Celebrating America’s Melting Pot

To celebrate Independence Day, here are some vibrant, living destinations from sea to shining sea where you can experience firsthand the diversity of America’s melting pot.

Sights in Scottsdale, Arizona

Want to know what to see in Scottsdale? Many of the city’s historic and cultural attractions center on Old Town, while North Scottsdale is home to two must-see attractions: the fabulous Musical Instrument Museum and Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home, Taliesin West. Kathleen Bryant gives an overview of the best sights in Scottsdale.

The Hills of Valparaíso, Chile

Valparaíso is a walker’s city with steep staircases, narrow alleyways, and amazing views. Author Wayne Bernhardson outlines the most prominent landmarks in each of the city’s main hill neighborhoods.

Spend a Week in the Florida Keys

First-time visitors to the Florida Keys should set aside at least a week to experience the best that these legendary islands—plus the gateway areas of Miami and the Everglades—have to offer. Author Laura Martone shares an exciting itinerary to help you plan your time.

Sacramento in the Summertime: Family-Friendly Fun

Headed to Sacramento this summer in a car filled with summer breakers? Luckily for you, the Sacramento region is chock-full of memorable and educational adventures for both parents and kids to enjoy. Christopher Arns shares fun activities for the whole family, from riding steam locomotives and whitewater rafting to gold panning and telling campfire stories.

Road Trips from Austin: Weekend Destinations

As fun as it is to spend a few days in Austin, author Andy Rhodes suggests that you consider taking a weekend road trip to experience more Central Texas culture. With ideas like enjoying barbecue in Lockhart or fishing in Lake Buchanan, you’ll be ready to hit the road in no time.

The McMenamins Brewpub Empire

If you’re looking for an interesting place to get a beer in Portland, you should definitely check out at least one McMenamins brewpub. The McMenamins are in fact brothers Brian and Mike, who are equally devoted to brewing quality beer, designing fun spaces to drink it in, and preserving distinctive buildings. Here are some of their coolest locations in Portland.

Haunted History of San Diego

San Diego bills itself as the home of the “Most Haunted House in America,” and there are enough paranormal sites around the city to keep both believers and skeptics arguing about their veracity until they become ghosts themselves. Ericka Chickowski points you towards the best historic hauntings in San Diego.