Colorful coral reefs. Six-toed cats. A haunted doll. Key West, Florida may be one of the most unique places in America: roosters roam the streets, drag queens rule the nightlife, and Cuba’s close proximity colors its history. The entire island is a colorful, tropical feast for the senses. But to really appreciate Key West in all of its quirky glory, you also have to get to know its long history of pirates, bootleggers, and nonconformists; its resident ghosts and grave-digging iguanas; and the resident wildlife who call it home. We tapped an insider to give us the scoop on everything you need to know to plan your trip to this island paradise, and all the quirkiest, best things to do in Key West!
Twinkling Christmas trees on the White House lawn. Ice skating over a glittering wharf. Sipping a martini in an igloo at the Watergate Hotel. Washington DC is the playground of politicians, partisans, and spies, full of history and intrigue as well as culture and inspiration. Along Washington DC’s storied and historic streets you’ll discover remnants of the United States’ colorful and chaotic history, the largest museum complex in the world, and America’s most famous buildings and monuments. But Washington DC really shines in the winter, when it’s covered in twinkling lights and Christmas decorations! We tapped a local tour guide to give us the inside scoop.
Snow-capped mountains. Alpine forests. Turquoise hot springs. Horse-drawn sleighs. The snowy, remote valley of Jackson Hole, Wyoming sits at the base of Grand Teton National Park, with Yellowstone National Park just an hour north. Visiting Jackson Hole in the winter is like stepping into a mountain-filled snow globe, complete with cozy lodges, awe-inspiring wildlife, and some of the world’s best skiing and winter sports. Snowboarding, ice skating, and sleigh riding in the clear, crisp air of Grand Tetons… yes, please! But Jackson Hole is more than just a magical mountain ski town; it’s also filled with majestic elk, wildlife-inspired art, and craft breweries. We tapped an insider to give us the scoop on Jackson Hole in the winter!
Rolling vineyards. Craft breweries. Natural hot springs. Farm-to-table food. Paso Robles, California is one of the best weekend getaways in California, and one of the best places to visit on the Central Coast! But don’t make the mistake of assuming that wine tasting in Paso Robles is the only option for booze-loving visitors. Here are the best Paso Robles breweries to try barrel-aged sours, malty stouts and porters, and refreshing California IPAs. Plus, the best Paso Robles distilleries & restaurants to round out the perfect (and delicious) weekend getaway!
Craft beer. Ghost stories. College football. A Disneyland-esque Main Street. Fort Collins – aka FoCo if you’re cool – sits an hour north of Denver and is home to Colorado State University (go Rams!). But it’s also known as the craft beer capital of Colorado AND one of the most haunted cities in the country – plus, its charming Old Town inspired Disneyland’s Main Street USA! Add that together with Colorado’s stunning surroundings and the neighboring Rocky Mountains, and you’ve got one fantastic place to visit for a weekend getaway. We’ve tapped a Fort Collins local to write this guide to the best things to do in Fort Collins!
Ah, whales: these majestic, enormous marine mammals have been immortalized in our culture in everything to Moby Dick to Finding Nemo. California is the best whale watching destination in the United States, with about 20,000 gray whales making their annual swim down the coast. In this post, you’ll discover the best destinations for whale watching in California, plus everything you need to know to plan your trip!