To celebrate this year’s America’s Favorite Cities feature, Travel + Leisure’s Sarah Spagnolo took to the New York City streets, asking travelers and locals about their favorite places in the U.S.A.
From Austin to San Francisco, Nashville, Miami, and more, travelers can’t get enough of America the Beautiful. Perhaps that’s why 97% of travelers are planning to explore this country this year. But why? For some, it’s the food (pizza in New York), while for others, it is the history and culture (case in point: Charleston, with roots that date back to the 17th century).
Now, it’s your turn to vote. In our annual America’s Favorite Places Survey, we go beyond our hometown, asking our readers everywhere to weigh in on cities, towns, and regions. Categories range from shopping to nightlife, and food and drink in destinations from California’s Wine Country to Providence, Rhode Island. Share your favorites in our survey, then tweet us with your thoughts using #TLCities. In December, we’ll reveal the results—may the best destination win!
Headphones are a must-pack item whether you’re looking for sound quality or peace and quiet. Consider these four versions, which we show off in a Travel + Leisure Quick Tips video.
Audio-Technica QuietPoint Noise-Cancelling Headphones are the most affordable of the bunch, coming in at just $100. And when noise canceling is turned on, they do a shockingly good job of eliminatingoutside sounds.
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• 3 nights in a suite in Hub Porteño, a Belle Époque gem with insider access to the city’s arts and culture scene. • A private tango lesson on the hotel’s outdoor terrace • Daily breakfast • A bottle of wine upon arrival; non-alcoholic drinks and snacks from the mini-bar • Cocktails on the terrace
Cost $736 ($245 per night)
Book now for travel through September 30.
For more information or to book, please visit Hub Porteño with booking code TYL; additional room categories available.
Watch this video for four unexpected summer activities that keep you out of the summer heat.
1. Summer Camp for Adults
At Wisconsin’s Camp Wandawega, about 90 minutes from Chicago, “campers,” or adult travelers, can take dips in the cool, shallow lake between breezy naps on a hammock. Another favorite spot for grown ups is Camp Grounded, north of San Francisco in the shade of towering Redwoods, where there’s rock climbing and sign-alongs—and no cell phones allowed.
The term "authenticity" is one we've heard again and again (tired of it yet?), though it remains on the tongue of industry insiders thanks to an influx of travelers who continue to seek out local experiences around the globe. At the recent travel conference ILTM Asia, in Shanghai, which brings together travel agents, hoteliers, and the media, T+L's Sarah Spagnolo once again dug into the trend of connecting travelers with local culture. Watch the video for a couple examples of new programs.
Shanghai's Former French Concession is the city's style hub: a leafy area filled with boutiques, bespoke tailors, and traditional crafts. A few of must-see sites: Helen Lee's headquarters, around the corner from her atelier, which showcases this season's collection—a collaboration with Disney in honor of the new Disney resort opening in Shanghai soon. Germain Tailoring channels Neapolitan style in its meanswear collection. Stop by Charles Philip on Gao An Road, to find a custom shoe in shape, pattern, and material to fit any style. Head north across town, where Coin Qian's showroom is stocked with her paintings, plus pillows, bags, and other home goods that feature her feminine designs.
T+L's Sarah Spagnolo explored the area on a arts tour coordinated by luxury travel show ILTM Asia and the Portman Ritz-Carlton, and led by Shanghai style insiders Selina Schleh of Time Out Shanghai and Monique Madsen of Zan Style Shanghai. Check out "Where to Shop in Shanghai," and for more, go to the T+L Guide to Shanghai.
Who doesn't need a beach escape within easy reach? Watch this quick video for three T+L favorites.
There’s not much to do in the low-key island village of Islamorada in Florida’s Upper Keys, and guess what? That is precisely the point. Start with a rum runner cocktail from the Holiday Isle Tiki Bar before unwinding at Cheeca Lodge, a popular beachfront hotel that gets bonus points from moms everywhere thanks to its stellar kids camp.
What does luxury adventure mean now? At Phulay Bay, A Ritz Carlton Reserve in Krabi, Thailand, guests can enjoy a luxury stay with days on the beach as well as elephant rides. General Manager Carlos Tarrero describes the option for a raw cooking class, where guests gather ingredients at the local market and try their hand at Thai cuisine. The reserve is on 50 acres of wild, beautiful land, so guests can expect a secluded but luxurious experience.
In a summer of new thrill rides and roller coasters, there's yet another to steal the show. Verruckt is now the world's tallest water slide—it opened last Thursday at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas. Before stepping into a three-person raft, all three riders must be measured and weighed (each rider must be at least 54 inches tall and together, they cannot surpass 550 lbs.). The two heart-pumping drops include one from 168 feet—or about 16 stories high—and speeds can reach as fast as 70mph. Arrive early to the base of the ride: that's where you reserve a scheduled ride time in advance, then return about 30 minutes before you're set to take the plunge. The standby line is another option, but rides aren't guaranteed.
What else will keep you busy at Schlitterbahn Waterpark? The Black Night Tube Slide, Storm Blaster water coaster, and for a relaxing break, the peaceful Boogie Bay beach lounge.