan your daytime hours ahead of time.</h2><img alt="San Francisco Hotels "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557851044/hotel-kabuki-san-francisco-SFHOTELCRWL0519.jpg?itok=_Qz12kGG"><p>Since you only have a limited amount of hours in each neighborhood, have a rough idea of what you want to do and experience. After taking three years of Japanese in College, I knew I wanted to experience Japantown — so we checked into the <a href="https://www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/california/san-francisco/hotel-kabuki" target="_blank">Hotel Kabuki</a>, one of the city’s coolest boutique properties and simply wandered the streets our first night. We also knew we could carve out a little time to wonder to the nearby “painted ladies,” a slight cheat, but part of our plan. Just don’t not have a plan because ...</p><h2>You have to consider your luggage.</h2><p>Each morning we moved our <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-bags/best-lightweight-luggage" target="_blank">luggage</a> to the next hotel and considered that area our base for the day. Since we arrived on a Friday, we hit Japantown at the night and then moved to the <a href="https://www.properhotel.com/hotels/san-francisco/" target="_blank">ultra-chic Proper Hotel</a> the next morning. You can easily leave your luggage at the hotel you checked out of, but no matter what you have to be mindful of your bags and where they fit into your plan.</p><h2>Take time to sleep in and order room service.</h2><p>Look, you’re on a hotel crawl, so it’s okay to sleep in and just veg out at the hotel. If you don’t want to do anything one day, pick that most comfortable looking hotel and ask for a late checkout, and relax. Did I mention that champagne for breakfast is always a good idea?</p><h2>A hotel crawl is a good way to find deals.</h2><p>If you’re <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/budget-travel" target="_blank">on a budget</a>, staying at different hotels each night could save you some cash. One hotel may have a great rate on Sunday night, but be through the roof on Saturday. If you’re smart, you’ll do some research and figure out which hotel is the cheapest when, and then plan your trip in that order.</p><h2>Pack light, and unpack smart.</h2><p>On our first night we were too excited for our trip and didn’t consider that we’d have to pack everything up the next morning. Getting ready for our night out we got messy trying to decide what to wear and getting ready. But this isn’t that type of trip. As you get ready or take things out of your bag, be mindful of the mess you make. My advice, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/travel-editor-packing-tips" target="_blank">pack less</a> — a lot less — than you normally would, and try to put everything back where it belong as soon as you’re done with it. You’ll thank me later.</p>
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This Hike in Yosemite National Park Has Gorgeous Waterfalls and Scenic Views — but It’s Also the Park’s Most Difficult

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 12:01
<p>This hike is not for the faint of heart.</p><p>One of the most famous and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/yosemite-national-parks-best-hikes" target="_blank">popular hikes in Yosemite National Park</a> is the Half Dome, found at the eastern end of Yosemite Valley.</p><p>The gigantic hike attracts hundreds of hikers all year long due to its unsurpassed views, gorgeous waterfalls and miles of beautiful forests you can see along the trail.</p><p>It also happens to be an extremely dangerous hike, especially if you’re unprepared.</p><p>Forest rangers for Yosemite warn hikers that this all-day hike is best to be started at dawn, or even a little before, in order to complete it safely. Depending on where you begin the trail, you could be walking between seven and 23 miles round trip. Usually, hikers need a full 12 hours in order to walk the full trail, and no one wants to find their way down the steep path in the dark.</p><img alt="Half Dome Yosemite National Park Cable Route Hike NPS "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1511367651/half-dome-yosemite-national-park-HALFDOMEHIKE1117.jpg?itok=CKxogb7_"><p>Hikers should make sure they have plenty of food, water and are physically fit to hike the trail — and you’d be surprised at how demanding it actually is. The <a href="https://www.nps.gov/media/video/view.htm?id=F891355F-F836-4D0A-7305CFA1E09D497A" target="_blank">park suggests</a> hikers have a full gallon of water to drink during the day, plenty of food and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/shoes/best-waterproof-hiking-boots" target="_blank">well-tread hiking boots</a>. You’ll also need a permit to even begin the trail.</p><p>In addition, always keep an eye on the weather. Most accidents and rescues happen when the trail is wet, making it very slick. Especially when hikers are at the top of the dome, exposed to the elements, or holding on to the metal cables, risk of lightning strikes can be treacherous.</p><img alt="Half Dome Yosemite National Park Cable Route Hike NPS "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1511367651/hikers-trail-half-dome-yosemite-park-HALFDOMEHIKE1117.jpg?itok=bx3_-Rtg"><p>But as long as hikers take the proper precautions, hiking the Half Dome is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Half Dome’s peak rests at 8,842 feet, which is about 4,800 feet from Yosemite Valley, and the trail has 900 feet of waterfalls and quite possibly the widest view you can find once you reach the top.</p><p>If you do plan on prepping for a hike, you can find more information on the Half Dome on the Yosemite National Park <a href="https://www.yosemitehikes.com/yosemite-valley/half-dome/half-dome.htm" target="_blank">website</a>.</p>
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This Chemical-free and Reef-safe Sunscreen Has a Perfect Safety Score — and It’s on Amazon

