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Oakland, CA

Oakland, CA

Whether you’re craving Thai, Japanese, Mexican or Halal, Oakland has you covered. Estately recently mapped U.S. food preferences with the help of Yelp and found that Oakland ranked high in the top-five in nearly every category of international restaurant, even food trucks. Clearly they’ve got something going on when it comes to world cuisines. Try Juhu Beach Club, an Indian restaurant that puts a creative twist on traditional recipes. The JBC Pavs (sliders) and the bhel salad are must-trys.  960 1280

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Orlando, FL

Orlando, FL

Orlando has more food trucks than any other city in the U.S., according to data compiled by Business Insider. A favorite is Jamaica Jamaica, which serves up to-go food with a Caribbean flair. Or, take a stroll along International Drive for your pick of Greek, Italian, even Ethiopian. Order up a pho bowl at Little Saigon or try the ceviches and tapas at Cuba Libre. Then, of course, there’s Epcot, which boasts flavors from nearly a dozen countries, including Norway, Japan, Mexico and Germany.  960 1280

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Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA

In Los Angeles, there’s a section of town for just about every type of cuisine. A few to look for include Koreatown, Little Tokyo, Tehrangeles, Little Armenia and Thai Town. It’s even been ranked as among the most diverse cities in America. Try the short ribs at Genwa Korean BBQ or the spicy lamb noodles at Jitladala. Or, head the Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles where you’ll find everything from falafel at Madcapra to carnitas at Villa Moreliana.  960 1280

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Portland, OR

Portland, OR

Portland's food truck scene (or, as they say in Portland, food cart) is the stuff of legend with more than 500 food carts all across town. It's so big in Portland that there are “pods” around town, like Rose City Food Park, with multiple food carts offering up cuisines from all over the world. Before you go, visit Food Carts Portland for maps and tour dates. Among the most popular carts is Nong’s Khao Man Gai, which boasts simple yet delicious chicken and rice dishes from Bangkok.  960 1280

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Houston, TX

Houston, TX

When Anthony Bourdain goes to Houston, his first stop isn’t for barbecue or Tex-Mex. Not long ago, he filmed an episode of his popular series, “Parts Unknown,” and made stops at Udipi Café for vegetarian Indian cuisine and Himalaya, which serves up flavorful Indian and Pakistani dishes. Or, try Helen Greek Food and Wine where their Sunday Brunch is a favorite. Order the Greek Taverna Benedict and a Trojan Horse, a refreshing morning cocktail made with sparkling wine, lemon and cherry.  960 1280

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Queens, New York City

Queens, New York City

In New York City’s most diverse borough, Queens, more than 135 different languages are spoken, so it’s no surprise that the food and restaurant choices are just as diverse. In Flushing’s Chinatown, you’ll find regional cuisines from all parts of China. Go to Fu Ran for Dongbei-style dishes or head to Sifu Chio for Cantonese cuisine. For Thai, Thai Rock is a favorite for creative dishes and refreshing cocktails. Try the Pad Kee Maow with Chicken and a Mango Frozen Dackery.  960 1280

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Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL

The international flavors in Chicago are as diverse as the people who set up the distinctive neighborhoods all across the city. You’ll find Irish, Mexican and German, as well as Costa Rican, Swedish and Nepalese. On the West Side, head to Jim’s Original for a Polish Sausage Sandwich before indulging your sweet tooth with traditional Greek pastries, like Baklava and Kataifi, at Artopolis. Or, go to the North Side for Middle Eastern and Asian cuisines. The Crazy Squid at Asian fusion-style Fat Rice is a must-try.  960 1280

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Boston, MA

Boston, MA

Whether you’re craving Vietnamese, Italian or Irish food, take-out is just a phone call away with more than 40 world cuisines offered to-go at restaurants all around Boston. Pick up the Drunken Noodles at Pho Basil (considered by many to be the best in Boston) or bring home an order of Penne Puttanesca from Artu, a popular Italian eatery in the North End. If you prefer to dine in, try The Beehive for a mix of flavors. The Lamb Moussaka and Seafood Ceviche are local favorites.  960 1280

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Washington, DC

Washington, DC

In a city where nearly every country in the world has its own embassy, you’ll find that most every cuisine is also represented. The Washington Post even compiled a listing of the most essential dishes, like Unagidon (a Japanese rice bowl featuring barbecued eel) at Donburi and the Lebanese-style Falafel Burger at Zaytinya. Ethiopian cuisine is also well-known in Washington, DC. Order the Veggie Combo at Zenebech Injera, which comes with lentils, shiro, tomato salad, collard greens and traditional flatbread. 

