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Vancouver: 33 Acres Brewing Co.

Vancouver: 33 Acres Brewing Co.

With over 80 craft breweries in Vancouver, local Michael Sadowski says it’s hard for a tourist to choose right and that they usually end up at Steamworks in Gastown, were the cruise ships dock. When Sadowski, an always-on-the-road Intrepid Travel PR manager, is home in Vancouver he heads to 33 Acres, his go-to neighborhood coffee shop and brewery for a pick-me-up. "Nowhere else in the city do these two worlds collide as perfectly as they do here," says Sadowski. "You can find me enjoying a 33 Pick Up, a shot of espresso paired with a pint." 960 1280

  

Vancouver: Toshi Sushi

Vancouver: Toshi Sushi

Besides beer, you can’t visit Vancouver without trying its "culinary claim of fame" -- sushi, says Sadowski. "My personal favorite is a spot called Toshi by chef Toshiyuki Saito," shares Sadowski. "Hands down the city's best sashimi and nigiri." 960 1280

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Chicago: Belly Q

Chicago: Belly Q

With the Windy Cindy’s thriving food scene, a visitor might feel overwhelmed with choices of where to eat. Local food blogger Kit Graham of The Kittchen, suggests Belly Q, a causal Asian-barbecue restaurant well off the tourist-track. “The menu is creative and shareable, and features things like curry BBQ pork butt, Korean short ribs, and pork belly mac made with Japanese noodles, Thai curry and cheddar," says Graham. "It's like sending your taste buds on an adventure; the balance of sweet, sour, and spicy flavors is spot on.” 960 1280

  

Chicago: Pub Royale

Chicago: Pub Royale

Tourists might only have eyes for deep-dish pizza on a visit to Chicago, but Graham suggests trying out a local favorite, Pub Royale, a British style pub serving up Indian food. "The cocktails are reason enough to add this restaurant to your itinerary, and the menu has a fun mix of pub fare and Indian food, with plenty of vegetarian options." Kit adds, "It’s an equally-fitting place for a quiet date or a gathering with friends." 960 1280

  

Paris: Les Trois Huit

Paris: Les Trois Huit

With every romantic sidewalk cafe looking so inviting in Paris, it can be hard to know where to go. Paris local and founder of tour company Urban Adventures, Timothee Demeillers suggests heading to the up-an-coming Ménilmontant district in Paris, to find Les Trois Huit, a small bar on a tiny street. Demeillers describes the local haunt: "An authentic craft beer drinker's paradise that serves tap beers from all over the world, with a weekly-renewed menu displayed on the chalkboard." 960 1280

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Paris: Septime

Paris: Septime

Where do the locals go in Paris for a special night out? Demeillers points to Septime. "This 'new generation' style of French restaurant serves up unpretentious and truly delightful dishes," shares Demeillers. "The chic style interiors with a Scandinavian bent add to the unfussy atmosphere. Not cheap but certainly recommended for a special occasion that won’t break the bank." 960 1280

  

Washington, DC: Compass Coffee

Washington, DC: Compass Coffee

How do Washingtonians stay so perky? You’ll find local food writer and cookbook author Nevin Martell dishing about his latest meal at Compass Coffee, his go-to coffee shop in the Shaw neighborhood, a world away from more touristy-areas like Georgetown and around the National Mall. "I love stopping for their high-octane nitro cold brew, which is the perfect fuel when I need a pick-me-up on a hot summer day," says Martell. 960 1280

Nevin Martell  

Washington, DC: Tail Up Goat

Washington, DC: Tail Up Goat

After a day of museum-hopping and monument photo-snapping, escape the tourists and grab a bite alongside Washingtonians on a tucked-away corner in Adams Morgan. Martell’s restaurant top pick of the moment is Tail Up Goat. "The Medi-minded charmer is worth searching out," says Martell. "Chef Jon Sybert dazzles with creative pastas, almost-too-beautiful-to-eat artisanal toasts, seasonal small plates and shareable large format entrees." 960 1280

  

Miami: Yambo

Miami: Yambo

Looking to escape South Beach tourist traps? Miami local and travel writer Priscilla Blossom’s recommends local spot Yambo, a Nicaraguan restaurant in Little Havana."Open 24 hours, you can order authentic fritanga staples like gallo pinto, carne asada, queso frito and fresh juices from their take-out window, or sit inside where the walls are adorned in Nicaraguan handicrafts," says Blossom. 960 1280

