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Chicago is located right smack in the middle of the country and is a hub for travelers coming from all over the world. It has plenty to offer visitors, from the beautiful views of the skyline and Lake Michigan to the peaceful beauty of the suburbs. There are tons of reasons to visit this great city, but here are some of the must-see attractions to take in while you’re there. Lake Michigan Chicago has a super unique downtown that blends…Read More

Here’s 20 must-see places in 2015. Whether it’s India’s literary hub or Switzerland’s mountain majesty, these 20 go-now destinations will send you packing. Topping the list; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Oklahoma City has never been “mighty pretty,” despite the shout-out from Bobby Troup’s iconic “Route 66.” To look at, it’s been more like the beer-gut metropolis spilling across the Great…Read More

1. Poole’s Downtown Diner James Beard Award-winning chef Ashley Christensen has her own downtown Raleigh empire, which includes coffee shop Joule and upscale chicken joint Beasley’s. But her best-known restaurant is Poole’s Downtown Diner, which serves fresh takes on classic American comfort food using ingredients from North Carolina farms and producers. 2. North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences There are plenty of…Read More

It’s the time of the year when visions of sugar soft sands top travelers’ wish lists. Florida, with its 825 miles of beaches, lures sunbathers, surfers, action lovers and solitude seekers to its shores. To find the best Florida strands, USA TODAY hosted an east coast-west coast smackdown. “Dr. Beach,” aka Stephen Leatherman, professor and director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University…Read More

Four Florida Kimpton hotels are offering Fly South for the Winter packages through April 30. Each hotel is offering a different incentive for travelers who book the package: • Epic Miami ( is offering two complimentary cocktails, sunscreen and lip balm as well as 20% off any Exhale spa therapy. Rates start at $359 per night. • Surfcomber Miami, South Beach ( is offering two complimentary signature…Read More

The SeaVenture Beach Hotel, on the sand in Pismo Beach, is offering rooms for two, with fireplaces and private balcony hot tubs, plus a bottle of wine or Champagne, for $139 a night Sundays through Thursdays through Feb. 11. Those 50 and older get the same room for $129 a night; they’ll also get half off a second entree at the hotel’s restaurant when one entree is purchased. (The half-off deal works for the second dessert, too.) Add…Read More