 

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Atlanta, GA

Atlanta, GA

When you’re hungry, there’s so much to choose from in Atlanta and Buford Highway is the place to go. This international corridor is jam-packed with cuisines of all kinds, from Indian to Greek to Soul, one right next to the other. You’ll even find restaurants boasting dishes from Nigeria, Nepal and Jamaica. Try the Bun Rieu (crab noodle soup) at Chateau Saigon or stop in Las Delicias de la Abuela for a Sunday brunch filled with traditional Colombian flavors.   960 1280

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia

Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia

Cabot Trail is a scenic highway located around the rugged, northern coastline of Cape Breton Island. Locally referred to as "Trunk 30," it passes through Cape Breton Highlands National Park, the Margaree River Valley and along Bras d'Or Lake. Highlights of the drive include the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in Baddeck, whale watching in Pleasant Bay, quaint fishing villages such as Belle Cote and Dingwall, and the North Highlands Community Museum in Cape North. — Kwin Mosby, Managing Producer
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Maryland's Eastern Shore

Maryland's Eastern Shore

While the Delmarva Peninsula is a regular summer getaway for residents of the mid-Atlantic, I personally love it best in the fall. Filled with farmers markets, local festivals and regional parks, the area always has plenty to do this time of year. Entertain the whole family by picking pumpkins at a roadside stand, or get lost in the Breckenridge corn maze. For a more adult venture, tease your taste buds at the Good Beer Festival or Autumn Wine Festival on your way through Salisbury. Then, make the short drive down to Assateague Island to see the wild ponies gallop along pristine coastline. And of course, no fall trip to the Eastern Shore would be complete without one last crab feast along the Wicomico River. — Matt Dewhurst, Interactive Producer 960 1280

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Minneapolis-St.Paul

Minneapolis-St.Paul

You haven't lived until you've seen the Twin Cities in the fall. Take a scenic leaf-peeping drive along Minnehaha Parkway in Minneapolis or Summit Avenue in St. Paul, or head down River Road to see the leaves on both sides of the Mississippi River. Go hiking and biking in nearby Fort Snelling State Park and Afton State Park. Sports venues are popular spots in the fall, too. Watch the season wind down for the Minnesota Twins at Target Field; catch a Minnesota Vikings or University of Minnesota Golden Gophers football game at TCF Bank Stadium; and cheer on runners in the annual Twin Cities Marathon. For shoppers looking for a new fall wardrobe, take advantage of the tax-free shopping on all apparel. — Kwin Mosby, Managing Producer 960 1280

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

The crowds on Cape Cod, like the summer heat, begin to fade in the fall. It's a great time to explore the cape and enjoy the crisp weather by the sea. I recommend checking out the sites by foot or bike and soaking in the weather on walks along the dunes. While the beach may not be the top priority to visit during the fall, you can enjoy everything from a Cranberry Harvest Celebration to the OysterFest to a Haunted History Tour. While you're there, check out the Wellfleet OysterFest, a 2-day, family-friendly festival that celebrates the oysters, clams and shell-fishing traditions that the town is famous for. — Kristen Kochanski, Photo Editor 960 1280

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Fontainebleau, France

Fontainebleau, France

This forested region south of Paris is a magical bouldering area that everyone should visit at least once. It has enough rock climbing to last a lifetime, and you can spend hours wandering through the forests playing on the amazing sandstone boulders. During this season, you can see the beauty of the fall foliage, which could rival the best locations in the US. I recommend starting each day at a local bakery to enjoy a pain au chocolat (chocolate croissant), and be sure to grab a baguette, some foie gras and a bottle of Bordeaux to snack on at the boulder fields. On rest days, visit the town of Fontainebleau or take the train into Paris for some sightseeing. — Arthur Hsu, Video Project Manager 960 1280

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Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

For me, the ideal vacation day ends with sore muscles, dirty hiking shoes and a warm drink while watching the sun set over an alpine lake. That's why my fall getaway is Jackson Hole, WY. Combine stunning vistas of the Tetons with exciting outdoor activities, take out the tourists, and you have a perfect place to forget that you have to be back at work the next week. — Josh Levin, Digital Operations Manager 960 1280

