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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

Insider Tips and Secrets for Exploring Universal's Islands of Adventure

(1) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 4:48 PM

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Designed to insert visitors directly into some of their favorite stories and movies, from "Green Eggs & Ham" to "Spiderman," Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida, is a...

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Why Seniors Should Love Travel Rewards Credit Cards

(1) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 5:00 PM

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Although rewards credit cards seem to be everywhere these days, the popularity of credit card loyalty programs is actually on the decline. According to a report from Mercator Advisory Group, credit...

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6 Easy Ways to Plan a Cheap Road Trip

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 1:53 PM

These days, many travelers are opting to skip the high fares and baggage fees at the airport in favor of a classic road trip. Mapping out all your stops, meals and detours can seem overwhelming at first, but with a little creativity, planning an affordable road...

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Voluntourism 101: The Dos and Don'ts for Planning a Volunteer Vacation

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 6:28 PM

2015-07-21-1437494319-4532091-HuffPomain.jpg U.S. Army Corps of Engineers / Flickr

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in hopes of sending "the best and brightest Americans abroad on behalf of the United States to tackle the most pressing needs of people...

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Don't DIY: When and Where to Try a Tour Operator

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 2:02 PM

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Vacation burnout is a real thing. But even before exhaustion infiltrates the trip itself, the stress from putting together an itinerary can be crippling. Fortunately, there is a thriving industry of professionals dedicated to helping travelers escape...

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5 Things You Need To Know About Visiting Cuba

(490) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 9:58 AM

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Since President Barack Obama announced in December 2014 that the United States plans to restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba, avid travelers have been preparing to visit the small Caribbean nation. But it's not as easy as...

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How to Spot a Travel Scam

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 10:51 AM

When was the last time you booked a vacation with the help of a real person, whether it was a travel agent or a customer service representative? Assuming you have access to the Internet, it's safe to say it probably wasn't recently. Though booking sites and social media have made...

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Insider Tips for Visiting U.S. National Parks

(2) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 10:58 AM

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There are few places in the world that offer the breathtaking landscapes, endless activities and awe-inspiring architecture of the U.S. national parks. From whitewater rafting through the Grand Canyon to exploring the elegant monuments...

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Top Caribbean Cruise Port Adventures

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 2:18 PM

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Millions of sun-seeking Americans flock to the Caribbean every year for its welcoming sands and warm waters (its proximity to the mainland doesn't hurt either). But those who venture to the islands mostly arrive...

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10 Secrets for Traveling Like a Local

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 6:49 PM

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Travel in itself is one of the most rewarding experiences. You get to see new places, immerse yourself in new experiences, try new cuisines and meet incredibly vibrant and unique people. However, not all travel is created...

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How to Travel Like a Flight Attendant

(2) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 10:49 AM

2015-07-06-1436191259-1982937-HuffPo_main.jpg Paul Stocker / Flickr

Traveling is no doubt an exciting venture. Choosing where to vacation, then researching the attractions, culture and local dishes before you arrive can be just as thrilling as experiencing the new destination itself. Although visiting a new...

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Las Vegas: 10 Best Bets When You Want to Step Away From the Action

(3) Comments | Posted July 5, 2015 | 6:47 PM

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Sure, you could spend all day seeing shows and playing slot machines in the casino, but everyone needs a little break from Sin City's neon landscape. Thrill-seekers can scramble on rock formations at Valley...

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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

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

2015-07-02-1435865923-2759065-InternationalTrip_huffpo.jpg Chris Waits / Flickr

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

2015-06-23-1435073163-9671198-HuffPomain_edited.jpg Grand Canyon National Park / Flickr

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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