If you’re looking for an island vacation that involves a bit more than beach bumming, Puerto Rico is just the place. Aside from its unspoiled coastline, the U.S. territory, approximately the size of Connecticut, is home to one of the most charming and lively cities in the Caribbean, lovely Old San Juan.—Alysha Brown
By Alysha Brown
Mark Twain once called it heaven on earth and Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas may call it home, but Bermuda isn’t resting on its laurels to attract vacationers. Many of the island’s high-end properties are wrapping up major renovations and additions.
By Alysha Brown
Miami might be Florida’s bustling cultural capital but the Keys, with their idyllic white sand beaches, turquoise waters and first-class resorts are a reminder of Florida’s Caribbean influence. So think twice about jetting off to St. Barts or the Turks and Caicos for a quick getaway, as you might be pleasantly surprised staying stateside.
By Elissa Gilbert
I landed in Amsterdam and it was like I hadn’t left New York at all. I couldn’t read the street signs and the skyline stopped at the fourth floor, but the city felt very much like home: pedestrians thronged the streets, cars, busses and trams jostled for space with bicyclists (even if the rider was more likely to be a suited businessman toting his briefcase in the basket than a messenger). The elegant canal houses seemed slightly off-beat versions of town houses and brownstones back home. We hit traffic jams because of a new subway line under construction.
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It’s hard to come down to earth after the otherworldly thrill of a trip to Tokyo. Giant towers filled with secret stores press up against Shinto temples, with their lit-paper lanterns and prayer letters. Rock star wannabe schoolgirls, complete with uniforms and pink hair, clutter the otherwise orderly sidewalks.
In this section we take a look at where to get away in luxury this fall to some of the world’s top destinations. If you’re looking for culture, check out Mexico’s Guadalajara which offers museums and great nightlife. For a quiet, family holiday consider Lake George in upstate New York, which offers leaf peeping and boat rides as well as some great galleries. Further afield, Düsseldorf, Germany, offers a mixture of historic monuments and modern architecture.—Sascha Brodsky
If you are looking for a second city to call home, check out these 11 destinations the Resident profiles. They may never be New York but each city offers its own attractions. Phoenix residents enjoy low housing prices and fine weather. Atlanta has great football and fine dining. If you prefer to be close to nature, consider Santa Fe for its proximity to the mountains and deserts as well its sophisticated cultural events.—Sascha Brodsky
By Janet Groene
So you want to take your luck on the road? Avery Cardoza, publisher of the poker and gambling e-zine cardozaonline.com, says America’s leading hotspots for gaming are Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Tunica, Miss., with its ten very active casinos, and Connecticut where he says Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun are the two largest and most profitable casinos in the world. “The rebuilding of Gulf Coast casinos after the devastation of Katrina puts them back on the gambler’s map, too,” Cardoza observes. Here’s a look at some of the the country’s top spots to strike it rich.
By John Lee
Since the wine quaffing of the Roman occupation, the mead consumption of the Middle Ages and the illicit gin houses of the Victorian era, booze has flown through London like a second River Thames. The history of the city is so bound up with pints, flagons and tankards that several thousand bars still populate its labyrinthine streets, offering visitors a perfect excuse to rub shoulders with the locals in highly convivial, sometimes archaic surroundings. Here then, for those planning an afternoon of gentle bar-hopping in what is arguably the pub capital of the world, is a six-pack of great central London pubs.
By Mike Stevens
Sue Slater could feel waves of cold radiate from the glacier as her cruise ship slipped past the towering wall of ice in Alaska’s Disenchantment Bay. Suddenly, she heard a car-sized chunk of ice tear away from the 40-story glacier before it crashed into the frigid waters.