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Lewes, Delaware

Lewes, Delaware

This quaint coastal town quiets down a lot after Labor Day, making fall the perfect time to stroll the scenic trails and beaches at Cape Henlopen State Park without the crowds. Enjoy the cooler weather, a canal view and some seafood and pub fare with an outdoor table at Irish Eyes, followed by some window-shopping in the local boutiques downtown. My husband always likes to get in a round of golf at nearby Baywood Greens, after which we settle in for a few cocktails on the clubhouse deck overlooking the lush landscape of the 18th hole. If beer is more your style, take the 20-minute drive to Milton, DE, where you can tour the Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and visit its tasting room. — Hannah Prince, Digital Copy Editor 960 1280

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New Orleans

New Orleans

Spend 1 weekend in New Orleans during the fall, and you will quickly understand why visiting the Big Easy in autumn is a must. This city keeps locals and visitors busy with countless of events from late September through November, including Oktoberfest, the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival, the Louisiana Seafood Festival and the Voodoo Music and Arts Experience, a 3-day Halloween weekend concert series. New Orleans also hosts costume events, such as Boo at the Zoo at Audubon Zoo, and fun street events on Bourbon and St. Ann Streets in the heart of the French Quarter. — Rani Robinson, Director
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Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas

Seems as though everyone knows someone who's moved to Austin these days, and Austin City Limits is the perfect excuse to crash at their place. The 2-weekend music festival inspired by the PBS concert series has become increasingly popular in its own right, featuring 100-plus impressive acts, an art market and some of the best Austin eats, with vegetarian and gluten-free options, of course. If you're looking to detox after 3 days of nonstop bands and BBQ, pick up a Green Light smoothie from JuiceLand before Zenning out in BFree Yoga's beautiful studio space. — Sara Gilliam, Senior Interactive Producer 960 1280

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New York

New York

My favorite time to visit New York is early autumn, when the air is crisp and you can spend all day outside without melting. People-watch at High Line Park, stroll along the Brooklyn Bridge, or take the East River Ferry to Brooklyn with spectacular views of Lower Manhattan and the wind in your hair. End the day at Frying Pan, a multilevel, historic floating bar at Chelsea Piers, for prime sunset viewing with a backdrop of the Hudson River.— Kathleen Rellihan, Interactive Producer 960 1280

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Chicago

Chicago

It's understandable why it's called the Windy City, because once winter rolls around, Chicago turns cold, unpleasant (temperature-wise) and very — you guessed it — windy. But if you're lucky enough to book a flight for the fall, you're in for a real treat. Take in a Bears game at Chicago's famed Soldier Field, or join in the family fun picking pumpkins at nearby Heap's Giant Pumpkin Farm, a 30-acre pumpkin patch where you can cut your favorite straight off the vine yourself. And if you happen to find yourself in town in mid- to late October, take in a few of the upcoming year's best new movies during the Chicago International Film Festival. — Ben Breslerman, Interactive Producer 960 1280

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Texas State Fair

Texas State Fair

Get ready for 24 days of excitement... and lots of fried food: deep-fried Oreos, deep-fried s'mores, deep-fried pork ribs, deep-fried peanut butter… did we say “fried”? But first, hop aboard this 212-foot-high Ferris wheel, the largest in North America, at the Texas State Fair -- a tradition since 1886 that takes place every fall at Dallas’ historic Fair Park. 960 1280

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Texas State Capitol

Texas State Capitol

When the Texas State Capitol was unveiled in 1888, it was billed as the “Seventh Largest Building in the World.” It’s still pretty spectacular: Surrounded by 22 acres of grounds and monuments, the capitol in Austin, Texas, has nearly 400 rooms and over 900 windows, making it the largest state capitol in the U.S. 960 1280

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Congress Avenue Bridge Bats

Congress Avenue Bridge Bats

Bats, bats and more bats. Every spring, hundreds of thousands of mostly female, pregnant Mexican free-tailed bats migrate north to give birth; the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge in downtown Austin is their favorite hangout. See this spectacular sight for yourself -- it’s the largest urban bat colony in North America. 960 1280

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Cowboys Stadium

Cowboys Stadium

Go Cowboys! Venture inside the Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, and prepare to be wowed: With a seating capacity of 85,000 spectators, it’s the third-largest stadium in the NFL. It’s also home to the world's largest column-free interior and the fourth largest high-def video screen. Plus, it’s the world’s largest domed structure.
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Houston Rodeo

Houston Rodeo

Check out heart-stopping action like this at the Houston Rodeo, the world's biggest live entertainment and livestock exhibition, held each March. The annual 20-day show attracts between 60,000 and 150,000 people each day. 960 1280