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 10:30
<p>You’ve probably heard the news: The chemicals used in sunscreen <a href="https://people.com/health/sunscreen-chemicals-enter-bloodstream-fda-study/" target="_blank">can seep into your bloodstream</a>, according to a recent study released by the <a href="https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2733085" target="_blank">Food and Drug Administration</a>. The main four chemicals used in a majority of sunscreens — avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene, and ecamsule — were found in the bloodstreams of 24 participants observed in the study after one day of use.</p><p>While this definitely doesn’t mean you should stop wearing sunscreen, you may want to consider <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/beauty/reef-safe-sunscreen" target="_blank">switching to more natural sunscreens</a> (that are free of those particular chemicals) while the FDA continues to do more research. Aside from potentially being harmful to our bodies, these chemicals are also damaging to coral reefs and sea life. In fact, Key West, Florida, and Hawaii have already started the movement to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/sunscreens-banned-hawaii" target="_blank">completely ban sunscreens</a> that contain oxybenzone and octinoxate (another questionable chemical that has been found to contribute to bleaching of coral reefs) beginning in 2021. Other Caribbean and Pacific islands are following suit, and it’s anticipated that other locations around the globe will also consider the ban soon. Fortunately, there are sunscreens out there that are completely chemical-free and reef-safe, like <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Love-Sun-Body-Natural-Sunscreen/dp/B07BRH6VKP/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbeautychemicalfreesunscreencbutan0519-20&amp;linkId=656cb31370a68708360c270ff24c61ba&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">Love Sun Body’s 100% Natural Mineral Sunscreen</a>.</p><img alt="Love Sun Body’s 100% Natural Mineral Sunscreen "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1558121554/reef-sunscreen.jpg?itok=4FNbV1Gh"><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B6KYCCW/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbeautychemicalfreesunscreencbutan0519-20&amp;linkId=1d92eab06ba26fa682ef89824735f935&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $21</p><p>Love Sun Body is actually the first natural sunscreen brand in the United States to be <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.ecocert.com/en/natural-and-organic-cosmetics/" target="_blank">certified by Ecocert</a>, an organization that inspects and certifies natural and organic cosmetics, and has also been given a perfect scored by the <a href="https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/company/Love_Sun_Body/" target="_blank">Environmental Working Group (EWG)</a>. Its main ingredient is non-nano zinc oxide, which is not harmful to the environment, won’t enter your bloodstream, and still offers strong UV protection. Plus, the sunscreen includes other safe ingredients that are hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, and nourishing — like vitamin E and almond oil.</p><p>While the sunscreen doesn’t have tons of Amazon reviews just yet, all of its current ones are so positive that it has a stellar 4.7-star rating. Shoppers rave that it’s lightweight, smells nice, and is a great sunscreen for the entire family.“<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Love-Sun-Body-Natural-Sunscreen/dp/B07BRH6VKP/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbeautychemicalfreesunscreencbutan0519-20&amp;linkId=781cf6dd597b4fbc036b8bbf368d8bc4&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">I love this sunscreen</a>. I was so happy I finally found a sunscreen that isn't full of chemicals. I took it on a family vacation down the shore and used it on the whole family AND it works — no sunburns for us! It was easy to apply to the kids,” one customer wrote. “It soaks right in and doesn't make them look like little ghosts. It even survived a day at the waterpark. I even use it under my makeup — I found that I can just use the sunscreen without a moisturizer. My skin is so soft, probably from the natural oils and vitamin E. Even my hands that are normally very dry are so smooth and soft just after a week of using it. I highly recommend this product!”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/syndication/la-roche-posay-sunscreen" target="_blank">This Sunscreen Got a Perfect Consumer Reports Score — and You Can Get It on Amazon</a></p><p>Love Sun Body has three-ounce and six-ounce sizes of its SPF 30 sunscreen (<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Love-Sun-Body-Sunscreen-Fragrance-Free/dp/B07BRB3F19/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbeautychemicalfreesunscreencbutan0519-20&amp;linkId=f99d93e3a2a0413d5a59c009694cf539&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $32) available. Plus, there’s a <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Love-Sun-Body-Natural-Sunscreen/dp/B07C9FFY89/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbeautychemicalfreesunscreencbutan0519-20&amp;linkId=005fd8089639a41f1abe4c8802b5e469&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">naturally vanilla scented option available</a> (<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Love-Sun-Body-Natural-Sunscreen/dp/B07C9FFY89/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbeautychemicalfreesunscreencbutan0519-20&amp;linkId=005fd8089639a41f1abe4c8802b5e469&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $21) alongside its fragrance-free version. While the price point may be a little higher than what you’d usually spend on sunscreen, it’s definitely worth it for the peace of mind that the sunscreen you’re putting on your body isn’t harming you — or the environment.</p>
