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When you think of volcanoes, you picture a craggy European cliff face or a secluded Hawaiian island. You don’t typically think of the continental United States, or even the western to middle America region. Well there is actually a host of volcanic activity happening in our beloved Wild West, all over Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Before we dive in to the definition of geysers and the best Yellowstone geysers, let’s learn a bit about the park itself.

About Yellowstone

Millions of visitors annually head to the flagship and first national park of the United States, Yellowstone. For those wanting a leisurely trip, the Grand Loop Road is an easy way to see the beauty of this national park, and for those looking for a more active trip, there is a plethora of hiking, biking, swimming, and more. The entire area is 3,500 square miles, an absolute massive expanse of land in Wyoming, with small parts in Montana and Idaho as well. In fact, it is larger than the states of Rhode Island and Delaware combined. This volcanic hot spot features features dramatic canyons, alpine rivers, lush forests, hot springs and gushing geysers. It’s also home to hundreds of animal species, including bears, wolves, bison, elk and antelope. There are over 1,100 species of native plants in Yellowstone, too. It is a nature preserve that takes the beauty of the Rocky Mountain region to another level.

Yellowstone is huge, so you’ll need to plan ahead and decide which of the five entrances makes the most sense for your party. Yellowstone’s main roads are the five entrance roads and the Grand Loop road. On the Loop, you’ll find many visitor centers, museums, boardwalks, and scenic side roads. To enter the park, a pass costs $50 for the entire year, or $25 for the day for a private vehicle.

What is a ‘geyser’?

You’ve seen a hot spring, right? If not, imagine a natural, outdoor jacuzzi tub that’s over 150 degrees Fahrenheit and can be found all over the world. The little cousin to the hot spring, but one that announces its presence loudly, is the geyser. It is basically a hot spring without enough ventilation. That boiling water, gas, vapor, and heat is trapped under the Earth (known as a constriction) and needs somewhere to go. Surrounding pressure also increases with depth, similar to the ocean. Once the pressure gets so immense, (WHOOSH!), the hot water bursts from the ground into an amazing column of water. This eruption of water and steam decreases the pressure and heat within the system. The eruption stops when the water reservoir is depleted or when the system cools and the cycle begins again.

Most of the world’s geysers occur in just five countries: 1) the United States, 2) Russia, 3) Chile, 4) New Zealand and 5) Iceland. All of these locations are where there is geologically recent volcanic activity and a source of hot rock below. Most geysers erupt irregularly and infrequently. However, a few are known for regular eruptions (see Old Faithful below).

There are two main types of geysers – cone and fountain. A cone geyser erupts a narrow jet of water, usually through a cone-shape of dirt or clay or silt (also known as silica). The cone acts as sort of a hose, with the tight space creating a great jet of water at the mouth of the geyser. The vents within these massive cones are often very narrow, causing the water to splash and spray as it emerges. Every splash and each eruption adds its own increment of silica, enlarging the cones as the years pass. The cones of many of Yellowstone’s geysers are hundreds of years old.

The second type of geyser is known as a Fountain Geyser. Fountain geysers shoot water in various directions, typically from a pool. A fountain-type geyser has a large opening at the surface that usually fills with water before or during an eruption. Steam bubbles rising through the pool during the eruption cause separate bursts of water that generally spray out in all directions. Fountain type geysers are the most common type of geyser and can range in size from very small to very large. We will be referring to these geysers types as we describe the best Yellowstone geysers below.

There are more geysers in Yellowstone than anywhere else on earth. Old Faithful, certainly the most famous geyser, is joined by numerous others big and small, named and unnamed. Though born of the same water and rock, each is unique and entertaining. So whether you’re stopping in to Yellowstone as part of a massive national parks trip, or you’re looking to make a singular journey to this amazing area, read on to discover what makes the best geysers of Yellowstone so compelling and mesmerizing, and please add them to your list of things to see on site.

Beehive Geyser (Upper Geyser Basin)

Getting wet at Beehive Geyser in Yellowstone

Getting wet at Beehive Geyser in Yellowstone

The aptly named Beehive Geyser is known for its distinctive four-foot-tall cone geyser in the shape of, you guessed it, a beehive. Beehive is one of the most visited and powerful geysers in the park, even though it has a modest cone comparatively to the other geysers in the immediate area. An average eruption lasts about 4 to 5 minutes, shooting water up to 200 feet in the air! The interval for eruptions is anywhere from 8 hours to one full day, so it one of the more unpredictable ones in the park, especially in winter. Beehive has an ‘indicator’ eruption actually, a small spray (about six feet high) that occurs about 20 minutes before the actual one, a few yards away. An eruption begins with occasional splashing, then small surges. These progress into an eruption as the ground rumbles and a narrow, straight fountain of water jets upward. People love visiting this particular geyser not only for its impressive display of power, but due to the geysers straight jet, you can stand closer than any other in the park during an eruption. 

Castle Geyser (Upper Geyser Basin)

Gayser eruption in Castle Geyser in the Yellowstone National Park

Gayser eruption in Castle Geyser in the Yellowstone National Park

Castle Geyser is so named because the water erupts from a cone shaped like the ruins of some medieval fortress. It is very old, estimates saying anywhere from 5,000 to 15,000 years, in fact.Over time the cone’s shape changes because of the layers of mineral deposited in successive eruptions. Its 12 foot high cone is quite striking and experts say it would need that many years to form. It erupts between 9 and 11 hours, with a jet of up to 90 feet. There’s 20 minutes of water spray, and then 40 minutes of steam eruption following. The first 10 to 15 minutes of the steam phase is relatively forceful and fairly loud and interesting to hear. A fun fact is this geyser used to be extremely unpredictable, but after an earthquake in 1959, it changed to the constant timing it has now.

Clepsydra Geyser (Lower Geyser Basin)

Steam and colorful blue green water of Clepsydra Geyser

Steam and colorful blue green water of Clepsydra Geyser

Named for an ancient Greek water clock, due to its regularity, the Clepsydra Geyser is in the Lower Geyser Basin of Yellowstone. Shooting 200°F water up to 40 feet, this geyser has been constantly and consistently erupting from four vents since 1959. During the 1800’s it’s intervals were almost exactly 3 minutes. Two types of eruptions characterize Clepsydra. The constant splash-type eruptions from the highest vents send jets of water and steam 10-15 feet in all directions for about three minutes. The more powerful eruptions called “wild phase” activity send steady jets 20-40 feet from all four vents for three to six hours. Clepsydra discharges nearly 675 gallons per minute.

Cliff Geyser (Black Sand Basin)

Cliff Geyser, on the bank of the Iron Creek in the Black Sand Geyser Basin of the Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, USA, starts to erupt

Cliff Geyser, on the bank of the Iron Creek in the Black Sand Geyser Basin of the Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, USA, starts to erupt

In the Upper Geyser Basin, an area called the Black Sand Basin is where you’ll find the Cliff Geyser – perched on the edge of Iron Spring Creek. It has a cliff-like cone and common, but unpredictable eruptions. This geyser is famed for its unusual spot, right next to a beautiful and serene creek. You’ll know the geyser is about to blow when the crater nearly fills with boiling water. Then, a up to 40 foot high jet of water will emerge.

Echinus Geyser (Norris Geyser Basin)

Colorful Echinus Geyser in Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park

Colorful Echinus Geyser in Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park

If you love the Fourth of July, you’ll love the fireworks-like explosion of the Echinus Geyser. It’s large pool slowly fills with water prior to an eruption. When the eruption begins each burst is different from the others, some reaching heights of 125 feet. After an eruption the basin drains producing a whirlpool and a gurgling which sounds as if the stopper from a bath tub had been pulled. The waters in Echinus Geyser are acidic (verging on a pH of 3.3 to 3.6, on par with orange juice and soda, making it more acidic even than acid rain), which is an extreme rarity in the world of erupting thermal features. The spines surrounding the geyser may have led to its name, as “echinus” refers to a type of sea urchin. It is colored by a light red-brown iron oxide.

