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The 10 Best Aztec and Mayan Ruins in Mexico

Mexico is famous for its gorgeous beaches, all-inclusive resorts, and delicious food. It’s also teeming with history, art, and culture, and there’s no better way to experience all three than by visiting one of the country’s many stunning ancient ruins. Standing in front of these stone structures (some of which date back to 600 B.C.)…

The 17 Most Charming Historic Properties in France

With lovely places like Chamonix, Avignon, and of course, Paris, France is packed with worthwhile destinations for history buffs. But travelers don’t have to stick to museums to learn about France’s past, as numerous hotels throughout the country date back centuries and often have their own interesting stories. Proof: We’ve rounded up 17 properties that…

10 of the Best Small Towns in Maine

It’s unavoidable, really. Anyone who visits Maine becomes crazy about the state. Famous for whale-watching, lighthouses, and blueberry whoopie pies, the state draws tourists and seasonal residents in droves during the summer and early fall. The appropriately nicknamed “Vacationland” offers ample opportunities to hike, bike, boat, swim, leaf-peep, and, of course, eat lobster rolls. Cities…

The Most Famous Hotels in Paris

“When I dream of afterlife in heaven,” Ernest Hemingway once said, “the action always takes place in the Paris Ritz.” The writer’s beloved home-away-from-home and its fellow Parisian palaces are some of the grandest hotels in the world, and many are as legendary as the patrons who were devoted to them. Below, a list of…

8 Historic Grand Hotels in the U.S. West

Not too long ago, the Western United States was a frontier, but it wasn’t long before westward expansion saw major cities sprout up with large populations moving into them. With the increased flow of people, the demand for hotels grew, too. From the late 1800s through the early 1900s, dozens of grand properties popped up…

10 Historic Grand Hotels in the South

The different regions of the United States all have their own personalities, and in the South, there’s certainly a flair for the historic, the laid-back, and the grand. Naturally, that makes the area a great place for a relaxing retreat. If you’re looking for historic grandeur while you relax on vacation, look no further than…

6 Unexpected Things You Can Do at Versailles

Maria Teresa Hart/Oyster The Chateau de Versailles. The name alone is so full of pomp and circumstance, every word seems to carry a baritone boom followed by trumpets. It’s a must-see sight for just about every visitor to France (and French people themselves!) with good reason. The Hall of Mirrors, the Royal Chapel, and the…

The Best Day Trips From Rio de Janeiro (Plus, a Few Long Weekend Jaunts)

With its unrivaled beach scene, stunning mountain landscape, funk and samba sounds, diverse nightlife, and amazing cultural offerings, you might think there’s little reason to leave Rio de Janeiro. And while the city itself could easily take up a week of time (or more), there’s a lot more to explore within a relatively quick jaunt…

The Most Stunning Castles in Europe

Europe has no shortage of jaw-dropping castles with imposing exteriors and opulent interiors that showcase the styles from their time period. Whether they actually served as a fortress or simply housed the royal family, these castles act as a gorgeous way to be immersed in history. While you may not get to live out the…

Get Your Hands Dirty: 12 Hotels on Working Farms

Additional reporting by Lara Grant Hay! How about a visit to the ‘ole barnyard for your next getaway? Hotels on working farms allow you to leave the fast-paced city life behind — at least for the weekend — and hit the country to hone your farming chops. But don’t worry; the farmtastic resorts that make…