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Miami: Churchill’s Pub

Miami: Churchill’s Pub

You never know what you’re going to get at Churchill’s Pub, shares Blossom, about this local hangout in Miami. "Part English pub, part punk-rock club, part open mic venue, it’s a home away from home for Miami's social 'outcasts' and alternative creatives," says Blossom. "Gritty, exciting, and in a class of its own." 960 1280

  

London: Choccy Woccy Doodah

London: Choccy Woccy Doodah

While tourists might head to Soho, London’s entertainment mecca, only the locals know where to find this hidden chocolate shop and café, that’s almost an art studio, shares Linton Street, founder of London tour company Urban Adventures. A local authority on food and drink, Street applauds Choccy Woccy Doodah, "These former rockabillies craft such amazing, edible works of art that they were given their own reality cooking show in England." 960 1280

  

London: The Dog & Duck

London: The Dog & Duck

Another local-approved spot Street recommends in London? The Dog & Duck. "Hidden away in Soho's tiny back streets is this fantastic example of a remodeled Victorian Gin Palace," shares Street. Perhaps a place to find inspiration, too, as George Orwell frequented the joint -- he's even rumored to have written parts of "1984" while sipping on drinks here. 960 1280

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San Francisco: Gracias Madre

San Francisco: Gracias Madre

While Gracias Madre, a vegan Mexican restaurant, isn't exactly a secret gem, local travel blogger Megan Eileen McDonough of Bohemian Trails says it’s overlooked by many tourists. "I'm not a vegan, but that doesn't stop me from frequenting Gracias Madre more times than I care to count," says McDonough. "In a neighborhood filled to the brim with popular Mexican joints, it requires some extra special secret sauce to really stand out among the crowd." 960 1280

  

San Francisco: The Fine Mousse

San Francisco: The Fine Mousse

San Francisco’s Nob Hill might be no stranger to tourists, but McDonough says The Fine Mousse, an intimate corner bistro in the heart of this bustling neighborhood, is surprisingly mostly frequented by locals. "This self-proclaimed 'bubbly and fries' bar specializes in gourmet mayos, like their Parmesan & Truffle and Hibiscus & Pink Peppercorn flavors," says McDonough, adding, "Split a bottle of sparkling wine with friends over happy hour, or save this romantic spot for date night." 960 1280

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NYC: Sanuria

NYC: Sanuria

New York City local and founder of The Expeditioner, Matt Stabile channels his same skills for finding hidden gems on the road as he does in his home city, too. "My favorite Malaysian restaurant that no sane tourist would ever find is Sanuria in Chinatown," says Stabile. "It's down a set of dingy stairs on a side street, but it's some of the best, most authentic Malaysian cuisine you can find 9,000 miles away from Kuala Lumpur." 960 1280

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NYC: Barawine

NYC: Barawine

New York City local Teri Johnson, better known as Travelista Teri, a Travel Channel video host and travel expert, loves to hang out in her neighborhood of Harlem when she’s not gallivanting across the world. Her favorite neighborhood hangout? Barawine. “It's beautiful, vibrant, and French with a great wine selection,” says Johnson. “This Harlem gem also has one of the best happy hours in N.Y.C. (Monday — Friday, 4-8 p.m.).” 960 1280

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Honolulu: Rainbow Drive-In

Honolulu: Rainbow Drive-In

There are many iconic places to eat in Honolulu, says travel journalist and local Jermel-Lynn Quillopo, and Rainbow Drive-In is one of her favorites. Known for its generous-sized plate lunches, this local spot is where you’ll find island-style comfort foods, like heavy macaroni salad and heaping scoops of rice. Quillopo suggests after your meal checking out the attached retail store to bring home a taste of the island, "Buy some gifts for loved ones, such as Hawaiian-style chili seasoning or a shaka neko ceramic cat that's said to bring good luck and good surf." 960 1280

Jermel-Lynn Quillopo  

Honolulu: Liliha Bakery

Honolulu: Liliha Bakery

Instead of standing in line for shaved ice on Honolulu’s packed streets, head to where the locals get their sweet fix. Quillopo recommends Liliha Bakery, and more specifically their coco puffs, what put them on the map, she says. "They have a light crust, are filled with a light chocolate cream and are topped with a dollop of Chantilly frosting," and adds, "If you end up liking the signature jelly or coco puffs, they can be packaged up for you so you can take them home." 960 1280

Jermel-Lynn Quillopo  

San Juan, Puerto Rico: Stop & Go

San Juan, Puerto Rico: Stop & Go

While San Juan’s hotel-lined Condado Beach is where many visitors set up base on a vacation in Puerto Rico, there are also local spots devoid of tourists here, too.