Up until 1997 this geyser was a hit in the park, erupting every hour, but it has noticeably slowed in both frequency and size. For the past few years eruptions have been quite rare. The major eruptions were believed to be caused by a secondary water source which has mysteriously vanished. Like other geysers and hot springs, Echinus Geyser can change without warning, and is subject to many unseen changes and forces underground.

Great Fountain Geyser (Lower Geyser Basin)

"Explosion" of the Great Fountaun Geyser at Yellowstone National Park

“Explosion” of the Great Fountaun Geyser at Yellowstone National Park

Great Fountain Geyser is located in the Lower Geyser Basin on the Firehole Lake Drive. It is the only major geyser you can see from the road, and while sitting in your car, so that fact is helpful in bad weather. One of the star’s of the Lower Basin, this fountain-type geyser erupts for almost an hour straight, every 8 to 12 hours. It was one of the first discovered in the park, in the late 19th century. The intricately terraced sinter cone is 150 feet in diameter with a 14×20 foot crater. Eruptions begin about one hour after the crater fills and the first overflow spills onto the terraces. Great Fountain’s maximum height ranges from about 75 feet to over 220 feet. While this pattern of behavior is observed most of the time, there are occasional episodes of so-called “wild-phase” activity during which the eruptions are of greatly extended duration and intervals between eruptions may be as long as three days.

Great Fountain Geyser sits in the middle of one of the prettiest sinter formations in the park. The sinter forms a series of terraced concentric reflecting pools around the geyser. Even if the geyser isn’t erupting, it is worth driving past to see the pools.

Lion Geyser (Upper Geyser Basin)

Lion Geyser in Yellowstone National Park resembles the body and maned head of a reclining lion.

Lion Geyser in Yellowstone National Park resembles the body and maned head of a reclining lion.

The lion geyser is actually part of the Lion Group, a set of four geysers (Lion, Lioness, Big Cub, Little Cub) in the same vicinity and when viewed from the south resembles a body and maned head of a reclining lion. Preceding an eruption is a sudden rush of steam, like the roaring of a lion.

Old Faithful (Upper Geyser Basin)

Old Faithful Geyser erupts on time every single day.

Old Faithful Geyser erupts on time every single day.

Discovered in 1870 by the Washburn Expedition, Old Faithful geyser was named for its frequent eruptions — which number more than a million since Yellowstone became the world’s first national park in 1872. It is not the tallest or the largest geyser, but it is the most popular in the entire world. Why? Its regularity and high frequency of eruptions. Old Faithful erupts with such regularity because it is not connected to any other thermal feature in the park. The prediction of when Old Faithful will erupt is dependent on the length of the previous eruption, but a safe bet is between one hour to two hours, with the average being 75 minutes.The rangers say that 90% of their predictions are within +/- 10 minutes. Eruptions last a maximum of five minutes, and water sprays up to 140 feet and spews up to 8400 gallons. The water heats at about 200 degrees, with the steam heating at a whopping 350 degrees! The geyser erupts 20 times per day, so you don’t have to wait long to see the show. Viewers see the geyser from the boardwalk sitting about 300 feet away. Here’s a fun fact: Old Faithful, upon being discovered, was used by the explorers as a washing machine! The clothes erupted washed and unharmed (unless it was wool, those were ripped to shreds). The historic Old Faithful Inn (1903–04) is one of the country’s great national park lodges; Old Faithful Lodge (1918–28) and other vintage buildings are also in the vicinity. In 2010 Yellowstone park officials opened the Old Faithful Visitor Education Center. The facility provides park visitors with an opportunity to learn more about the geology, hydrothermal properties, and scientific study of Old Faithful and other hydrothermal features in the park.

Riverside Geyser (Upper Geyser Basin)

Riverside Geyser Rainbow at Yellowstone National Park

A rainbow can be seen in the water erupted into the air by the Riverside Geyser at Yellowstone National Park. The geyser is located on the Firehole River, a short hike from Old Faithful Geyser

The Riverside Geyser, next to the Firehole River at the base of a wooded hill, often forms a rainbow after erupting, as in the picture above, due to its strategic location and angle. A picturesque, cone type geyser that blows approximately every six hours for twenty minutes and reaches jet heights of 75 feet with a steam phase following. The geyser formation looks like a chair and has two vents on either side, but it erupts only from the lower vent. Visitors can watch the eruption from the other side of Firehole River.

Steamboat Geyser (Norris Geyser Basin)

Steamboat Geyser, in Yellowstone National Park's Norris Geyser Basin - the world's tallest currently-active geyser.

Steamboat Geyser, in Yellowstone National Park’s Norris Geyser Basin – the world’s tallest currently-active geyser.

We won’t bury the lede – Steamboat Geyser has only erupted fewer than ten times in the last twenty years. What makes it remarkable is when it DOES erupt, the stream reaches heights of almost 400 feet in the air! Plus, it sounds like a massive steam engine during the explosion, so it was named for a steamboat. It is the tallest active geyser in the world. In Yellowstone National Park’s recorded history, only two other geysers have exceeded Steamboat in size: Excelsior Geyser in Midway Geyser Basin and Sapphire Pool in Biscuit Basin.

White Dome (Lower Geyser Basin)

The White Dome Geyser erupting in Yellowstone National Park

The White Dome Geyser erupting in Yellowstone National Park

White Dome is a very old geyser as its 20 foot high cone suggests. Eruptions occur thru a 4 inch wide vent and reaches heights of 30 feet. It erupts quite regularly, at around 15 minutes. The name is descriptive of the white-colored deposits found in the area. The sinter cone, built upon an older hot spring mound, is 20 feet high. It may not be around forever as continued internal deposits may seal it up. Although not has heralded as its neighbor, the Great Fountain Geyser (see above) many millions of visitors are wowed by its performance as they wait for the Great Fountain Geyser to erupt.

Now that you have an outlook at the best Yellowstone geysers, please consult the official Yellowstone National Park website to plan your trip properly to ensure you hit all the ones we’ve listed. Also, stay in a vacation rental nearby in order to save money while still having the space, privacy, and amenities you’re used to at home.

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*This post was originally published on the TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals blog. This post has been repurposed for our FlipKey audience.

With more than 720,000 vacation homes available globally, TripAdvisor travelers are a bit spoiled when it comes to affordable accommodations. But believe it or not, there are still some destinations where the rental options are slim.

We’re revealing some of the best places in America to own a home if you’re looking to make extra money.

These 13 areas are amongst those where demand for vacation rentals most exceeds supply – meaning there’s a demand gap to fill and homeowners could benefit from it. Sunny Florida leads the charts with four of the top destinations. Not far behind are the up-and-coming Tennessee and hidden gem Alabama, with two destinations each. Eastern favorites dominate the ranking, with Galveston and Las Vegas representing for the rest of the country.

“If you happen to own property in the below cities, whether as your primary or secondary home, lucky you – homes here enjoy some of the highest traveler demand on TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals,” says Laurel Greatrix, TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals spokesperson.

“This means when you’re not home, either short-term or long-term, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding paying guests,” continues Greatrix. “Average two-bedroom rental rates in these cities vary from around $800 to upwards of $2,000 per week, offering a substantial extra income source to homeowners.”

Check out our step-by-step guide to listing your property to see how easy it is.

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BEST PLACES TO RENT OUT YOUR HOME

Average Weekly Rate

Destination1 BR2 BR3 BR4 BRTraveler Interest
Destin, FL$869.84$1,093.16$1,537.46$2,160.7370x
Myrtle Beach, SC$661.62$762.80$976.89$1,264.4245x
Gatlinburg, TN$1,083.07$1,240.87$1,742.31$2,470.3738x
Ocean City, MD$831.67$1,077.65$1,440.85$2,297.3837x
Las Vegas, NV$1,132.51$1,170.08$1,324.39$1,866.9530x
Gulf Shores, AL$687.28$843.94$1,261.41$2,115.9029x
Siesta Key, FL$1,077.21$1,319.79$1,805.21$2,856.2427x
Key Largo, FL$1,985.02$2,320.86$3,102.60$2,340.6416x
Orange Beach, AL$767.08$999.76$1,435.04$2,078.6114x
Galveston, TX$954.43$1,408.45$1,843.12$2,531.0013x
Marathon, FL$2,343.85$1,690.56$2,536.56$3,667.859x
Nashville, TN$1,099.81$1,668.06$1,850.81$3,357.569x
Helen, GA$792.28$1,024.85$1,200.32$1,946.654x

 

Rental rate reflects the average price of a one-week stay in a one-, two-, three-, or four-bedroom home, respectively, and therefore the income potential for homeowners of each. Traveler interest reflects number of booking inquiries to the property listings in that destination compared to the national US average.

