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Destinations Where Black Lives Matter

Explore these historic sites, institutions and destinations where black lives not only matter, they fuel fascinating cultural conversations too few travelers know about.

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Winter Village shops and rink at Bryant Park, New York
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Christmas In New York City – The Best Holiday Attractions

Grab the kids and get into the holiday spirit by experiencing all that Christmas in New York City has to offer during the November to January winter holidays when most family activities are free.

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Snoopy, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon.
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New York’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Planning a visit to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City? Grab extra blankets, a thermos of hot chocolate, and this list of the best viewing spots.

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Skeleton costumes for Halloween
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Halloween in New York City for Free And Cheap Fun

Starting in early September, carved pumpkins, spooky ghosts and candy treats for Halloween sprout all over New York City making window shopping a great way to enjoy free fun. Best yet, it spreads the spirit of autumn across the five boroughs through All Hallows' Eve on October 31... and maybe the following weekend! Whether it's watching the world-famous Village Halloween Parade...

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New York Halloween Getaways Upstate

Within a few hours of well-lit Manhattan, the dark dreary forests, fog-shrouded bogs and upstate New York haunts come to life for a spooky Halloween. This tranquil region along the Hudson River and farther upstate New York in Westchester, Dutchess, Orange and Ulster Counties is bursting with fun things themed to the holiday. First, you should know...

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Apple Picking And Pick Your Own Pumpkins

Whether you're hungry or looking for a cheap staycation, u-pick apple farms and pumpkin picking at a local orchard or farm are among Fall's best family getaways. Read along as the apple-a-day FTF staff divulges the best places across America to pick your own fruit. Whether you're hungry or looking for a cheap staycation, u-pick apple orchards...

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High Times at Fall Festivals

Fall for a fun festival or free outdoor activity this season, when there are so many options for adult getaways, whether you’re BFFs or couples. For example, on Sept, 14- 15, Altamont, New York celebrates the harvest season with the Capital Region Apple & Wine Festival where they make local specialty beverages....

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pick your own pumpkin at Alstede Farms
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New York Metro Apple Farms – U-Pick ‘Em And Enjoy

The late summer and early fall is pick your own apples time, and a day at a New York Metro U-Pick farm is the perfect staycation or basis for a cheap weekend getaway for many area families. Follow my family to the countryside in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut for the best P-Y-O apple and pumpkin picking farms in the tristate metropolitan area. If...

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Lighthouses For The Night

August 7th is National Lighthouse Day and if you've never thought about staying in one, this is your chance.  In 1789, the United States passed an Act in support of all lighthouses, beacons, and public piers. Now 230 years later, several historic beacons offer affordable, family-friendly lodging along the East and West coasts of North America. When compared to hotels, lighthouses...

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Horseshoe Falls
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Awed By The Water World Of Niagara Falls USA

Having spent five days exploring Niagara Falls, New York, we are fascinated to see how water defines the entire region. Of course it’s the home of Niagara Falls, one of the largest cataracts in the world and a site we all agree is worth the journey. But there’s so much more to experience we are almost...

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