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San Francisco BeastsWith attractions based on children's books, an IMAX theater, and a dozen kid-friendly restaurants and shops, there's plenty to... Read More

The chefs we talked to bring adventure and wisdom to the American table—and they treat eating out en famille with equal parts passion and good sense. No... Read More

Welcome to our country. Now pay up This summer, Mexico began collecting $15 from everyone who flies into the country, except those going to towns within... Read More

london lights upIan Schrager has taken his cutting-edge brand of hotel across the pond to London, transforming a once-somber 1960's office building into... Read More

James KellyJames Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, N. Mex.hot spot The Tate Restaurant (in London's old Tate). It has completely old-fashioned service,... Read More

Think participating in a TV audience is just for fans?Not always. When Jenny Jones was preparing for her show’s launch in 1991, she dropped by a taping... Read More

See our slideshow of The Hottest Hotel Rooftop Bars.Take an outdoor rooftop pavilion, add a sleek, see-and-be-seen bar, a sparkling pool, and stellar... Read More

If you're a savvy business traveler who doesn't like to spend Saturday nights away from home in order to get a low, advance-purchase airfare, then you... Read More

Many long-distance trains provide a brochure to enhance sightseeing, and some trains even have a guide on board to narrate trips through particularly... Read More

high style, few francs A new Paris hotel, the Libertel Quartier Latin, takes its decorative cues from its location at the crossroads of the city's... Read More

London's Edge Minimalism becomes the Metropolitan, London's latest ode to utilitarian chic. Hotelier and fashion impresario Christina Ong collaborated... Read More

Don't worry about saving room for dessert: it's chocolate soup to nuts at specialty cafés across the country. In Berkeley, the Scharffen Berger factory... Read More

One hundred years ago, America's first zoos were built in Philadelphia and New York, with extra-thick bars to assure the public that wild lions,... Read More

What would childhood be without dreams of banana splits—the ultimate reward forsurviving the school year, passing the final exam, winning (or losing)... Read More

Several months ago, the Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur, introduced a "techno-butler" to help guests get their E-mail, configure their laptops, and access... Read More

My parents came from Chicago, and my brothers and I were brought up to believe that practically anything worth having, certainly everything worth eating... Read More

Going my wayKevin McCollum, New York-based theater producer (shows include Rent and De La Guarda's Villa Villa); president and CEO of Ordway Music... Read More

Are Eastern-inspired cordials the new frontier in cocktails—or a flash in the pan?Some new arrivals are making us wonder. Ty Ku is a sake-based liqueur... Read More

BeijingThe sprawling, three-story facility at the Kerry Centre Hotel (866/565-5050 or 86/10-6561-8833; shangri-la.com; doubles from $412) contains a 38... Read More

Swedish massages and basic facials can be found on nearly every spa menu, but they're no longer enough to entice savvy spa-goers. The 10 exotic... Read More

The Lincoln Park neighborhood has always been a beauty—tree-lined streets, lake views, Victorian town houses—so it's no wonder that cosmetics boutiques... Read More

Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park 800/241-3333 or 212/308-9100; www.ritzcarlton.com; doubles from $425. The good people at Ritz-Carlton spent four... Read More

My New York friends say, "It's so clean." My San Francisco friends say, "People are so friendly here." My Washington friends say, "It's so real and... Read More

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who are willing to go anywhere for something good to eat, and those whose last supper would consist of... Read More

The eighties slogan has been replaced with "Worship your body, nourish your soul." To that end, temples of fitness are reinterpreting what it means to... Read More

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