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These 2 west-coast cities are rich in history, iconic landmarks and diverse cuisine. You can take a stroll across the Golden Gate Bridge; walk down the Hollywood Walk of Fame; or indulge in LA’s vast food truck scene. But, you don’t have to choose between historical sightseeing and extreme adventure for your next vacation. While its rich culture makes San Francisco a historical gold mine, its location makes it the perfect spot for adventure. Surrounded by Muir Woods and Point Reyes National Seashore, the “City by the Bay” offers hiking, kayaking and more. READ MORE

Unwind from the cold and escape to the islands. Enter to win an amazing trip for 2 to the Philippines! Your $10,000 adventure includes first-class hotel accommodations with 2 nights in the island-nation capital of Manila, 2 nights in one of the world’s most beautiful islands of Boracay and 2 nights in the grand resorts of Cebu. Winners will experience the ultimate island getaway, including a lavish spa treatment and wondrous snorkeling in the crystal-clear, tropical blue waters.

Consisting of over 7,000 islands, the Philippines is the perfect place to bask on super-white-sand shores and explore an underwater paradise. Visit White Beach in Boracay, which is consistently ranked as one of the world’s best beaches, and explore wonderful reefs and diverse marine life off the coast of Cebu. Indulge in the national Filipino dish of lechon — delicious roasted pig — which locals say is the best in Cebu. Home to spectacular sights of the Chocolate Hills and rice terraces, the Philippines allows you to marvel at both natural and man-made structures.

Check out more Philippines destinations and enter now for your chance to win!

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This is it, folks. You have only 5 days left to enter for a chance to win a $10,000 trip to sexy Las Vegas. Travel like a VIP for 6 days and 5 nights with luxurious hotel accommodations, world-class dining and spectacular shows. The winner and a guest will receive tickets to Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit and the hottest show in town, Cirque du Soleil’s MJ One, and more.

Explore Las Vegas by seeing the glitz and glamour of the Strip; test your luck at the MGM Grand Casino; or unwind poolside at Vegas’ elaborate hotels.

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It’s well into January, how are your resolutions faring? Did you make a commitment to be fit this year or to try something new and exhilarating? Or maybe, you wanted to make room for more meditation and tranquility? Whether you’re looking for intense relaxation or extreme adventure, here are our top picks for total renewal in 2014:

Best Fitness Boot Camps
Destination-based boot camps can be the best way to switch up your fitness routine, which you may — or may not — have kept up with so far (no judgment here!). From hiking with picturesque views of Mt. Everest to dancing along the Mayan Riviera, these are far from your ordinary 5 a.m. boot camps.

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In the midst of one of the busiest travel times of the year, fliers want to spend as little time in the airport as possible. And who can blame them? Some long lines and security hassles simply can’t be avoided. However, we can think of worse things than spending an extra hour or two at these architecturally-stunning airports. From glowing skylights to theatrical design, the world’s most beautiful airports might ease the pain of flying during the holidays — or any time of the year for that matter.

Changi, Terminal 3
The “butterfly” roof is just one of many reasons why Terminal 3 in Changi, Singapore, is worth seeing. During the day, 919 skylights adjust to let in just the perfect amount of sunlight, and at night the ceiling glows with lighting carefully concealed below the panels.

Photography by hslo, flickr

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What better way to welcome the holiday season than with family, festivities, and, of course, the perfect holiday portrait. Don’t just settle for mundane decorations or a white background for this year’s holiday card; head to one these locations to truly wow your loved ones – no Photoshop required.

There’s no need to scramble to deck the halls and put up the tallest Christmas tree for the perfect holiday portrait. Trade an ordinary fireplace backdrop for one of the country’s coziest hotel fireplaces – just find one near you.

Looking for something less formal … and posed? Get outside and take the kids to a nearby park for a photo shoot. For you city slickers, we’ve rounded up a list of some of our favorite urban parks. No excuses!

Capture their attention with breath-taking views of the ocean, coast, or mountains from your last vacation.  If your annual ski trip or beach house rental feels like a family reunion, why not use a photo from the last time you were all together?

Looking for more Everyday Escapes during the busiest travel time of the year? See our Holiday Tips for Family Travel.

Take a photo on your phone to share your family holiday spirit in a real Hallmark card with just a few clicks. Download the Hallmark Go Cards app to send real Hallmark cards to their mailbox from wherever you are. Download it now at Hallmark.com/GoCards.

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