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David Landsel
David Landsel is a travel writer with more than fifteen years of experience, working with the New York Post, Smarter Travel, Better Homes & Gardens, Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure. A specialist in North American destinations, he has visited each of the fifty U.S. states at least four times and counting. He is currently a contributing editor at Airfare Watchdog.

Entries by David Landsel

O, Pioneer! 5 Secretly Cool Cities Where You Can Still Get in on the Ground Floor

(60) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 5:30 PM

Are you one of those people that goes around saying things like "I've been hearing good things about Portland! Sounds like a place I'd like to live!" or, better still, "So, like, my game plan is to move to Austin within the next five years and be a musician?"


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Worst Drive Ever? 8 Great Stops Along I-95 That'll Restore Your Will to Live

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2015 | 6:00 PM

Sometimes you can't fly. Sometimes the train is too expensive and the bus is too, well, the bus. Sometimes, all you can do is get in the car, grit your teeth and hit the nearest on-ramp. If you've done it even once, you know: Driving I-95 for any length of...

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5 Experiences That Will Change the Way You See New Orleans

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 11:21 AM


Times change, people change - even tradition-bound New Orleans changes. Everywhere you go in the Crescent City these days, it seems like something new is going on. Road work, new developments, a new streetcar project, new restaurants, new housing, new hotels - there's...

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20 Great Happy Hours on the Las Vegas Strip

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 5:45 PM

If you've stepped foot on the Strip recently, you're familiar with the realities of modern Las Vegas: $8.50 draft beers, $20 hamburgers, the $40 buffet. The days of casinos using cheap food and drink as a lure to keep you at the tables are mostly gone, and if you ask...

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10 Reasons to Spend August in Phoenix

(4) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 5:19 PM


Ever wonder what 114 degrees feels like? Phoenicians can tell you -- in fact, they just felt it the other day. Yep, August in the Valley of the Sun is, well, sunny. At a certain point, all the dryness in the world can't...

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9 Reasons Why You Should Fly to Cleveland Right Now (No, Really!)

(46) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 6:20 PM


Cleveland can be a tough nut to crack. It is easy to lump the city in with the rest of the Rust Belt, to write it off as one of those towns whose best days are far behind it. In some ways, this...

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A Private Pool Above the Pacific for Less Than $200/Night (and Other Reasons Acapulco Is Awesome)

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 5:44 PM


Were Frank Sinatra to lay his Ol' Blue Eyes on Acapulco Bay today, it's a safe bet he'd be pretty keen to fly, fly away someplace else. The years have not been terribly kind to the Mexican beach resort that once attracted the...

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Which Popular American City Is Secretly an Amazing Outdoor Adventure Destination?

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 11:54 AM

Quick question: Which western city is a short drive from this...

has one of its major boulevards quite suddenly turn into this...

brags a location less than an hour from unforgettable trails like this...

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The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Alaska

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 11:20 AM


Alaska is big. Extreme weather is kind of its thing. The state is full of bears, moose and other animals you really don't want to tangle with. It's no accident there are reality shows dedicated to highlighting just how dangerous/remote/weird Alaska can be....

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14 Things You Need to Know Before Driving California's Big Sur

(9) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 12:00 PM


The rugged stretch of California coastline between San Simeon and Carmel has always done its best to ward off interlopers. Even the otherwise-ambitious Spaniards gave it a miss at first. Centuries later, there was still no road through the land that explorers referred...

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Got a Little Free Time This Spring? Maybe Go Check Out Pittsburgh (Yes, Really)

(36) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 12:31 PM

There are many ways in which Pittsburgh is not like other cities -- let's start with the grand entrance. Whether you're coming in from the Pennsylvania Turnpike and through the Squirrel Hill Tunnel, or shooting under Mount Washington on their way in from the airport, you can't help but notice:...

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Houston is One of the Country's Coolest Cities -- So Why Haven't You Been Yet?

(2) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 2:18 PM

Pop quiz: Largest cities in the United States. Go. We all know New York is number one, right? And most are hip to the fact that Chicago ought to be called the Third City, because the number two spot has long been owned by Los Angeles. Who's in fourth, then?...

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24 Ways to Have the Best 24 Hours Ever in Los Angeles (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 10:24 AM

Los Angeles! It is big, weird, crowded and often daunting, particularly if you are only here for a short stay. Still, you don't need a ton of time, or even a car (no, seriously) to get the hang of America's second city. With just 24 hours and a sense of...

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16 Reasons Why Door County, Wisconsin Is Better Than Wherever You Are Right Now (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 7:00 AM

Four hours' drive north of Chicago, Door County, Wisconsin has been a Midwest weekend getaway staple for generations. During the fall season, when the colors really start to pop, this idyllic bit of countryside becomes one of the best places to experience a truly classic American autumn. Here are some...

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Where to Taste the Future of American Ice Cream Right Now

(2) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 9:25 PM

Ours is a country that knows great ice cream. The legends are legion, from Toscanini's in Cambridge to Tillamook's on the Oregon coast. Over the past decade, however, a new breed of ice cream maker has emerged, changing the way many of us think about -- and eat -- the...

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7 Very Good Reasons to Visit Toronto This Summer

(6) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 12:51 PM

Drive into Toronto these days and you will notice things. The skyline seems bigger, because it is. The sidewalks seem more crowded, because they are. You may also wonder if the traffic isn't more terrible than you remember. You would be correct.

Nearly three million people live in Toronto...

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10 Terribly Overrated Destinations (And Where To Travel Instead)

(2354) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 9:03 AM

Have you ever traveled somewhere that everyone told you was the absolute best, only to find yourself wondering: Is that all there is?

It happens. Sometimes, the destination in question is trading on a dated reputation it no longer deserves. Other times, you've fallen victim to hype, manufactured by...

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