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Paris

Paris is the “city of light,” the most romantic city in the world, the art and fashion capital of the world — no wonder it is also the most visited city in the world. As France’s capital, Paris boasts a plethora of museums, monuments, and astounding examples of architecture, ranging from the iconic Eiffel Tower, built in 1889, to the Gothic-style Notre Dame Cathedral, dating back to the Middle Ages. Visitors often stroll along the Seine to take in the many sites, or walk down the Champs-Elysee, lined by high-end shops and crowned by the Arc de Triomphe. The city is very walkable and tourists are never at a want for things to do. READ MORE

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Palm Springs, smack-dab in the middle of the California desert, has long had a reputation as a retirement community. But gradual changes — such as a burgeoning art and music scene, and a recent influx of fine-dining restaurants — have morphed this resort city into a relaxing getaway for a new crowd. Nowadays, many young and middle-aged professionals flock here for some quality R&R. After all, the city boasts a handful of luxury spas, as well as top-notch golf courses and beautiful vistas. READ MORE

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America’s “Wine Country,” Napa Valley is one of the best wine-growing regions in the world and is home to hundreds of vineyards that make for beautiful vistas — particularly during harvest season, which starts up this month. Although it can feel a bit touristy at times — after all, it’s common to see a tour bus parked outside of a famed winery — Napa Valley maintains a luxe, refined vibe. Some of the most popular visitor activities are wine-tasting, dining at the area’s top-notch restaurants, shopping and spa-going. But outdoorsy travelers can enjoy hiking, golfing and hot-air balloon tours. READ MORE

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One of the world’s most celebrated cultural centers has tons of sight-seeing, tremendous food and breathtaking views.

Rome

Dubbed the “eternal city,” Rome boasts a history that dates back two-and-a-half-thousand years. Stunning Renaissance architecture stands alongside ancient ruins, and iconic structures such as the Colosseum and the Pantheon are some of the world’s most-visited sites. In fact, Rome is the third most-visited city in Europe, coming in just after Paris and London. Already a bustling city, Rome can become almost innavigable during peak season. However, the city is at least very pedestrian-friendly, with many streets closed to traffic and a solid metro and bus system. But be sure to bring a map along — the winding, narrow streets can be confusing. READ MORE

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Bahamas

An English-speaking archipelago that begins about 50 miles off the south coast of Florida, the 29 islands and 661 cays that make up the Bahamas differ dramatically from one to the next — from bustling, modern business centers in Nassau, to flashy casinos packed with thousands of docked cruise ship passengers, to entirely-isolated beaches far removed from an airport, a bank, a grocery store or anything else. But, uniformly, you’ll find a pleasantly infectious culture focused on conch, beer and slow-paced good times. READ MORE

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Cosa Rica Travel

The country with the world’s happiest people makes for an amazing vacation escape.

Costa Rica can be anything from a peaceful oasis to crowded and touristy depending on the time of the year and the region visited. But it’s still far less developed than most popular beach destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean, and there are so many options for where to go that it’s always possible to find a remote retreat.

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Dubbed “the Venice of the North” for its many waterways, Stockholm offers the best of both worlds — a booming metropolis steeped in culture and history, without the dingy feel of some of the other big cities in Europe. One of the cleanest cities of its size, Stockholm was Europe’s first “green” capital and maintains much of its natural splendor in the parks that cover one-third of the city. READ MORE

In honor of our brand-new Destination: Wedding feature, this week’s Where in the World is a gorgeous boutique hotel in the Caribbean — a perfect place to say your “I Do’s.” But where is it? Leave your guess in the comments and then find out »

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Many people were hitting Google this weekend in order to figure out where in the world Montenegro is when the US men’s water polo team played the Montenegro team on Sunday. Of course, we’re here to enlighten you, since Montenegro is a country you should know about — at least for planning your next getaway.

Bordered by Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo and Albania, the seaside country of Montenegro was once part of Yugoslavia. Montenegro sits on the azure Adriatic Sea, and is often referred to as the jewel of the Mediterranean, with its beach towns and luxurious, relaxed culture. One of these beach towns is Kotor, home to the palatial estate Villa Duomo, which was converted into 13 luxury apartments for summer visitors. Relax on the stony beaches and learn what peace and quiet is really all about. READ MORE

When you’re going out of town, it’s hard to know just what you’re getting yourself into, hotel-wise. The hotel website doesn’t always help, either. Marketing photos can make any hotel look like the Taj Mahal, so the smart traveler needs to remain wary of promises that sound too good to be true. Because … guess what … they probably are.

But fear not, young travel warrior! Travel Channel and Oyster.com are here to help you spot those common marketing ploys. Don’t forget – Photoshop and a little cropping can work wonders. (Keep that in mind for those beach photos …).

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