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The 6 Most Unexpected and Fun Things to Do in Palm Springs

Entrance at Riviera Palm Springs, a Tribute Portfolio Resort/Oyster Palm Springs has long been considered the hot spot for Los Angeles residents who want a desert getaway that includes spa visits, world-class golfing, antique and outlet mall shopping, and spending time in the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert. Every April, the area swells with…

10 Fun, Under-the-Radar Things to Do in Texas

Although “Keep Austin Weird” is the slogan for the capital of Texas, the saying could be extended to the whole state. After all, Texas is filled with a variety of quirky attractions and fun, under-the-radar activities. Typical Texas to-dos include attending a Cowboys’ game, eating barbecue, and experiencing a rodeo, but we’ve created a list…

13 Cheesy Vacation Photos Everyone Takes

Perhaps the greatest thing about social media’s invasion of every aspect of our lives is the steady proliferation of vacation photos that wind up our feeds. On one hand, there are those that engage us in new destinations, inspire envious wanderlust, and give us the chance to instantly see the places that friends and family…

The Funniest, Cheesiest Vintage Hotel Commercials of All Time

gula08/Flickr The late decades of the 20th century are back with a vengeance. From politics that many argue have dragged us back in time to chokers, oversized Tommy Hilfiger tops, Adidas sliders, fanny packs, and Nirvana T-shirts, it can be hard to believe it’s really 2017 out there. Given the preponderance of all things ’80s…

5 Coolest Roadside Attractions in the U.S.

David/Flickr Some things are a given for road trips. You can bet on ingesting greasy food and massive quantities of caffeine. You’re likely to have at least one brilliant ah-ha moment and one crushing realization about your life. And, you’ll definitely encounter roadside oddities to entertain your loopy, sleep-deprived brain. There’s the world’s largest this’s…

How 10 Popular U.S. Cities Got Their Nicknames

You’ve been throwing around the phrases Windy City, Sin City, and Big Easy for years. You even have a souvenir t-shirt with the words Big Apple printed in big block letters. Many city monikers have become part of the national vocabulary, but how much do you really know about their origins? Read on to find…

5 Quirky Themed Hotel Rooms in Tokyo

Japanese pop culture is big on cute cartoon characters and mascots, as well as action-packed anime and manga comic books and graphic novels. The Japanese are also fans of modern art, and have a penchant for gadgets, mechanical toys, and video games. It’s not surprising that these national obsessions and love for all things cute…

7 Places Around the World Where Borders Get Weird

The earth is defined by borders — borders between continents, countries, states, and towns. It’s how we make sense of the world, and how we govern it. While most borders seem to make sense, there are a few places across the globe where boundaries get a little funky. With geographic confusion to time zone issues…

The Quirkiest Hotels in the U.K.

Here at Oyster, booking a hotel is so much more than just finding a bed for the night. After all, what better way to make your vacation a memorable one than to stay somewhere truly out of the ordinary. So if you’re planning a trip to the United Kingdom and looking for a hotel with…