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Sponsored: Escape to Hotel Nikko this Summer

We all know that San Francisco summer weekends are always packed. Whether you're strolling the Embarcadero, peeking into shops in Chinatown, or celebrating yet another home team victory (go Giants!), there's so much to see and do in the Bay.

Sponsored: Make a Splash in Phoenix

Palm trees, sunshine, sparkling pools, and margaritas—Phoenix has all the ingredients you need for a relaxing getaway.

Vacay Time: Temperatures Rise & Resort Prices Drop in Phoenix

In Phoenix, AZ the locals know that when the mercury starts to creep up, resort rates fall and it’s time to take advantage of unparalleled discounts.

Get Your Thrills at These Bay Area Amusement Parks

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Undertow

Summer is prime amusement park season. In the Bay Area, thrill-seekers have plenty of options and lots of ground to cover. Where should you go first? Some new attractions might help you narrow down the choices.

7 Unexpected Reasons to Visit Phoenix

Who knew you could find a bat cave, castle, Japanese garden, and water sports in Phoenix, Arizona of all places? Yea, us neither. We've got a list of seven unexpected attractions that just may surprise you, perfect for your next trip to the desert.

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.”

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