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Editor’s Choice: US Museum Destinations – Part 1

Believe it or not, this long, cold winter is coming to an end soon. The days are getting longer, the sun is a little brighter, and before you know it Summer Road-Trip Season will be right around the corner! Whether you drive, cycle, or fly, you may find yourself looking for a great museum to visit in the U.S., and we have a great list to get you thinking, planning, and hopefully fitting some great American culture into your trip.

In this two-part series, we’ll give you a jump start on summer museum season with these top Editor’s Picks, highlighting a great museum option from each state in the USA. If you’re able to work any of these great destinations into your itinerary, grab your comfortable shoes and get in line for your ticket.

And of course, don’t forget to share your visit on your TravelPod blog!

Part 1

  1. Alabama (Birmingham) – Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
       TravelPod member burtonll calls it “one of the best museums I have ever seen.”
  2. Alaska (Anchorage) – Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center
       Recommended by blogger louclaire as “a great introduction to Alaska.”
  3. Arizona (Tucson) – Pima Air & Space Museum
       Check out some great photos taken by greg-and-karen on their 2013 visit.
  4. Arkansas (Bentonville) – Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
  5. California (San Francisco) – The Exploratorium
       See what miss.chris had to say about this kid-friendly San Francisco destination.
  6. Colorado (Denver) – Clyfford Still Museum
  7. Connecticut (New Britain) – New Britain Museum of American Art
       Blogger modernnomad67 stopped by and took some pics.
  8. Delaware (Winterthur) – Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
  9. Florida (St. Petersburg) – The Dali Museum
  10. Georgia (Atlanta) – High Museum of Art
       We have a very thorough description from burtonll.
  11. Hawaii (Honolulu) – Bishop Museum
       TravelPod member c.i.222 included it on his 2013 trip.
  12. Idaho (Boise) – Discovery Center of Idaho
  13. Illinois (Oak Park) – Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
  14. Indiana (Indianapolis) – Indianapolis Museum of Art
  15. Iowa (Davenport) – Figge Art Museum
  16. Kansas (Hutchinson) – Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center
       TravelPod blogger cody_max made it a stop on his massive U.S. road trip.
  17. Kentucky (Louisville) – Frazier History Museum
  18. Louisiana (New Orleans) – The National WWII Museum
  19. Maine (Portland) – Portland Museum of Art
       Stop by for a culture break like barbaramorse9 did.
  20. Maryland (Baltimore) – Maryland Science Center
  21. Massachusetts (Boston) – Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum
       Recommended by tannoreth, this eclectic museum is “like visiting all of Europe, China and Japan rolled into one.”
  22. Michigan (East Lansing) – Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum
  23. Minnesota (Minneapolis) – Mill City Museum
  24. Mississippi (Vicksburg) – USS Cairo Gunboat and Museum
       Traveler and blogger andreatravels took some great photos of the Vicksburg National Military Park and this impressive ironclad gunboat.
  25. Missouri (St. Louis) – City Museum

Stay tuned for Part 2, including our Editor’s Picks from Montana to Wyoming!

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TripWow and TravelPod get a mention on TV!

Wow! Did we ever get a great Christmas’s present this year!

The tried and trusted TravelPod was highlighted on a TV talk show, Steven and Chris. We’re thrilled that TravelPod can still turn people’s heads after 10 years.

But the main focus of the piece was on our new slideshow creation tool, TripAdvisor TripWow!

In the introduction, Chris mentions that he usually sits everyone down at home and bores them with his vacation pictures, to which the presenter answers:

“Well, you’re not going to bore anyone with this!”

Great stuff!! Glad you guys like it!

Watch the clip here!! The relevant bit starts at 35:30.

If you’re not in Canada, use this page to view the video.

Once you’re done watching be sure to head over to tripwow.tripadvisor.com to see what all the fuss is about.

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The TripWow travel slideshow experience

Remember the days when your Great Aunt Agatha back from her trip, invited everyone over and gathered around the slide projector to show off your photos?

Snore. Boring right?

Your dad could never get the screen set up properly, a lot of times the slides would be out of order and the projector jammed in the middle of it.

Luckily, with digital cameras and the miracle of the internet, we don’t have to deal with that anymore.

Introducing: The TripWow slideshow experience.

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Anyone with a Flickr, Facebook, Picasa or TravelPod account can create one.

(TravelPod members can click the top corner of any of their blog entries to create one)

Import your photos from any of these accounts, add some music to match and magically, you’ve created very own, cinematic slideshow experience.

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The best hotels in the world chosen by real travelers

Find out what millions of real travelers call the best hotels in the world!

Now in its 8th year, the Travelers’ Choice awards from TripAdvisor are the only hotel honors awarded by the world’s largest travel community, based on the trusted opinions of millions of real travelers.

This year’s award categories include Best Bargains, Best for Families, Best B&Bs and Inns, Best for Romance, Best Luxury, Best Service, and Best All-Inclusive. Plus, TripAdvisor has added two new categories for 2010: Trendiest and Best Relaxation & Spa.

Another new feature in 2010: Europeans’ Favorites, where TripAdvisor’s European members share their local insights on the best accommodations in Europe.

You can also browse travelers’ top 25 hotels by region: United States, Europe, India, China, and Japan.

See all the winners at TripAdvisor.com/TravelersChoice. Just one look and you’ll be packing your bags for a new adventure.

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Ewww! Announcing TripAdvisor’s Dirtiest Hotels for 2010

Look out! TripAdvisor’s Dirtiest Hotels “awards” are back for 2010, and as disgusting as ever.

True to TripAdvisor’s promise to deliver the whole truth about travel – the good, the bad, and the ugly – TripAdvisor has identified the world’s most disturbingly dirty hotels, based on real reviews and photos by TripAdvisor travelers.

The “hall of shame” includes the ten filthiest hotels in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. From crusty carpets to broken fixtures, filthy bedding, unidentifiable stains, and bugs of every kind, what our members saw and smelled will shock you.

Check out the complete list, but be sure you’ve finished eating first. These hotels are not for the squeamish!

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Connect TravelPod to multiple Facebook accounts

Are you traveling as a group?

Are you traveling as a couple or a family?

You can now log into TravelPod using many different Facebook accounts.

This allows several people to update a single blog.

As an added bonus, when you send an entry notification, it will be sent to the Facebook friends of all the accounts associated with the blog.

Just click the blue “Sign in with Facebook” button and connect your Facebook account to your TravelPod account by following the prompts.

It’s that easy.

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