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From golf to fishing: America's ultimate destinations for active travel

The word "vacation" means different things to different people. For some, it's lounging poolside and sleeping until noon. Others, however, savor the opportunity to get outside, try some new activities and indulge in their favorite pastimes for days on end. If you're one of the latter group, there are few better places to travel than right here in the United States. ... Full story

Get your car road trip ready for spring

You may be dreaming about escaping on a vacation, but the sky-high costs of flights and cruises can quickly turn into a nightmare. If you're looking to take a break without breaking the bank, a good, old-fashioned road trip could be the way to escape. Aside from packing snacks and preparing the perfect playlist, there are a few things you should consider before venturing out on the open road. A few updates and precautions can help you avoid the wear and potential safety hazards a long trip can have on your vehicle. ... Full story

The Herrington Inn & Spa: Romance on the River

The romance and memories that have been experienced at this waterfront haven are countless. ... Full story

Top 6 tips to save money on winter travel

(BPT) - Whether you need a break from the cold, some time off after the busy season at work, or simply need to get away after a hectic holiday season, a winter vacation can be a welcome respite. Winter can also be the most cost-effective time of year to book a vacation, before the summer travel season heats up and families with kids are looking to get away. ... Full story

Tired of the ordinary? Check out Wisconsin's quirky museums

(BPT) - Whether it's mustard, accordions or angels, Wisconsinites have a unique way of taking a hobby and turning it into an exhibit hall. The state is home to an eclectic mix of museums that go beyond the ordinary and are the product of a passionate person with a vision so strong that erecting a museum is quite simply the most reasonable option. Both entertaining and educational, the following Wisconsin museums offer an out-of-the-box perspective to visitors. ... Full story

Smarter travel: Get the most out of your vacation

Going to a far-flung destination is always exciting, but today's travelers demand a bit more from their experiences. Trends indicate that as people start to plan and embark on their vacations, the central goal, for many travelers, is getting a real sense of place. This emerging breed of traveler makes a point of seeing the major sights, but also wants a local view of each destination to experience the most fulfilling getaway possible. ... Full story

Secrets of budget travelers that everyone should know

Budget travelers are a unique breed - they have a tireless dedication to finding the best deals, a keen sense for sniffing out hidden surprises and, usually, a mental database of ways to save money when they're doing what they love most: traveling. ... Full story

How - and when - to get the best deals on these top 5 vacation destinations

While last-minute deals often get a lot of press, what smart travelers know - and live by - is that thinking ahead is the most reliable way to get the best deals. After all, waiting until just before you're ready to go might leave you stuck with few options and lots of restrictions - or worse, no vacation at all. Airlines and hotels are thinking ahead, too, and are eager to fill up planes and hotels. That translates to great prices right now - the ideal time to book for the best vacation deals. ... Full story

Naperville...So much to discover!

Naperville offers its visitors and residents the culture and excitement of a big city with the spirit of a small town. Come explore all that Naperville has to offer! Water, air, bubbles and building blocks add up to fun at the DuPage Children’s Museum. Enjoy the scenic Riverwalk or step back in time at Naper Settlement where history comes alive. Step out for ‘Dinner and a Show, Naperville Style!’ Music, dance, theater and art abound in the theater district at North Central College. See for yourself what everyone’s talking about and follow the crowd to Naperville. ... Full story

Fall into McHenry County

There is no need to travel far for a great fall family experience. McHenry County is quickly becoming Chicagoland's preferred close-to-home seasonal destination. The region features exciting agritourism attractions, bountiful farm markets, family-friendly festivals and a charming collection of "main street" communities. As you travel north and west through the county, suburbia gives way to gently rolling hills, century-old farms and abundant fields of fresh produce. ... Full story

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