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Thursday, July 5, 2007
The Giant Dipper roller coaster
FEATURE STORY
Welcome to the A-list, San Diego: The city, long popular with Californians for its fresh, funky flavor, has managed to revitalize its downtown without losing touch with its soul. And people are definitely noticing. read more
FROM OUR BLOG: THIS JUST IN
Soon you'll need a passport to re-enter the U.S. after traveling to any other country—even if you're going on a quickie getaway to the Caribbean or Canada. The Department of Homeland Security is seeking comments from citizens about this proposed rule. Here's the skinny on passports and a guide to submitting your comments to the government.
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Easter Island
LAST CALL
Voting has reached a frenzied pace in the international campaign—and massive publicity stunt—to name the New Seven Wonders of the World. (Of the ancient wonders, only the pyramids are still standing.) You have until tomorrow to vote for your favorites among 21 finalists, including the Statue of Liberty, Sydney Opera House, and Easter Island. The following evening, yes, that would be 7/7/07, the winners will be announced at a flashy ceremony broadcast live from the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon. read more

We've featured many of the finalists in our Dream Trips series:
THE REAL DEALS
Round-trip airfare, eight nights' accommodations in Kenya and Zanzibar, six guided safari game-drives, sightseeing excursions, and 18 meals, from $3,440.
why it's a deal
HOW TO TRAVEL NOW
Members of loyalty programs get better service, fewer hassles, less paperwork, and great freebies and perks. So before you reserve anything (hotel, airline, car rental, etc.), join the loyalty club, even if you're only planning on doing business with the company a single time. read more
Lisa and Michael celebrating at the Liechtenstein Museum in Vienna
THE BT UPGRADE
Budget Travel reader Michael Stanton didn't know exactly how he was going to propose—all he knew was that he wanted to surprise his girlfriend, Lisa Yelin, during the trip to Europe that they had been planning for months. When the folks at Vienna's Liechtenstein Museum—an 18th-century baroque mansion that houses the spectacular art collection of the Liechtenstein family—learned of Michael's intentions, they crafted a plan so Michael could propose in style. read more

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