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San Francisco Dispatch: Check In to Hotel Palomar and Check Out with a Tattoo

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Gimmicky packages and marketing campaigns are far too common in the travel business, which is why we love it when we hear about a hotel tie-in that is fresh, edgy, and captures the artistic spirit of a destination—for real.

The Hotel Palomar, in San Francisco’s Union Square neighborhood, is partnering with Inked Magazine Creative Director Todd Weinberger and Contributing Writer Jennifer Goldstein to create a tattoo getaway package. (This is not a misprint.)

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Daily Transporter: Rolling of the Bulls

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If you can’t make it to Pamplona this year, consider a stateside alternative to the annual encierro.

Hampton, Virginia celebrates San Fermin with a Rolling of the Bulls. Participants race through the streets, chased by horn-wearing, baseball bat-wielding roller derby girls. Complete with Tomatina-inspired water balloon fight, the playful event takes place July 12 in downtown Hampton.

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Caroline Hallemann is an assistant digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @challemann

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Art Takeover: Wynwood, Miami

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Like most neighborhood transformations-turned-gentrification, Wynwood’s started on the streets.

As the younger, trendier brother of Miami’s Design District, Wynwood has grown quick. When its largest gallery held its first show in 1999, the area was nothing more than a string of abandoned warehouses and auto shops. Though the current cultural core of the city is just ten minutes from South Beach, it’s only been a few years since many were too afraid to walk down its graffiti-ridden streets after dark.

Not anymore. In true hipster form, what was once terribly dangerous is now terribly cool. Also in true hipster form, it’s only really cool once a month. The Wynwood Art Walk, held the second Saturday of every month, transforms the usually scarce streets into the sort of place that gives Miami the cultural cred it so greatly deserves.

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Cirque du Soleil to Launch New Show in Mexico's Riviera Maya

Canada-based Cirque du Soleil is setting up shop in the Riviera Maya, in a 600-seat, custom-built theater that takes cues from the Yucatan's lush jungle landscape. Grupo Vidanta, the developer behind Mexico's ultra-glam Grand Luxxe resorts, is creating the new venue, which will debut its inaugural show JOYÀ on November 8.

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Daily Transporter: One Cruise to Rule Them All

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If you book a Royal Caribbean cruise in early December, don’t be surprised to see capes, pointed ears, and furry feet on some of your fellow passengers. Trilo3y Voyages, with the blessing of J.R.R. Tolkien’s family, is planning the first in a series of cruises for fans of the author’s works, including The Lord of the Rings. Onboard activities will include a cosplay competition and masquerade gala.

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Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @aegisnyc. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

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NYC’s Latest Beauty Hotspot: Paintbox Nail Studio

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As a frequent flier, I’m always searching for the perfect place to get a last-minute manicure—one that will actually stay on through the course of my trip. And on the flip side, as a tourist, I’m always searching for a cool, reliable, (and yes, clean!) nail salon when I need a quick touch-up abroad. Enter Paintbox, a chic new manicure studio in Manhattan's Soho neighborhood that is quickly developing a cult following among locals—and which should be on every traveler’s radar.

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The National Center for Civil and Human Rights opens in Atlanta

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After years of anticipation, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights opens on June 23 in downtown Atlanta, adjacent to the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca. The 42,000-square-foot center by architect Philip Freelon is designed to start a dialogue and inspire visitors to think about how they can create a more unprejudiced world.

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Daily Transporter: Shrinking Boston

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An exhibit at the Boston Public Library compares the modern city with the Boston of a century ago. One surprising revelation: even with a steady influx of immigrants in the past ten years, the city still has not regained its 1910 record-high population of more than 670,000.

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Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @aegisnyc. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

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Daily Transporter: Hong Kong

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Pandas are taking over Hong Kong! An exhibit of 1,600 papier-mâché bears designed by French artist Paulo Grangeon will be on view in the PMQ arts district from June 25-July 17 in an effort to raise awareness of dwindling panda populations.  

See more pandas in Coolest Up-Close Animal Encounters.

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Caroline Hallemann is an assistant digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @challemannGet the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box. 

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Daily Transporter: Route 66

original-2jpgFrom Jack Kerouac’s original manuscript for On the Road to a classic 1960 Corvette, L.A.’s Autry National Center of the American West traces the history of “America’s Main Street,” and its impact on popular culture. “Route 66: The Road and the Romance” runs through January 4, 2015.

See more Route 66 in America's Best Road Trips.

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Caroline Hallemann is an assistant digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @challemannGet the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

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