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National September 11 Memorial & Museum

National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Visit ground zero, where there is a moving memorial and museum dedicated to 9/11. This emotional sight has 2 large pools where the twin towers once stood. For all New York City travelers, this historic place is a wonderful way to pay respect to the victims and families affected by the 2001 tragedy. Admission to the memorial is free, and you can buy tickets to the museum for a small fee. 960 1280

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Broadway

Broadway

Broadway is not just for the theater; it’s one of the best shopping streets in all of New York City. No matter what your shopping desire is, Broadway definitely has it. This long street stretches from the top of Manhattan to the bottom. One of its most concentrated shopping areas is in SoHo, in the lower portion of Manhattan. You’ll see tourists and fashionistas of all types on Broadway. As a traveler, you’ll fit right in. 960 1280

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Bryant Park

Bryant Park

Bryant Park is the destination for all fashionistas. Historically, New York Fashion Week occurred in this Midtown park. Now, Bryant Park is a great place to sit, people-watch and even play a game of chess or bocce. Once you’ve regained your walking strength, take a trip down Fifth Avenue for some window shopping. You’ll love the fashion-filled vibes of this NYC spot. 960 1280

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Central Park

Central Park

If you’re visiting NYC, this famous urban park is a must-see. Central Park is 1.3 square miles of greenery and ponds, smack dab in the center of Manhattan. Ride paddleboats on a park pond, have a picnic on one of the many grassy areas, or walk along the twisting and turning paths. The possibilities are endless. If you’re traveling with little ones, the Central Park Zoo is always a hit. This destination is guaranteed fun. 960 1280

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Coney Island

Coney Island

You can’t go to New York without trying a hot dog (unless you’re vegetarian or vegan — then you get a free pass). Coney Island has the best hot dogs in all of Brooklyn. Be warned that it’s a hike from Manhattan, but the fun theme park is definitely worth the trek. Every year, on the Fourth of July, Coney Island has a famous hot-dog-eating contest for both men and women. In 10 minutes, competitors eat more than 50 hot dogs. Who will win the next competition? 960 1280

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Ellis Island

Ellis Island

Ellis Island is a nice way to remember and celebrate the past of our great nation. See immigration books dating back to 1892. You’ll need to take a ferry to Ellis Island, but the ride on the Hudson gives a great view of the city. Make it a joint trip with the Statue of Liberty; the ride from Ellis Island to Liberty Island is pretty simple. Book your ferry tickets today. 960 1280

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Empire State Building

Empire State Building

Stand atop the architectural wonder of the Empire State Building. It’s both breathtaking and romantic. Gawk at the buzzing city from the observation decks, and you’ll definitely be in awe. Also check out the view of the building from below, because its floodlights change with the seasons and for special occasions. If you’re interested, check out the Empire State Building tower light calendar. 960 1280

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Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station

If you’re trying to save some bucks, plan a trip to Grand Central Station. This free tourist attraction is abuzz all day long. The architecture of the grandiose train station is stunning. Be sure to check out the mysterious mural at Grand Central while you’re there, too. When you’re done at the station, hop on the subway to your next destination, or you can visit the Chrysler Building, which is just a short walk away. 960 1280

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The Hudson River

The Hudson River

Walking along the Hudson is one of the most treasured pastimes of all New Yorkers. Get onto the walking path via West Houston Street, and you’ll be able to admire the river at your leisure. Boats are constantly passing by, which is always fun to see. If you’re feeling especially active, take a run or even bust out your rollerblades. Walk to Little Italy via Canal Street when you’re done to grab a bite of delicious Italian. 960 1280

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Museum of Modern Art

Museum of Modern Art

Art enthusiasts flock to the MoMA every year for quirky and cool art displays. This museum features many out-of-the-box artists who will surely get your mind going. One cool thing to check out is the permanent helicopter display that hangs from the ceiling as you approach the stairs leading up to the second floor. If you need a little fresh air, sit outside in the sculpture garden. 960 1280

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Pizza

Pizza

Brooklyn has some of the best pizza in New York. But the city’s best slice is constantly up for debate. No matter where you go, you’ll want to try a piece of thin pizza, which is New York’s signature. One place that is definitely worth the long line is Grimaldi’s. This destination surely has one of the best slices of cheese pizza in the world. 960 1280

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Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center

