8 Reasons to Book a Premium Cruise Class

Want coveted perks and exclusive experiences on the high seas? Reserve a cabin in a VIP section. Today’s large cruise ships boast enticing amenities, from water parks to spacious common areas to specialty dining options to shopping promenades. But these grandiose extras don’t appeal to everyone in the cruise segment. For travelers who yearn for […]

The Best Travel Rewards Programs for 2018-19 (Hotels)

The Best Hotel Rewards Programs For this year’s Best Hotel Rewards Programs, U.S. News considered factors that matter to everyday travelers, including the number of participating hotels, available member benefits, property diversity, geographic coverage and how easy it is to earn a free night. Browse through to find which of the 16 ranked programs is […]

The Best Travel Rewards Programs for 2018-19 (Airlines)

See which airline loyalty programs claim top honors. The Best Airline Rewards Programs Using a methodology that takes into account earning and redemption rates, network coverage, award flight availability, daily domestic flight totals, member benefits and Airline Quality Ratings, U.S. News ranked the Best Airline Rewards Programs for leisure travelers. Read on to find out […]

11 Charming Small Towns in California

Avoid the big-city crowds and prices in these under-the-radar California locales. Find hidden gems scattered throughout the Golden State. As one of the largest states in the U.S., California is home to many quaint small towns, all with distinct personalities. Though travelers often flock to cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco, those in search […]

12 Incredible Pink Sand Beaches Around the World

No rose-colored glasses are needed at these stunning stretches of sand. You may have heard of white and black sand beaches, but what about shores with pink sands? Though rare, several pink sand beaches can be found in countries around the world, including Greece and Indonesia. As if turquoise seas weren’t stunning enough, pairing them […]

When is Hurricane Season? 4 Travel Booking Tips and What to Expect

Hurricane season may be in full swing, but there are plenty of reasons to go on vacation this fall. Hurricanes are massive storms that form over the ocean and move across land, causing catastrophic damage in their wake. With that in mind, it’s only natural to wonder how – or if – your planned coastal […]

15 Incredible Hotels You Can Book with Points

Can’t decide where to spend your loyalty points? U.S. News can help. For many travelers, one of the most satisfying perks of being a hotel rewards program member is cashing in all those accumulated points for a free stay at an amazing property. But after you’ve scrupulously saved for months, your points can feel a […]

10 Epic East Coast Road Trips to Take This Summer

Grab the keys and hit the road for a summer vacation to remember. There’s no better time than the summer to pack up the car and hit the road for an adventure. Some of the best road trip routes in the USA can be found along the East Coast from Maine to Florida. Whether you’re […]

11 Incredible Underwater Hotels around the World

Relax at these retreats that take guests literally beneath the deep blue sea. These properties make 20,000 leagues under the sea a reality for today’s traveler. Ocean lovers who just can’t get enough of the water can take swimming, snorkeling and diving one step further with a meal, a spa treatment or an overnight stay […]

America’s 7 Top Towns to Celebrate July Fourth

Salute the country’s independence in these patriotic towns. In just a few weeks, epic fireworks displays, patriotic parties and elaborate parades will unfold across the country. Haven’t finalized your plans? It’s not too late to partake in the star-spangled spectacle this Independence Day. From laid-back lakeside retreats to underrated mountain towns, these festive destinations pack […]