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This Backpack Sold Out 10 Times in One Year— and It’s Finally Back in Stock

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 10:16
<p>Finding <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-bags/best-carry-on-backpacks" target="_blank">a travel backpack</a> that meets our lengthy criteria can be tricky, but thousands of people think they’ve found a bag that checks all the boxes. <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://mattandnat.com/shop/brave-stone/" target="_blank">The Brave backpack</a> from under-the-radar <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://mattandnat.com/" target="_blank">vegan leather goods brand Matt &amp; Nat</a> sold over 10,000 units in just one year.</p><p>This take-off style has been impossible to keep in stock — last year alone, the Brave sold out 10 times, accruing waitlists in the hundreds each time inventory ran out. So why all the hype around this one bag from a relatively unknown brand?</p><p>For one, there’s its excellent design. A top zip closure forms a bucket-like shape that’s ideal for holding a ton of stuff without adding extra bulk. The <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-bags/best-laptop-backpacks" target="_blank">bag’s carriage can fit a 13-inch laptop</a>, shoes, a change of clothes, and a water bottle. A zip-up front pocket makes reaching your wallet or passport easy.</p><p>This <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-bags/stylish-travel-backpacks-for-women" target="_blank">best-selling rucksack</a> is also incredibly comfortable, thanks to its adjustable, double-lined straps that provide ample weight distribution. Made with sustainable materials like a vegan leather shell and recycled nylon lining made from plastic bottles, the bag does what it can to have a negative footprint.</p><p>Usually <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://mattandnat.com/shop/brave-stone/" target="_blank">available in 10 colors</a>, the bag is already selling out again in a couple of shades. Shop the bag that refuses to stay in stock for <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://mattandnat.com/shop/brave-stone/" target="_blank">$150 at Matt &amp; Nat</a>.</p><img alt="Matt & Nat’s Brave Travel Backpack "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1558106550/matt-and-nat-backpack-BACKPACK0519.jpg?itok=YEnaumpe"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://mattandnat.com/shop/brave-stone/" target="_blank">mattandnat.com</a>, $150</p>
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These Are the Best Theme Parks in the U.S. to Visit This Summer

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 05/19/2019 - 14:01
<p>Jaw dropping thrill rides and dizzying roller coasters can be found all over the U.S., but which ones are truly the best?</p><p>Ask <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/" target="_blank">TripAdvisor</a>.</p><p>With thousands of users and reviews for different attractions around the world, TripAdvisor is a treasure trove of incredible and highly-recommended places to visit on your next vacation. We asked the travel review website for the best <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/amusement-parks" target="_blank">amusement parks</a> in the U.S., and naturally, there are a lot of amazing places to choose from.</p><p>For the purposes of this list, we decided to combine all parks within Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Disneyland in Anaheim, and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/universal-orlando-resort-guide" target="_blank">Universal Studios in Hollywood and Orlando</a> in order to see greater diversity in the types of theme parks included below, even though TripAdvisor’s collection of the highest rated theme parks in the country separates them. The list itself is based on overall TripAdvisor ratings from users and are winners of the site’s <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Attractions-cAmusementParks-g191" target="_blank">2018 Choice Awards</a>.</p><p>From sea to shining sea, there are plenty of places to enjoy a calming Ferris wheel, ride a classic wooden roller coaster, or scream your head off on a state-of-the-art thrill ride.</p><p>Naturally, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations" target="_blank">Disney World and Disneyland</a> take some of the top spots, since there seems to be something for everyone at these two locations. Of course, Disney rides in general, tend to be pretty mild in terms of thrills since both parks are designs to be family friendly and good for all ages. But if you’re a true coaster lover, there are some incredible parks with record-breaking rides that will truly blow your hair back.</p><p>Some locations are owned by beloved international brands, while others are more of a local favorite, but every park listed below practically guarantees a day of fun.</p><p>Take a look at this list of the highest rated theme parks across the U.S., according to TripAdvisor, and get ready to pack your bags.</p><h2>1. Universal Studios: Los Angeles, California and Orlando, Florida</h2><img alt="Universal Studios in Hollywood, California "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557505502/universal-studios-hollywood-01-THEMEPARKS0519.jpg?itok=RJJnQUjL"><p>One of the only bicoastal parks to rival Disney, Universal Studios is the number one place for movie and roller coaster lovers alike. With the new <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/harry-potter-world-hagrid-roller-coaster" target="_blank">Wizarding World of Harry Potter</a> parks opening up in both Orlando and Los Angeles, Potterheads have been flocking to Universal Studios to grab their wands, drink some butterbeer, and ride some magical rides.