Visiting New York in the winter? Go ice skating at Rockefeller Center. This public square is famous for its large Christmas tree that’s admired throughout the holiday season every year. The gargantuan tree stands at an impressive 75 feet tall. Rockefeller Center is fun any time of year, though. Many news channels are located there, so you’ll feel definitely feel the industry buzz. 960 1280

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Smorgasburg

Smorgasburg

Foodies of all kinds will love the Smorgasburg. This local flea market happens every Saturday and Sunday in Brooklyn and hosts 100 food vendors, rain or shine. Sample some delectable cheeses that will blow your mind. From Sunday’s market location, take your food over to Brooklyn Bridge Park for a picnic. And when you’re done at the Smorgasburg, explore the fun boutiques and side streets that Brooklyn has to offer. 960 1280

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St. Marks Place

St. Marks Place

Go off the beaten path on this hip street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Take the subway to Astor Place and walk over to St. Mark’s Place. There, you’ll find tons of cheap souvenirs for your family, as well as cutting-edge tattoo parlors to admire. There are many small, cheap restaurants around, too, just waiting to be discovered. 960 1280

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Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Climb the crown of the Statue of Liberty during your New York extravaganza. Or, if you’re hoping for a more laid-back trip, marvel at Lady Liberty from the pedestal. You’ll love the relaxing ferry ride on the Hudson from Manhattan to Liberty Island. Be sure to book your reservation for the statue and ferry far in advance, as they tend to fill up quickly. 960 1280

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Metropolitan Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a massive attraction on the city’s Museum Mile, with art for everyone to enjoy. Plus, admission is free (or you can give a small suggested donation). Even if you’re not really into art, the Met is a wonderful place to just sit and eat a slice of NYC pizza or a classic city hot dog. If you’re more daring, visit the top of the museum for a gorgeous view of the city. Grab a drink at the Roof Garden Café for a fun and memorable outing. 960 1280

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Times Square

Times Square

Kick off your New York City adventure in the electric hub of the city. Times Square is the go-to destination for eager theatergoers, shopping enthusiasts and lovers of culture. Take your picture with an entertainer in the square and post it for all your friends to see. Don’t miss Times Square on New Year’s Eve, either: it’s famous for its huge celebration on the last day of the year. 960 1280

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Washington Square Park

Washington Square Park

Greenwich Village boasts one of the coolest sites Manhattan has to offer: Washington Square Park. Its gorgeous arch resembles the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The park also features a picturesque fountain that children play in during the summertime. And it is the hot spot for musicians to try out their material. If you’re looking for a relaxed afternoon, perch yourself in the midst of this exciting park. 960 1280

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Pops, Arcadia, Oklahoma

Pops, Arcadia, Oklahoma

You can’t miss the 4-ton, 66-foot-tall illuminated soda bottle in front of Pop’s on Route 66. Whether you need to fill your tank or quench your thirst, Pop’s has what you need. The restaurant features over 700 types of sodas, seltzers and other soft drinks. 960 1280

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Alzu Petroport, Near Middelburg, South Africa

Alzu Petroport, Near Middelburg, South Africa

Baby rhinos. Need we say more? South Africa’s Alzu Petroport, situated on the N4 between Belfast and Middelburg, boasts the usual truck stop amenities - clean restrooms, dining and shopping. But the big draw here is the adjacent wildlife preserve, where rhinos, ostriches and buffalo roam. 960 1280

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Trail’s Travel Center, Albert Lea, Minnesota

Trail’s Travel Center, Albert Lea, Minnesota

From the outside you wouldn’t know that Trail’s, located off I-35 in Minnesota, features every service imaginable for the weary motorist - from showers and laundry to a movie theater and church services. Trail’s also carries one of the largest selections of whiskey in Minnesota. 960 1280

Daniel Moen  

Gazoline Petrol, Cuneo, Italy

Gazoline Petrol, Cuneo, Italy

Applying modern Italian design to the lowly rest area, Cuneo, Italy’s Gazoline Petrol enhances the roadside landscape with its ribbon - like architectural form, which is meant to symbolize the road and invite drivers in for a break. The project was designed by Damilanostudio Architects.