Amaury Gelabert, digital editor for New York’s Resident magazine, lived in his native country of Puerto Rico until college, and suggests heading to Stop & Go in Condado Beach, if you want a true taste of San Juan, without the tourists. "This spot is the Puerto Rican typical hangout place; cheap, good, friendly, and fun," says Gelabert. Located right in front of La Concha Hotel, Stop & Go has been the favorite weekend spot of many locals, including Gelabert, for many years.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico: Raices

San Juan, Puerto Rico: Raices

Another San Juan favorite of Gelabert’s? Raíces. “After opening their first location 30 minutes away from San Juan, Raices has gained the love of so many Puerto Ricans that they opened another restaurant in the heart of Old San Juan, where now even tourists are starting to like it.” The must-try dish at this restaurant serving traditional island favorites? Anything that comes with the mashed-plantain delishness of mofongo. 960 1280

Steve Manson  

The Ghost Adventures crew

The Ghost Adventures crew

The Ghost Adventures crew in the Winchester Mystery House. 960 1280

  

Winchester Mystery House

Winchester Mystery House

The front of the enormous Winchester Mystery House. 960 1280

  

Winchester Mystery House

Winchester Mystery House

The Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, CA. Inside the mansion is 160 rooms, 10,000 windows, 47 stairways, 47 fireplaces, 13 bathrooms and 6 kitchens. 960 1280

  

Winchester Mystery House

Winchester Mystery House

The lavish front yard of the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, CA. 960 1280

  

Winchester Mystery House

Winchester Mystery House

A statue in front of the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, CA. 960 1280

  

Winchester Mystery House

Winchester Mystery House

The Winchester Mystery House's coal chute that leads directly to the basement. 960 1280

  

Zak Bagans

Zak Bagans

Zak Bagans outside of the Winchester Mystery House. 960 1280

  

Aaron Goodwin

Aaron Goodwin

Aaron Goodwin, host of Ghost Adventures, inside of the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California. 

Aaron Goodwin, host of Ghost Adventures, inside of the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California
Aaron Goodwin, host of Ghost Adventures, inside of the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California
Aaron Goodwin, host of Ghost Adventures, inside of the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California
Aaron Goodwin, host of Ghost Adventures, inside of the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California
Aaron Goodwin, host of Ghost Adventures, inside of the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California
Aaron Goodwin, host of Ghost Adventures, inside of the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California
Aaron Goodwin, host of Ghost Adventures, inside of the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California
Aaron Goodwin, host of Ghost Adventures, inside of the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California
Aaron Goodwin, host of Ghost Adventures, inside of the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California
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Winchester Mystery House

Winchester Mystery House

A picture of the Winchester Mystery House prior to the 1906 earthquake that destroyed the main tower and reduced the house to four-stories high. 960 1280

  

Winchester Mystery House

Winchester Mystery House

The grand ballroom in the Winchester Mystery House. Sarah Winchester thought this was one of the most haunted rooms in the house. 960 1280

  

Winchester Mystery House

Winchester Mystery House

One of the many kitchens in the Winchester Mystery House. Sarah Winchester's incredibly excessive design of her house was due to her fear over the dark spirits finding her. 960 1280

  

Winchester Mystery House

Winchester Mystery House

Sarah Winchester developed arthritis in her late age and had special staircases put into her house to alleviate the pain of getting around her ginormous mansion. 960 1280

  

Winchester Mystery House

Winchester Mystery House

A hallway in the Winchester Mystery House with a sink in it. 960 1280

  

Winchester Mystery House

Winchester Mystery House

A sitting area in the Winchester Mystery House. 960 1280

  

Winchester Mystery House

Winchester Mystery House

A window pane in the Winchester Mystery House designed like a spider web. 960 1280

  

