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Plan a Last-Minute Road Trip for July 4th

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According to AAA, more than 34 million Americans will hit the road this holiday weekend. If you’re still planning your getaway, watch T+L’s Sarah Spagnolo share five iconic American drives, along with some affordable hotels, on the Today Show. 

Amtrak Planning Faster WiFi For Northeast Corridor

Amtrak's notoriously slow on-board internet connection will get an upgrade, the company announced last week. In a test sometime this winter, Amtrak is hoping to double the WiFi capacity for the busy Northeast Corridor Line, which runs from Baltimore through Philadelphia, New York, Boston, and into Maine.

This follows a recent pattern of faster service announcements for travelers: British Airways also made news this month for its consideration of 4G WiFi with Inmarsat (currently, the airline doesn't offer in-flight internet service).

T+L Editor-in-Chief Nancy Novogrod Announces the 2014 World's Best Awards

Travel + Leisure’s own Nancy Novogrod joins Morning Joe to announce the 2014 World’s Best Awards. In the results of the annual survey, readers to rate everything from hotels to cruises. Check out the complete list of winners here.

Ideas for a Tropical Island Getaway (Video)

Sand between your toes, a blissed-out day by the waves... Your next island getaway is closer than you think, thanks to new routes and more frequent flights from major U.S. cities. In this short video, T+L shares the details on Antigua; Turks and Caicos; Aruba; Sanibel Island, Florida; and Kauai—with hotel recommendations to match.

Book Now: July 4th Hotel Deals

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Looking ahead to the holiday weekend? Here, three ideas for fun and affordable July 4thgetaways.

1. Philadelphia

The birthplace of independence is the perfect place to celebrate the Fourth of July. Benjamin Franklin Parkway hosts the “Largest Free Concert” with The Roots, Ed Sheeran, Nicki Minaj, and Jennifer Hudson. Stay at the Four Seasons Hotel off Logan Square, where kids are welcomed with toys, and cookies and milk are served at bedtime. Price: $249 a night. Book Now: fourseasons.com/philadelphia

2. Flagstaff, Arizona

Flagstaff was voted the Best Town for July 4th in the Travel + Leisure America’s Favorite Towns survey (voting is open now for T+L’s 2014 America’s Favorite Places survey!). With its ponderosa pines, frontier spirit, and cool mountain air, it’s no surprise why. The city has great town square that’s the centerpiece of its celebration, which includes for fireworks, parades, and a fun run. Stay at the Hotel Monte Vista, just a block from Route 66. Price: $90 a night. Book Now: hotelmontevista.com

3. Oahu, Hawaii

The fireworks on the southern shore of Oahu are so grand that around 50,000 people watch it each year! (They’re set off from a manmade peninsula to protect the underwater reef ecosystem.) At the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki, most rooms have private balconies and overlook the ocean; the five pools include the 10,000-square-foot Super Pool, the largest in Hawaii. Price: $199 a night. Book Now: hiltonhawaiianvillage.com

Watch T+L editor Sarah Spagnolo present these deals on this morning's Wake Up with Al.

 Photo courtesy of Boulder Daily Camera

Summer Vacation Deals

Fundu Lagoon

Dominican Republic: 39% off beach hotel

Beach Rendezvous package includes:

• 4 nights in a one-bedroom suite at Sublime Samana Hotel & Residences, on the island’s palm-fringed northeastern coast
• Horseback riding on the beach
• Bottle of wine upon arrival
• Outdoor spa treatment

Cost: $840 ($210 per night)

Book by August 31 for travel through December 2014.

For more information or to book, please visit Samana Hotel Dominican Republic.

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Travel Industry Insiders Share What's On Their Travel Radar

At ILTM Asia, an annual luxury travel conference in Shanghai, China, Travel + Leisure editor Sarah Spagnolo asked industry insiders what's on their travel radar. The answers range from western Tibet to the backwaters of Kerala, India.

Watch the video above—filmed during T+L's Shanghai Social party at restaurant New Heights, on The Bund—for many more fun travel ideas.

Gridlock Alert: Protests Against Uber in Europe

There's gridlock in many of the busiest intersections in Europe, thanks in no small part to on-demand car service Uber—and it's infuriating taxi drivers.

Bottle Service in Las Vegas Can Arrive Via Drone

Drones: they're used by the military, even to walk your dog. Now The Cosmopolitan, in Las Vegas, has taken the drone trend to entirely new heights—it'll deliver your drinks. This is bottle service worth writing home about.

Travel + Leisure Publisher, Time Inc., Goes Public

Travel + Leisure's publisher, Time Inc., made history this morning when it began trading as a public company. What will this means for Travel + Leisure? That article has yet to be written, but we are confident we'll be able to take you even more places—through video, new distribution channels, devices, and yet-to-be-conceived social media platforms—in the months and years to come. The journey has just begun.

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