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US LGBTQ and Pride events in 2020

Let’s get one thing straight — LGBTQ people know how to throw one hell of a party, and in the United States, there’s no shortage of creativity when it comes to curating a queer shindig. From ski-slope soirees to fetish-themed festivals, the only thing more difficult than choosing which events to attend in 2020 is choosing who to vote for in the Democratic primary. Luckily, choosing from this list of epic LGBTQ gatherings is a win-win situation. Editor’s note: Queer culture doesn’t begin and e...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Hollywood, California, NYC, Washington, La, Lgbt, New York City, US, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Brooklyn, United States

What is the tallest building in each

It can be tough to get a sense of a building’s scale unless you’re comparing it first-hand, side-by-side, with a skyscraper. When many of us were growing up, the Sears Tower (now the Willis Tower) in Chicago, Illinois, was the tallest building in the country, but that title has since been awarded to the One World Trade Center in New York City. We know how tall the WTC is in feet, but exactly how much taller than the other skyscrapers in the country? And what does that actually look like? Than...
Tags: Travel, New York City, US, United States, Reddit, Wisconsin, Nevada, Towers, All, Willis Tower, Burlington Vermont, Chicago Illinois, Palazzo, WTC, One World Trade Center, Sears Tower

Best places to travel in April 2020

Despite an old adage about April showers, the fourth month of the year is really when life starts to return to much of the planet. The long winter has defrosted and left with it cherry blossoms, baseball, and plenty of end-of-winter parties, combining to make this one of the most enticing months to get out and see the world. But the best places to travel in April aren’t always the most obvious, where festivals you may never have heard of offer better times than well-worn destinations. So read...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Australia, Virginia, US, Chicago, Thailand, New Jersey, James Bond, Island, Jamaica, Monaco, Melbourne, Norfolk, Christina Ricci, Aston Martin

Best singles cities in the US

Singles tend to view Valentine’s Day like losing football teams view the Super Bowl — a tradition they’d rather forget, perhaps even despise, yet would totally embrace if circumstances were slightly different. Well, being single on Valentine’s Day — or any day, for that matter — doesn’t have to be a bitter experience. There are hundreds of cities all across the US ideally suited to the single lifestyle. Whether your goal is to find your spouse, a steady relationship, or a string of emotionall...
Tags: Travel, New York, La, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Valentine's Day, Portland, San Diego, Wisconsin, Portland Oregon, Seattle, Denver, Madison, New England

Cheap flights for February 2020

It has been a long and brutal winter. Not only was it so cold that iguanas started falling out of trees in Florida, but it was also an icy wasteland for cheap flights. With the holidays in full swing and everybody planning escape-the-cold getaways, we endured a couple of months where, literally, the best deal to be found was four percent off flights to Louisville. But good news! The ground is beginning to thaw — for cheap flights anyway — as our friends and crack cheap-flight experts at Skys...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Florida, Turkey, Switzerland, Geneva, Dublin, Portland Oregon, Cheap Flights, Istanbul, Skyscanner, Palm Springs, Louisville, All, New York New York, Copenhagen Denmark

Best party cities in the US

“Wild” is kind of a relative term. To some people, “wild” means staying up until the sun rises on consecutive nights, possibly ending up on a private jet somewhere over Bimini. To others, it means staying up past 9:00 PM on a weeknight so you can catch that extra episode of SVU. Point is, determining the “wildest” cities in the United States can be subjective. To help settle that debate, online sports book and betting tip site OLBG took a look at a series of factors — bars, strip clubs, and c...
Tags: Travel, Florida, New York, Texas, California, Washington, La, Boston, Milwaukee, US, Fresno, Sacramento, America, San Francisco, Indiana, Indianapolis

The best winter train trips

Winter is one of those things best viewed from afar. Like, as long as you can just sit back with a hot cocoa and enjoy soft falling snow, it’s pretty darned charming. But once you have to go outside and shovel your car out from under a few feet of snow in a driving ice storm, it loses a little of that romantic luster. So what better way to experience winter than a soothing train ride through alpine wonderlands? Where you can step into a heated dome car, take in all that snowy beauty, and neve...
Tags: Travel, Winter, Yosemite, Colorado, Montana, China, Trains, Sacramento, America, Los Angeles, Chicago, Beijing, Canada, Wyoming, Idaho, Alaska

Nobody Asked Me, But… No. 221: Hotel History: Hotel Florence | By Stanley Turkel

Hotel History: Hotel Florence. The Hotel Florence is a former operating hotel located in the Pullman Historic District on the far south side of Chicago, Illinois. In 1880, the railroad pioneer George Pullman purchased a site of 3,500 acres near Lake Calumet on the Illinois Central Railroad. With demand exploding for his sleeping railroad cars. Pullman decided to build the largest factory to produce them and a company town to house his employees and their families.
Tags: Travel, Illinois, Pullman, Chicago Illinois, Stanley Turkel, George Pullman, Hotel Florence, Pullman Historic District, Lake Calumet