</p><h2>2. Walt Disney World Resort: Orlando, Florida</h2><img alt="Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom theme park "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557505502/walt-disney-world-orlando-02-THEMEPARKS0519.jpg?itok=TpZeFLwh"><p>Perhaps unsurprisingly, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/walt-disney-world-orlando-guide" target="_blank">Walt Disney World Resort</a>, with its many parks, restaurants, lovable Disney characters, and things to do for guests of all ages, takes a top spot for TripAdvisor users. Even if you spend all week at this massive park (roughly the size of two Manhattan islands), you still might not be able to do absolutely everything, so naturally, people are eager to visit over and over again.</p><h2>3. The Island in Pigeon Forge: Pigeon Forge, Tennessee</h2><img alt="The Great Smoky Mountain Sky Wheel located at the Island entertainment complex in the resort town of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557505502/the-island-pigeon-forge-03-THEMEPARKS0519.jpg?itok=etoMnvmt"><p>The number one thing you absolutely have to ride while you’re at this family-friendly park in Tennessee is the multi-colored, fully lit Ferris wheel. The Great Smoky Mountain wheel is a 200-foot-high observation wheel where you can see the entire park and surrounding scenery. Not only does <a href="https://islandinpigeonforge.com/" target="_blank">The Island in Pigeon Forge</a> offer some fun rides, but it’s also a great shopping and restaurant destination in the area.</p><h2>4. SeaWorld: Orlando, Florida</h2><img alt="Seaworld marine park, Orlando Florida, USA "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557505502/seaworld-orlando-04-THEMEPARKS0519.jpg?itok=vzkrsS18"><p>This aquarium and theme park is also a certified autism center, so all kids can enjoy the park safely. The park has always had shows, including ones with Orca whales that have sparked some controversy, as well as ones with seals and dolphins. Outside of the aquarium, you can also find fun roller coasters and water-based rides that are sure to put a smile on your face.</p><h2>5. Disneyland, Anaheim: California</h2><img alt="Visitors arriving at entrance of Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557505502/disneyland-california-05-THEMEPARKS0519.jpg?itok=wzkC5ZFY"><p>The first Disney park is nothing to sneeze at. Disneyland officially opened in 1955 and has been getting better ever since. Like its Florida cousin, this park has something for everyone, including a few classic roller coasters like Space Mountain, as well as family friendly rides, shows, and restaurants. With the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/star-wars-galaxys-edge-inside-look" target="_blank">opening of new <em>Star Wars</em> attractions</a> on the horizon, park attendance has nowhere to go but up.</p><h2>6. Silver Dollar City: Branson, Missouri</h2><img alt="Silver Dollar City amusement park in the Ozark mountains of southwest Missouri "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557505502/silver-dollar-city-missouri-06-THEMEPARKS0519.jpg?itok=VyXx6CTT"><p>This 1880’s theme park is truly a celebration of Americana. Not only can you enjoy the thrill of wooden roller coasters, log rides, and even some classic carnival rides, you can also take in some unique shows, watch crafts being made, and tour Marvel Cave. There are also lots of delicious places to eat within the park, including lots of places with classic American dishes and pioneer-themed eateries.</p><h2>7. Busch Gardens: Tampa, Florida and Williamsburg, Virginia</h2><img alt="A spiraling yellow roller coaster gives riders a thrill at Busch Gardens amusement and wildlife park in Tampa, Florida "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557505502/busch-gardens-tampa-07-THEMEPARKS0519.jpg?itok=e-MQUD7R"><p>Busch Gardens has some of the best roller coasters in the country. The Tampa Bay park is actually home to the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/amusement-parks/tigris-tallest-launch-coaster-opens-in-florida-busch-gardens">tallest and scariest roller coaster</a> in Florida. In Virginia, guests can visit Colonial Williamsburg, a popular early-America themed amusement park with some fun activities including craftwork and tours in the world’s largest living history museum. Water Country USA, Busch Gardens’ water park, is also a popular destination for summer vacationers.</p><h2>8. Santa’s Village: Jefferson, New Hampshire</h2><img alt="Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree swings at Santa's Village "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557505502/santas-village-new-hampshire-08-THEMEPARKS0519.jpg?itok=i4nWsfAS"><p>Enjoy the Christmas spirit all year long in this quirky, holiday-themed park. Christmas lovers can enjoy the magic of the North Pole even when it’s mid-July by riding antique cars, a Christmas train, and rides like the Chimney Drop and elf Flying School (a circular, flying sleigh ride). In the summer, you can even enjoy a trip to the water park, which opens in late May.</p><h2>9. Knoebels Amusement Resort: Elysburg, Pennsylvania</h2><img alt="Knoebels is a free-admission amusement park for families in Pennsylvania "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557505502/knoebels-resort-pennsylvania-09-THEMEPARKS0519.jpg?itok=I345HHpz"><p>Welcome to America’s largest free admission park. That’s right. Admission is 100 percent free. Classic coasters, swimming, camping, golf, and kid-friendly rides and attractions make this an incredible destination for families. There is even a bald eagle habitat with two eagle residents where you can take your kids to learn about the majestic, endangered species. Guests who are especially interested in Americana will also love the Carousel Museum and Mining Museum.</p><h2>10. Cedar Point: Sandusky, Ohio</h2><img alt="Roller coaster at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557505502/cedar-point-ohio-10-THEMEPARKS0519.jpg?itok=HHh6guXp"><p>This park is the so-called roller coaster capital of the world with a grand total of 18 roller coasters throughout the park. Perhaps the most famous is the Steel Vengeance, the fastest and longest hybrid roller coaster in the world. In addition to roller coasters, Cedar Point is also chock full of thrill rides, family-friendly rides, and a water park for visitors during the summer.