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Follow Obama’s Cuba Itinerary: 5 Destinations Trends That Defined the Week of Mar. 18-24

Destination & Tourism | Michael Isenbek | March 26, 2016

Follow Obama’s Cuba Itinerary: 5 Destinations Trends That Defined the Week of Mar. 18-24

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President Obama became the first sitting POTUS since Calvin Coolidge to visit Cuba, and you can follow in his footsteps — we’ve got the full itinerary. OK, an audience and State Dinner with Raul C. may not be possible, but you can definitely see the wealth of cultural sites the First Family explored, and then catch a baseball game. Click for details.

Travel is such a subjective thing — paradise for one tourist could be teeth-gnashing boredom for another. Delicious cuisine for one could be utterly disgusting for another. And so on. But sometimes, numbers don’t lie. To figure out the world’s most popular destinations in the past year, TripAdvisor used an algorithm that analyzed reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants and attractions at destinations across the globe. And current titleholder (per TripAdvisor) for the most popular destination is…

Spring Break trends took an atypical turn this year due to the Zika scare. A recent survey by Swithfly revealed that many vacationers chose to stay in the U.S. instead of venturing to common hotspots abroad. Orlando topped the list, and seven out of 10 of the destinations visited by those taking part in the survey were in the United States. Click for more insights.

Surging back from major citywide issues, Baltimore is about to put on the nation’s largest light festival at its central Inner Harbor. “Light City” promises illumination-centered art installations, neighborhood art walks, a light festooned Ferris wheel and a whole lot more. Click to see what else is on tap.

Puerto Vallarta has emerged as a center for LGBT pride in Mexico and the world as well. Still buzzing about its home state’s legalization of same-sex marriage, the Pacific coast paradise is gearing up for Vallarta Pride, take place May 16-30 in the city’s La Romantica Zone. Click for more info.


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