21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati
     

21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati

Cincinnati, Ohio

The Queen City is full of great museums, so it only makes sense that it's also home to the 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati. Like its sister hotel in Louisville, the 21c in Cincy is both an outstanding hotel and an art museum, playing host to a number of rotating exhibits in its two-story gallery that's conveniently open 24/7. As for the rooms, there are a number of options, ranging from the Deluxe King all the way up to the spacious Corner Suite, but all of them offer contemporary styling, comfortable beds, custom furnishings, sleek bathrooms, and whimsical touches. Don't forget the eating and drinking options, which include Metropole — one of the city's best restaurants, named after the former Metropole Hotel that occupied the space — and the seasonal Cocktail Terrace, which offers terrific views from its 11th floor rooftop perch. Oh, and keep an eye out for the roaming yellow penguins.

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The Kill Devil Club
     

The Kill Devil Club

Kansas City, Missouri

There are plenty of reasons to visit The Kill Devil Club. There's the live music. There's the excellent small plates and shareables. There's the atmosphere. But most of all, there's the drinks. And one drink in particular — rum — gets top billing at the downtown oasis, with a truly encyclopedic selection of the stuff available. There's also all the other spirits, an inventive house cocktail list, sublime classic cocktails, and delicious punches that will have your entire group feeling happy.

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Northwest Passage Cruise
     

Northwest Passage Cruise

Anchorage, Alaska

In case you've forgotten your middle school geography, the Northwest Passage is a route through the Arctic Ocean that connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans — and now, over 100 years after it was first navigated, you can live the excitement of this trip on a Northwest Passage Cruise. This 32-day excursion will see you sailing past fjords, glaciers, and rare wildlife, while stopping at ports-of-call that include Kodiak, Alaska, Nuuk, Greenland, Bar Harbor, Maine, and New York City. It's certainly not cheap at $20,000 per person, but that's a small price to pay to be among the first to make the trip.

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Grand Banks
     

Grand Banks

New York, New York

There are plenty of great places to eat outside in New York — but few offer the unique views of Grand Banks. This seasonal oyster bar is located on the deck of a 142-foot sailboat docked in Tribeca at Hudson River Park's Pier 25. The menu is seafood-heavy, with fresh oysters, a collection of small plates, and some terrific summer cocktails. And should you somehow tire of the views of Manhattan (unlikely), you can always head downstairs to check out the on-board museum.

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Premier Skate
     

Premier Skate

Grand Rapids, Michigan

You might not expect to find one of the world's best sneaker shops in the Rust Belt, but that's not the only thing about Premier Skate that's outside the norm. As the name might suggest, Premier is both a skateboard and sneaker shop, offers a solid selection of both decks and shoes, with the occasional collaboration with Nike SB. There's also a good selection of clothing and accessories, but if you can find what you want in your size, don't fear — you can walk to nearby Hopcat and sip on a beer while you try to snag it off their website.

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Bedarra Island Resort
     

Bedarra Island Resort

Bedarra Island, Australia

There are plenty of eco-friendly resorts, plenty of luxury resorts, and plenty of private resorts. It's just rare to find all three in the same place. Yet that's the case with Bedarra Island Resort. Located in Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, this intimate, off-grid resort offers eight villas, each boasting a private balcony, ocean views, king-size beds, and LED TVs. Many also offer private plunge pools, and all of them include a buffet-style breakfast, light lunch, multi-course dinner, and access to the self-service bar. While you're there, you can take advantage of the pristine beaches, enjoy activities like sea kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling, fishing, and tennis, or just lounge by the pool. And since most of the resort's power comes from solar panels, with water coming from rooftop collection systems and natural springs, you don't have to feel guilty about it, either.

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Polite Provisions
     

Polite Provisions

San Diego, California

Modeled loosely after an old-time soda fountain, Polite Provisions aims to offer service worthy of those classic establishments — while serving way better drinks. On tap, you'll find a variety of spirits, beers, wines, cocktails, and sodas, while the menu also includes traditionally-served cocktails made from spirits, champagne, and beer, as well as a number of individual spirits and bottled sodas. And should you like what you're drinking, they also play host to Spirits Society classes that let you learn from top bartenders and enjoy some great drinks, too.

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Columbus Food Truck Festival
     

Columbus Food Truck Festival

Columbus, Ohio

Forget trying to chase down your favorite Ohio food trucks — they'll more than likely be gathered in one spot at the Columbus Food Truck Festival. Scheduled for August 15th & 16th at the Columbus Commons in downtown, this tasty event will feature over 40 food trucks and carts — including favorites like Sweet Carrot, The Angry Wiener, and Tortilla Street Food — as well as live music, arts and crafts, and plenty of refreshments. Or you could spend the next two months driving around to try them all. Totally up to you.

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Korean BBQ Taco Box
     

Korean BBQ Taco Box

Orlando, Florida

It might sound like an odd combination, but one meal at the Korean BBQ Taco Box will have you thinking differently. This bright yellow Central Florida food truck serves up a host of meat options like Bulgogi beef, spicy pork, and marinated chicken, any of which you can get on its own with rice, on a sub sandwich, or in a taco. Better yet, make your order a box, and enjoy some extra treats like spicy chicken wings and fried cheese rolls. And don't fret if you're not in the area — they just launched a second truck to serve Washington, DC.

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Heritage Barbershop
     

Heritage Barbershop

Portland, Oregon

Sometimes the name says it all, and at Heritage Barbershop, that's very much true. This Northeast PDX destination aims to honor the heritage of the classic neighborhood shop in all the best ways, with a simple menu of services that includes haircuts, buzzcuts, kids cuts, straight razor shaves, and hot oil treatments, and combinations thereof. And while the haircuts and service are top-notch, so is the atmosphere, which reestablishes the barbershop as a meeting place of men.

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D.O.M. Hotel Roma
     

D.O.M. Hotel Roma

Rome, Italy

Nestled on a street that's been home to some of the area's most important people since the Renaissance, the D.O.M. Hotel Roma offers a bridge between the old and new — not to mention an excellent night's stay. The 24-room hotel boasts glimpses at some of the original elements of the 17-century convent which it now occupies, including exposed brick walls, wooden ceilings, and blocks of marble with ancient religious inscriptions. But it mixes those with sleek furnishings, a lounge, a bistro-style restaurant complete with three original Warhol silkscreens, and a rooftop terrace bar.

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Scholz Garten
     

Scholz Garten

Austin, Texas

It's certainly not the newest or trendiest spot in Austin to grab a beer, but it is one of the most dependable. Founded by a German immigrant in 1866, Scholz Garten is a true German-style biergarten, with a large outdoor area, a stage that's frequently home to outstanding local performers, a varied menu that includes everything from German favorites to BBQ, and a healthy selection of draft beers, including a number of authentic Bavarian options. Or, as the Texas legislature put it in 1966, "a gathering place for Texans of discernment, taste, culture, erudition, epitomizing the finest tradition of magnificent German heritage."

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