</p><h2>11. Bay Beach Amusement Park: Green Bay, Wisconsin</h2><img alt="Riders round the second hill before making a big drop on opening day of the rebirthed Zippin Pippin roller coaster at Bay Beach Amusement Park in Green Bay, Wisconsin "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557505502/bay-beach-amusement-park-wisconsin-11-THEMEPARKS0519.jpg?itok=p2NF9luG"><p>Bay Beach is another family-friendly and affordable park, with tickets at only 25 cents a pop. Considering that many theme parks charge upwards of $100 per person, this is music to any parents’ ears. The local favorite has 16 carnival-like rides, including a small Ferris wheel, for a fun afternoon no matter your age.</p><h2>12. Hersheypark: Hershey, Pensylvania</h2><img alt="View of Hershey, Pennsylvania, including Hersheypark "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557505502/hersheypark-pennsylvania-12-THEMEPARKS0519.jpg?itok=hhIfh0ja"><p>Chocolate lovers, of course, have to visit Hersheypark at some point. Named after the famous chocolate brand <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/hersheys-unwrapped-hersheys-chocolate-world" target="_blank">Hershey’s</a>, this park touts over 70 attractions, including 14 roller coasters and a water park. While you’re walking around, be sure to say hello to the adorable chocolate-bar characters strolling through the park and stop by ZooAmerica to visit more than 200 animals within the park’s 11-acre zoo.</p><h2>13. Nickelodeon Universe: Bloomington, Minnesota</h2><img alt="Nickelodeon Universe indoor amusement park in the center of the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557505502/nickelodeon-universe-minnesota-13-THEMEPARKS0519.jpg?itok=CXnmjM-V"><p>90’s kids, rejoice. This park is themed for everyone’s favorite kids TV channel, Nickelodeon. If you’ve ever been a fan of SpongeBob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer, Teenage Ninja Turtles and the long list of classic Nick shows, this is a bucket list destination for you. It’s also extra kid-friendly, as it is a certified autism center. Get ready to have your fill of bright orange attractions and try not to get slimed.</p><h2>14. Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park: Glenwood Springs, Colorado</h2><img alt="Canyon flyer (an alpine rollercoaster), Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, Glenwood Springs, Colorado USA "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557505502/glenwood-caverns-park-colorado-14-THEMEPARKS0519.jpg?itok=1EaTCPKN"><p>This park might be the most fun and thrills you can get while you’re in the Rockies. Some of the more popular attractions include the country’s first alpine coaster, a gold-rush themed haunted mine drop, and a canyon swing. Guests can also enjoy cave tours inside Colorado’s largest show cave (also known as a public or tourist cave).</p><h2>15. Funland: Rehoboth Beach, Delaware</h2><img alt="Funland Amusement Park bumper cars, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557505502/funland-delaware-15-THEMEPARKS0519.jpg?itok=tYte72-X"><p>This boardwalk theme park is fun at the beach and then some. It’s also a great destination for the whole family, with kid-friendly rides like a carousel and kiddie wheel, and more thrilling attractions like a haunted mansion and a few gravity-defying rides. You can also take a walk on the boardwalk to find yourself some old-fashioned snacks like hot roasted peanuts, cotton candy, pretzels, and popcorn. </p>
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Inside Praga, Warsaw's Most Hipster Neighborhood

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 05/19/2019 - 13:02
<p>On the right bank of the Vistula River, you will find a neighborhood of derelict art nouveau architecture, the exteriors of the buildings dotted with bullet holes and grimy with dirt. It looks like it's been decades since they've seen a paint job.</p><p>It's been more than 70 years, in fact. And although Warsaw's city center was mostly destroyed by Nazis during the Invasion of Poland and the <a href="https://www.britannica.com/event/Warsaw-Uprising" target="_blank">Warsaw Uprising</a>, Praga, the city's eastern district, remained intact. <a href="https://www.manvsglobe.com/alternative-warsaw-praga-district-poland/" target="_blank">A visit to Praga</a> is as close to pre-war Warsaw as it gets.</p><p>Until recently, Praga was a place to avoid — its streets considered unsafe, unwelcome, and crime-ridden.</p><p>But the once dangerous neighborhood has begun to earn a new reputation. In the last few years, Praga's affordable living costs has drawn an influx of students and artists who have quickly transformed the area into a hipster haven.</p><p>With street art decorating the buildings, and a host of art galleries, museums, coffee shops, and clubs beckoning to be explored, Praga has indeed become Warsaw's coolest neighborhood.</p><p>So on your next trip to the <a href="https://www.aswetravel.com/warsaw-poland-the-phoenix-city/" target="_blank">Phoneix City</a>, get out of Old Town and spend a day exploring Warsaw's edgy side.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/traveling-to-warsaw-poland" target="_blank">19 Photos That Will Have You Planning a Trip to Warsaw</a></p><h2>In the morning</h2><p><strong>Centrum Zarządzania Światem</strong></p><p>With its large space and exposed pipes, its cozy chairs and friendly staff, this cafe manages being both industrial and intimate. For breakfast, try the pulled pork on brioche: while you might think barbecue should be reserved for backyard cookouts, <a href="https://www.centrumswiata.com/">Centrum Zarz</a><a href="http://www.centrumswiata.com/" target="_blank">ądzania Światem</a> will seriously upend your thoughts on what can and cannot be eaten in the a.m. Add a cappuccino to your order and you’re looking at a delicious — and decent-sized — <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/destinations-where-dollar-is-strong?slide=744676#744676" target="_blank">meal for a meager $4.32</a>, less than the price of a latte in New York City.