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The Alamo

The Alamo

Remember the Alamo! Visit the Alamo, a Roman Catholic mission and fortress of yore near modern-day San Antonio that saw 13 days of battle between Mexican and Texan forces in 1836. Each year, more than 2.5 million people visit the 4.2-acre complex, which endures as a dramatic symbol of Texas’ independence from Mexico.
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San Antonio River Walk

San Antonio River Walk

Talk a stroll along the San Antonio River Walk, a lively pedestrian walkway along the banks of the river lined with shops, bars and restaurants. Or glide along in an open-air taxi. Quieter stretches of the river walk await along its northern section, known as Museum Reach; a river taxi stop is located here, near the San Antonio Museum of Art. 960 1280

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Schlitterbahn

Schlitterbahn

Splish-splash, plunge into fun at Schlitterbahn, a family-owned-and-operated waterpark with several locations throughout Texas. Take your pick: the 26-acre Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, the 15-acre Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark on South Padre Island, and in summer 2013 Schlitterbahn Cedar Park, an entertainment resort eventually slated to span 95 acres. 960 1280

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Barbecue in Lockhart, Texas

Barbecue in Lockhart, Texas

Don't leave Texas without tearing into a rack of BBQ ribs. THE place to go is Lockhart, Texas. Billed as the “Barbecue Capital of Texas,” this small city 25 miles southeast of Austin is home to four major barbecue restaurants (including Kreuz Market), which attract roughly 250,000 BBQ-lovers each year. 960 1280

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SeaWorld San Antonio

SeaWorld San Antonio

What kid wouldn’t love this? Find these adorable bottlenose dolphins at SeaWorld San Antonio’s Dolphin Cove. The 250-acre marine mammal park, oceanarium and animal theme park is the largest of the three waterparks in the SeaWorld chain; it is also home to the world’s largest marine-life park. 960 1280

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Texas Hill Country

Texas Hill Country

In a state second only to Alaska in size, take time out for a Texas day trip to a place refreshingly... mall. Kick back in the tranquil town of Fredericksburg, Texas. Located in the heart of Texas Hill Country, the town still retains the personable touch of its early settlement days, in 1846 by 120 German immigrants. Explore quaint shops like this, big on small-town charm. 960 1280

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Palo Duro Canyon

Palo Duro Canyon

Put your pedal to the metal with a mountain-bike trek through Palo Duro. Known as the “Grand Canyon of Texas,” this sweep of rock and mesa walls in the Texas Panhandle is the second largest canyon in the U.S. For more natural wonders, head south to Big Bend National Park, the largest protected area of Chihuahuan Desert in the U.S. 960 1280

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South by Southwest

South by Southwest

The largest music festival of its kind in the world, South by Southwest attracts more than 2,000 performers each year, playing in 100 venues. Recent headliners have included Lee Ann Womack and Lucinda Williams, along with conference guests like Al Gore, author Neil Gaiman and... Grumpy Cat. 960 1280

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Rio Grande Valley

Rio Grande Valley

If it’s bird-watching you’re after, head to the Rio Grande Valley. Situated in the southernmost tip of South Texas, the valley is home to more than 500 bird species, including many tropical bird species -- found nowhere else in the U.S. -- that don’t stray far from the tranquil Rio Grande River (pictured). 960 1280

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Billy Bob’s Texas

Billy Bob’s Texas

Texas and honky-tonk go hand-in-hand, and the place for all the boot-stomping action is Billy Bob’s Texas. This country-and-western nightclub in the Fort Worth Stockyards, near Dallas, bills itself as the “world’s largest honky-tonk -- and with more than 127,000 square feet, that’s no exaggeration. 960 1280

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Johnson Space Center

Johnson Space Center

Think you have the right stuff? Find out at Johnson Space Center, a 1,621-acre complex where NASA astronauts and international partners train for space missions. Take a tram tour past sites such as Historic Mission Control, where NASA once monitored space programs. 960 1280

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Dallas Zoo

Dallas Zoo

If you’ve got kids, they’ll want to see this zoo. Spanning 106 acres, the Dallas Zoo ranks as the largest of its kind in Texas. It’s also the oldest (established in 1888), with an impressive list of exotic creatures: Find them in the “Giants of the Savanna,” an 11-acre expanse home to giraffes, impala, zebras, lions, cheetahs, elephants and more. 960 1280

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