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7 of the best things to do in Puerto Vallarta

From above, Puerto Vallarta is a picturesque spot on Mexico's Pacific coast, with rugged, tree-covered Sierra Madres encircling a hilly town with cobblestone streets and long, clean beaches. Zoom in and you'll find a lively place filled with street performers, water-sports suppliers, art galleries, seafood restaurants and markets selling local crafts. The scene picks up even more once the sun sets. Local bars and gay-friendly clubs come alive with rock bands, karaoke songs, and late-night drag shows (Puerto Vallarta is considered the LGBT capital of Mexico, with many hotels and tours exclusively marketing to gay and lesbian travelers). For all sorts of travelers – romantic couples, friend groups, spring breakers and families – the resort town offers plenty to do, see and sip. Here are our favorite things to do in Puerto Vallarta.

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Best way to see Niagara Falls is up close

Niagara Falls is nature at its mightiest. More than just a look at a waterfall, a visit is a full vacation surrounded by the natural beauty of the area and the luxury that has drawn tourists from around the world.

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The world's most beautiful boulevards find favor with 'flaneurs'

When my architect friend Westley visits Paris, he doesn't dawdle in the Louvre or climb the Eiffel Tower. Instead, he goes for a stroll. "I want to experience the city like the locals do," he once told me. "The idea of crowding around the Mona Lisa with a scrum of tourists just doesn't interest me." In other words, Westley is a boulevardier, a "flaneur," that great French word derived from the Old Norse verb "flana" or "to wander with no purpose."

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12 days to explore the ancient wonders of Egypt

Let's hope the "mummy's curse" isn't real. Because I'm sweatily crouching through a claustrophobic 125-foot-long tunnel inside Egypt's iconic Great Pyramid on my climb to its 4,500-year-old royal burial chamber. Dangling from my necklace is an amulet charm – the protective Eye of Horus – because you can't be too sure in this myth-mesmerizing land of powerhouse pharaohs and ominous gods.

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Travel dilemmas: Before you drive off, here are a few tips

You and nearly 37 million of your closest friends are getting in the car and driving to some well-deserved respite on Memorial Day weekend, AAA tells us. Here are things you may want to do (Real ID driver's licenses) and things you must do (renting a car to get out of town).

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Where to go in Europe: A cheat sheet to top destinations

You want to go to Europe, but don't know where to start your travel research. From picking a country to choosing between big metropolises and quiet seaside towns, there are a lot of options. That's why we've broken down some of the top destinations in Europe and provided a rundown of what those countries have to offer, so you can plan your next vacation with ease. Whether you want to do a multi-country trip or stick to a fan favorite like France, read on and start planning your getaway.

Top 10 best features of our national parks - tallest trees, hottest spot, northern lights

The National Parks Service released video of the Top 10 list of reasons to visit and celebrate America's parks, just in time for the summer vacation center and at the close of National Park Week (April 21-29, 2018).
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