</p><p>The cafe is open throughout the day, so be sure to come back later for their Alsatian pies, and for live music and a cocktail in the evening.</p><img alt="Bazar Rozyckiego, old market place in Praga, Warsaw's district on the right side of Vistula river "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557161724/bazar-rozyckiego-market-warsaw-poland-PRAGA0519.jpg?itok=f-EsFpFl"><p><strong>Bazaar Różyckiego</strong></p><p>While <a href="http://bazar-rozyckiego.pl/" target="_blank">Warsaw’s oldest market</a> has drifted out of fashion over the past few decades, Bazaar Różyckiego remains a neighborhood institution that offers an echoing glimpse into the city when it was under Nazi and communist regimes, when <a href="https://www.inyourpocket.com/warsaw/rozycki-bazar_19573v" target="_blank">Różyc served as a hotspot for black market trade</a>.</p><p>Besides the usual market fare like hats, scarves, toys, shoes, and purses, today you can find uncommon and unusual goods among the rundown stalls (I’m talking polyester wedding dresses, suits, and, <a href="https://www.spottedbylocals.com/warsaw/bazar-rozyckiego/" target="_blank">if the rumors are true</a>, fake IDs and illegal contraband from Russia). While you’re here, consider getting pyzy (potato balls), a local delicacy sold by elederly women out of trolleys, and see if you can catch a performance by the market’s resident band.</p><p><strong>Park Praski</strong></p><p>With over 30 parks and gardens to enjoy in Warsaw, it is impossible to say which one truly is “the best.” However, what makes Park Praski truly unique is its three resident brown bears, Tatra, Mała, and Sabina. According to travel guide <em><a href="https://www.inyourpocket.com/warsaw/praski-park-bears_18411v" target="_blank">In Your Pocket</a></em>, the park has raised over 400 bears since 1949. While it’s not exactly known <i>why</i>, the <a href="https://www.stefanrtw.com/things-to-do-in-warsaw/" target="_blank">most popular theory</a> is that the nearby Warsaw zoo is trying to get them acclimated to humans before having them sent over. The bears are kept in a concrete enclosure so they cannot hurt you — just don’t try to climb in.</p><p><strong>Warsaw Zoo</strong></p><p>Right next door to Park Praski is the Warsaw Zoo. While you might like to pay a visit for the 12,000 animals alone, the attraction is better known for its historical significance. During World War II, zoo director <a href="https://www.biography.com/news/zookeepers-wife-true-story" target="_blank">Dr. Jan Żabiński and his wife Antonia hid nearly 300 Jews inside the zoo</a>: in empty animal cages, in underground tunnels, and in their house on the zoo’s grounds. <a href="https://zoo.waw.pl/en/zabinski-villa/touring" target="_blank">On the first Sunday of every month</a>, you can visit the home and take a tour of the cellars where the Żabińskis kept the Jews safe.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/luxury-hotels/raffles-europejski-warsaw-hotel" target="_blank">This Historic Warsaw Hotel Just Got a Luxurious Makeover — and It's Going to Make You Dream About Poland</a></p><h2>In the afternoon</h2><p><strong>Caffee Galeria Sztuki</strong></p><p>For lunch, wander over to <a href="http://caffee.stanowski.pl/" target="_blank">Caffee Galeria Sztuki</a> on Ząbkowska Street. Featuring soups, salads, quiches, and pastas, this cozy chic restaurant offers an assortment of upscale dishes at affordable prices. And if you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, a slice of the tort bezowy, a Polish meringue cake, is sure to hit the spot.</p><img alt="A visitor reacts at the Polish Vodka Museum "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557161724/polish-vodka-museum-warsaw-PRAGA0519.jpg?itok=zSjWZUXd"><p><strong>Praga Koneser Center</strong></p><p>For years, the site of the former Warsaw Vodka Factory sat abandoned — but in the last year the industrial complex has seen a complete resurgence. In addition to its host of art galleries, restaurants, shops, and bars, <a href="http://koneser.eu/en/events/" target="_blank">Koneser</a>’s biggest draw might be the <a href="https://muzeumpolskiejwodki.pl/en/" target="_blank"><b>Polish Vodka Museum</b></a>, which opened in June 2018. Learn about the history of the traditional Polish spirit through interactive exhibitions, or, if you’re more interested in drinking vodka than learning about it, there’s a tasting room for you to sample different types.</p><img alt="Warsaw's couat of arms, the siren "Syrenka", shining in an exhibition of restored lighting advertisements from the 50s through to the 70s in Europe's one-and-only Neon Museum in the Praga district of Warsaw "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557161724/neon-museum-warsaw-poland-PRAGA0519_0.jpg?itok=YwAbSdji"><p><strong>Soho Factory</strong></p><p>Soho Factory is the go-to destination for artsy types thanks to its mix of art studios and design shops. The prize jewel in this post-industrial complex, though, is the <a href="http://www.neonmuzeum.org/pages/index_uk.html" target="_blank"><b>Neon Muzeum</b></a>. This colorful museum features over 200 neon signs from the 1950’s to 1970’s, salvaged by photographer Ilona Karwinska and graphic designer David S. Hill. Other than the fact that the bright and colorful pieces are pretty to look at, the signs offer an interesting history lesson in <a href="https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-neon-museum-warsaw-poland" target="_blank">Poland’s neonization movement</a>.