The cutest cat cafes in the US for cuddles and coffee
While cat cafes in the USA are now as common as cat hair clinging to a black sweater, there once was a time when the states were devoid of the now-popular establishments. In fact, it was only in 2014 when the first cat cafe opened its doors in Oakland after a struggle for regulatory approval. Cat cafes started in Taipei, Taiwan, with the opening of Cat Flower Garden in 1998. And due to a large number of no-pets apartments, the cafes started popping up all over Japan, giving cat huggers the opportunity to snuggle with a fluffy friend without actually owning one. Unlike the original cafes, cat cafes in the USA focus on adoptions, bringing in rescued meow-meows and giving them a place to stay. Luring potential pet parents in with the allure of playful kitties and delicious drinks, cat cafes help homeless cats find their forever home. Check out the best cat cafes in the USA for cuteness and coffee – you just might make a new friend.
The best cities for cat lovers in the USA
For cat lovers looking to curl up in a cat-friendly city, the USA is the place to do it. Going simply by the numbers (according to Euromonitor), cats actually outnumber dogs by two million. That’s a lot of friendly (and maybe not-so-friendly – they’re cats, after all) felines! So whether you’re moving or just want to take a vacation, there are lots of towns that keep kitties front of mind and tip of tail. The following areas boast the best cat cafes, adorable volunteer opportunities, cat-friendly rentals and hotels, cat yoga, and yes, even a cat mayor. If this all sounds like a dream, pick up your pen, paper, and pussycat, and create a bucket list for the best cities for cat lovers in the USA.
The best places to propose in the USA
Okay, here we go, you’ve finally found THE ONE, and now you’re looking for the best place in the USA to propose in. The first thing to do? Your research. Find the most romantic spot or beautiful city that fits your personality. And then try to keep your cool as you travel there to pop the big question. Luxurious hotels, couples massages, sensual sunsets, breathtaking views, unique tours, and lots of champagne to celebrate; make sure the place you propose has the works. After all, you’ll only get to do this once in your life. Right? Right! So, get your manicures, pack the rings (somewhere hidden, preferably), prepare your outfits, and get ready for a romantic getaway in one of the best places in the USA to propose. They said yes? Check out the most romantic honeymoon destinations in the US.
11 secret beaches in the U.S. where you can soak up sun and solitude
When you think of secret beaches, your thoughts likely drift to some faraway tropical locale that’s flush with rainbow fish and lush palm trees. But believe it or not, you’ll find sandy hidden gems right here in the U.S., too. The roads and paths to these secluded locations may be a little rustic—sandals won’t cut it for some of these treks—but those who tough it out might just end up on a private stretch of sand. These secret beaches may not offer the typical tropical vibe (if you can't live without a posh cabana, there are plenty of resort-style beaches in the U.S. worth visiting), but they’ll give you peace and quiet—oh, and the feeling that you’ve uncovered something all for yourself. Whether you’re looking for a day trip or a weekend getaway, try these secret beaches in the U.S., and get ready for adventure. RECOMMENDED: secret islands in the U.S.
These 10 secret islands in the U.S. will surprise you
If you’re daydreaming about getting away from it all, here’s something you should know: there’s a smattering of secret islands in the U.S. just waiting for you to visit. Now, we won’t describe them all—only about 18,000 of the country’s islands have a name anyway, and even that would make for a long list. But some of the most under-the-radar islands have a lot to offer for folks who are in the know. Depending on what you’re looking for—a 32-mile canoe trail, a secret artists’ retreat, or a remote luxury resort—the U.S. contains a copious collection of water-locked land. And if it’s the journey you’re after, you’re in luck: you’ll have to book or charter a boat (or even a seaplane) to even get to these secret (and not-so-secret) islands across the country. RECOMMENDED: the best places to visit in the USA for every month
The 10 best winter train rides across America
Ah, the relaxing rhythm of a winter train ride. With snow-capped mountains and snow-laden boughs rushing past your window seat in a flurry, is there anything more idyllic? Believe it or not, wintry excursions like this aren’t limited to the Hogwarts Express—we’ve got scenic train rides right here in the U.S. Unlike other forms of travel (who wants the stress of an airport this time of year?), trains allow you to sit back and fully let go. There’s more freedom to walk around, grab a bite, and stretch out your legs while watching America’s most magical scenes unfold. Book a trip up north on a touristy Polar Express (yes, just like the movie), or strap in for a cross-country ride with a sleeper car on Amtrak's Zephyr. Whether you’re looking for family fun or a day to rest, these magical winter train rides across America will have you smack dab in the middle of a snow globe. RECOMMENDED: the best winter vacations in the USA
9 weird but wonderful New Year’s Eve events in the USA
