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To the shock and dismay of women around the world, the world’s most eligible bachelor is officially off the market. George Clooney tied the knot with Amal Alamuddin on Sept. 27 in Venice, Italy, at Hotel Aman, a historic hotel on Venice’s iconic Canal Grande.

This 16th-century palazzo, which was built on water, housed Venice’s elite for centuries, so it was a fitting spot for the Oscar-winning actor and the internationally acclaimed barrister to wed. Renovated into a luxury resort in 2013, Hotel Aman blends the old world with the new — frescoes hang in some of the 24 guest rooms, but there’s also a spa and fitness area. Don’t get too excited about following in Clooney’s footsteps: A night here will cost you — prices start at about $1,000 a night for a standard room. Most star-worthy wedding moment? The glamorous couple and their A-list guests arrived via boat or gondola.

After a dream wedding in Venice, where does a Hollywood power couple such as Clooney and Alamuddin honeymoon? Far-flung exotic locales like the beaches in Mauritius or the Maldives? Or perhaps, as was speculated, at royal honeymoon hot spot Seychelles?

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Beer tasting at Four Peaks Brewing
Today marks the end of the inaugural Microbrew Madness, and after 3 weeks of viewer voting for America’s favorite craft brewery, the winner is Four Peaks Brewing Co. in Tempe, AZ. This beer lover’s oasis is a must-visit destination on your next trip to Arizona.

The brewery offers excellent, award-winning beer that appeals to all connoisseurs, ranging from the Kilt Lifter Scottish-style ale to the Hop Knot IPA. For seasonal beers and cask-conditioned ales, be sure to visit a Four Peaks pub. And if you love a game of darts, stop and play a game — the loser may just have to down an entire Oatmeal Stout shake.
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From the steep streets of Sienna to a stunning sunset in Norway to a staggering $23,000 Singapore Airlines price tag, here are the links that got shared around the Travel Channel office this week.

The adventure journal turned us on to this gorgeous Norway time-lapse. Trust us, it’s worth a look.

For quintessential Tuscany with 2 kids in tow — let Hither & Thither’s Travelogue be your guide.

This photo essay by Amanda Marsalis  for Tiny Atlas Quarterly will have you seeing Hong Kong in an entirely new “Amaro-like” light.

In case you’ve ever wondered what would be considered “the Chateau Marmont of the South,” it’s Soniat House in New Orleans according to A Hotel Life.

Finally, for anyone who’s ever been envious of first-class guests as they’ve headed to the back of the plane, one man documents his flight to New York in a $23,000 Singapore Airlines suite.

Worst Driving Cities in America

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If you’re planning a road trip, avoid driving in these 3 buzzing American cities. You’re sure to encounter some of our nation’s most reckless drivers. For anyone brave enough to take their wheels for a spin, we’ve gathered the worst parts of driving in these cities and a few tips for navigating them.
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Souk in Dubai

Dubai is a dream destination for shoppers, with its huge modern malls and traditional Arabic souks offering everything from electrical appliances to hand-woven carpets. But this appealing combination of old and new, in the heart of the Middle East, isn’t without its potential stumbling blocks for newcomers. Here, we share our top tips to ensure your spending spree goes without a hitch.

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This Week in Travel

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This week’s travel blog roundup features destinations worth a second look, from a Caribbean island to an artsy yet overlooked neighborhood in the City of Angels.

If you ever needed a reason to book a family vacation in Jamaica, Kidventurious has 8. Consider it planned.

Explore LA’s burgeoning Arts District — including where to shop, eat and drink — alongside an LA local at Trevor Morrow Travel.

Which country’s residents travel farthest for their honeymoons? And where is the world’s most popular honeymoon destination? Skift explains (with a little help from Facebook).

Have the burning desire to sip lavender lemonade or stitch leather bags in condemned buildings? No? Well, according to Fathom, that’s what all the cool kids are doing in Denver.

Lastly, Thrillist has rounded up 10 upscale hostels that are nicer than most hotels. Yes, you read that right.

It’s 5 o’clock Friday, and we’re guessing that you’d rather be just about anywhere than your cubicle — like a Caribbean island, for instance. Once reality sinks in, don’t abandon the daydream just because it’s smack dab in the middle of hurricane season. All Caribbean islands are not created equal, after all — nor are their chances of being struck by a storm.

Travel insiders have long known that the “Dutch ABCs” — Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao — are your safest bets during the fall, since they are situated in the Southern Caribbean, far from the hurricane belt. Better yet, if you book now, you’re likely to find great deals, as the summer crowds are long gone and have left lower prices. Read on to find out which Netherlands territory will live up to your island fantasy.

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Whether you’re in the mood for leaf peeping or you’re planning your next international getaway, you’ll want to check out Travel’s Best Road Trips 2014. Our coveted list includes the most picturesque and adventurous drives across the globe, from off-roading on the salt flats in Bolivia to an unexpected fall-foliage-inspired drive on the “Going to the Sun Road” in Glacier National Park.

Our panel of road-trip experts — including off-road explorer and host Don Wildman, Roadtrippers.com founder and CEO James Fisher, and cinematographer and road-tripper Allison Otto — not only shared their recommendations for the best drives in the world, but they also shared with us their favorite road-trip songs.  If you thought Don listens to classic rock cruising on his Harley, you’re right!  No matter where your travels take you, here’s our road trippin’ playlist to set the mood.

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Book by Nov. 20.

As the weather cools off, travel is starting to wind down in destinations across the US. That’s not the case for Las Vegas. This party and entertainment city keeps going strong — and arguably is at its strongest — through winter, and it’s offering some great deals to boot.

This getaway package from Delta Vacations, is one of them. It offers round-trip flights; a 3-night stay at the 4-star Monte Carlo Resort and Casino; 2 complimentary tickets to Blue Man Group; and all taxes and fees for $314 per person.
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Enjoy Scotland’s Golfing Scene at the Ryder Cup

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The Ryder Cup (Sept. 23-28) is a world-famous golf tournament that’s heading to Perthshire, Scotland, this year. This team-oriented competition, which pits the U.S. and Europe against each other, expects to attract more than 10,000 golfing enthusiasts to enjoy Scotland’s great outdoors. The venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup, the Gleneagles Resort, is absolutely gorgeous. Soak up the green hills and tall trees of Gleneagles with this awesome tour of the golf course.

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