Universal Orlando: Summer's Hottest Vacation Spot


Summer is coming up fast, and you know what that means. No school. More time off from work. Longer vacations—the kind that stretch on forever, the ones you wish would never end. So why not make this year’s summer trip the biggest and best ever? And if you’re heading to Florida, only one place guarantees a vacation that’s bigger than life—Universal Orlando.

El Loco: The Newest Thrill Ride in Las Vegas

Finding a sure bet in Las Vegas isn't easy, but here's one for you: the new El Loco roller coaster at the Circus Circus Hotel & Casino is sure to knock your socks off. The indoor ride only last 72 seconds, but designers have packed every thrill imaginable into that small window of time including barrel rolls, doughnut rolls, an assortment of wild twists and turns, and an inverted drop. Be prepared to scream louder than a winner at the craps table. Read more about it HERE

Transformers: The Ride-3D

Spring Break is fast approaching, and that means families across the country will be heading out for fun and excitement. If you haven't experienced Transformers: The Ride-3D yet, which just opened in 2013 at Universal Orlando Resort, what are you waiting for? This state of the art thrill ride is the perfect way to kick start your vacation! Read all about it HERE

Wilderness at the Smokies

It would be a shame to visit the Great Smoky Mountains region of Tennessee without ever venturing outside to admire the scenery, but that’s almost what happened to us when my family booked a stay at the Wilderness at the Smokies resort. With so much to see and do—not to mention a fun, family-friendly atmosphere that rivals the hotels at Disney World or Universal Studios—you might have a hard time luring your kids outside for a hike or a nature walk. Don’t worry about them turning into couch potatoes, though, because the resort’s activities will keep the kids on the move all day long.

Crown Paradise Club Cancun

Cancun has plenty of romantic resorts for couples. Finding one that’s good for families is a little tougher. And finding one that’s perfect for both adults and kids—with plenty of activities for both, which can be enjoyed together or separately—would be nearly impossible if not for Crown Paradise Club Cancun.

Free Things to Do in Las Vegas

The Volcano at The MirageLas Vegas is fun, exciting, and one of the most popular tourist spots in the USA—but it’s also a town that can empty your wallet faster than a skilled dealer shuffles a new deck of cards. The lights may be dazzling, the rattle of chips hypnotic, but all that sensory overload comes at a price. Fortunately, though, Las Vegas does have a soft spot for its guests. Many of the hotels and malls offer totally free shows and attractions, which can really come in handy when the slot machines have just eaten your last quarter.

Free Things to Do in New York

Sony Wonder Technology LabStart spreading the news; New York may be one of the hottest tourist spots in the United States, but it’s also one of the most expensive. For example, you can search high and low but you’ll never see the words “affordable” and “hotel” side-by-side there. A drink in a trendy bar can cost double or triple what you’re used to paying. And a full evening’s entertainment—dinner for two, a Broadway show, and any cab rides or extras—can easily set you back $300 or more. The bottom line? When you visit the Big Apple, make sure to bring a big wallet.

The good news, though, is that buried beneath all that glitter are dozens of free entertainment opportunities. They may not be well-advertised but they do exist, and taking advantage of one or two each day can give your tired, aching credit cards a well-deserved rest.

America's Best Historic Hotels

Algonquin HotelAmazing architecture, a unique setting, and close ties to famous figures from the past are only a few reasons why so many people seek out historic hotels whenever they travel. Forget the beige carpet and mass-produced art on the walls—these buildings have as much personality and character as the guests who have filled their rooms for decades or more.

Go Treasure Hunting in Jamaica

Swimming With Horses in JamaicaThey say Christopher Columbus was lured to Jamaica in 1494 by rumors of gold, and that the famous explorer was disappointed not to find any. Today’s visitors would argue that Columbus, dubbed “Jamaica’s first tourist” by the locals, simply arrived 500 years too early. A modern treasure map of Jamaica, with its wealth of natural attractions and amazing new resorts, would be covered with Xs from coast to coast, with each one marking something bright and shiny to discover.

AVA Hotel & Suites

Sometimes location really is everything. But if you don’t have to sacrifice quality or comfort to enjoy that perfect location, you might just feel like you’ve landed in heaven—and in Athens, home of the ancient gods and goddesses, that feeling couldn’t be more appropriate.

Guests of the AVA Hotel & Suites couldn’t ask for a better spot to lay their heads each night. Situated on the edge of the trendy Plaka district, the AVA is within easy walking distance of many of the city’s best attractions.