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Valentine’s Day is a chance to celebrate the love in your life. Buy some chocolates, a new piece of jewelry, write a thoughtful note in a card, and of course, a romantic dinner at a luxury restaurant. Splitting a bottle of wine over a clean white tablecloth surrounded by world-class waiters at your beck and call – that sounds like a night to remember.

As the date draws near this year, let us help you narrow down the choices on where to go for that important meal. We compiled a list of the top romantic restaurant in each state worth traveling for. The nominations are based on the restaurant’s ambiance, menu, service, and traveler reviews. With this list you’ll be able to plan a memorable evening in your home state, or if you’re traveling and looking to light a spark on a special night out. So go ahead, treat yourself this Valentine’s Day (or any day, really) to a romantic evening at any of these award-winning establishments. Bon appetit!

Alabama (Huntsville): Cotton Row Restaurant

Alaska (Anchorage): ORSO

Arizona (Phoenix): Christopher’s Restaurant

Arkansas (Little Rock): Brave New Restaurant

California (Santa Monica): The Little Door

Colorado (Denver): Central Bistro and Bar

Connecticut (Greenwich): Thomas Henkelmann

Delaware (Chesapeake City): Chesapeake Inn

Florida (Winter Park): Luma on Park

Georgia (Atlanta): 4th & Swift

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Hawaii (Kona): The Fish Hopper

Idaho (Boise): Saint Lawrence Gridiron

Illinois (Chicago): Osteria Langhe

Indiana (Indianapolis): Harry & Izzy’s

Iowa (Iowa City): Atlas

Kansas (Leawood): 801 Fish

Kentucky (Louisville): Seviche

Louisiana (New Orleans): Commander’s Palace

Maine (Camden): Francine Bistro

Maryland (Washington D.C.): Equinox

Massachusetts (Boston): Sorellina

Michigan (Ann Arbor): The Chop House

Minnesota (Minneapolis): Basil’s

Mississippi (Flowood): Table 100

Missouri (St. Louis): Charlie Gitto’s

Montana (Missoula): Blue Canyon Kitchen & Tavern

Nebraska (Omaha): Salt 88

Nevada (Reno): Campo

New Hampshire (Dover): Stages at One Washington

New Jersey (Rutherford): Cafe Matisse

New Mexico (Albuquerque): Jennifer James 101

New York (Greenport): The Frisky Oyster

North Carolina (Charlotte): Heirloom

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North Dakota (Fargo): Granite City

Ohio (Columbus): G. Michael’s Bistro & Bar

Oklahoma (Oklahoma City): Mickey Mantle Steakhouse

Oregon (Portland): Imperial

Pennsylvania (Philadelphia): Beau Monde

Rhode Island (Providence): New Rivers

South Carolina (Charleston): Circa 1886

South Dakota (Sioux Falls): Crawford’s

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Tennessee (Nashville): Caffe Nonna

Texas (Austin): The Carillon

Utah (Park City): Riverhorse

Vermont (Waterbury Center): Michael’s on the Hill

Virginia (Richmond): The Boathouse

Washington (Kirkland): Cafe Juanita

West Virginia (Charleston): Tidewater Grille

Wisconsin (Madison): Heritage Tavern

Wyoming (Jackson Hole): Snake River Grill

For more restaurants per state to add to your trip, check out our lists of winners in 2014 and 2015.

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If you’re looking to read about once-in-a-lifetime travels and learn from some of the most seasoned travel pairs then we highly suggest following our list of unique dynamic duos on social media and via their blogs.

What makes these pairs unique? They’re a nomadic mother-daughter duo committed to traveling the world; they’re sisters who balance international travel with full time office jobs; and, they’re a father and his young son exploring the world and learning along the way, among others. These duos share the good, the challenging, and the inspiring about their travels all over the world, and you’ll learn a thing or two about traveling with a partner just by reading their stories. Here’s a brief introduction to each:

The Borderless Project

We’re from two very different backgrounds (Henry from Peru, Megan from the USA), and so our travels and stories on the blog really reflect this unique fusion of perspectives in our travel stories. We like to maintain a balance between sharing these wanderlust-inspiring moments (photos, stories and videos), as well as share the types of honest travel tips that you can’t find in guidebooks- many that we learned the very hard, but very wonderful way!

Tales of Travelling Sisters

Our intention is to bring forward all the amazing things one would experience from travelling, be it adventures, exploring or savouring the delights of vegetarian cuisine around the world. Through the blog, TOTS also aims on inspiring all the girls to travel and enjoy what the world has to offer. #girlsexplore!

Simply Nomadic Life

Hi! We’re Veru & Petra, a mother-daughter travelling duo, travel writers, photographers, and nomads for the last three years. Having ventured to all continents except for Antarctica, we share our passion for different cultures and natural wonders of the world on our travel blog Simply Nomadic Life. Stop by for lots of useful travel tips, inspiration, photography and videos. Happy travels and see you on the road.

Saints on a Plane

Brought up with the love of travel instilled in them from a young age, the Saint sisters have been travelling far and wide for many years. Not only do they enjoy new and exotic cultures (especially Asia), but they also demonstrate that you don’t have to be a digital nomad to traverse the globe! With both sisters pinning down full-time jobs in Bristol, they fit in travels whenever they can and ensure to report back on their top tips, budget experiences, travel style and general adventures!

Vagabrothers

Vagabrothers is a travel show that’s all about balancing entertainment with education, about making the foreign feel familiar and the distant seem accessible. It’s aimed at what we call ‘the global generation’—young people who will work, travel and live around the world, no matter where they were born. We adjust our focus accordingly.

Jet-Set Brunettes

As a bi-coastal, mother-daughter duo, travel brings us closer together. In 2016, we’re focusing on a meetup in Colorado, some international travel and planning some inn-to-inn hiking trips. Should be fun!

Twins That Travel

Twins That Travel is a blog dedicated to honest travel blogging, charting the highs and lows of travel, across Europe and beyond. Written by identical twins, Claire and Laura, this is a site for those looking for a more authentic insight into the world of travel blogging, as well as hints and tips on hidden getaways, quirky rentals and peaceful retreats.

DUO Diaries

We are two Cornell University students who document our study abroad and internship travels, from South Korea, to Denmark and surrounding Europe, to New York City. Follow along to learn about the best places to eat and play across the globe!

The Travel Sisters

On our blog, The Travel Sisters, we share tales from our travels and tips on how to travel in more comfort for less money. Our travel style is budget to luxury and everything in between- basically, it just depends on the destination and the experience.

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Our site is known for its honesty, humor, and for our sense of adventure. We share the fun, the good, and the rough sides of travel as well as expat life.

Smartphones have become much more than a form of communication for most people. Gone are the days when phones were used simply to make a call. Today, they are used as cameras, navigational systems, translators, calculators, and so much more, and they are essential to simplifying your next vacation. We’ve put together a list of some of the best apps out there that help make traveling a bit easier with just a few taps of your smartphone screen. You’ll feel less stressed just having this list handy.

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Detour

Detour is the perfect app for travelers who want to know every detail about their surroundings. It is a location-based app that guides you as you walk through a new city on vacation. The app is narrated by locals who know the city best, and each detour offers an element of storytelling that leaves listeners feeling like they’re walking around inside of a movie. The detours can be taken at your own pace and on your own schedule, so you can fit as much or as little as you’d like into your day of exploration. Although only a limited number of cities are currently available, you can suggest cities for future detours.

