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Founded nearly 80 years ago, U.S. News & World Report has a long tradition of helping people make smart decisions across categories ranging from Education to Cars. In 2010, U.S. News launched a Travel channel to help people make the best choices about how and where to spend their vacation time. We do this by seeking consensus among travelers and experts and providing tools and recommendations our readers can trust. We aim to take the guesswork out of trip-planning and help our readers focus on having fun.

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Entries by U.S. News Travel

8 Great Winter Resorts for Fun in the Summer Sun

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 5:34 PM

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You may have already packed away your ski boots and poles, but now it's time for summertime fun at many of the country's top winter lodges and resorts. From scenic gondola rides to horseback...

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6 Simple Tips for Planning Your First International Trip

(1) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 4:15 PM

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If you're planning your first vacation beyond American borders, you're probably feeling overwhelmed. After all, there are so many factors to consider. Should you book a hotel or will a hostel provide a more authentic experience? Should...

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10 After-Dark Activities to Experience This Summer

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 1:43 PM

Only when the sun goes down can you enjoy some of the best outdoor activities of the summer, and in the cooler night air no less. From stargazing parties to desert garden flashlight tours to evening turtle walks, there's a lot that can be done and enjoyed only at night....

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5 Tips For Planning A Budget Beach Trip In Peak Season

(1) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 8:55 AM

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Whether you've booked your vacation in advance or at the last minute, there are certain times of the year when everyone wants to be in the same place. For the warmer months that's the beach. This...

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6 Ways to Travel New Zealand on a Budget

(1) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 11:05 AM

The sweeping mountain vistas, stunning beaches, vibrant cities and hospitable locals make New Zealand a bucket list travel destination for many. But as breathtaking as it is, plenty of travelers forgo a forage into hobbitdom due to the expensive costs of getting and staying there. The sticker shock...

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Beginner's Guide to Adventure Travel

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 11:01 AM

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This may come as surprise, but even if you've never heard the term, you've likely engaged in some form of adventure travel. That kayaking shore excursion you took on your cruise to Alaska?...

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7 Luxurious National Park Lodges

(3) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 5:47 PM

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With school out and summer in full swing, many Americans will be packing up and heading to one of our great national parks. Though plenty of travelers opt to camp...

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When It's Worthwhile to Pay Extra Airline Fees

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 5:20 PM

Who would pay a pretty penny for extra perks on top of an already costly flight ticket? You would -- assuming you want benefits like in-flight Wi-Fi and priority boarding access. Such costs, known as ancillary fees, translate to billions of dollars in annual revenue for airlines, leaving fliers questioning...

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5 Travel Rip-Offs to Avoid

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 3:05 PM

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Whether it's relaxing on a Caribbean beach, sightseeing through Europe or road tripping through a national park, travelers shell out money for vacations in hopes that the experience will be worth...

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Why You Should Take a Kid-free Vacation

(7) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 12:50 PM

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Close your eyes and picture your ideal vacation. What do you see?

Perhaps you're on a beach somewhere with a good book and a drink in hand. The kids are playing quietly in the surf, the waves...

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Top Tips for Disney World First-Timers

(4) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 10:03 AM

Planning a trip to Walt Disney World can be overwhelming, especially if you're visiting for the first time. You have to set a budget, decide the best time to go, where to stay and navigate four theme parks, two water parks and a multitude of dining and recreation...

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5 Simple Ways to Stay Active On a Cruise

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 12:18 PM

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It's never been easier to stay fit and healthy on a cruise. More choices -- on board and off -- allow passengers to stay in shape while enjoying all the experiences and delicious food...

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Literary Landmarks: 7 Famous Authors' Homes You Can Visit

(8) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 4:59 PM

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It's no secret that many of America's greatest literary icons inserted autobiographical details into their works, but there is perhaps no better way to get to know each author than by visiting his or her home....

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Connecting at 35,000 Feet: The Future of Inflight Wi-Fi

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 12:17 PM

When in-flight Wi-Fi debuted in the U.S. in 2008, travelers lauded its convenience and cool factor, content to send work messages and catch up on the latest news while flying. But these days, travelers who were once giddy about the possibility of connecting at 35,000 feet are increasingly frustrated by...

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Europe's Underrated Summer Festivals You Need to Know About

(1) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 4:50 PM

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Festive celebrations populate every page of the European calendar, but there is no question that summer reigns as a busy season for fun events in Europe. Whether you stumble into a European summer festival as the...

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Easy Ways to Save On Your Summer Vacation to Europe

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 4:15 PM

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Whether you're dreaming of Greek islands or Spanish steps, Parisian cafes or Venetian piazzas, summer is the perfect time to visit Europe. Unfortunately, it's also the most expensive time of year to fly across the...

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Universal Orlando vs. Walt Disney World: Should You Pick One or Both?

(6) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 5:36 PM

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With Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando mere miles from each other, it's tempting to squeeze both theme parks into one vacation. After all, each park offers something different for each member...

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4 Things Every Clean Freak Should Know About Hotels

(5) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 2:39 PM

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When booking a hotel stay, most travelers are more anxious about the sights to see in their chosen destination, rather than the cleanliness of their accommodations. But for some, bad experiences, a lifetime of mysophobia (fear of...

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Do You Really Need Money When You Travel Abroad?

(1) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 2:22 PM

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When you're planning a trip abroad, you need to create a list of essentials to bring with you. Seasonal clothing, toiletries and your passport will always make the cut, as will your printed itinerary, a camera...

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5 New Brand BFFs That Benefit Travelers

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 1:15 PM

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Loyalty programs are nice, but when it comes to reaping tangible benefits and not just racking up points, travelers are beginning to rely on brand partnerships to really move the bar. Years ago, such a...

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