Winchester Mystery House

Winchester Mystery House

The séance room in the Winchester Mystery House where Sarah Winchester would seek out architectural inspiration from the spirits in the house. 960 1280

  

Tour guide Laura Lehmkuhl

Tour guide Laura Lehmkuhl

Laura Lehmkuhl, tour guide at the Winchester Mystery House, talks about her strange experiences in the séance room. 960 1280

  

Winchester Mystery House

Winchester Mystery House

Collection of stained glass windows and doors in the Winchester Mystery House. 960 1280

  

Winchester Mystery House

Winchester Mystery House

A stairwell in the Winchester Mystery House that ultimately does not lead to anywhere. Sarah Winchester had these sort of peculiar designs done on her house to try and trick the angry spirits in the house.

A stairwell in the Winchester Mystery House that ultimately does not lead to anywhere. Sarah Winchester had these sort of peculiar designs done on her house to try and trick the angry spirits in the house.
A stairwell in the Winchester Mystery House that ultimately does not lead to anywhere. Sarah Winchester had these sort of peculiar designs done on her house to try and trick the angry spirits in the house.
A stairwell in the Winchester Mystery House that ultimately does not lead to anywhere. Sarah Winchester had these sort of peculiar designs done on her house to try and trick the angry spirits in the house.
A stairwell in the Winchester Mystery House that ultimately does not lead to anywhere. Sarah Winchester had these sort of peculiar designs done on her house to try and trick the angry spirits in the house.
A stairwell in the Winchester Mystery House that ultimately does not lead to anywhere. Sarah Winchester had these sort of peculiar designs done on her house to try and trick the angry spirits in the house.
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Winchester Mystery House

Winchester Mystery House

Sarah Winchester's main bedroom in the Winchester Mystery House. She passed away in the room on September 5, 1922 in her sleep. 960 1280

  

Winchester Mystery House

Winchester Mystery House

A black and white photo showing a young Sarah Winchester. 960 1280

  

Human resources administrator Kevin Cronwell

Human resources administrator Kevin Cronwell

Kevin Cronwell, a Human Resources Administrator, at the Winchester Mystery House talks about his experiences working for the haunted mansion. 960 1280

  

Tour manager Janen Boheme

Tour manager Janen Boheme

Janen Boheme, tour manager for the Winchester Mystery House, talks about her encounters with spirits inside of the house. 960 1280

  

Zak Bagans and tour guide John Freitas

Zak Bagans and tour guide John Freitas

Zak Bagans and John Freitas, tour guide, in the Winchester Mystery House basement. 960 1280

  

Winchester Mystery House

Winchester Mystery House

A replica of Sarah Winchester's grave that is located in Connecticut. 960 1280

  

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Treat Yourself at Blackberry Farm

Treat Yourself at Blackberry Farm

There’s no roughing it at Blackberry Farm, a luxury inn nestled in the Smoky Mountains. With more than 9,200 acres of rolling pastures and sweeping mountain views, Blackberry’s attention to service and artisanal farm-to-table cuisine continue to rank it among the best small luxury resorts in the world. Blackberry caters to foodies with their numerous culinary-focused activities, including chef lessons, truffle-hutting, and whiskey-tastings.  960 1280

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Treat Yourself at Blackberry Farm

Treat Yourself at Blackberry Farm

Hike off all those calories from the resort’s signature Foothills Cuisine – an inventive mix of fine dining and down South specialties – on the property’s more than nine miles of hiking trails. Or go for a detoxing “forest bath” with Blackberry’s deep-woods yoga and meditation classes, the ultimate way to connect to Mother Nature.  960 1280

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Go Behind the Beans at Bush’s Museum

Go Behind the Beans at Bush’s Museum

Smoky Mountains’ most iconic food? Baked beans, of course. Don’t miss a visit to the Bush’s Baked Bean Museum in Chestnut Hill, Tenn., to learn how this family-run company has grown from its 1908 beginnings. Not only will you learn the history behind the canning of baked beans with interactive videos and displays (you can even learn your weight in beans!), but you’ll be able to try Bush’s Family Cafe’s home-style Southern specialties. We couldn’t get over the Pinto Bean Pie, a protein-packed sweet/savory dessert that is worth a trip to the Smokies alone.  960 1280

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Ghost Tour at Wheatlands Plantation