</p><h2>In the evening</h2><p><strong>Zabkowska Street</strong></p><p>Head back to Ząbkowska Street to experience the neighborhood’s nightlife. You’ll find many restaurants on Praga’s busiest street, including <a href="http://tlustoisyto.pl/" target="_blank">Tłusto i Syto BBQ</a>, Russian-inspired <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Skamiejka/" target="_blank">Skamiejka</a>, and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/cosnazabkowskiej/">COŚ na Z</a><a href="http://www.facebook.com/cosnazabkowskiej/" target="_blank">ąbkowskiej</a>, a restaurant worth walking past even if it’s just to see its foil-covered exterior. Round out dinner with drinks at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/lysypingwin" target="_blank">Łysy Pingwin</a> or <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g274856-d1216449-Reviews-W_oparach_absurdu-Warsaw_Mazovia_Province_Central_Poland.html" target="_blank">W Oparach Absurdu</a>, a local pub with live music and beer, pierogi, and cocktails on the menu.</p><img alt="Street art in the Praga district of Warsaw, Poland "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557161724/praga-street-art-warsaw-PRAGA0519.jpg?itok=em7CZTo3"><p><strong>11 Listopada Street</strong></p><p>Walk down 11 Listopada Street until you reach no. 22. Not only is this courtyard <a href="https://www.twoja-praga.pl/praga/sztuka/2198.html" target="_blank">known for its street art</a>, its three clubs — <a href="http://www.skladbutelek.pl/" target="_blank">Skład Butelek</a>, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/kawiarniachmury" target="_blank">Chmury,</a> and <a href="http://www.hydrozagadka.waw.pl/" target="_blank">Hydrozagadka</a> — are thought to be <a href="https://theculturetrip.com/europe/poland/articles/the-top-8-things-to-do-and-see-in-praga-warsaw/" target="_blank">some of the best in Warsaw</a>. According to <em><a href="https://theculturetrip.com/europe/poland/articles/the-top-8-things-to-do-and-see-in-praga-warsaw/" target="_blank">Culture Trip</a></em>, fans of folk and contemporary music can also come to the backyard of no. 22 for the occasional music festival.</p>
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This Versatile Maxi Dress Has Over 1,700 Near-perfect Reviews — and It’s on Sale Right Now

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 05/19/2019 - 10:30
<p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/fashion/summer-maxi-dresses" target="_blank">Summer dressing</a> can seem like an oxymoron. When we’re sweating through July’s oppressive 90 degree heat, the last thing we want to think about is adding on layers. But since there’s no getting around it (because, well, society), we can be comforted by the fact that hundreds of people think they’ve figured out a solution.</p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/knit-maxi-dress/3200555" target="_blank">Nordstrom’s Knit Maxi Dress</a> is the hot weather staple you need that will stop you from melting while keeping you looking sharp. At least, that’s what over 1,700 reviewers thought when they gave this piece a near-perfect rating.</p><p>The spaghetti strap column dress cinches at the waist with an elastic band and slips easily on and off. It comes in black and navy (which is actually closer to cobalt blue), and is an excellent solution for modest dressing, even in high heat. The loose-fitting skirt keeps things breezy, despite the full-coverage length.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/fashion/comfortable-travel-dresses" target="_blank">13 Comfortable Dresses That Are Made to Travel In</a></p><p>Reviewers love that this simple dress can be worn casual or accessorized for fancier occasions — <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-accessories/travel-blogger-packing-list" target="_blank">a must for your packing list</a> when space is limited.</p><p>“Just received this dress and I LOVE it,” writes one buyer. “I’m 5.4” and 128 pounds and the small fits perfectly. It hangs just above the floor so I can wear it with flats or wedges, dress it up or down depending on the occasion. It’s so comfortable and light. And the straps are adjustable so if you’re a bit shorter or taller you can adjust the length.”</p><p>This summer dress is already affordable — with a regular retail price of $52 — but today, it’s even cheaper. You can <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/knit-maxi-dress/3200555" target="_blank">snag this versatile wardrobe piece for just $39</a>.</p><img alt="Nordstrom’s Knit Maxi Dress "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557866426/knit-maxi-dress-KNIT0519.jpg?itok=yRJj18YV"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/knit-maxi-dress/3200555" target="_blank">nordstrom.com</a>, $39 (originally $52)</p>
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American Airlines Has a New Lounge at Dallas Fort Worth That Will Make You Want to Pay for the Upgrade (Photos)

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/18/2019 - 17:40
<p>Premium American Airlines passengers will notice a big difference at the airline’s renovated lounge at Dallas Fort Worth.</p><p>On Thursday, the airline’s Flagship Lounge re-opened after a yearlong renovation. The all-new <a href="https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/clubs/flagship-lounge.jsp" target="_blank">Flagship Lounge</a> is open to first and business class passengers, and everything is complimentary.</p><img alt="New American Airlines Flagship Lounge at DFW Airport "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1558107575/american-airlines-flagship-lounge-entrance-dfw-airport-bar-DFWAAFLAG0519.jpg?itok=aUuYfWW2"><img alt="New American Airlines Flagship Lounge at DFW Airport "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1558107575/american-airlines-flagship-lounge-2-dfw-airport-bar-DFWAAFLAG0519.jpg?itok=JfClBTJV"><img alt="New American Airlines Flagship Lounge at DFW Airport "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1558107575/american-airlines-flagship-lounge-outlets-dfw-airport-bar-DFWAAFLAG0519.jpg?itok=M3rLdxX_"><p>The space is a calming getaway from the hectic airport terminal, with quiet rooms, individual work pods and showers available.