Best hiking in the US

Urban hiking is no walk in the park. Somewhere between a gentle stroll and a spirited parkour session, urban hikes transform city streets, stairways, and sidewalks into metropolitan trails laced with both natural and cultural landmarks. Generally, the goal is to map a route that manages some elevation gain and takes advantage of whatever green spaces or nature retreats a city has to offer, all while keeping a brisk enough pace to get in a solid workout. Not all cities are particularly walkabl...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Texas, Shedd Aquarium, La, Hiking, US, America, San Francisco, Indianapolis, Austin, Brooklyn, United States, Portland, Manhattan, Capitol Hill

The best record stores in the US

Record store day is this Saturday, April 13, and if you’re reading this, that means that you are likely among the last bastion of badass music fans that actually care about the quality of the sound in your ears. While most cram trebled-out Spotify tunes through Bluetooth headphones, you are curled up on the futon next to a turntable and a pair of speakers drowning in a full spectrum of highs and lows that may have not even been recorded on a digital mixing board. For you, intrepid listener, t...
Tags: Travel, Google, Music, New York, California, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, United States, Oxford, Capitol Hill, Salt Lake City, Bob, West Coast, Seattle

Best spring break trips in the US

You don’t have to do five-story beer bongs off a beachfront balcony to have a great spring break. Though let’s be honest, it’s a better story if you do. The annual respite from school and work that runs from the beginning of March to mid-April is one of the great American traditions, where college kids create memories they won’t remember, and families finally have time for some peace and quiet. Even if you can’t afford a week of debauchery in Mexico or a family jaunt to Europe, each state has...
Tags: All, Spring Break, Spring Break Destinations, Spring Break Travel

Best and craziest St. Patrick’s Day

People around the US tend to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a fairly uniform manner: wearing green, attending parades, pretending Guinness has always been their favorite drink, and using their six percent Irish heritage as an excuse to eat a massive dinner of corned beef, cabbage, and soda bread. Some towns, however, celebrate more unconventionally. For these places, the holiday isn’t just an excuse to drink on a weekday — it’s a genuine celebration of the area’s Irish heritage. In trying to ...
Tags: Travel, US, Chicago, Arkansas, Dallas Cowboys, Portland, Nebraska, East End, All, Atlantic Ocean, Ripley, Chicago Illinois, Portland Maine, Bridge Street, Chicago River, St Patrick

World's most sustainable restaurants

Farm-to-table dining is no longer a niche concept. Restaurants around the world are sourcing local produce, minimizing waste, and reducing energy use. Part of the drive to sustainability is because of flavor — fresh, local food simply tastes better than the same food out of a package — and part of the recent resurgence of sustainable practices in restaurants is because it’s what the people want. While there are locations where local and sustainable food has always been present, this new crop ...
Tags: Travel, France, Scotland, US, Jerusalem, Sustainability, Spain, Earth, World, Chicago, Paris, Sydney, Prince Charles, Tokyo, Michelin, Sustainable Food

Continued Evolution of Interstate Hotels & Resorts Demonstrated by Significant Momentum Across the Globe

Interstate Hotels & Resorts ignited an aggressive three-pronged strategy in 2018 focusing on unrivaled talent, global expansions and innovative product and program launches. The fresh perspective led by president and CEO Michael J. Deitemeyer and his highly innovative leadership team set the company up for a strong 2019. The company has grown the portfolio, transitioning 150 properties with 20,522 rooms under Deitemeyer's helm in 2018. Monumental strides were made in Continental Europe wh...
Tags: Travel, France, Chicago, Amsterdam, Marriott, Belgium, Armenia, Dallas, The Netherlands, Mike, Interstate Hotels Resorts, Interstate, YEREVAN, Chicago Illinois, Temecula California, Continental Europe

Free or cheap activities in Chicago

We know Chicago winters are long, and we know you have to save those paychecks for spring shopping and summer travel, but if you just stay in all winter the season will drag. If you want those calendar pages turning faster, you have to get out and do something exciting even if you have a budget to stick to. And it’s actually quite doable. Here’s our list of the best free or inexpensive things to do in Chicago in the winter. 1. Go ice skating. View ...
Tags: Travel, Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, Illinois, Travel Tips, Chicago Illinois, Millennium Park, Garfield Park, Humboldt Park, Chicago History Museum, Lincoln Park Zoo, Westside, Lakefront Trail, Lincoln Jackson, Free Things To Do In Chicago, Zelenka