Ghost Tour at Wheatlands Plantation

Somebody call the Ghost Adventures crew…Wheatlands Plantation, an 1820-antebellum mansion in Sevierville, Tenn., is believed to be haunted by its gruesome past—over 70 murders and deaths, some from Revolutionary and Civil War battles, an estimate of 28 Cherokees massacred in the Battle of Boyd’s Creek are buried in a mass grave on the plantation, as well as around 70 slaves. The original Chandler family still runs the property and hopes to bring its stories back to life with history tours and ghost walks. While several paranormal shows have investigated the property with televised ghost hunts, Wheatlands remains off the tourist track for now. 960 1280

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Sip Some ‘Shine at Sugarlands Distillery

Sip Some ‘Shine at Sugarlands Distillery

You can’t visit the Smoky Mountains without throwing back some good ole Tennessee moonshine. Housed in a 10,000-square-foot barn-house in downtown Gatlinburg, Sugarlands Distillery offers visitors a behind-the-scenes tour of its age-old craft moonshine and whiskey production and free samples of its award-winning Sugarlands Shine. Sugarlands makes their high-proof spirits a bit easier to go down than in Prohibition days with flavors like Appalachian Apple Pie, Butterscotch Gold and Tickle’s Dynamite Cinnamon, which are also available in mason jars to take home.  960 1280

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Marvel at Synchronous Lightning Bugs

Marvel at Synchronous Lightning Bugs

Everyone knows about the spectacular fall foliage in the Smokies, but there is another natural phenomenon that caught our attention – synchronous lightning bugs. There’s only a short window of opportunity to catch this light show from the fireflies’ mating routine; it occurs every year around the third week of May to the third week in June, according to National Park Service. Small group travel outfitter Smoky Mountain Guides offers a “glampout” experience, including a four-course meal cooked by a personal chef on location and a guided hike to view the firefly show. 960 1280

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Bike Breathtaking Cades Cove

Bike Breathtaking Cades Cove

There’s no shortage of well-trodden hikes in the Smokies, but there’s also great cycling paths. Bikers of all abilities can cycle Cades Cove 11-mile paved loop road, which is closed to motor vehicles every Saturday and Wednesday morning until 10 a.m. from early May until late September. You can still bike this somewhat steep-at-times loop during other times, but you’ll be sharing the loop with motorists. Don’t worry if you can’t bring your own bike; you can rent a bike at the Cades Cove Campground Store, but be forewarned these bikes are pretty basic. 960 1280

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Get Wild at Smoky Mountain Deer Farm and Exotic Petting Zoo

Get Wild at Smoky Mountain Deer Farm and Exotic Petting Zoo

Avoid the theme park crowds, while still getting to see natural entertainers at Smoky Mountain Deer Farm and Exotic Petting Zoo. Opened in 1989, this petting zoo doesn’t cater to just the kiddies, in fact, the owners reported that their visitors in 2014 were 71 percent adults. Animal lovers of all ages can interact with over 250 animals on exhibit, including over 100 deer of four different species. Don't miss the more exotic, but friendly animals like camels, kangaroos, Rocky Mountain elk, miniature horses, and perhaps the most intriguing of them all, zonkies. Yes, that would be half-zebra half-donkey. Who needs a dinner show with this act? 960 1280

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Unplug at Rustic Le Conte Lodge

Unplug at Rustic Le Conte Lodge

Looking for a true rustic cabin experience? It doesn’t get any more authentic than Le Conte Lodge, the only accommodation choice besides camping inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Sitting at the high elevation of 6,593 feet, Le Conte attracts outdoors lovers who prefer to be surrounded by silence deep in the woods. There’s no electricity – just the basics with kerosene lamp-lit rough-hewn cabins and wash basins for sponge baths. And the adventure starts even before you arrive – the only way to get to Le Conte is by foot via five hiking routes leading to Mt. Le Conte summit. 960 1280

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Sullivan’s Island

Sullivan’s Island

History lovers won’t want to miss touring Fort Moultrie, the series of citadels on Sullivan’s Island where the victory over the British Navy took place on June 28, 1776. Edgar Allan Poe was also stationed here as a US Army private in 1827. History aside, there’s plenty of beachy things to do here, like stand up paddleboarding and embarking on a fishing charter. 960 1280