Cam Card

Not all travel can be solely for the purpose of having fun. Many travelers are oftentimes on the road for business reasons, and that’s when the app CamCard comes in handy. CamCard allows you to capture important business cards on the go by scanning them into your phone. The app takes care of the rest storing and organizing the contact information in your phone. Manage your cards by adding notes, setting reminders, and sharing and tagging cards for ultimate productivity. CamCard is also popular with frequent travelers because it eliminates the need to carry around a thick wallet of business cards. Go paperless using the app and make your wallet lighter and the environment greener. The app also accurately reads business cards in 16 different languages, so you can exchange information when you’re traveling internationally, too. Sync CamCard across all your devices and you’ll never be without crucial information when you travel.

Concur

The travel app, Concur, reduces stress on the road by allowing users to easily manage travel expenses from their smartphone. The app is integrated with some of the most popular business systems and tools to make managing business travel a seamless process. Whether you need to track how much you’ve spent on gas during your trip or create a detailed expense report, Concur can do it. Once it’s downloaded, you can easily view credit card transactions to add to and submit via expense reports or capture receipts with your camera. In addition to tracking expenses, you can approve travel as well as book flights using the app, too.

Dog Vacay

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You might have a vacation planned, but that doesn’t necessarily mean your dog is coming with you. That’s where the DogVacay app comes in handy. Search available pet sitters in your area and find one in your price range, so you can enjoy your vacation without the stress of worrying about your beloved pet. The app allows you to read reviews, find a sitter you can trust and pay for the service all online. DogVacay vets all sitters and each reservation provides a Peace of Mind Promise, which includes 24/7 customer support, daily photo updates, and premium pet insurance.

GasBuddy

The needle on your gas gauge is flirting dangerously with the red ‘Empty’ sign, but you continue past the rest stop gas station with the hopes of finding one with less exorbitant gas prices. Sound familiar? With GasBuddy you no longer have to endure such a risk. The app allows you to view recent gas prices at surrounding gas stations, so you can easily find the cheapest place to fill up your tank. It functions as a group of local websites that give users the opportunity to share information about gas prices and easily identify the lowest priced fuel in their area. The app helps users save time and money by making the information readily available with just a few taps of the screen. Spending money on gas isn’t usually fun, but the GasBuddy app allows users to compete against other gasbuddies, rack up points by completing challenges, enter to win free gas every day.

Entrain

Did you know it’s possible to speed up your body’s adjustment to a time change while traveling? Entrain is designed to do just that. The app uses the light you record to track your clock and then computes recommended schedules that will help to move your circadian clock to the right time zone. If you follow the suggested lighting schedules then your body should adjust to the time change quickly and decrease the lingering effects of jet lag you might experience. The app and the schedules it suggests are continuously being looked at by researchers at the University of Michigan, and any information you choose to submit regarding your travel schedule, lighting history, and jet lag will be used to improve Entrain.

Packing Pro

Whether you’re going away for a spontaneous weekend trip or you’ve planned a month-long vacation, packing can be stressful. There’s always that illusive phone charger or extra pair of pants that never makes it in the suitcase. Now, there’s an app to make sure you never forget to pack any of those crucial items again and it’s called Packing Pro. This app allows you to create lists of the items you need, so you remember all of the essentials. The app has a comprehensive catalog of over 800 items to choose from, so you may find items you didn’t even realize you needed on the list, and you can also create your own items and customize the lists for ultimate flexibility. What makes this app so much better than lists written with pen and paper is that you can share yours with fellow travelers, upload photos to remind you exactly what you wanted to bring along, and schedule alerts so you won’t forget to do anything important before your trip.

LoungeBuddy

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Airports can be chaotic and oftentimes you’re stuck at one for longer than you’d like. Whether your flight’s been delayed, you’ve missed your connection, or even the rare time when you’ve flown through security and have too much time to kill, LoungeBuddy helps you find a comfortable place to spend your time at the airport. Many airport lounges are open to everyone for a one-time fee and LoungeBuddy let’s you know which spots you can take advantage of while traveling.

TripIt

TripIt gives travelers the ability to store all trip plans in one place. Whether it’s a master itinerary, confirmation numbers, restaurant reservations or rental information, it’s all easily accessible via this app. Travelers simply make the reservations and bookings, and then forward the confirmation to TripIt. From there, the app organizes the details into a master itinerary that is easy to navigate and always accessible.  With the tap of a finger, make changes to an itinerary, upload photos, or add notes to keep your itinerary on track, or view past trip information for inspiration.

Hopper

Hopper strives to help travelers save money when purchasing flights. The app provides data-driven research with the aim of helping travelers find the right vacation destination for them while staying within their budget. Since no one likes to spend hours comparing prices and predicting future costs, Hopper does the work for you by analyzing airfare and making predictions based on the information at hand. After you enter your preferred vacation details, the app will notify you when flight prices are at their lowest in an effort to get you the best deals on flights.

Localeur

When you’re visiting a new city it’s likely that you don’t know all of the best places to eat, drink and hang out. Use the Localeur app to find recommendations from the locals of all of the hot spots to check out in the area. Search by interest, see what places your friends have favorited or simply scroll through travel tips. The curated community offers visitors suggestions to experience the city like a true local. When you’re home, share your favorite places to go in your own city and earn local influence.

Spinlister

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Spinlister is an app that connects visitors with locals renting out bicycles, surfboards, and snowboards and then helps to facilitate a seamless rental process. It plays into the sharing economy, bringing down the cost of travel for vacationers while also encouraging travelers to consume less. Travelers simply input their location to view available bicycles in the area, and then Spinlister displays information, such as photos, price, and additional details. The app gives travelers the opportunity to reserve bicycles in advance to see a new city as the locals do.

Quizlet

For those traveling abroad who need a refresher on a different language, Quizlet is the ideal app. Its use of flashcard sets, study games, and tests make studying on the go a cinch for travelers. Create your own study set of terms and definitions to study. You can upload images and define terms yourself or use Quizlet’s auto-define feature to speed up the process of creating each study set. You can also search from more than 40 million existing study sets to find your topic if you’re not interested in making your own. With Quizlet’s help, you’ll be a language pro by the time your flight lands in its final destination.

Parking Panda

Parking Panda is an app that gives you a leg up when looking for a place to park on vacation. Since it’s likely you won’t know all the hidden places to park like locals might, Parking Panda gives you the chance to find, reserve, and pay for parking in many cities throughout the country. The app lessens the stress of traveling for those new to a city and gives pricing information up front to help avoid unexpected expenses. It’s a must-download for travelers embarking on an urban getaway.

Actors take part in the Re-enactment of the OK Corral gunfight in Tombstone, Arizona

Actors take part in the Re-enactment of the OK Corral gunfight in Tombstone, Arizona

Much of what shaped our great nation happened before we were even born. The brave men and women built things, waged wars, raised families, entertained themselves and fed themselves all while creating a nation brick by brick. Do you ever take a moment to think about the people, places, and things that paved the way for emojis and American Idol? Modern Americans have had the pleasure and sense to maintain and patronize these landmarks over the centuries. There are fascinating relics of times gone by in every single state in the USA, and these museums & attractions and not only informative, but a whole lot of fun.

We compiled a list of the top historical spots in each state worth traveling for. With this list, you’ll be able to plan a pilgrimage this year to see a gun fight in the Old West, sit in a centuries-old theater and listen to an opera, or tour a ship that sailed in the 17th century. Or maybe just schedule a little detour from what you already had planned, so you don’t miss out. These living legends embody the history and culture of their region, and you’ll be proud you stopped in when on vacation in any of the fifty states.