Winter activities in cold US cities

There’s an old expression people who live in freezing cold cities like to use. “There’s no such thing as bad weather,” they say. “Only bad clothes.” Perhaps this is just something they tell themselves to stay warm while waiting for a bus in an Arctic wind. But if it holds true and cold places can still be fun with the right amount of layering, then lower hotel prices and smaller crowds make winter the perfect time to visit. Provided you invest in a good jacket first. From train rides through ...
Tags: Travel, New York, Minneapolis, Wild, Boston, New York City, US, America, Georgia, Chicago, Austin, United States, Maine, Alaska, Ncaa, Siberia

The 10 best food halls in the US

The number of food halls in the US is increasing at a rapid clip. There were just 105 in 2016, and that number is expected to double by 2019. They’re not just in the metropolitan areas where you’d expect food halls to flourish, either. Delaware will soon get its first food hall, as will Boise, Idaho. Three food halls are slated to open by 2020 in Kansas City alone. Food halls are spreading like malls in the ‘80s, but unlike the food courts serving up Panda Express, they emphasize local busine...
Tags: Travel, Food, Florida, New York, Texas, California, La, China, New York City, US, Alabama, Atlanta, Georgia, Indiana, Brooklyn, Hawaii

The 7 best US cities to see by bike

Driving can be a cumbersome way to see a city, what with traffic congestion and expensive parking. And while walking gets you up-close and personal, it’s hard to cover a lot of ground on foot — especially when the places you want to visit are far apart. Touring a city by bike, on the other hand, gives you that closer look while getting you farther in less time. Plus, fantastic cities like Seattle and Washington, DC, are becoming even friendlier to cyclists by adding bike lanes, welcoming bike...
Tags: Travel, US, Chicago, Cycling, Washington Dc, Portland, San Diego, New Orleans, Portland Oregon, Seattle, Pacific, Fdr, Denver, Light Rail, Martin Luther King Jr, Mall

The 7 most haunted bars in the US

Every town in America seems to have its own ghost stories. Often, those stories revolve around children’s tales passed on from generation to generation. Some of the stories, however, are only for people of the legal drinking age. In small towns and big cities, there are bars where the patrons allegedly never left. These are the seven most haunted bars in the US. 1. Kells Irish Pub in Seattle, Washington View this post on Instagram ...
Tags: Travel, US, America, Chicago, Roy, Travel Tips, Michael, Simon, Tony, Emily, Chicago Illinois, Weiss, Stone, Fournier, Milwaukee Wisconsin, Sadie

True-crime serial-killer tours

There’s something undeniably interesting about serial killers and true-crime stories. Just look at all the podcasts, books, and documentaries out there detailing everything about the people who do the unthinkable. It may seem twisted to some, but no true-crime experience tops actually going to the locations where they happened. To meet the unlikely demand for the macabre, there are serial killer tours across the country and abroad that satisfy every dark curiosity you could have about people ...
Tags: Travel, London, Colorado, California, Boston, Milwaukee, America, San Francisco, Events, Fbi, Netflix, Harvard, Broadway, Charles Manson, True Crime, Cleveland

September travel for families

In September, family vacations come to a screeching halt. Kids focus on school, reuniting with classmates, meeting new teachers, and starting in on schoolwork. Yet September is a great time to travel. In the northern hemisphere, the weather is lovely and the days still long, but the tourist crowds have gone home. Prices for everything from airfare to hotels can be better, as well — and for many, those affordable prices may be the most feasible opportunity to take the whole fam on vacation. We...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Family, Japan, London, Navy, White House, US, Chicago, Canada, Atlantic, Washington Dc, Paris, Manhattan, Tokyo, National Mall

Chicago ILLINOIS to Ann Arbor MICHIGAN

We were up early around 8.00am and got ourselves organised to start our road trip. First order of business was to get some breakfast and during our orientation walk of Chicago yesterday we came across a couple of places on South Michigan Avenue that looked
Tags: Travel, Chicago, Michigan, Ann Arbor, South Michigan Avenue, Chicago Illinois

5 of the Best Foodie Cities in the World

Bott and Co researched the cities with the most diverse food scenes. New York took the top spot with a whopping 94 different cuisines. London took second place with 89 different national cuisines on offer. Many cities around the world tempt foodies with their local delicacies but for those not fussed on trying the local fare, Bott and Co have taken a look at the different cuisines available in some of the world’s biggest cities. In order to establish which cities feature the most divers...
Tags: Travel, Sponsored, New York, London, New York City, Toronto, America, Chicago, Albania, Anthony Bourdain, London England, Bott, Chicago Illinois, Chi Town, Google Map, Paris France French