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Bulls Island

Bulls Island

If you’re a nature lover -- or just looking for a bit of solitude -- this 7-mile-long undeveloped barrier island and wilderness habitat is the perfect beach to explore. And it’s a particular draw for bird watchers, with its nearly 300 species of birds, making it home to one of the largest bird populations on South Carolina’s coast. 960 1280

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Edisto Beach

Edisto Beach

An hour’s drive from Charleston, this unspoiled beach is ideal for eco-tourists, fishing fanatics and families. There is always some lowcountry fun to take part in here, like July’s Billfish Tournament, September’s Shrimp Fest and October’s Bluegrass Festival. 960 1280

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Edisto Beach

Edisto Beach

This family-friendly beach is a fisherman’s dream, with surf fishing, river fishing, pier fishing and deep-sea fishing. And nature lovers will enjoy Edisto Beach State Park’s oceanfront campground, known for its palmetto-lined beaches, historic fossils and shelling. 960 1280

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Seabrook Island

Seabrook Island

Looking to get away from it all? You’ll feel like you are on your own private beach at Seabrook Island. This 2,200-acre coastal barrier island lures beach lovers with its peaceful beaches and miles of untouched marshland. 960 1280

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Seabrook Island

Seabrook Island

This coastal barrier island’s pristine beaches aren’t its only draw. Seabook Island is a private oceanfront residential community with 2 championship golf courses, an equestrian center and hearty seafood restaurants. 960 1280

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Isle of Palms

Isle of Palms

Perfect for families, Isle of Palms is known for its tight-knit community of local businesses and charming beach homes. For an excursion into luxury, Wild Dunes Resort features golf courses, a spa and oceanfront pools. 960 1280

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Kiawah Beach

Kiawah Beach

This 10,000-acre barrier island has 10 miles of pristine beaches to explore and 30 miles of marshland. Just 21 miles outside of downtown Charleston, Kiawah Beach offers a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the sunshine among wildlife like turtles, white deer and seabirds that inhabit the area. 960 1280

Kiawah Island Golf Resort  

Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Kiawah Island Golf Resort

What’s another draw of Kiawah Beach, beyond its miles of untouched beaches? World-class golfing! Ranked the No. 1 golf resort in the US by Golf World magazine, Kiawah Island Golf Resort offers 5 championship courses for teeing off, as well as luxurious oceanfront lodging. 960 1280

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Folly Beach

Folly Beach

Nicknamed “Edge of America,” Folly Beach is a 7-mile-long natural barrier island on the Atlantic Coast known for its laid-back beach culture. There’s something for everyone here, from great surf breaks to beachfront cottages, as well as locally owned restaurants and eclectic shops. 960 1280

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Folly Beach

Folly Beach

Just 15 minutes outside of downtown Charleston, Folly Beach provides a convenient seaside escape for locals and tourists alike. This outdoor lover’s escape offers some of the best surfing on the East Coast, dolphin kayak tours, deep-sea fishing and plenty of sand to play in. 960 1280

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1st Arrondissement: Louvre

1st Arrondissement: Louvre

The 1st arrondissement in Paris includes several notable tourist attractions. See the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo at the world-renowned Louvre; visit the La Comedie-Francaise, where French playwright Moliere (aka Jean-Baptiste Poquelin) performed; go shopping at the Forum des Halles; explore the Conciergerie, where Queen Marie Antoinette was imprisoned; or just spend a relaxing day at the perfectly manicured Jardin des Tuileries.  960 1280

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2nd Arrondissement: Bourse

2nd Arrondissement: Bourse

The historic headquarters of the Bourse de Paris (Paris Stock Exchange) and a branch of the National Library of France are located in the 2nd arrondissement, but the real star is Rue Montorgueil, one of the best open-market streets in the city. We suggest a stop by Galerie Vivienne (pictured), an indoor passage built in 1823 that features several shops, cafes and restaurants.  960 1280

Jerome Treize  

3rd Arrondissement: Temple

3rd Arrondissement: Temple

The Marais neighborhood, also located in part of the 4th arrondissement, is a popular spot for hipsters and the LGBT community. Walk down Rue Dupetit-Thouars to see a small square called Place Nathalie Lemel, which was named after a French feminist who fought during the Commune de Paris in 1871. Looking for other things to do? Visit the Picasso Museum, the French National Archives and the Carnavalet Museum, which is dedicated to Paris’ history.  960 1280