Alabama (Mobile): USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park

Alaska (Anchorage): Alaska Native Heritage Center

Arizona (Tombstone): O.K. Corral

Arkansas (Fort Smith): Fort Smith National Historic Site

California (Los Angeles): Angels Flight Railway

Colorado (Denver): Wings Over the Rockies

Connecticut (East Haddam): Goodspeed Opera House

Delaware (Odessa): Historic Odessa Foundation

Florida (Miami): The Lyric Theater

Living History Museum, Urbandale, Iowa

Living History Museum, Urbandale, Iowa

Georgia (Tybee Island): Fort Pulaski

Hawaii (Honolulu): Pacific Aviation Museum

Idaho (Pierce): Pierce Courthouse

Illinois (Champaign): Krannert Art Museum

Indiana (Lincoln City): Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

Iowa (Urban City): Living History Farm

Kansas (Abilene): Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum & Boyhood Home

Kentucky (Frankfort): Kentucky Military History Museum

Louisiana (Natchitoches): Cane River National Heritage Area

Maine (Rockland): Farnsworth Art Museum

Split Rock Lighthouse, Two Harbors, Minnesota

Split Rock Lighthouse, Two Harbors, Minnesota

Maryland (Fredrick): Barbara Fritchie House

Massachusetts (Canton): Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate

Michigan (Flint): Crossroads Village

Minnesota (Two Harbors): Split Rock Lighthouse

Mississippi (Oxford): William Faulkner’s Rowan Oak

Missouri (Athens): Battle of Athens Historic Site

Montana (Polson): Miracle of America Museum

Nebraska (Ashland): Strategic Air & Space Museum

Nevada (Ely): Nevada Northern Railway

New Hampshire (Concord): New Hampshire Historical Society

New Jersey (Morristown): Historic Speedwell

New Mexico (Santa Fe): New Mexico History Museum

New York (New York): New-York Historical Society Museum & Library

North Carolina (Winston-Salem): Old Salem Museums & Gardens

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Crazy Horse Memorial, South Dakota

North Dakota (Washburn): Fort Mandan

Ohio (Cincinnati): National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Oklahoma (Fort Gibson): Fort Gibson Historic Site

Oregon (Portland): Skidmore/Old Town District

Pennsylvania (Titusville): Drake Well Museum

Rhode Island (Pawtucket): Slater Mill

South Carolina (Mount Pleasant): USS Yorktown

South Dakota (Crazy Horse): Crazy Horse Memorial

Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah

Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah

Tennessee (Nashville): The Hermitage

Texas (Galveston): 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA

Utah (Salt Lake City): Temple Square

Vermont (Windsor): American Precision Museum

Virginia (Clarksville): Prestwould Plantation

Washington (Richland): B Reactor

West Virginia (Cass): Cass Scenic Railroad State Park

Wisconsin (Spring Green): Taliesin

Wyoming (Laramie): Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site

For more activities per state to add to your trip, check out our lists of BakeriesCoffee ShopsWineries/BreweriesMarathons, Family Attractions, Campuses, and Museums.

From star-studded trips to quiet island getaways, it’s always fun to have an amazing vacation to look forward to throughout the year. But, who said you can have only one vacation? Looking ahead to 2016, we’ve put together 12 trip ideas to inspire your travel plans and help you keep that New Year’s resolution of traveling more.

January: Be star-struck at the Sundance Film Festival (Park City, Utah)

View of Park City, Utah with ski slopes lit up at night

View of Park City, Utah with ski slopes lit up at night

You don’t have to be a celebrity to get in on the fun at the Sundance Film Festival. Held every January in Utah, the Sundance Film Festival is an American tradition in the film industry. More than 40,000 attendees will descend on Park City this year from January 21-31 to see both American and international filmmakers showcase their new work. Don’t be the one who gets left out.

In addition to celebrity sightings during the Sundance Film Festival, take advantage of all that Park City has to offer. This destination is a world-class skiing and snowboarding haven every January, and you can enjoy fresh powder on the slopes throughout your stay. Park City also has a dynamic après-ski scene with a variety of bars and restaurants, like Riverhorse on Main and Fletcher’s, that get packed in the evenings.

February: Cheer on your team at the Super Bowl (Santa Clara, California)

Aerial view of Santa Clara, California

An aerial view of the Santa Clara area in California

In February, the Super Bowl is celebrating its milestone 50th annual championship game and the culmination of another exciting National Football League season. During the week leading up to the Super Bowl, check out the free-to-the-public fan village called Super Bowl City. It’s the hub of fan excitement and the place to be to get energized for the big game on February 7, 2016. If you score tickets to the game, lose your voice cheering among thousands of fans or you can head to a nearby bar to catch the game.

The host city in 2016 is Santa Clara, a smallish city located in the San Francisco Bay Area with lots to do. Visitors to the area will love exploring the tree-lined neighborhoods, taking in the public art and statues displayed around the city, and learning about the city’s rich history. Santa Clara is a city with the perfect balance of historic charm and lively sports enthusiasm.

March: Unwind at the beach on Spring Break (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)

Aerial view of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Aerial view of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

This year, make it a Spring Break to remember with a trip to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Nicknamed the “Venice of America” because of its scenic canals and outdoor charm, Fort Lauderdale is the perfect place to relax during vacation.  Blissful beaches and inviting Fort Lauderdale vacation rentals call to those looking for a retreat from lingering cold weather days farther up north. Go for a swim in the blue-green waters of the Atlantic Ocean at Fort Lauderdale Beach or charter a sailboat with Tropical Sailing for a thrilling adventure out on the water. After a fun-filled day in the sun, dine al fresco at one of the many eateries on Las Olas Boulevard or simply poke around the variety of shops and boutiques.  Whether you’re a college student looking for a place to spend your school break or a family with kids in tow, there is something for everyone in your group here.

April: Brush up on your street smarts in the city (San Francisco, California)

The landmark Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California

The landmark Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California

Nestled along California’s picturesque coastline is the city of San Francisco. Known for its iconic Golden Gate Bridge, historic Victorian row houses, and unique personality, this city offers the ultimate urban escape. Get acquainted with the city by taking a cable car ride through the different neighborhoods of San Francisco, which range from hipster to trendy and waterfront to hillside. Stroll along Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 to see seals barking on the docks and devour fresh seafood at local cafes. Tour Alcatraz, a former island prison, wind down Lombard Street in your car, or catch a game at AT&T Park during your stay to take in some of the quintessential San Francisco attractions. This city offers  a wealth of activities for visitors to enjoy and is a true foodie-heaven for those in search of delicious meals.

May: Enjoy La Dolce Vita (Rome, Italy)

Colosseum in Rome, Italy

Colosseum in Rome, Italy

Rome in May is the epitome of La Dolce Vita, or, “The Sweet Life.” With sunny skies and comfortable temperatures at this time of year, you’ll be glad you picked Rome for your next vacation. Bursting with ancient history and boasting an impressive array of piazzas, museums, and incredible historic sites, Rome has it all. The city is sprawling, so visitors can leisurely stroll through the different neighborhoods discovering something new at every turn. Go back in time touring the Colosseum, Pantheon and Roman Forum, architectural masterpieces that have withstood the test of time. Take a cooking class and master authentic Italian food or let someone else prepare it for you at a cafe in the lively neighborhood of Trastevere. People watch at Piazza Navona or Piazza Santa Maria, enjoy some gelato and savor local wines for the perfect European adventure.

June: Take a memorable trip to Mexico (Playa del Carmen, Mexico)

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Sparkling, blue waters, soft, white sands and deliciously smooth margaritas are what a trip to Mexico should be all about. After the kids finish up with school, make time for a getaway to Playa del Carmen to kick start the summer. Plant yourself at the beach to work on your base tan for the upcoming months and frolic in the waves that lap the coast. Explore the undersea world via snorkel, wave to beach-goers from a boat tour through the waters, or go on a zip-line adventure through the treetops. A quiet fishing village turned vibrant vacation destination, Playa del Carmen is a place where your family will be sure to make memories.

July: Celebrate Independence Day (Washington, D.C.)

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If you’re a fan of spectacular fireworks, patriotic festivals, and lively parades filled with marching bands, floats and more, then you should visit Washington, D.C. to celebrate America’s National Independence Day. Kick off the day’s festivities with the National Independence Day Parade which winds along Constitution Avenue and the city’s historic Monuments. Other festivities for the holiday typically include a colorful display of fireworks with the National Mall, U.S. Capitol and Monuments as the backdrop and a concert by the National Symphony Orchestra. While in Washington, D.C. make a stop at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and National Museum of American History to get your educational fix then enjoy shopping along M street.