 

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Beckley Travel Plaza, Beckley, West Virginia

Beckley Travel Plaza, Beckley, West Virginia

A comfortable stopping point for travelers on West Virginia’s I-77, Beckley Travel Plaza may be the only truck stop in the world that’s also a destination craft hunters. Beckley’s offers a wide array of West Virginia made handicrafts including quilts, glassware and local foods. 960 1280

Danita Delimont  

Helios House, Los Angeles, California

Helios House, Los Angeles, California

Welcome to the future! The first gas station in the U.S. to be submitted for LEED status, the Helios Gas Station on Los Angeles’s Olympic Boulevard is made entirely of recycled steel and features 90 solar panels. It is drought resistant and energy efficient 960 1280

Barry Winiker  

Skovshoved Petrol Station, Copenhagen, Denmark

Skovshoved Petrol Station, Copenhagen, Denmark

Designed by Arne Jacobson and opened in 1936, this historic gas station on the outskirts of Copenhagen is a signature example of functionalist architecture. Its mushroom canopy protects motorists from rain and sun. Lit from below the canopy also serves as a sign at night. 960 1280

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Ashigara Rest Area, Shizouka Prefecture, Japan

Ashigara Rest Area, Shizouka Prefecture, Japan

Not far from Mount Fuji, Japan’s sprawling Ashigara Rest area, which re-opened after renovations now features more than 20 restaurants and food stalls, pony rides for children and an outdoor hot springs. 960 1280

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Willkomm’s Petro Truck Stop, Racine, Wisconsin

Willkomm’s Petro Truck Stop, Racine, Wisconsin

At Willkomm’s Petro, off I-94 in Racine, Wisconsin, travelers can treat themselves to one of O&H Bakery’s world-famous “Kringles” (a doughnut-like confection), get a haircut and even see a doctor. 960 1280

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Orival Gas Station, Orival, Belgium

Orival Gas Station, Orival, Belgium

Considered one of the world’s most beautiful filling stations, Belgium’s Orival Gas Station, which spans both sides of the highway running between Brussels and Nivelles, was designed by Philippe Samyn and Partners to have the least impact on the environment. It features an art gallery and landscaped parks, as well as the usual service area amenities like covered fuel pumps, restaurants and picnic areas. 960 1280

Geertrui DERYCKE  

Iowa 80 Truck Stop, Walcott, Iowa

Iowa 80 Truck Stop, Walcott, Iowa

This 100,000 square foot truck stop along I-80 in Iowa is billed as the biggest in the world. Inside you’ll find a Laundromat, library, chiropractor, dentist, barber shop and workout room. Plus, as the home of the Trucker’s Museum, I-80 celebrates each summer with an annual Truckers Jamboree, which includes a Trucker’s Olympics and a Super Truck Beauty Contest. 960 1280

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Bahamas

Bahamas

White sands, crystal-clear water and nonstop entertainment provided by mega-resorts like Atlantis make the Bahamas a must. 960 1280

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas

The Las Vegas scene may not be tropical, but it's certainly college. During Spring Break, every day is a good day to party poolside at the MGM Grand's newly renovated Wet Republic. 960 1280

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Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic is overflowing with pristine beaches, all-inclusive accommodations and bustling nightlife to keep the party going all week long. 960 1280

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Miami

Miami

LMFAO's "I'm in Miami Trick" could be your spring break soundtrack in South Beach. Plus, the posh nightlife and pricey drinks are more than made up for by the hot spot's accessibility. 960 1280

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Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta

For those craving a Mexican getaway on a budget, Puerto Vallarta's bars, beach parties and hidden coves are your best bet. 960 1280

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Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach

While spring break in Daytona Beach may seem dated, its bikini contests, cheap rooms and miles of beaches you can drive on make it the classic road trip destination. 960 1280

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South Padre Island

South Padre Island

South Padre Island, TX, usually attracts families, but during the month of March its party scene is better suited for coeds and Girls Gone Wild. 960 1280

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Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach

In years past, Panama City Beach, FL, has called on celebs such as the Jersey Shore cast, Sean Kingston and Kenny Chesney to lend their party scene some cred. 960 1280

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Jamaica

Jamaica

Negril, Jamaica, is known for its laid-back party vibe where you can enjoy water activities (and drinks) day and night. 960 1280

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Cancun

Cancun

Tequila shots, wild dance parties and wet T-shirt contests may be cliché, but they still make Cancun the perennial favorite spring break party. 960 1280

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Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas

Spring break in Cabo San Lucas will set you back a pretty penny, but the Mexican resort town is party central for West Coasters. 960 1280

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Acapulco

Acapulco

Acapulco's all-inclusive resorts, cliff divers and party scene attract students every spring break. 960 1280

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