Visit Minnesota, a Heartland State With an International Vibe

By Lauren Monsen Most people know Minnesota as a Midwestern state with over 10,000 lakes and spectacular scenery. And they might know it as home to music icons 
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Welcome To Alcatraz: One Of the Largest Microgrids In the United States

By ShareAmerica Microgrids are small-scale electricity grids that can power everything from university campuses in urban settings to buildings in hard-to-reach neighborhoods — like Alcatraz Island, in the San Francisco Bay. Alcatraz is famous for its high-security penitentiary. In its day, during the 30 years it was open in the mid-20th century, (more...)

US Issues Travel Warning for Europe

VOA News The U.S. State Department has issued a travel warning alerting U.S. citizens to the to the risk of potential terrorist attacks throughout Europe, targeting major events, tourist sites, restaurants, commercial centers and transportation. The Travel Alert that expires on August 31, 2016 states that "the large number of tourists visiting (more...)

Quincy, the Most Patriotic City in America

Philadelphia may bristle at the suggestion. But a resolution before the Massachusetts General Court proclaims Quincy, Mass. the Most Patriotic City in America, citing a uniquely powerful list of historic landmarks and contributions to American history from the 1700s through today. Among other reasons Quincy trumps Philly: Quincy native son (more...)

Tourism: Philadelphian’s $10.4 Billion Industry

VISIT PHILADELPHIA® Annual Report Shows Record Visitation Numbers the VISIT PHILADELPHIA® annual report demonstrates the importance of the region’s travel and tourism industry, responsible for $10.4 billion in economic impact in 2014 alone. The report is downloadable at visitphilly.com/annualreport. “Greater Philadelphia’s tourism industry is strong and getting stronger each year,” said Meryl (more...)

Global Visitors to U.S. Expected to Increase Through 2019

The United States is forecasting a 4 percent average annual growth in tourism over the next six years, with 73.9 million foreign travelers expected to visit the country in 2014 alone. Under Secretary of Commerce Stefan Selig announced the figures, from the National Travel and Tourism Office, in (more...)

Bend, Oregon

It’s a story that’s common all across the western United States: 19th-century settlers build a town around logging or mining jobs, the economy collapses, and the town struggles for years, even decades, until it reinvents itself as a hub for outdoor sports. Towns like these — (more...)

Young Americans Abroad

U.S. students show more interest in studying abroad than ever. Millennials, or 18- to 29-year olds, thirst to experience the world first-hand after getting a taste of it from cyberspace and television. • 66% have passports Increasingly, U.S. colleges and universities make studying in another country, at least for a (more...)

Tourism: $10 Billion Industry In Philadelphia

Annual Report Cover Photo: B. Krist for VISIT PHILADELPHIA™ VISIT PHILADELPHIA Annual Report Shows New Confidence & Record Numbers The VISIT PHILADELPHIA annual report, titled Philadelphia’s New Confidence, demonstrates the importance of the tourism and travel industry—with $10 billion in economic impact, for starters. “Greater Philadelphia’s travel industry enhances the (more...)

Chance To Win A Rocky-Themed Weekend

Rocky Statue at the Philadelphia Museum of Art - Photo by J. Smith for Visit Philadelphia The official debut of Rocky on Broadway in New York City on March 13 and the recent release of the Rocky Heavyweight collection of all six Rocky films gives fans of the beloved character Rocky (more...)

Brooklyn Abridged: Eat. Play. Shop.

Jane L. Levere Want to visit the real New York? Forget Manhattan. Brooklyn is where it’s at today. One of New York City’s five boroughs, Brooklyn is “rapidly relegating Manhattan to outer-borough status,” said Mark Zustovich, spokesman for Marty Markowitz, the Brooklyn borough president. And “outer-borough status,” in New Yorkese, (more...)

International Visitors Break U.S. Tourism Record

International visitors welcomed to the United States in 2013 gave a record-breaking boost to U.S. travel and tourism, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced February 28. The nation looks forward to even more international visitors enjoying its parks, beaches and urban centers in 2014 as it continues to (more...)

Interior Designer Mary Ann Kleschick Rreveals Tricks

Interior designer Mary Ann Kleschick has been turning Philadelphians’ visions of stunning, functional spaces into breathtaking realities for more than 25 years. By combining the essential design elements – form, balance and scale – with the innate human need for comfort, function (more...)

Best Western Hotel Recognized As Customer Care Champion

The BEST WESTERN Independence Park Hotel in Philadelphia, PA received the Best Western Champion Customer Care Award at Best Western International’s Convention held recently in San Antonio, Texas. The award was presented in front of more than 2,000 industry peers. This select honor is bestowed upon those member properties that demonstrate (more...)

Boston, Massachusetts: America’s City of Firsts

Known for its key role in the American Revolution and its excellent educational institutions, Boston is the capital of Massachusetts and the political, commercial and financial center of New England. With a population of 4.6 million, Greater Boston is the 10th-largest U.S. metropolitan area. Explore historic neighborhoods (more...)

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