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Mark your calendars for this Saturday, September 26. That's when hundreds of museums around the U.S. will offer free admission in honor of Museum Day!...read more»

Many of America's favorite national parks are at their best in the summer&mdash;the weather is better, the foliage is in bloom, the animals are out, and, with the snow mostly melted, park roads and trails are open. Unfortunately, the months of June, July, and August also tend to be the busiest and most expensive times to visit. With careful planning, you can save a few dollars here and there, however. Here are some tips, starting with how to save on accommodations near <a href="http://www.nps.gov/grte/" target="_blank">Grand Teton National Park</a> in Wyoming. 

Lodging in swanky Jackson, the main gateway to the Tetons, can be expensive&mdash;you can easily pay $200 to $300 per night. However, there are a few affordable places where you can snag low rates by booking early. For example, rates at the <a href="http://www.wagonwheelvillage.com/" target="_blank">Wagon Wheel Village</a> start at $100 per night from June 15 to September 15 and prices at the <a href="http://www.buckraillodge.com/" target="_blank">Buckrail Lodge</a> start at $72 between June 8 and September 3. Both properties rate highly on the user-review site <a href="http://smarterliving.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g60491-Jackson_Wyoming-Hotels.html">TripAdvisor</a> (a sister site of SmarterTravel.com).

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Excited about the new National Parks documentary? Many lodges near national parks are coming out with "America's Best Idea" specials to celebrate the spotlight....read more»

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One of the co-sponsors of a passenger rights bill says she thinks there is enough support in Congress to get the job done....read more»

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It should surprise no one, but it's worth pointing out: Bag fees continue to be big business for the airlines, to the tune of $669 million last quarter....read more»

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A reader writes in to say she tried to fly standby but couldn't. Truth is, standby travel isn't what it used to be, with many airlines charging a fee for the service. Read on to find out what your options are....read more»

SmarterTravel Readers' Choice Awards

Are you an opinionated traveler? Share your thoughts on airlines and their practices by taking part in the second annual SmarterTravel Readers' Choice Awards for 2009....read more»

<h2>You Have Arrived: First Class</h2> 

If you have the cash, Virgin's first-class service might be worth spending a little extra. The seats are as comfortable as they look, with a nearly horizontal recline and ample leg support.  And with only eight seats in the forward cabin, first class has a cozy, exclusive feeling to it. My question is: How long can those white seats possibly stay so ... white?

First class on Virgin America isn't exorbitantly expensive, but it will cost you several hundred dollars more than a seat in coach. Food, beverages, and movies are free, but  Wi-Fi is not.

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Conde Nast readers (well, the business travelers among them) ranked Virgin America's business-class service best in the country for the second straight year....read more»

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Yes, conception. As in babies. Couples who conceive at the Westin Resort in Aruba can receive a $300 credit toward their next stay....read more»

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Whether you're looking for exclusive sales or just want to keep tabs on the latest deals, social media sites can help. Here's how....read more»

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The Department of Transportation levied a record-breaking fine against the airline as punishment for a number of consumer rights abuses....read more»

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