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Regional Spotlight

REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT

ENJOY INSPIRING TALES OF ADVENTURE, CELEBRATION, EXPLORATION, CULINARY DELIGHTS AND EXHILARATING TRAVEL INSIGHTS.

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The Weekender

Urban Explorations in 36 Hours

Refreshing Summer Getaway Ideas

With a busy schedule, how can one find time to get away from it all? Simple, pick out a city within a short drive or flight and spend 36 hours there. You may not have the time for an extended vacation, but we can offer up the best weekend itinerary for cities across the nation for a splendid jaunt.

  1. WHERE TO?
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The Adventurist

Opt-In For Adventure This Summer

Destinations Ripe With Adventure

We find that creativity and contentedness freely flow after a satisfying adventure. As summer sets in and the vacation bug bites, we predict hours you’ll  spend hours planning out your next getaway, Take a shortcut and consider whether one of these adventure-focused destinations might do the trick for you.

  1. LET'S GO
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5 HIDDEN HIDEAWAYS

OTHERWORLDLY ATTRACTIONS

THE WORLD ISN’T LIMITED TO ONLY THE WELL-KNOWN WONDERS OF GUIDEBOOKS

The most amazing natural attractions don’t always entail a plane ticket to some remote corner of the globe. These five require just some good walking shoes and a few hours spent away from your Benchmark guest room.

  1. DISCOVER
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Northeast

THE NORTHEASTERN US

TAPPING INTO TRADITION 

The nation’s oldest buildings and cities – including Boston and New York City – are rooted in the Northeast, making it one of the most historically rich regions you’ll ever visit. Not to mention, it’s home to the country’s most brilliant display of nature’s distinct seasons.

  1. EXPLORE
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FLORIDA

COLORFUL & QUAINT

YOUR INLET TO FINE LIVING

If you’ve ever spent time in Florida, you’ll know that the state as a whole feels a bit like a Jimmy Buffett song: quirky, low-key, and colorful. Find your own tune here, whether that’s in the happening hot spot of Miami, sprawled out on miles of white sandy beaches, or wading through Everglades exotica.

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Vermont Offers Hikes From Mountains to Molehills

As the world has become an increasingly “connected” place -–with smartphones and technology linking us to the latest– more and more folks are disconnecting from their devices and reconnecting with nature (as well as themselves and each other) by hitting the paths less traveled. If you are the type who enjoys seeing beautiful scenery but you don’t want to spend a year training for it, then the good news is that Burlington, Vermont has the answer. Check out these great beginner trails:

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