A city people want to live in is a city people love to visit. Copenhagen is just that. Crowned (again) as the most livable city in the world by Monocle magazine, the Danish capital has garnered points for its smart urban design, stellar public transportation, and unfettered access to nature (thanks to its swimmable harbor and extensive park system). But this year, the city has an added edge: the designation of European Green Capital.
As it pioneers the ultimate sustainable lifestyle, Copenhagen is sharing its ideas and solutions with the rest of the world through special eco-themed events in 2014. And while the idea of being green can sometimes seem more prosaic than cool, in Copenhagen, it comes equipped with the rocket boosters of pleasure (sustainably powered, of course). ... read more»
Following is our regular summary of the latest travel news and best frequent traveler promotions reviewed during the past week.
If it was a good deal—or a notably bad deal—from an airline, hotel, or car rental loyalty program, you can read all about it here, and plan your travel accordingly.
This summer, the airlines are doing just fine. Flyers, on the other hand, are paying more and enjoying it less. ... read more»
When Expedia launched its Rewards program in 2011, we headlined our coverage with a somewhat hyperbolic query: "Will Expedia's New Rewards Program Change the Face of Travel Loyalty?"
The answer, it now can be confidently affirmed, is a resounding "no." In the crowded world of rewards programs vying for the hearts and minds of travelers, Expedia Rewards has been an also-ran, if that.
So it's no great surprise that Expedia just launched its "all new" Expedia+ Rewards.
Although there has been some tweaking of the previous program, Expedia+ Rewards is neither new nor innovative. ... read more»
Tackling the world's most prestigious cycling race is certainly a big undertaking—even for those of us who are not competing. With the Tour de France underway, we wanted to find the best and most iconic spots to visit along the route and struggled to pick just five. Stage stops change every year (with the exception of the mountain chains in Pyrenees, Alps, and the finish line) so we picked our favorites from the 2014 course and offered suggestions on what to see and do.
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There's only one Napa Valley. Except … there's not. The Napa that most travelers see is a valley built on prestige and myth, a place where wine is sipped elbow to elbow in the packed tasting rooms that line Route 29. But the beaten path here, in America's first revered wine country, misses the Napa that is built anew each day out of rich volcanic soils, hard work, and the passions of the people who live in and for this place.
This other Napa—where you can sit down with the vintners and walk among the fruit—is absolutely within reach of curious, experience-driven travelers. In fact, that's exactly what Paul Bailey, owner of Napa Valley Wine Excursions, believes makes it so special. The Napa native recently shared a few of his favorite hidden treasures. ... read more»
(Photo: Beijing, China via Shutterstock)
Not another ancient temple, I thought.
I'd already spent a week hiking along the ultimate ancient monument, The Great Wall of China, and a few days around Beijing exploring the Forbidden City, the Tibetan Yonghe Lamasery (or "Llama Temple"), and the royal tombs of the Qing Dynasty. After all that time among shrines to China's ancient past, I was feeling a bit temple-d out.
I expected Beijing's Temple of Heaven—where for centuries Chinese emperors from the Qing and Ming dynasties came annually to pray for good harvests—to be more of the same.
Turns out I had it completely wrong.... read more»
Verruckt, the world's tallest waterslide, makes its debut in Kansas City this week. Click to find out if you're crazy enough to ride this 168-foot-high behemoth. ... read more»