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The year 2017 is big for the world of England's literature—the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (known as "the philosopher's stone" across the pond), the 125th anniversary of the first Sherlock Holmes publication, the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death and more. In recognition of these literary milestones, VisitEngland declared 2017 the "Year of Literary Heroes!"

Once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, Eastern State Penitentiary with its sky-lit cells confined many of the United States' most notorious criminals, including bank robber "Slick Willie" Sutton and Al Capone. Today, the historic site stands in ruin, and groups have wandered the haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers for over two decades.

Just not Cellblock 3.

You may have heard of Grand Rapids, Michigan—or, Beer City USA. Yet it's not all craft beer in The Mitten State. Wine Enthusiast recently named Michigan one of six global wine regions on the rise. In fact, the region is heralded as the "Napa Valley of the Midwest."

Everything you need, to meet the way you like. That's Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter, New Orleans.

Portland, Oregon, is one of the most celebrated culinary destinations in the United States. Portland offers fresh, organic and local ingredients for farm-to-table dining experiences, is revered for its coffee and tea, and boasts more breweries than any other city on earth. Oh, and Portland has accumulated over 600 food carts.

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This Wouldn't Look Better as a Lake

"Wouldn't this look better as a lake?"

I was staring out into Yosemite Valley. Half Dome and El Capitan loomed in the distance—two natural landmarks accomplishing what I thought impossible: Make the giant sequoias gathered below look small.

"What?" I turned to the man standing next to me.

"A joke," he said. "Someone once thought this valley would make a great lake."

Get Your Kicks on ... Route 50?

Route 66 sure gets a lot of hype, but have you sent groups along U.S. Route 50 lately? Probably not. In July 1986, Life magazine dubbed the Nevada portion, "The Loneliest Road in America." And yet, from rural mountain ranges to desolate deserts and miles upon miles of rich farmland, Route 50 stretches across 3,073 miles from Ocean City, Maryland to Sacramento, California. It spans 12 states and links four state capitals—offering the most complete cross-sectional journey along the United States midriff.

OMG Experiences (a.k.a. Millennial Travel Trends)

Millennials are one of the largest generations in history (larger, even, than the baby boomers)—and they're entering their prime spending years. Born between 1982 and 1999, millennials were raised on the Internet, fostering a global awareness and an inherent interest in travel. But what are these young travelers looking for? The Millennial Traveler Report conducted by Expedia and Future Foundation discovered a few key generational characteristics.