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Find Inner Peace at These 12 Stunning Japanese Gardens Across the United States

Serenity is closer than you think.

What characterizes an authentic Japanese garden? Ancient customs dictate three essential natural elements—water (an asymmetrical central pond as well as moving aquatic features), rocks (including gravel and/or sand), and various plantings, especially moss. Secondary basics consist of pagodas, stone lanterns, and bridges. All are meant to reflect Shinto and Buddhist concepts of harmony and tranquility and appeal to all the senses. Interest in Japanese gardens in this country began with displays at late 19th- and early 20th-century U.S.-based world’s fairs and expositions. World War II dampened the enthusiasm, but the public gradually warmed to these beautiful landscapes again.

5 Easy Ways to Earn Points and Miles Without Credit Cards

With so many ways to earn points and miles, your next vacation is calling.

For consumers that still believe “Cash is King,” or for those who don’t want to incur debt for vacations, there are still things you’re probably already doing that can help cut costs when it comes to travel. Although the pandemic has affected the travel industry overall, according to Statista, travel spending in the United States is expected to reach a whopping $1.06 trillion by 2025 domestically. The report also shares that travel spending in the United States came in at $642 billion last year. These numbers may be astronomical to think about, but many consumers also fund their vacations by way of credit card use, which can lead to higher overall costs and potentially more debt. The biggest selling point of credit cards for travel is earning points and miles that can be redeemed for hotel stays, flight upgrades, lounge access, and more. However, it’s possible to have these perks without opening a credit card.

12 Road Trips That Should Only Be Done in the Summer

Beware these road trips outside of the summer months.

Road trips are always “in season.” But there are admittedly certain roadways that weren’t made for winter exploration, with seasonal safety closures due to snow and ice. But the byways that are at these higher elevations oftentimes offer even greater rewards when they are traversable in higher temperatures. Motorists can enjoy unparalleled alpine sights of scenic vistas and panoramic passes that can only be seen at certain times of the year, making them all the more special for planning a dedicated trip to explore. Here are 12 of the most scenic seasonal summer drives across America for an unforgettable warm-weather road trip.

Pinball and the Mob: 10 Weird and Wonderful Attractions in Las Vegas

Do Vegas like a local with these hotels, bars, and outdoor wonders.

Let’s be honest: When most people think of Las Vegas, they’re thinking of loud, windowless rooms packed with slot machines, Cirque du Soleil shows, and the waving waters of the Bellagio fountain. But while Las Vegas it’s certainly a city that caters to tourists, it’s also one with well over half a million actual residents, most of whom aren’t hanging out on the strip every single night. It’s also a city with a rich and interesting history, as well as a beautiful natural landscape—provided you can get away from the bright lights of the big hotels. We asked beloved Vegas bartenders, tour operators, and even museum staff about their favorite haunts, and they told us that, If you know where to look, there are 70-year-old bars and steakhouses, and hotels with history, not just glitz. There are interesting and unique museums, beautiful state parks, and an art space so mind-bending that visitors really just have to see it to believe it. Here’s our guide to 10 amazing and unique attractions around Las Vegas.

16 Ways to Experience New York’s Culture Scene on a Budget

Here are 16 ways to enjoy world-class art and culture while sticking to a budget.

So you might not have the cash for that $450 million Da Vinci painting, but that doesn’t mean you’re excluded from New York City’s cultural scene. As it turns out, art and culture in one of the most expensive cities in the world doesn’t always come with a hefty price tag. Lovers of the visual, literary, and performing arts will find plenty to do without spending wads of cash. From rush ticket options to free admission days, here are 16 ways to enjoy performances, exhibitions, and events on a budget. Related: The Best Things to Do in New York City