12 Hours in Reawakened Downtown Los Angeles

Art Deco in the Morning, Dim Sum for Lunch, Speakeasies at Night

Author: Jason Donahue, Co-Founder & CEO

For decades nobody visited Downtown LA if they could help it, and if they had to, they would clap shut the tops of their convertibles, lock their cars and pray the sun did not set on them.

Those days are over. This collection of three Sidewalks shares the stories, cultural icons and context to gain a newfound appreciation for the rise, fall and rise of Downtown LA.

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7 Travel Trends for 2018

Experiential Travel, Airfare Changes & Overtourism, Oh My!

Author: Jason Donahue, Co-Founder & CEO

As you consider your 2018 travel plans, we looked into our crystal ball to predict 7 trends that will impact your year ahead. Expect changes to your airfare, travel companions and more.

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Top 5 Winter Wonderland Walks

Guaranteed To Warm Your Holiday Spirit

Author: Jason Donahue, Co-Founder & CEO

As 2017 comes to an end, it’s now or never to unthaw the Yuletide spirit. Our recommendation? Sensory immersion. Go for a walk in a winter wonderland in your hometown and take in all the sights, tunes, smells and samples. We even made it easy for the Ebenezers out there and did the research so you don’t have to.

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The Art of the Pub Crawl, How to Feast on Live Crawfish & the Mission to Keep Austin Weird

Word on the Street with Chris Herndon of The Guild

Author: Jason Donahue, Co-Founder & CEO

Meet Chris Herndon, the co-founder of The Guild, a boutique short-term rental and hotel rolled into one. He divulges on his favorite speakeasy, belting Bon Jovi in the Big Easy and spending the afternoon hanging with Bill Clinton.

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3 Highlights From Our New Favorite Sidewalk

A Street Art Walk of Shepard Fairey’s Lower East Side

Author: Jason Donahue, Co-Founder & CEO

Few other artists of the last decade have left their mark on national politics, American culture, and the country’s zeitgeist as much as Shepard Fairey. To celebrate this remarkable artist, this week we feature 3 highlights from one of our favorite new Sidewalks - Shepard Fairey's Lower East Side: Stencils, Murals & Street Art.

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Whiskey Warehouses, Drinking Contests with Grizzlies & the Downside of Traveling with Mark Twain

Word on the Street: 8 Questions with Duggan McDonnell, author of Drinking the Devil's Acre: A Love Letter from San Francisco and her Cocktails

Author: Jason Donahue, Co-Founder & CEO

Meet Duggan McDonnell, the acclaimed author and Guide of “Harlots, Hooch & History in Old San Francisco.” He gushes on his favorite cocktail city, his worst travel experience and the needs of the “Urban Sophisticate.”

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9 Photos To Inspire You To Explore

The High Line Park - New York City

Author: Corey Wood, Product Lead - Growth & Lifecycle

The High Line is a prime example of New York’s ability to to transform, adapt, and re-invent itself. Today the rail cars have been replaced with wildflowers, the locomotives are gone and pedestrians are the victors. The once abandoned railroad track is now one of the top attractions in New York and is ready for you to explore.

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The Season of the Spooks

Start A Scary Tradition

Author: Jason Donahue, Co-Founder & CEO

This Halloween season, explore your hometown from a new perspective: go on a spine-chilling, supernatural haunted walk. It may explain a few things. And who knows, perhaps an annual haunted walking tour will become part of your family’s Halloween tradition.

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4 Alternatives to the Pumpkin Spice Latte

I Secretly Love PSLs

Author: Corey Wood, Product Lead - Growth & Lifecycle

I’ve held out for 14 years to drink a Pumpkin Spice Latte. Today I sipped my first one. Passport to Flavortown!

See how PSLs have altered the trajectory of my life. And while you’re at it, check out 4 alternatives to the Fall classic that will broaden your coffee horizons.

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Unexpected Sumo Matches, Judging Vacations & the Art of Meandering

Word on the Street: 8 Questions with Katie from The Budget Backpack

Author: Jason Donahue, Co-Founder & CEO

Meet Katie, the Guide behind “Boston to Cambridge: Parks, Brownstones and a Killer Skyline.” She opens up on why to cross bridges, the joys of solo travel, and best way to explore Boston.

 

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The Cronut of the Dumpling World

What's That?  |  Xiao Long Bao

Author: Jason Donahue, Co-Founder & CEO

Like meat on a stick, the culinary concept of meat stuffed in a dough pocket is a fairly common one. There exist a multitude of dumpling variations from around the world: Italian ravioli, Japanese gyoza, Polish pierogi, Tibetan momo, Indian samosa, Latin American empanada, Korean mandu and dozens more.

On the vast plane of dumplings, there is one variation that stands above the rest: Xiao Long Bao - the Shanghainese soup dumpling. It does something that no other dumpling dares: it incorporates a warm broth inside of the dumpling.

Curious? We’ll explain what it is, where it came from, how to eat it, what separates the good from the bad, and where to find it.

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Yes We Cannoli

What's That?  |  Cannoli

Author: Corey Wood, Product Lead - Growth & Lifecycle

We are pumped to announce that today we are unlocking Boston as a Sidewalk city! You can now explore the best of Boston and Cambridge with Sidewalk.

To celebrate this milestone, we honor Boston’s best-in-class pastry, the sweetened ricotta-filled pastry shells that dreams are made of — the cannoli. If you’ve experienced a Saturday night in the Hub’s cannoli capital, the North End, you’d know that the lines stretching out the doors of the Italian bakeries means one thing: they make some divine cannoli.

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Revolutionaries, Cobblestones & Ivy Leaguers In Boston

Sidewalk Unlocks Boston

Author: Jason Donahue, Co-Founder & CEO

We’re excited to announce that we are unlocking Boston as a Sidewalk city today. You can now search the collection of neighborhood Sidewalks to explore the best of Boston and Cambridge.

Whether you’re an inquisitive local or an out-of-towner, discover local perspectives and insider recommendations for places Bostonians know and love. Boston marks our sixth featured city, after debuting in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Seattle and unlocking Washington DC this summer.

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5 Practical Tips to Improve Your Images As a Casual Photographer

Author: Ayash Basu, Founder & CEO of Loculars

A good photo is one that connects with its viewers and communicates a story. There is no checklist to tick off, no defined criterion to satisfy to capture a great picture. However, there are some guidelines that can help improve your images, and over a period of time, develop your photographic eye.

Here are 5 tips to become a better travel photographer.

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6 Reasons to Explore with Your Kids

Author: Corey Wood, Product Lead - Growth & Lifecycle

Do you ever scratch your head when thinking about what to get your kids for an upcoming birthday? Well, maybe a new Hatchimal isn’t your best bet. A recent survey revealed that 43% of kids prefer vacations to gifts. In addition, similar to adults, 46% of kids said that the best part about holidays was seeing new places and trying new things.  

Whether or not your family has a holiday on the horizon, here are 6 reasons to get out and explore with your kids in any neighborhood.

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Elevated Avocado Toast, Gut Health & Why Everyone Should Be a Solo Traveler

Word on the Street: 8 Questions with Kara, The Travelling Dietitian

Author: Jason Donahue, Co-Founder & CEO

In each edition of “Word on the Street,” we interview a Guide to learn about their Sidewalk and some of their best travel stories.

Meet Kara, the Guide behind “Healthy Food Tour of Greenwich Village: Vegan Tex Mex, Coconut Froyo & Artisanal Coffee.” She dishes on corporate morning calisthenics, inspiration for new recipes and the rise of clean eating in New York City.

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