August: Savor the final lazy days of summer (Myrtle Beach, South Carolina)

Myrtle Beach has a lively boardwalk and Ferris Wheel for families to enjoy

Myrtle Beach has a lively boardwalk and Ferris Wheel for families to enjoy

Don’t let the summer months go by in a blur without taking some time to enjoy a few lazy days at the beach. Myrtle Beach is the perfect place to escape to with its sandy shoreline, plethora of family-friendly attractions, and great variety of beach rentals. Spend your days basking in the warmth along the beach and cool off with a dip in the ocean. For a break from the beach, stroll along the popular 1.2-mile long Oceanfront Boardwalk and Promenade. As you traverse through sand and city sidewalks, stop for a scoop of ice cream or to take in a street performer. There are numerous attractions away from the beach as well, including Ripley’s Aquarium, Springmaid Pier, and lots of outlet shopping on Highway 17. Myrtle Beach is the perfect place to spend the final days of summer with the whole family.

September: Avoid back to work blues (Orlando, Florida)

The Orlando, Florida skyline

The Orlando, Florida skyline

Orlando, Florida is one of the most popular destinations in the world for families going on vacation, and it is the ideal place to avoid back to work and back to school blues. Escape for a weekend in September to experience the magic of Disney World. From the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and other Disney theme parks to the chattering dolphins at SeaWorld, Orlando has something that will captivate visitors of all ages. Lines will be shorter since the peak times to visit this area are during months when school is not in session. If you’re not up for lots of walking, send the kids to the parks and enjoy luxurious spa treatments at The Spa or spend your days poolside at your Orlando vacation rental. Warm temperatures and fewer crowds at this time of year make Orlando a must-visit destination in September.

October: Take a spooky Halloween trip (Savannah, Georgia)

Savannah, Georgia

Well known for its Southern hospitality and antebellum charm, Savannah, Georgia is also a place with a long history of haunting, which makes it an ideal spot to visit for Halloween. Walk along the tree-lined pathways of Bonaventure Cemetery to see where notable persons have been interred and view unique cemetery sculptures and architecture. It is both historically significant and potentially haunted. In other words, it’s a great place to start your spooky adventure in Savannah. After the sun sets, let Old Town Trolley Tours of Savannah guide you through the city on a Ghost & Gravestones tour during which you’ll see and hear things you never noticed before. When you’ve been sufficiently spooked, walk through the Savannah Historic District, relax in Forsyth Park, and savor Savanna southern cooking in the form of creamy grits, local seafood, and tasty barbecue.

November: Escape the start of cold weather (Honolulu, Hawaii)

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Can you imagine a better place to escape the start of colder temperatures in November? Honolulu, Hawaii is a vacationer’s paradise with its miles of picture-perfect coastline, majestically lush landscape and ideal weather year-round. During your stay, don a grass skirt and practice your hula moves at a traditional luau. You’ll feast on foods like succulent kalua pig, poke, poi and chicken long rice while glasses of fruity cocktails are constantly refilled and flower leis are distributed. Waikiki Beach is a popular place to soak up sun and catch a wave for both tourists and locals alike. Other can’t-miss attractions in Honolulu include the USS Arizona Memorial and Pearl Harbor Monument, as well as Diamond Head, a volcanic crater worth hiking and Iolani Palace. This is a great destination because you can choose to make your vacation as active or as relaxing as you’d like.

December: Take advantage of time off during the holidays (Seminyak, Indonesia)

Silhouettes of people at sunset on the beach in Seminyak, Indonesia

Silhouettes of people at sunset on the beach in Seminyak, Indonesia

Seminyak, Indonesia is a hot spot (literally) for relaxing on the beach and luxuriating in the tranquil beauty that the island of Bali boasts. Miles of smooth sands carpet the shores of Seminyak and warm waters invite beach-goers in for a dip. The area is rich in unique cultural experiences, such as traditional gamelan and intricate Balinese ceremonies, and the delicious foods offer something new to travelers. In 2016, skip the hassle of unwrapping gifts and gift a giveaway to Seminyak for December. It’s a relaxing spot to escape any of the stresses of the holiday season and press restart for the New Year.

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In early 2014 we launched our 50 States Series on the FlipKey blog. Throughout the months we’ve touched on a number of subjects – awarding businesses, museums, activities and more with a spot on our lists. We spent time highlighting their attributes, accomplishments, and why they deserve to be a stop on your next vacation.

We’re starting back at our roots with this post – as we name another 50 restaurants from around the USA to this prestigious list. ‘A restaurant worth traveling for’ is an eatery with either impeccable service, adventurous menus, a prime location, a distinct atmosphere or some combination of all of those items. From a beachside food truck to a dining room draped in white linen and crystal, all types of restaurants were eligible to be on our list. We highly encourage you to find time on your next vacation (or even in your local area) to plan a pilgrimage to any of these award-winners. Without further ado, here are the 50 restaurants we’ve chosen for this year’s list:

Alabama (Alexander City): Springhouse

Alaska (Anchorage): Glacier Brewhouse

Arizona (Tempe): House of Tricks

Arkansas (Bentonville): The Hive

California (Santa Monica): Kye’s

Colorado (Boulder): Flagstaff House

Connecticut (New Haven): Union League Cafe

Delaware (Milford): Arena’s Deli

Florida (Tampa): Columbia Restaurant

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Georgia (Atlanta): The General Muir

Hawaii (Honolulu): Town

Idaho (Boise): Chandlers

Illinois (Geneva): Bien Trucha

Indiana (Indianapolis): Meridian

Iowa (Iowa City): Atlas Restaurant & Bar

Kansas (Prairie Village): Story

Kentucky (Louisville): Volare

Louisiana (New Orleans): August

Maine (Oakland): Riverside Farm Market

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Maryland (Baltimore): B&O American Brasserie

Massachusetts (Provincetown): Lobster Pot Restaurant

Michigan (Birmingham): Toast

Minnesota (Minneapolis): Brasa

Mississippi (Ocean Springs): The Shed

Missouri (Kansas City): Q39

Montana (Billings): The Fieldhouse

Nebraska (Omaha): Blatt Beer & Table

Nevada (Reno): Great Full Gardens

New Hampshire (Portsmouth): Black Trumpet

New Jersey (Princeton): Mistral

New Mexico (Santa Fe): Geronimo

New York (Peekskill): Peekskill Brewery

North Carolina (Chapel Hill): Lantern

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North Dakota (Bismarck): Peacock Alley

Ohio (Lakewood): Georgetown

Oklahoma (Oklahoma City): Cattlemen’s Steakhouse

Oregon (Eugene): King Estate

Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh): Dinette

Rhode Island (Providence): Birch

South Carolina (Charleston): Macintosh

South Dakota (Vermillion): Red Steakhouse

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Tennessee (Pigeon Forge): The Old Mill Restaurant

Texas (Dallas): Knife

Utah (Park City): Handle

Vermont (Burlington): Magnolia

Virginia (Richmond): The Roosevelt

Washington (Port Orchard): Amy’s on the Bay

West Virginia (Berkeley Springs): Panorama

Wisconsin (Madison): L’Etoile

Wyoming (Jackson): Pica’s Mexican Taqueria

For more activities per state to add to your trip, check out our lists of BakeriesCoffee ShopsWineries/BreweriesMarathons, Family Attractions, Campuses, and Museums.

While Boston sports fans are known for their unwavering allegiance to local sports teams and pack into area bars each week, it can be difficult to find the perfect place to watch your favorite out-of-state college sports teams play while you’re traveling. To make sure you’re not alone on game day, use our list of the best bars in Boston to surround yourself with familiar alumni and fellow diehard fans as you cheer your team to victory.

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Cheer on the Hawkeyes at Barracuda Tavern in Boston.

