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The Monteillet Fromagerie ranch, in Dayton, Wash.

A Drive Through Southeast Washington's Wine Country

These days, it’s not the wine causing all the buzz in Washington’s Walla Walla Valley. It’s the new crop of creative, farm-fresh food.

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  • 10 Most Sacred Spots on Earth

    These places have been inspiring more than just vacation ideas for centuries. Long revered for their gorgeous scenery and spiritual power, here are ten natural wonders—from a ceremonial Mayan lake to the home of Shiva—that are the stuff of legend.

  • 10 Most Family-Friendly Cities in Europe

    From peerless parks to hands-on-museums and refreshingly affordable food, these major European cities all say "welcome!" to families with children.

  • 20 Fabulously Free Things to Do in D.C.!

    Let freedom ring! Did you know that amid the trappings of office, pomp and ceremony, and glitz and glamor of Washington, D.C., you’ll find more high-quality freebies than anywhere else on earth? Who’s ready to binge on cherry blossoms, food, art, dinosaurs, astronauts—and a 45-carat diamond? Here’s how!

  • Where to Stay in Istanbul

    Istanbul—the only city in the world that straddles two continents—just took the No. 1 spot in TripAdvisor's Traveler's Choice awards. If you’re thinking of going, we’ve got some stylish steals for you.

  • Don't Tell! These Restaurants Are Where Locals Eat In Florence

    These friendly, reliable, and supremely delicious restaurants will welcome you as if you were one of the locals who have been in the know for years. Here, the first in our Eat Your Way Across Italy series.

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  • 5 Awesome & Affordable American Drives

    Every corner of the U.S.—including yours!—offers a bold, beautiful road trip that rolls out an unforgettable vacation at a reasonable price.

  • A pelican sits perched on Cocoa Beach Pier.

    A Florida Dream Trip You Can Take NOW

    If you've got three days and a tank of gas, the beautiful beach towns of Florida's Space Coast make for a perfect winter getaway!

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  • OOPS! How Not to Embarrass Yourself in a Foreign Country

    Learning a bit of cultural etiquette, important phrases, and the absolute no-no's of any country you visit can save you not only embarrassment but also time and money!

  • 10 Flight Attendant Secrets I Wish I'd Known Before My Last Flight

    Budget Travel has spoken to some chatty flight attendants—on condition of anonymity—to deliver the 411 on how to enjoy the comfiest, safest, and most delicious flight, not to mention getting extra help when you really need it. (Hint: The “call button” is not your friend.)

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  • DO NOT ENTER: 8 Countries That Don't Roll Out the Welcome Mat

    Some places are just a downright hassle to visit. We'd never suggest you cross them off your list just because you have to jump through some bureaucratic hoops, but here's what you need to know before you go!

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  • 10 Best Budget Vacations for Spring

    Smart travelers know that there's no time like April and May to visit brag-worthy beaches and celebrated cities—for a fraction of what the crowds will be paying in summer! From the shores of the Atlantic to party towns like Vegas and NOLA, we've got stylish steals that'll make your spring vacation the best ever.

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  • Cruises of a Lifetime You Can Actually Afford!

    Glaciers in Alaska! The glittering capitals of the Mediterranean! The Caribbean’s most alluring islands! A new generation of mega-ship—and industry-wide price wars—are making these and other dream cruises more affordable than ever before.

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  • The beautiful town of Saumur in France

    Europe's Coolest Cycling Tour

    Spend your days cycling through one of France’s major wine regions, your nights savoring the fruits—and the feasts!—of the Loire Valley.

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  • Top 10 Travel Scams to Look Out For!

    Welcome to the brave new world of vacation ripoffs! The old "catch my baby while I pick your pocket" trick seems downright tame compared with this scary new breed of travel cons.

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