Free Museums You’ve Got to Try

The cost of travel shouldn’t keep you from the things you love. Fares from $1, power outlets and free Wi-Fi (and lets not forget the savings on mental costs from not having to drive in bumper-to-bumper rush-hour traffic) all help with that. 

And so do free museums. Check out Smarter Travel’s list of free museums to visit on your next roadtrip or weekend getaway, including:

  • The Toledo Museum of Art: 30,000 works + a renowned glass collection + a classroom for visitors to learn the art of glassblowing
  • Crow Collection of Asian Art: In the heart of Dallas, let’s just say this museum calls itself “a passport to the art of Asia” for good reason
  • The Tenement Museum: Walk through the stories of nearly 7,000 immigrants who lived at 97 Orchard Street in New York City’s Lower East Side. 

Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio

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Summer suppers: Great places to picnic

Grab your picnic basket and some homemade potato salad (or bought-from-the-store-and-put-in-your-own-container potato salad; it still counts), and check out this list of the best places to set up a summer picnic! From the weekly gatherings of Brooklyn artisans and purveyors to Nashville’s massive green space, here are the hot spots for summer suppers served up on a blanket.

Centrally located in midtown Manhattan, Bryant Park offers a green oasis for locals and visitors.


Universal announces opening date for Diagon Alley

Muggles, alert! Universal Studios Florida announced the opening date of the much-anticipated The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley for July 8. Check out this sneak peek at the ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.

AND, you can start planning your trip to all the fun today! has daily, express bus service between Orlando and eight cities.

Each of the 12-person ride vehicles has its own steam-pumping chimney.


Father’s Day ideas that go beyond brunch

As much as we love backyard BBQs and new neckties, try switching things up for dear ol’ dad this Father’s Day with some lessons on making curry and mixing cocktails in a city near you!

Eat curry: Dad can learn about Indian food and how to make curry at the “Compassionate Chefs Cafe” in San Francisco on June 22. The evening is dedicated to sampling food and giving back; proceeds from the evening provide funds for kids in need in the city’s Tenderloin area and in Ahmedabad, India.

Forget the Tie, Dad Wants Travel!

We here at heart: travel (a given, I know), dads and our friends at Yahoo! Travel who came up with a list of Father’s Day gifts that honor the travel-loving dad. Tools break, ties go out of fashion, but travel memories last forever. Based on the most-searched Father’s Day gift items, check out this alternative list that incorporates a key travel element. 

Headphones vs. Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Small Batch Bourbon vs. Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail

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Memorial Day Weekend

There’s still time to squeeze in some last-minute Memorial Day plans, like visiting:

  • Washington, D.C…Because does any city do a national holiday better?
  • Las Vegas: An bonus day to your weekend means more time to see shows and dive into the buffets
  • Austin: Where 193 miles of scenic walking trails meets trendy restaurants and hip coffee shops.
  • St. Louis: “The Gateway to the West” is also the gateway to live music and sizzling BBQ.
  • Chicago: Bring the family for fireworks over Navy Pier.
  • AtlantaHome to the world’s largest aquarium, the new World of Coca-Cola and dozens of beautiful parks
  • Providence: The city reportedly has more restaurants per capita than anywhere else in the country. We’re sold.


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Announcement: Florida Expansion to Miami, Tampa & Tallahassee

Get out the sunglasses because we are expanding service in the Sunshine State! Book travel TODAY to/from three new cities — Miami, Tampa and Tallahassee — for as low as $1 (plus reservation fee) with service beginning May 15. This large expansion makes Orlando’s 14th Hub city and includes additional routes to/from the new cities and New Orleans, Gainesville, Mobile, Jacksonville and Atlanta. For example, you can now travel express from Orlando to New Orleans!

To make this announcement even better, we’re celebrating by making EVERY ticket to or from the new cities (Miami, Tampa and Tallahassee) and new expansion route (from Orlando to either New Orleans or Mobile) $1 (plus a reservation fee) for the first week of travel – May 15-21! Book yours now!


Food Things Only A Chicagoan Would Understand

If you think deep-dish pizza and ballpark hot dogs are all there is to understanding Chicago food, you’ve got another thing — well, several — coming.

Take a moment to droll over cheese + caramel popcorn, late-night tamales and beefy, au-jus infused sandwiches. Then immediately book your ticket to Chicago to indulge like the locals.

Visit our friends at HuffPost Travel for the full list. 




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