Cheer on the Hawkeyes at Barracuda Tavern in Boston.

Bar details: Just up the street from Boston’s Park Street subway station, the Barracuda Tavern calls to Iowa Hawkeye fans. The bar offers a variety of lunch and dinner options as well as different daily specials each week. Taco Tuesdays and Wing Wednesdays give Hawkeyes options for cheap eats, and because the bar is open until 2 a.m. each night, fans can celebrate a big win until the wee hours.

Who watches here: A small but proud group of alumni from the University of Iowa gather here for football on Saturdays and occasional basketball games during the season. Game watches are organized regularly and the Boston IOWA club page is frequently updated with additional details.

Planning a visit to Boston? Consider staying in a vacation rental from FlipKey!

Battery Park

Battery Park offers a sophisticated atmosphere for Notre Dame fans.

Battery Park offers a sophisticated atmosphere for Notre Dame fans.

Bar details: Battery Park is where the sophisticated after-work scene meets rowdy Notre Dame sports fans. The bar has an old Boston feel amplified by the rich mahogany woodwork prominent throughout the entire bar. Split skillet nachos or devour one of Battery Park’s mouthwatering burgers on the menu while watching your team on one of the 17 flat screen TVs mounted throughout the bar. The extensive drink list here offers a selection of wines, cocktails and 16 beers on draft to take the edge off a too-close-for-comfort game.

Who watches here: You can find Notre Dame fans anywhere and Boston is no exception. Camaraderie is one of the cornerstones of the school’s alumni group and game watches are regularly scheduled on Saturdays at Battery Park. Check out the official Notre Dame Club Mugs and game watch t-shirts, both of which will get you specials during the games.

Planning a visit to Boston? Consider staying in a vacation rental from FlipKey!

Cask ‘n Flagon

With more than 60 HDTVs at Cask 'n Flagon, you can keep tabs on all your college teams.

With more than 60 HDTVs at Cask ‘n Flagon, you can keep tabs on all your college teams.

Bar details: Catch all of the weekend’s big games on Cask ‘n Flagon’s 60+ High Def TVs. The bar’s comfortable atmosphere and huge menu make it a perfect place to grab a beer and some of your favorite game time snacks. Cask ‘n Flagon also has a private function room, which can be reserved if you want to get a group of your old classmates together to cheer on your team.

Who watches here: Everyone is invited to watch the top college sports games at Cask ‘n Flagon. Go here if you’re not afraid of a little smack talk and friendly rivalry amongst others.

Planning a visit to Boston? Consider staying in a vacation rental from FlipKey!

Central Wharf Co.

Located in Boston's Financial District, Central Wharf Co. is a great spot on game day.

Located in Boston’s Financial District, Central Wharf Co. is a great spot on game day.

Bar details: Located in Boston’s Financial District, Central Wharf Co. has three full bars spanning two floors, a diverse menu, and large TVs for prime viewing. This bar has a large selection of craft beers and hand crafted cocktails in addition to lots of Boston seafood options on the menu.

Who watches here: Find Clemson alumni at Central Wharf Co. each week cheering on the Tigers.

Planning a visit to Boston? Consider staying in a vacation rental from FlipKey!

Clerys

Clerys offers lots of food and drink options for hungry college sports fans.

Clerys offers lots of food and drink options for hungry college sports fans.

Bar details: Clerys has a dedicated space for fans of the Georgia Bulldogs to cheer on their team with game volume. Drink specials, like $18 buckets of beer and $5 souvenir cups are available to Georgia fans, as well as an array of food options and giveaways.

Who watches here: Clerys is 15 years and going strong as the official Boston home of University of Georgia Bulldog fans. The UGA Boston Alumni Club makes sure that Southern foods, including complimentary boiled peanuts, fried chicken, and biscuits, are available during each game.

Planning a visit to Boston? Consider staying in a vacation rental from FlipKey!

The Baseball Tavern

The Baseball Tavern offers college sports viewing on three different floors.

The Baseball Tavern offers college sports viewing on three different floors.

Bar details: A popular place to watch college sports, a variety of alumni groups regularly meet here to support their team. The Baseball Tavern has three floors available for hosting college game nights, and offers buffet food options and a cash bar for fans.

Who watches here: Tigers fans represent LSU at The Baseball Tavern on game days. The National LSU Alumni Association and its local chapters are formed by diehard fans, since the only requirement to become a member is that you love LSU. Other schools with alumni groups found cheering on their team here include Wisconsin, Cal, Oregon State and Purdue.

Planning a visit to Boston? Consider staying in a vacation rental from FlipKey!

Game On

Bar details: Game On offers viewers wide-screen TVs, standard bar fare, an indoor batting cage and ping pong tournaments downstairs at Blazing Paddles. Saturdays during the fall here are dedicated to college football and with a variety of beers on tap and a build your own pizza option, college sports fans will lose track of time here.

Who watches here: Both the Northwestern Club of Boston and Arizona State alum cheer on their respective Wildcats at Game On.

Planning a visit to Boston? Consider staying in a vacation rental from FlipKey!

The Greatest Bar

The Greatest Bar has the largest TV in Boston to watch college sports.

The Greatest Bar has the largest TV in Boston to watch college sports.

Bar details: Not only is it one of the “greatest” bars in Boston, it also has some of the “greatest” weekly specials from 4pm to 7pm. Arrive early to stake out your spot at the bar before a weeknight game and enjoy $1 burgers on Mondays, $2 cheese pizzas on Tuesdays and appetizers at half price on Wednesdays. There are 24 high def TVs as well as a 14-foot high def TV, the largest in Boston, so you won’t have to compete with others for a good view of the game.

Who watches here: The Greatest Bar is shared by the Illini Club of New England, The Greater Boston Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association, and the Texas Exes. Most groups meet up on the second floor, but the bar’s various floors allow fans to spread out and take advantage of food and drink specials.

Planning a visit to Boston? Consider staying in a vacation rental from FlipKey!

The Hub Pub

Bar details: Dubbed one of the “friendlies pubs in the hub,” this bar offers a variety of locally brewed beers in addition to a fully stocked liquor bar. Several televisions are available for viewing your favorite college sports teams and an upper loft area is perfect for private viewing functions. The kitchen is open til 1 a.m. every night of the week, so you can order snacks long after the game ends.

Who watches here: University of Oregon fans flock to this Boston bar 30 minutes before game time to root for the Ducks. There are raffles, ever-changing specials and the friendliest staff around to make your game experience great.

Planning a visit to Boston? Consider staying in a vacation rental from FlipKey!

Lucky Strike Jillian’s

Lucky Strike Jillian's has everything a sports fan could want for game time viewing.

Lucky Strike Jillian’s has everything a sports fan could want for game time viewing.

Bar details: With over 70,000 square feet, walls of high def TVs, bowling lanes and pool tables, Lucky Strike Jillian’s is the perfect place to watch a game with your whole family. Show your team some support from the comfort of a plush couch or plant yourself at the bar during the game. At half time, stay entertained bowling, playing pool or snacking on the burger of the month.

Who watches here: Texas A&M Aggies gather on the 2nd or 3rd floor of Lucky Strike Jillian’s to watch their team play. Texas A&M fans spanning the Northeast states of Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Rhode Island gather every Saturday for game watches, and the New England Aggies hold events at least once a month.

Planning a visit to Boston? Consider staying in a vacation rental from FlipKey!

JJ Foley’s

Bar details: Offering classic Irish-American lunch and dinner favorites and a full bar until 2am each day, J.J. Foley’s Café is an excellent place to spend a Saturday afternoon. Friendly service and TVs throughout the restaurant make it a convenient place to watch college sports in downtown Boston.

Who watches here: Gamecocks in the South Carolina Alumni of Boston attend watch parties at J.J. Foley’s during the season. Here, USC alumni don garnet and black colors to bring a taste of Gamecock Country to Downtown Crossing.

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Lansdowne Pub

Near Fenway Park, The Lansdowne Pub has a lively atmosphere for sports fans.

Near Fenway Park, The Lansdowne Pub has a lively atmosphere for sports fans.