Midwest Road Trip Destinations

Whether you’re going on a road trip with family or friends or you’re planning a romantic trip with your partner, the Midwest has some amazing destinations to enjoy. With theme parks, national parks, hotels and restaurants, world-class shopping malls, and interactive museums, the Midwest offers an unbeatable road trip experience. Below are the best Midwest road trip destinations to visit. Chicago, Illinois There’s no doubt that Chicago is one best tourist destinations in the Midwest. It has so...
Tags: Travel, Usa, Australia, Navy, Chicago, Wisconsin, Michigan, Detroit, Madison, Detroit Tigers, Road Trip, Travel Blog, Midwest, Chicago Wolves, Lake Michigan, Willis Tower

New United Airlines Policy Scraps Last-Minute Boarding for Crew Members

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Tags: Travel, United, Huffington Post, United Airlines, Louisville Kentucky, Chicago Illinois, Lydia O Connor, Dao, David Dao, Maggie Schmerin, Schmerin

STR: US hotel performance for November 2016

The U.S. hotel industry reported positive year-over-year results in the three key performance metrics during November 2016, according to data from STR.Compared with November 2015, occupancy increased 2.5% to 60.7%, and average daily rate (ADR) rose 3.4% to US$119.71. As a result, revenue per available room (RevPAR) grew 5.9% to US$72.68, marking the industry's 81st consecutive month with a year-over-year increase in RevPAR. The 60.7% occupancy level was the highest for any November in...
Tags: Travel, US, Garner, Nashville Tennessee, Houston Texas, Chicago Illinois, ADR, RevPAR, Los Angeles Long Beach, Norfolk Virginia Beach Virginia, Los Angeles Long Beach California

STR: US hotel results for week ending 12 November

The U.S. hotel industry reported positive results in the three key performance metrics during the week of 6- 12 November 2016, according to data from STR.In year-over-year comparisons, the industry's occupancy rose 1.6% to 65.3%. Average daily rate (ADR) increased 3.3% to US$122.70. Revenue per available room (RevPAR) grew 5.0% to US$80.16.Seven Top 25 Markets reported a double-digit RevPAR increase, three of which posted an increase of more than 15.0% in the metric: Seattle, Washingto...
Tags: Travel, US, Nashville, Houston, Seattle, Denver, Nashville Tennessee, Houston Texas, Chicago Illinois, Denver Colorado, New Orleans Louisiana, Seattle Washington, Norfolk Virginia Beach, San Francisco San Mateo, Norfolk Virginia Beach Virginia, Oahu Island Hawaii

STR: US hotel results for week ending 5 November

The U.S. hotel industry reported mixed results in the three key performance metrics during the week of 30 October through 5 November 2016, according to data from STR.In year-over-year comparisons, the industry's occupancy fell 3.5% to 64.0%. Average daily rate (ADR) increased 1.6% to US$123.17. Revenue per available room (RevPAR) decreased 1.9% to US$78.82.Opposite from last week, STR analysts cite a negative effect on results due to a Halloween calendar shift. The holiday was not inc...
Tags: Travel, Boston, US, Chicago, Houston, St Louis, Boston Massachusetts, St Louis Missouri, Orlando Florida, Houston Texas, Chicago Illinois, New Orleans Louisiana, ADR

The Best Big Cities In The U.S.

For Condé Nast Traveler, by Katherine LaGrave and CNT Editors. Condé Nast Traveler readers cast more than 100,000 votes for their favorite cities in the U.S. in this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards survey — in fact, we got so much feedback, we had to divide our list in two. This roundup features the country’s major metropolises, with populations over 150,000. Is your favorite on the list? Counting down... 1. New York, New York NYC buzzes with the energy of a city (of 8.49 million) perpetually caff...
Tags: Travel, America, San Francisco, Barack Obama, Chicago, Alinea, New Orleans, North America, Second City, Huffington Post, Chinatown, Harlem, Conde Nast Traveler, Mardi Gras, HONOLULU Hawaii, Chicago Illinois

This is what our major U.S. cities would look like if we had never adopted the Clean Air Act back in 1965

The Clean Air Act was established in 1963, serving as the first major environmental law in the United States. Today, more than 40 years later, it remains one of the best air quality laws in the world. Air pollution continues to be a huge global issue, however, and 3 million deaths occur annually because of it.  Last December, Matador’s Matt Hershberger wrote about the air quality in Bejing being so bad, that residents were willing to spend as much as $168 on a Ziploc bag of Canadian air, bough...
Tags: Travel, Energy, China, India, Environment, United States, Pollution, World Health Organization, Clean Air Act, New York New York, PHOENIX Arizona, Dallas Texas, Los Angeles California, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Houston Texas, Chicago Illinois

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