Welcome to Austin

The Best Cities for Food and Music

Start with a list of the country's top food towns, cross reference it with a list of the country's hottest music towns, and you get a third list you should refer to before your next vacation: the best towns for both! Check out the insiders' guides to tasty tuneful nights out in four of our favorites, then hit the road!

Turtle Bay Resort, Hawaii

Your Most Wanted Getaways -- Discounted Just for You

More than 1,000 of you shared your dream vacations with us on Facebook, then -- surprise! -- we got you exclusive deals in your top 10 destinations in celebration of our 10th anniversary. So click through our slideshow to explore all your amazing options, then pick up a copy of the November issue to score the discount codes you'll need. Happy travels! Note: Deals are subject to availability while supplies last (plus blackout dates) and are valid for booking October 8 through November 30, even if your trip is going to happen later.

Memphis in May

3 Women of Barbecue You Need to Know About

You've heard of competitive cooking, but have you heard of competition barbecue? The best part: some of the most respected (and fiercest!) contenders are women. We caught up with them at Memphis In May, one of barbecue's biggest showdowns, and found out what inspires their quest for perfect smoked meat.

Alaskan highway

Cruise Alaska for Less!

Explore Alaska's glaciers, orcas, humpbacks, grizzlies and tons of mouthwatering seafood on America's only all-water National Scenic Byway -- aka the Alaska Marine Highway System. You can take ships to some of Alaska's coolest corners for as little as $37 a leg. Click on to choose your own adventure and get on board!


20 Reasons to Embrace Italy

You already love pizza and pasta (and probably prosciutto, too!), but now's the time to take your passion for all things Italian to the next level. We've rounded up a raft of reasons to cook, eat and live like an Italian. Though we're betting you don't need much convincing!

Hudson Valley, NY: Chocolate Trail

Road Trips for Food Lovers

If you've known and loved a BBQ trail in your day, or vineyard-hopped, we've got you next trip right here: five food routes that are oh so tempting. Immediate departure not an option? Get an edible preview with our exclusive regional recipes.


5 Fall Foliage Destinations

The fall foliage at these famed scenic spots stretches late into the autumn season, so there's plenty of time to catch the beautiful, natural colors at their peak! Take a hike or a drive and enjoy these five destinations from coast to coast.


5 Real-Life Haunted Houses

Experience some authentic thrills and chills this Halloween: These creepy haunted houses across the United States all come with real-life scary pasts -- and a few not-so-friendly ghosts. We double-dare you to pay them a visit!

Food festivals

Summer Food Festivals 2012

Between your Fourth of July cookout and your Labor Day clambake, check out these can't-miss food festivals. Sample sweet corn, chili, pork, cocktails and some more of the best tastes and of local flavor from coast to coast.


Road Trip Tips

We've covered all the details for your next road trip: Where to stay along the way, how to entertain your kids and how to bring along the dog. What are you waiting for? It's time to hit the road!

travel cruises for you

The Best Cruises for You

We've unearthed a dozen action-packed, affordable cruises for every type of traveler, whether you're skeptical of the high seas or you wouldn't dream of traveling any other way. * Prices and other details were accurate when we published this article in June 2009.

How To Pack Fragile Items

Travel Guide: How To Pack Fragile Items

Never worry about broken souvenirs again with these travel tips on how to pack fragile items from National Geographic author and guru Marybeth Bond. Make this your travel guide for packing wine bottles, cheese, glass and chocolates when on vacation.