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The World's Largest Cocktail Party + Where to Eat and Sleep in New Orleans

One of the greatest food cities on earth, New Orleans has a truly one-of-a-kind spirit and verve. Its sensual magic easily translates into unique cuisine, historically formed from an array of cultures, and coalescing into unmatched Creole and Cajun cuisines. In keeping with the rest of the country, there’s a renaissance of mid-range, urban-chic, smart restaurants in Nola, alongside the eternal classics.

Southern Hospitality, Tech Stars, BBQ, and More Motivation to Visit Austin Right Now

Austin is spawning more than its fair share of tech lodestars, transforming this quirky city on the banks of the Colorado River into a start-up scene–nicknamed Silicon Hills—that even Bay Area entrepreneurs could envy. The first Bitcoin ATMs in the United States landed downtown in March, and California companies such as Dropbox and Websense are ramping up local operations. In town to scout a start-up at the Capital Factory incubator? Take the weekend to see what all the fuss is about.

Where You Want To Go: San Franciscans' Most Coveted Travel Destinations

For an of-the-moment snapshot of what’s hot in travel, we turned to Pinterest to discover the destinations on San Francisco bucket lists. The tech gurus there gathered a list of the places we’ve pinned the most, and the data was telling: Copenhagen, Burma, Dublin, Iceland, and Mexico City are all spots balancing on the edge of change—each at a particular tipping point that appeals to global warriors. Then, we scoured Instagram for an authentic look at each locale. The resulting stories are firsthand accounts so palpable, you’ll want to book your ticket. When you do, we suggest you take the advice writ large and in lights on the wall of Pinterest’s SF headquarters: Ready, steady, GO.

Dublin on the Cusp of Greatness (Again)

Why do you return to Dublin so often?” people ask.

A few years ago, I won a playwriting prize that came with a nice check. I said to my wife, “Let’s take a trip.” I hadn’t been to Ireland since the 20th century, when I carried a Eurail Pass and backpack and stayed in a hostel for £2 a night and wandered the streets of what was then one of Europe’s poorest cities.

Ancient Myths Live On In Burma, the Land of Legends

A young man wearing a Britney Spears T-shirt tucked into a red longyi (wraparound skirt) poked at a tree with a 20-foot pole. I’d been in the dust of central Burma all day, traveling between ancient temples on a rickety bike, but this sight caught my interest.

“This owl—no good,” he explained in English. “It made my mom sick.”

A Seaside Getaway to Mendocino

You’d never know it from the tempestuous surf, nosebleed-high coastal bluffs and chilly, decidedly un-Serengeti-like wind gusts, but giraffes live happily on the Mendocino Coast—for our purposes, a wildly scenic 35-mile stretch of shore that extends from the town of Mendocino to Point Arena—along with some of their fellow endangered African ungulates (the greater kudu, Grevy’s zebra, and the sable antelope).

In Mexico City, Things Are Hotter Than Ever

For some, Mexico City comes with a warning label. When I posted on Facebook that I was going, my sister emailed me an article about beheadings. A tennis pal cautioned me to take only radio-controlled taxis, to avoid the risk of being taken for a metaphorical (and literal) ride.

Copenhagen Earns Its Good-Looking, Good-Living Reputation

If you’re shopping for an inferiority complex, Copenhagen is a great place to start. Impossibly good-looking and enviably progressive, this Nordic “It” city can make the best of us feel as though we were troglodytes. Bicycles outnumber cars, locals swim in pristine downtown waterways, and renegade chefs go foraging in the forest.

Creativity Bubbles Up in Iceland, the Country of Ice and Fire

There’s a dignified building in the center of Reykjavík that’s painted in thick coats of brown varnish. Constructed in the 18th century, it’s the oldest wooden house in the capital, but it keeps its age a secret, just as it hides the ancient bones of the Viking hall buried under its cellar.

White Sand and Warm Caribbean Waters Await at Mexico's Nizuc

Baja, schmaja. The skinny stretch of Mexico may be Californians’ respite of choice for its convenient proximity, but if you venture farther east for the weekend, toward our southern neighbor’s Caribbean waters, you’ll be richly rewarded for your efforts.

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