Jerome Treize  

4th Arrondissement: Hôtel de Ville

4th Arrondissement: Hôtel de Ville

Wake up in the morning with a view of Ile de la Cité from Ponts des Arts. In the Hôtel de Ville neighborhood, tourists can stroll through the streets of the Marais; check out modern art at the Centre Pompidou; take a tour of Notre Dame, the setting for Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame; and see the author’s home -- located near Place des Vosges -- where he wrote Les Miserables. 960 1280

Jerome Treize  

5th Arrondissement: Pantheon

5th Arrondissement: Pantheon

In the 5th arrondissement, Rue Mouffetard is one of the oldest streets in the Latin Quarter. The famous Sorbonne University, the Pantheon and the Jardin des Plantes are also located here. History buffs may want to stop by the National Medieval Art Museum (Musee de Cluny) and the Roman-era coliseum, Arenes de Lutece.  960 1280

Jerome Treize  

6th Arrondissement: Luxembourg

6th Arrondissement: Luxembourg

Welcome to the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood, which was named after the first president of the Paris Parliament in 1352.  You can’t leave this arrondissement without visiting the Luxembourg Museum and Gardens, as well as Le Procope, the oldest cafe in Paris. In addition, this area has several other cafes that are noted as regular spots for famous artists and writers. For example, Les Deux Magots was a regular hangout for Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway.  960 1280

Jerome Treize  

7th Arrondissement: Palais-Bourbon

7th Arrondissement: Palais-Bourbon

In 1674, Louis XIV opened Hôtel des Invalides (pictured) as a shelter to his soldiers. This neighborhood is also home to the Eiffel Tower, the tomb of French military and political leader Napoleon Bonaparte, and the Musee d’Orsay, which showcases artwork by famous artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Claude Monet. 960 1280

Jerome Treize  

8th Arrondissement: Élysée

8th Arrondissement: Élysée

Located in the center of Place Charles de Gaulle, the Arc de Triomphe is a must-see attraction if you’re visiting this neighborhood. The Champs-Elysees is lined with numerous cafes, upscale restaurants and high-end stores. Don’t hesitant to take a break from shopping to sit in the nearby gardens (Jardins des Champs-Elysees) or watch cars zip around Place de la Concorde.  960 1280

Jerome Treize  

9th Arrondissement: Opéra

9th Arrondissement: Opéra

The centerpiece for the 9th arrondissement is the Palais Garnier, home of the Paris Opera. It was built by Charles Garnier from 1861 to 1875 and served as the inspiration for Gaston Leroux’s gothic love story, The Phantom of the Opera. If opera isn’t your thing, then visit the Olympia theater and concert hall, where French songstress Edith Piaf and other singers had historic performances. Visit the Musee Grevin (a wax museum); shop at Printemps department store; stroll through the Grand Boulevards neighborhood; or experience the Fragonard Musee du Parfum (a perfume museum). 960 1280

Jerome Treize  

10th Arrondissement: Entrepôt

10th Arrondissement: Entrepôt

Two of the city’s main railway stations are located here: Gare de l’Est and Gare du Nord. Don’t be scared off because this arrondissement is primarily a working-class area that attracts young professionals and artists. It’s actually a great place to grab a cup of coffee or a glass of wine to relax. In addition to having several cafes and restaurants, the Canal Saint-Martin neighborhood is a great place to have a picnic along the Seine; take a tour of the canal by boat; or rent a bike and explore this part of the city a different way. For music buffs, we suggest a visit to the famous Parisian jazz club New Morning to soothe your soul.  960 1280

Jerome Treize  

11th Arrondissement: Popincourt

11th Arrondissement: Popincourt

Visit the 11th arrondissement, specifically the Oberkampf neighborhood, if you want to kick up your heels and dance into the wee hours of the morning. This area is known for its vibrant nightlife scene and its hip bars and clubs, such as Le Balajo. Place de la Bastille, which is shared with the 4th and 12th arrondissements, and the Edith Piaf Museum are a couple of other popular tourist attractions here.  960 1280