Bar details: Lansdowne Pub combines Irish culture with Boston Heritage to create a lively atmosphere that packs people in each week. Food and drink specials add to this bar’s appeal as 35 cent wings are available an hour before kickoff and $20 buckets of select beers. The adjoining Bills Bar makes for a great place to transition to after the game.

Who watches here: Ohio State Buckeyes young and old in Boston gather each week to cheer their team. During the day, games can be watched at Landsdowne Pub, while night games are shown next door at Bills Bar. For families, the alumni group has a Kids Corner every game day where crafts, balloons and kids menus are available.

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Lir

Bar details: While Lir is known for showing many international sports games, throughout the week, the focus shifts to college sports on the weekend. There are many HDTVs mounted throughout the bar and food and drink specials that appeal to those staying for the full game.

Who watches here: Watch the University of Miami Hurricane’s games are on the big TV screens at Lir. This spot is also popular with the University of Virginia Club of Boston.

McGreevy’s

Cheer on your team at America's first sports-themed bar.

Cheer on your team at America’s first sports-themed bar.

Bar details: Dubbed America’s first sports-themed bar, McGreevy’s is a great place to watch sports. There are 20+ HDTVs with full sound, game day specials and 25 cent wings every Monday night. The bar has a room dedicated to red zone action shown on a giant projection screen and has created one of the best game day atmospheres.

Who watches here: McGreevy’s serves as the headquarters for three powerhouses: University of Michigan, University of Southern California and University of Oklahoma. These schools have alumni no matter where you are in the country, so you can feel at home cheering amongst fellow fans. Game watches include a dedicated staff, full audio, special promotions, swag, and giveaways.

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King’s

Watch the big game or go bowling at King's.

Watch the big game or go bowling at King’s.

Bar details: King’s is more than just a great Boston bar to watch college sports. Fans come here to watch games on the HDTVs and end up staying long after the final whistle blows to enjoy bowling, shooting pool and indulging in great food and drinks.

Who watches here: Boston Seminoles meet at King’s each week to watch Florida State college sports teams in action. The watch parties are free to attend and begin 30 minutes before kickoff.

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Porters Bar and Grill

Bar details: Conveniently located near the TD Garden, Porters Bar and Grill has some of the best burgers in Boston, heaping servings of fries, and an extensive draft beer list. A friendly staff and several, large TVs for game day viewing add to this bar’s appeal.

Who watches here: Whether local or just visiting, Nebraska alum convene at Porters Bar and Grill to cheer on the Huskers each week. All Husker football games, including pay-per-view games are televised here.

Tavern in the Square (Porter Square)

Bar details: Just minutes from the Porter Square train stop, Tavern in the Square has ample room for sports fans and a variety of beers on tap every day. With 17 TVs, two big screen projectors, and all the major broadcasting networks, you can’t go wrong at Tavern in the Square.

Who watches here: Across the river from University of Michigan fans at McGreevy’s, fellow alumni also gather at Tavern in the Square in Porter Square. Cheer the Wolverines to victory and enjoy a 20% discount on food during the game.

The North Star

Enjoy lots of room and great food at The North Star.

Enjoy lots of room and great food at The North Star.

Bar details: With a lively atmosphere and ample room to pace around when the game gets close, the North Star is one of the best bars in Boston to watch college sports. It has a bistro-style menu with favorites like sliders, sandwiches and salads and a number of drink options, including $3 cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon and Narrangasett.

Who watches here: The North Star is a popular spot for college sports. In particular, fans of the University of Tennessee Volunteers, University of Colorado Buffaloes, University of Central Florida Knights, University of Arizona Wildcats, Kansas State University Wildcats and Virginia Tech Hokies. Alumni can even enjoy indoor tailgates here with corn hole and Beirut competitions.

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The Pour House

Bar details: The Pour House is a no frills bar with inexpensive food and drink options. In other words, it is one of the best bars in Boston to get rowdy cheering on college sports teams. Specials rotate monthly and flat screen TVs are mounted on each floor for excellent viewing opportunities.

Who watches here: The Pour House is the official bar of the Boston Orange. Syracuse alumni congregate here to show their school pride and cheer their team to victory.

White Horse Tavern

Watch the game or play a game of pool at White Horse Tavern.

Watch the game or play a game of pool at White Horse Tavern.

Bar details: Serving the Allston neighborhood of Boston, White Horse Tavern has a casual and comfortable environment for watching college sports on TV. Grab a booth and watch the game on one of the 17 plasma TVs or hover around the pool tables in between checking the score.

Who watches here: University of Alabama alumni in Boston roll into this bar to cheer on the Crimson Tide. White Horse Tavern also televises a number of SEC games, so Alabama fans can keep tabs on their rivals here.

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There is nothing quite like the taste and smell of a cup of coffee to start your day. Or end your day. Or keep you perked up in the middle of it. Even better though, is a cup of GOOD coffee (sorry, office-based coffee machines) brewed by excellent staff who care about your satisfaction.

We compiled a list of the top local coffee shop in each state worth traveling for. With this list, not only will you not have to miss out on your morning joe, but you can try an award-winning breakfast sandwich, listen to live music, or just hang out with some of the friendliest owners around. These brew houses and coffee shops embody the flavor of their region, and you’ll be glad you stopped in to start your day when on vacation in any of the fifty states.

Alabama (Homewood): O’Henry’s

Alaska (Anchorage): Steamdot

Arizona (Phoenix): Songbird Coffee & Tea House

Arkansas (Fayetteville): Mama Carmen’s

California (Santa Monica): Caffe Luxxe

Colorado (Denver): Stella’s Coffee House

Connecticut (Stamford): Lorca

Delaware (Several Locations): Brew HaHa

Florida (West Palm Beach): Harold’s Coffee Lounge

Georgia (Savannah): The Sentient Bean

Hawaii (Honolulu): La Tour Cafe

Idaho (Several Locations): Java

Illinois (Chicago): Bad Wolf Coffee

Indiana (Several Locations): Hubbard and Cravens

Iowa (Fairfield): Cafe Paradiso

Kansas (Leawood): The Roasterie

Kentucky (Lexington): Third Street Stuff & Coffee

Louisiana (New Orleans): Fairgrinds

Maine (Portland): Bard Coffee

Maryland (Silver Spring): Zed’s Cafe

Massachusetts (Boston): Pavement Coffeehouse

Michigan (Grand Rapids): Madcap

Minnesota (Minneapolis): Peace Coffee

Mississippi (Several Locations): Cups Espresso Cafe

Missouri (Springfield): The Coffee Ethnic

Montana (Several Locations): Montana Coffee Traders

Nebraska (Omaha): Legend Comics & Coffee

Nevada (Reno): Hub Coffee Roasters

New Hampshire (Manchester): The Bridge Cafe

New Jersey (Princeton): Small World Coffee

New Mexico (Santa Fe): Ohori’s Coffee Roasters

New York (New York City): Toby’s Estate

North Carolina (Durham): Cocoa Cinnamon

North Dakota (Fargo): Twenty Below Coffee Co.

Ohio (Akron): Nervous Dog Coffee Bar

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Oklahoma (Oklahoma City): Elemental Coffee

Oregon (Portland): Good Coffee

Pennsylvania (Lancaster): Prince Street Cafe

Rhode Island (Providence): La Salle Bakery

South Carolina (Charleston): Black Tap Coffee

South Dakota (Sioux Falls): Coffea Roasterie

Tennessee (Several Locations): JoZoara

Texas (Austin): Houndstooth Coffee

Utah (Salt Lake City): Caffee d’Bolla

Vermont (Killington): Liquid Art

Virginia (Virginia Beach): Cafe Moka

Washington (Seattle): Slate Coffee Roasters

West Virginia (Martinsburg): Daily Grind

Wisconsin (Green Bay): Kavarna

Wyoming (Cheyenne): Paramount Cafe

For more activities per state to add to your trip, check out our lists of Wineries/BreweriesMarathons, Family Attractions, Campuses, and Museums.