Elite Destinations for Luxury Travelers
By Karen Tina Harrison, About.com Guide
- USA, East of the Mississippi
- USA, West of the Mississippi
- Oh Canada!
- The Caribbean & Mexico
- Central & South America
USA, East of the Mississippi
The USA's East Coast is America's repository of tradition and history. Yet it is always changing, with exciting new things to see and do, and ever more luxurious hotels and restaurants to savor. Whether you're here on a weekend getaway or a busy destination vacation, your luxury trip on the East Coast will be travel time (and money) well spent.
- New York City, Capital of the World
- Fort Lauderdale, "Venice of America"
- Colonial, Contemporary Philadelphia
- Classy, Arty Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
- Fantastic Fall Foliage in Maine
- Visit Boston: on a Midnight Ride?
- Vermont Beyond Ben & Jerry's
- Bite the Big Apple in Just One Day
- Do the Charleston, Carolina's Jewel
- Gardens & Ghosts of Savannah
- Disney Deluxe in Orlando
- Miami Beach, Glamorous by Design
- Bucket List: New Orleans' Mardi Gras
- The Amazing Art Institute of Chicago
USA, West of the Mississippi
Westward ho, luxury traveler. The stuff of great vacations is all here, in the Rockies, the Southwest, and the Pacific Coast. Anticipate super skiing, luscious desert and mountain scenery, famous beaches, elegant wineries, hipster trends, and celebrity-centered Hollywood.
- Napa Valley, Wine & Wonders
- Do You Know the Way to Santa Fe?
- Galveston Island, Texas: Gulf Gem
- UFOs, Batcaves & More in New Mexico
- Forget What You've Heard About L.A.!
- Santa Fe is Super Fantastic
- The Best Fests in the Southwest
- Missoula, Montana's Hip College Vibe
- Lakeside Allure in Coeur d'Alene
- Romantic Antics in Aspen, Colorado
- Seattle, Trendsetter of the West
- Get Happy in Hipster Portland
- Fog? Not! When to Hit San Francisco
- Fabulous Phoenix in Photos
The land of the maple leaf flag has become an international powerhouse in commerce and in tourism, too. Canada's rugged scenery is unbeatable, and its marvelous cities of Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, and Quebec City pamper luxury travelers. And there's lots more to love.
- Top 10 Reasons to Visit Canada
- Where to Eat in Quebec City
- Whales & Sails: Atlantic Canada Gallery
- What Will You Fall for in Quebec City?
- Montreal: Still Trendy After 400 Years
- Gay-Welcoming, Pet-Friendly Toronto
- Canada. Cowboys. Calgary Stampede!
- Ski? Wineries? Vancouver Day Trips
The Caribbean & Mexico
How lucky North Americans are to have these tropical paradises in our own back yard. There's no more relaxed place than the Caribbean, mon. And Mexico tempts with stirring history, fantastic food, and sincere service.
- Surprise! Cancun, So Sophisto Now
- Riviera Maya, Tropical Delight
- Cabo: Whale-Watching, Celeb-Spotting
- Where to Eat in Mexico City
- St. Lucia: Caribbean Lusciousness
- Harbour Island, Bahamas' Brit Enclave
- Which Caribbean Island Is for You?
- No Passport Needed: the US Caribbean
- 7 Natural Wonders of the Caribbean
- James Bond's Caribbean Haunts
- Pirates of the Caribbean, the Tour
- Pics of Puerto Rico's Heavenly Beaches
- Endless Calendar of Caribbean Festivals
- Bermuda's Secret Coves
- Picture This: Mexico's Best Desinations
- Mexico's Caribbean, the Riviera Maya
- Secret Beaches of Mexico (Sssh!)
- Luxury Travelers Love Puerto Vallarta
- Luscious La Paz in Baja California, Mexico
Central & South America
What's not to love about a getaway to Central or South America? The US dollar goes to the max, but jetlag is minimal, thanks to longitudinal flights. And you'll find everything you hope for, and more: fabulous cities, charming old towns, beaches, mountains, and ancient yet thriving cultures.
- Quito, Ecuador: History! Volcanoes!
- The 7 Nations of Central America
- Panama: Travel Star in the Making
- Costa Rica: 20 Pictorial Reasons to Go
- Chichicastenango: Fun to Say & to See
- Ambergris Caye, Madonna's Isla Bonita
- Be Seduced by Rio de Janeiro in Brazil
- Where to Eat in Rio de Janeiro
- Fernando de Noronha: Eco-Eden Brazil
- 10 Reasons to Get to Peru Already
- Exotic Ecuador: Galapagos & Lots More
- Cartagena, Colombia: Jet-Set Go-To
The cradle of Western civilization, Europe is also the lap of luxury. Iits cities an villages are ancient, but visiting them never gets old. And Europe's variety of cultures and landscapes never ceases to amaze.
- Be an Instant Insider in London
- Paris, the World's Most Romantic City
- Monaco, the Jet Set's Royal Roosy
- Germany: Stable Economy, Buzzy Berlin
- Torino, Northern Italy's Royal City
- Tarquinia, Oldest City in Italy
- Spain's Legendary Pamplona
- Ireland's Places You'd Better Not Miss
- Portugal's Dreamy Azores Isles in Pics
- 10 Under-Visited Places in France
- See Scandinavia's Northern Lights
The very word "Africa" conjures mystery and excitement. But this continent where mankind bagan offers more than safari adventure: ancient cultures, ravishing landscapes, thrilling wildlife, and the urbane pleasures of cities, resorts, and wineries.
- The Best of the Best in Africa
- Go on Safari, Right This Minute
- Africa at Its Most Romantic
- Africa's Unbelievable Beaches
- Mummy, Are We There Yet?
- Marrakech, Equal to Its Legend
- Africa's Sublime Seychelles Islands
- Victoria Falls, the Explorers' Obsession
- Cape Town, Your Future Fave City
- Africa's Annual Wildlife Migration
Asia embodies the ancient, and Asia represents tomorrow. Go and explore the places where organized human culture arose -- and where innovative ways to live and enjoy life are being invented. Eternal Asia will renew your faith in the world.
- China Vacation Planning, Simplified
- Shanghai, Pearl of the Orient
- Here Are Asia's Very Best Beaches
- Savor Asia's Sacred Pilgrimage Sites
- Hoi An, Vietnam's Flavorful Melting Pot
- Yes to Thailand, No to Monsoons
- Malaysia is a Year-Round Festival
- Japan’s Onsen Hot Springs...Aah
- Hello, Bali, Luxury Travel Magnet
- Here's How Taiwan Tempts Travelers
- Take the Train to Really See India
- Royal Rajasthan's Pink Palaces
Australia, New Zealand & the Pacific
Traveling to Oceania takes many hours. But you're entering another world. Australia dazzles with its stunning scenery, fast-paced cities, and ancient Aboriginal culture. New Zealand is a peaceful preserve with astounding natural wonders. And the islands of the South Pacific are the most serene spots on Earth. That long flight is worth it.
- The Rocks in Sydney, Where Oz Began
- Quay, Sydney's Justly Famed Restaurant
- Call It Uluru. Or Ayers Rock. It's Big.
- Australia's Wild Isle, Tasmania
- 10 Reasons You Must See New Zealand