Jerome Treize  

12th Arrondissement: Reuilly

12th Arrondissement: Reuilly

Port de l'Arsenal, a boat basin in Paris, was built where the former Bastille jail was once located. It’s also where Canal Saint-Martin and the Seine River connect. The Opera Bastille and the Bois de Vincennes are among the popular spots here. One of the city’s best restaurants, Le Train Bleu, is located in Gare de Lyon, a busy train station. After a nice meal, travelers can burn off a few calories on the Promenade Plantee, a 3-mile, tree-lined walkway built on the site of an old railway. This green space is what inspired New York City to build the High Line in Manhattan.  960 1280

Jerome Treize  

13th Arrondissement: Gobelins

13th Arrondissement: Gobelins

A main square, between Rue de Tolbiac and Avenue d'Ivry, is one of several places in Chinatown used to host annual Chinese New Year celebrations in Paris. The huge residential area is also home to a branch of the National Library of France. Take a fun stroll along the cobblestone streets of the Butte aux Cailles’ art-deco architecture. It’s a quaint neighborhood and definitely one of the city’s hidden gems. 960 1280

Jerome Treize  

14th Arrondissement: Observatoire

14th Arrondissement: Observatoire

When visiting the 14th arrondissement, we suggest a stop along Villa Seurat, a private street with studios built in the 1920s and ’30s for artists such as sculptor Chana Orloff. American writer Henry Miller lived here while writing Tropic of Cancer. Walk around the City University campus or, if you’re feeling adventurous, take a tour of Paris’ mysterious underground catacombs, which are accessible from the Place Denfert-Rochereau.   960 1280

Jerome Treize  

15th Arrondissement: Vaugirard

15th Arrondissement: Vaugirard

Enjoy a brisk walk on Ile aux Cygnes, which is located near Quartier Beaugrenelle and the Eiffel Tower. Paris’ largest arrondissement (in both size and population) is also home to the Louis Pasteur Museum, Andre Citroen Park, Aquaboulevard (Europe’s largest water park) and Montparnasse Tower, arguably the best place to get amazing panoramic views of the city.  960 1280

Jerome Treize  

16th Arrondissement: Passy

16th Arrondissement: Passy

The 16th arrondissement is home to several popular museums: Palais de Chaillot, which features architectural, naval and ethnographic museums; the Guimet Museum, which is known for its collection of Asian art; the Marmottan Monet Museum, which has the world’s largest collection of Claude Monet’s works; and the Palais de Tokyo, an edgy modern-art museum. For kids, we suggest a trip to the Jardin d’Acclimatation, an amusement park and garden.  960 1280

Jerome Treize  

17th Arrondissement: Batignolles-Monceau

17th Arrondissement: Batignolles-Monceau

Rue des Batignolles is a street lined with stylish cafes and pricey boutiques. Looking for more to do in this area? Spend some quality time with someone special in the romantic Square des Batignolles; marvel at the crazy intersection at Place de Clichy and compare it to NYC’s Times Square; or enjoy a picnic at Parc Monceau, where there are a couple of playgrounds to keep the kids busy.  960 1280

Jerome Treize  

18th Arrondissement: Butte-Montmartre

18th Arrondissement: Butte-Montmartre

In Montmartre, the Sacré Coeur Basilica offers wonderful views of the city. Check out a burlesque show at Moulin Rouge; experience Pigalle, the city’s racy red-light district; explore the Dali Museum, which is dedicated primarily to the sculptures and drawings of Salvador Dali; and get your portrait drawn by a local artist in the Place du Tertre.  960 1280

Jerome Treize  

19th Arrondissement: Buttes-Chaumont

19th Arrondissement: Buttes-Chaumont

Built between 1813 and 1821, Canal de l'Ourcq goes from Paris to Mareuil-sur-Ourcq, a distance of about 55 miles. In addition to the canal, this arrondissement is home to 2 of the city’s most interesting parks: Parc des Buttes-Chaumont and Parc de la Villette.  960 1280

Jerome Treize  

20th Arrondissement: Ménilmontant

20th Arrondissement: Ménilmontant

This arrondissement is great for the contemplative tourist. Head to Parc de Belleville for a quiet respite to enjoy great views of Paris, or visit the Pere-Lachaise Cemetery to see where the Doors frontman Jim Morrison was buried. Music fans familiar with French singer Edith Piaf can also stop by the memorial dedicated to the eccentric songstress, who’s known for her famous tune La Vie en Rose. 960 1280

Jerome Treize  

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