</p><img alt="New American Airlines Flagship Lounge at DFW Airport "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1558107575/american-airlines-flagship-lounge-dfw-airport-cocktail-DFWAAFLAG0519.jpg?itok=F7L6vfb3"><p>The lounge includes hot and cold food buffets and a chef’s table of made-to-order meals. Lounge access also includes wine, champagne or something from the “make your own cocktail” station.</p><img alt="New American Airlines Flagship Lounge at DFW Airport "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1558107575/american-airlines-flagship-lounge-restroom-dfw-airport-bar-DFWAAFLAG0519.jpg?itok=p-h4UZiQ"><p>"From here to Heathrow, you may need to sleep as soon as you get on the plane," Janelle Anderson, the airline’s vice president of marketing, <a href="https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2019/05/14/american-airlines-flagship-lounge-dfw-airport.html" target="_blank">told <em>Dallas Business Journal.</em></a> "You're able to have a nice experience here and not have to necessarily wait for food service on the plane."</p><img alt="New American Airlines Flagship Lounge at DFW Airport "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1558107575/american-airlines-flagship-lounge-dfw-airport-bar-DFWAAFLAG0519.jpg?itok=Rnm_TBoM"><p>Within the lounge is Flagship First Dining, a sit-down restaurant open to first class passengers on international flights. The meal service is complimentary for these passengers and features locally-inspired menus, according to the airline. Choices include Texas Beef Brisket Platter, Roasted Redfish on the Halfshell and Crisp Gulf Oysters.</p><img alt="New American Airlines Flagship Lounge at DFW Airport "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1558107575/american-airlines-flagship-lounge-dining-dfw-airport-bar-DFWAAFLAG0519.jpg?itok=zyM2jtYR"><img alt="New American Airlines Flagship Lounge at DFW Airport "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1558107575/american-airlines-flagship-lounge-menu-dfw-airport-bar-DFWAAFLAG0519.jpg?itok=DzRVmXTw"><img alt="New American Airlines Flagship Lounge at DFW Airport "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1558107575/american-airlines-flagship-lounge-dfw-airport-food-DFWAAFLAG0519.jpg?itok=CV1u9fJy"><p>The lounge is the airline’s fifth Flagship Lounge and the fourth Flagship First Dining location. It’s located next to gate D21 in the airport.</p><p>The airline is in the midst of a $200 million project to renovate lounges across its network. Other Flagship Lounge locations include Los Angeles International, Chicago O’Hare, New York JFK and Miami airports. The airline will soon open additional lounges in London and Philadelphia.</p>
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Hershey's Chocolate World Is Opening a Theatrical Show for Chocolate Lovers

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/18/2019 - 17:27
<p><a href="https://www.hersheys.com/chocolateworld/en_us/home.html" target="_blank">Hershey's Chocolate World</a>, in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/hershey" target="_blank">Hershey, Pennsylvania</a>, is opening a new interactive experience for the whole family on May 20.</p><p>The experience, <a href="https://www.hersheys.com/chocolateworld/en_us/things-to-do/hersheys-unwrapped.html" target="_blank">Hershey's Unwrapped</a>, is a 30-minute theatrical show at the “Hershey Academy.” To kick off the show, each member of the audience is handed tasting kits containing four different types of chocolate: milk, dark, white, and gold. Adults and kids alike will then learn how to “practice utilizing their senses,” according to a statement, as they eat the treats under the guidance of a “quirky Professor.”</p><img alt="Hershey's Unwrapped at Hershey's Chocolate World "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1558037866/Supply-Tin-UNWRAPPED0519.jpg?itok=85cAkx7b"><img alt="Hershey's Unwrapped at Hershey's Chocolate World "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1558037866/hersheys-unwrapped-1-UNWRAPPED0519.jpg?itok=51wcR7mu"><p>After this tasty introduction, the audience will follow Doc Chocolate into his chocolate lab. There, families can take part in a chocolate experiment and learn some of the history of how Milton Hershey created his iconic treats. Of course, you can expect to sample more chocolate while you're in the lab. And if you still haven't had your fill of chocolate by the end of the show, Doc Chocolate has a yummy surprise waiting for you.</p><img alt="Hershey's Unwrapped at Hershey's Chocolate World "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1558037866/hersheys-unwrapped-2-UNWRAPPED0519.jpg?itok=QlHIrTUb"><img alt="Hershey's Unwrapped at Hershey's Chocolate World "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1558037866/Secret-Lab-Layout-UNWRAPPED0519.jpg?itok=Avz0Bk0U"><p>“For our guests, the standard for a new attraction is high,” said Suzanne Jones, vice president at The Hershey Experience, noting the park attracts multiple generations of repeat visitors. “That's why I'm so excited about Hershey's Unwrapped. This experience will truly exceed those high expectations.”</p><p>Hershey's Unwrapped joins many other attractions at Hershey's Chocolate World, including Hershey's Chocolate Tour, where you can see how Hershey's chocolate gets made, and Create a Candy Bar, which is exactly what it sounds like.</p><p><a href="http://www.hersheys.com/chocolateworld/en_us/things-to-do/hersheys-unwrapped.html" target="_blank">Tickets</a> are $15.95 for adults, $12.95 for children between the ages of three and 12, and kids two and under get in free. Hershey's Chocolate World also offers <a href="https://www.hersheys.com/chocolateworld/en_us/plan-a-visit/tickets-bundles.html" target="_blank">ticket bundles</a> if you plan to check out some of the other attractions while you're there.</p>
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