Forget NYC's Time Square ball drop: the weirdest New Year's Eve events and traditions throughout the USA deliver way more fun and kitsch if you don’t keep your eye on the ball. Across the country, towns celebrate the countdown to New Year’s their own special, kooky way with “drops” that feature absurdly large items lowered at midnight.These celebratory totems—from an oversized pickle to a massive potato and even a stuffed possum—lean into the locale’s eccentric spirit and represent something about the town’s unique industry, traditions, or history. After all, it’s already weird enough to stay up past midnight just to watch time go by, so why not take it over the top? Dive into the weirdest New Year’s traditions in the USA and maybe you’ll have a few things to add to your bucket list.RECOMMENDED: the world’s best cities for nightlife
8 Christmas stores in the USA where the holidays never end
If the holiday season makes you feel downright merry (or even if it just makes you feel a little bit... meh!), a trip to one of the USA's full-blown Christmas stores is an over-the-top experience you shouldn’t pass up. After all, why offer fabulous merch like snow globes, tinsel, and ornaments for just one short month when you can celebrate the holidays all year long?In the U.S., a handful of stores make it their business to ensure Christmas shopping is a never-ending spectacle. Whether you’re stocking up on hard-to-find ornaments, advent calendars, stocking stuffers, or dazzling light displays for your own home, these stores have the holiday spirit in the bag. And, not only do they sell holiday wares all the time, but they also take Christmas decorations to new levels (one location even has an actual train that kids ride all throughout the store).Sound like your kind of people? Or do you just want to revel in the spectacle of Christmas? Either way, visit these Christmas stores in the USA for gifts, decorations, and an explosion of holiday cheer that’ll linger well beyond the month of December. RECOMMENDED: the best Christmas towns in the USA
The best Christmas candy in the USA
Are the holidays about love, joy, and togetherness, or are they about indulging in nostalgic sweets, decadent chocolates, and the best Christmas candy the USA has to offer? Sorry, family, but chocolate reigns supreme. Whether you’re a full-on Willy Wonka when it comes to sweets, or if you just want a festive sumthin’ sumthin’ as a stocking stuffer, there’s a blizzard of holiday-themed treats that sprinkle joy throughout our grocery aisles. From classic Christmas confections that only pop up once a year to holiday-inspired riffs on the most popular brands around, there’s no shortage of sugar-laden treats right now (as if your annual Christmas cookie exchange wasn't enough). Take a journey with us as we cruise down candy cane lane and rank the best Christmas candy in the USA during the short and sweet holiday season.RECOMMENDED: the best holiday drinks in the USA
The best ice skating rinks in the USA
Before the best ice skating rinks in the USA even existed, skaters would carefully monitor the conditions on their frozen-over family ponds (read: not cool). The whole practice was as safe as it sounds (read: not at all), but these days there’s less to worry about. When it comes to lacing up and going for a twirl on a sheet of ice, you’ll find charming ice rinks all across the country — naturally, some are just a cut above the rest. Each modern ice rink has something unique to offer. In California, Siskiyou Ice Rink frames mesmerizing views of the Cascade Mountains, while New Hampshire’s Puddle Dock Pond takes skaters back in time as they spin around an old-timey village — you’ll even find slick rinks in unlikely places like Las Vegas (complete with man-made snow), and an indoor rink in Houston (inside one of the largest malls in America). Ready to take a lap? Check out our list of the best ice skating rinks in the USA and start practicing your quadruple axel before the ice melts away until next year. RECOMMENDED: best winter vacations in the USA
Which coffee chain has the best holiday drinks in the USA?
If you’re keen to caffeinate this time of year, it’s smart to investigate the best holiday drinks at Starbucks and Dunkin’ — but these nationwide favorites alone don’t have every peppermint mocha enthusiast wrapped around their mittened fingers. In fact, several other U.S. coffee chains are even giving Starbs a run for its money with Santa-approved beverages guaranteed to give you a jolly jolt. Tim Hortons, Peet’s, Dutch Bros, and other on-the-go chains have seasonal, sugar-dusted menus that’ll keep you buzzing while you’re Christmas shopping this year. The options range from drinks inspired by Christmas cookies to famous holiday spirits (like eggnog) and concoctions that sound like famous Christmas songs (like the Fa La Latte). Ready to sample this season’s drinks for yourself? Below, we’ve ranked each of America’s largest chains’ tastiest holiday drink menus — see who comes out with whipped cream on top! RECOMMENDED: visit the best Christmas towns in the USA
Warm up to winter at these 12 cozy cabins in the U.S.
Have you found yourself scrolling through cozy cabin rentals in the U.S. while at work because you’re desperate to escape the drab winter blues? The crusty heap of snow in the mall parking lot? The lump of coal Santa put in your stocking? Look no further — we combed through listings on Vrbo and Airbnb to find the most magical, quaint rentals where you can hunker down for the rest of winter. Whether you’ve got an itty-bitty budget (see: Ahern Cabin in Montana) or you’re ready to spend your hefty holiday bonus (lucky you: the modern A-frame near Lake Tahoe will do), finally make moves on the winter getaway you’ve been dreaming to book. Many of the charming spots on our list promise outdoor adventures, access to ski resorts, and plenty of excuses for fireplace hangs. There’s just one thing you have to do before renting one of these cozy cabins throughout the country: get ready to get comfy.RECOMMENDED: the best winter getaways in the USA