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Where to go on holiday in 2019 – the hotlist

Where to go on holiday in 2019 – the hotlist A total solar eclipse, two World Cups, several new flights and walking trails, and big birthday celebrations from Havana to the Grand Canyon – here are our top 40 destinations worth checking out this year Continue reading… Go to Source Author: The Guardian Tweet

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The best towns and small cities in the US: Ithaca, New York state

The best towns and small cities in the US: Ithaca, New York state This progressive lakeside town has gone its own way since the hippy years: we showcase its best bars, live music venues and restaurants In this series: Eugene, Oregon | Chapel Hill, North Carolina | Portland, Maine | Ventura, California | Missoula, Montana Outside City Hall is Ithaca’s smallest park. It’s the size of a parking space: the mayor’s parking space, to be precise. When the 24-year-old Svante Myrick was elected five years ago, he gave up his car, decorated the spot with benches and plants and welcomed all and sundry to use it as they pleased. Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Emma John Tweet

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Head for the Black Hills: tales of Crazy Horse and Custer in South Dakota

Head for the Black Hills: tales of Crazy Horse and Custer in South Dakota The carving of the Crazy Horse statue is a story in itself but then insurgent tales and mountain sculptures have helped shape this midwest state It takes a few seconds for the statue of Crazy Horse to come into focus, which is surprising given that it’s being carved out of a 641ft-high stone outcrop. From a distance it looks like just another rocky peak silhouetted against the cloudless South Dakota sky. But get closer and its form and detail become apparent: an unyielding face, a raised arm, a pointing finger, all recreated on a colossal scale. Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Dave Everley Tweet

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Six of the best artisan distilleries in Chicago

Six of the best artisan distilleries in Chicago Chicago’s distillery scene has come a long way since the days of Al Capone, with a new generation of producers showcasing innovative spirits and cocktails on fun tasting tours Chicago has got history when it comes to spirits. The city was a vocal centre of the temperance movement that led to Prohibition between 1920 and 1933, which in turn fuelled the illegal and widespread production of moonshine and rise of Al Capone’s speakeasies. Today the city boasts a booming artisan distillery scene, the new generation producing small batch bourbon and rye whiskey, botanical gin and vodka, and even mezcal, kirsch and absinthe. Many have their own cocktail bars for those who…

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10 of the best things to do in Palm Springs, California

10 of the best things to do in Palm Springs, California Palm Springs’ modernist masterpieces are celebrated in this week’s fall preview but the mountain haven for the Hollywood set is worth a visit any time of year In the early 1920s, Hollywood stars adopted Palm Springs as a place to escape the travails of Tinseltown. They were wowed by the fine weather, laid-back vibe and views of the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa mountains – plus it was close enough to comply with the “two-hour rule” stipulating actors under contract had to be on call if needed by the studio. The Oasis Hotel, built in 1924-5 and designed by Lloyd Wright (son of Frank), led the way with…

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Vampire state of mind: how to join the world’s greatest Halloween parade

Vampire state of mind: how to join the world’s greatest Halloween parade New York’s Halloween bash is a wildly creative party – and it’s easier than you think to become a part of it As we turn into Varick Street in Lower Manhattan, a gore-splattered surgeon – his face peeling – is dragging a corpse down the sidewalk. Behind him, a bow-tie wearing, opaque-eyed zombie with dental health issues (half his mouth is missing) is checking his phone. Recoiling, my husband makes one final escape attempt: “Do we have to take part? Can’t we just watch?” Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Abigail Flanagan Tweet

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Island paradises, Indian caves and Interrail: the best destinations for new solo travellers

Island paradises, Indian caves and Interrail: the best destinations for new solo travellers With solo travel up by a third since 2011, we are warming to the idea of a trip away without compromise or arguments. Here are some places that guarantee a good welcome The first time I travelled alone was to Amsterdam in my teens. It was a formative experience. I found myself exploring a city in a way I had never done before; without compromise. This, it turns out, is one of the reasons why a growing number of people are opting for a holiday alone. According to the Association of British Travel Agents, solo travel has risen by a third since 2011. If you haven’t…

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‘Anti-Trump hotel’ opens in Washington DC

‘Anti-Trump hotel’ opens in Washington DC Eaton DC offers platform for campaigners as world’s first ‘activist’ hotel. Clever marketing or genuine attempt to broker change? Join the “group sound bath” in the wellness centre, stop by the civic engagement workshop in the lobby, then settle in for a rousing performance of protest songs from the all-women Resistance Revival Chorus on the rooftop bar. This is a small sample of the events that were on offer at the opening weekend of the Eaton Hotel in Washington DC – the world’s first “activist hotel”. Founded on an ethos of progressive ideals and social and environmental justice – and located just a few blocks from President Trump’s eponymous hotel chain – the…

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Six of the best US national trails – chosen by experts

Six of the best US national trails – chosen by experts To mark today’s 50th anniversary of the US national trails system, six hikers and outdoor writers pick their favourite routes across the American wilderness Length: 3,700 milesRoute: St Louis, Missouri, north-west over the Rockies to Oregon By Bart Smith, as told to William R Buck Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Guardian Staff Tweet

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The man who hiked 30 US national trails – in pictures

The man who hiked 30 US national trails – in pictures Photographer Bart Smith has been hiking the US’s national trails since 1992. Today he completes his 30th, the 3,700-mile Lewis and Clark trail, in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act. We select some of his best images from 25 years of walking Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Tweet

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