The Texas State Capitol building in Austin.

Seeing the Texas State Capitol and Governor’s Mansion

The Texas State Capitol is the nucleus of Austin, both historically and visually, and located not too far from the Governor’s Mansion. A must-see for history buffs and equally engaging for those interested in architecture or politics, both of these grand old buildings have survived years of hard politics and even harder renovations.

A horse-drawn carriage heads down a quiet street with a colonial building in the background.

Guided Tours in Philadelphia

Taking a guided tour can be a fun and educational way to start your visit to Philadelphia. Options range from your basic history tour to a bar crawl led by guides in colonial garb.

In the zoo after dark, colored lights make up animal shapes like a hippo and crocodiles.

10 Reasons to Visit Portland in the Colder Months

Portlanders love a good festival, particularly if it celebrates beer, bikes, music, or that favorite local pastime—devouring delicious treats. If you don’t mind the rain, November, December, and January are great times to secure cheap hotel rates and catch seasonal attractions. Here are some great festivals and activities to enjoy during the winter in Portland.

A carousel lights up the foreground while Houston's skyscrapers mark a silhouette against the night sky.

Beat the Heat and Have a Blast in Houston This Summer

Despite Houston’s high humidity and triple-digit temperatures, the city offers plenty of air-conditioned excitement and outdoor activities to beat the heat. Visitors can explore the extensive Museum District, discover nationally acclaimed restaurants, or play gulf-based water sports on nearby Galveston Island. Get ready for some fun in Bayou City this summer!

The sun shines on water surrounded by green and golden mountains.

America’s Public Lands Free This Weekend

In honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, basic day-use fees will also be waived at many other public lands throughout the United States – including national forests, national wildlife refuges, and Bureau of Land Management areas.

Sao Paulo's main drag

On the Avenue – Strolling São Paulo’s Main Drag

If you’re in the mood for a big city on a large scale, Sampa fits the bill. To experience the epitome of its raw bustling energy, impressive mix of architecture, and the incredible diversity of both its inhabitants and its offerings, head to the city’s main artery, Avenida Paulista.