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This article was originally published on Sunn Gold on October 5, 2017.

Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a smart, bohemian town with a rich history and gorgeous views. A student population from both Harvard and MIT helps sustain the city’s culture of coffee shops, art galleries, cinemas, bookstores, and neighborhood bars. While staying in Cambridge, you’ll enjoy walking the streets and soaking up the historic atmosphere. You’ll also find plenty of attractions to keep you busy around town.

Intellectual Life

The active college life in Cambridge means you can always find a lecture, performance, sporting event, academic conference, or some other interesting activity happening. If you’re coming to town for a university function, you’ll want to get a hotel near Harvard University or find a place to stay near MIT. Both are close enough to the Charles River to offer nice views and a pleasant place to stroll.

An Abundance of Museums

Cambridge is home to many great museums. Some of the options you can explore, many on the Harvard University campus, include the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard Museum of Natural History, MIT Museum, and The Fogg Art Museum.

Restaurants and Shopping

Cambridge is full of cozy places to dine and shop. If you look for hotel accommodations near Porter Square or Harvard Square, you’ll be well-situated to enjoy eateries, neighborhood bars, boutique shopping, and public transportation. Market Square is the perfect plaza if you like to browse antique, vintage, and handcrafted merchandise.

A Rich History

Cambridge is a terrific place to soak up American history. Mount Auburn Cemetery, founded in 1831, was America’s first landscaped cemetery and is now a National Historic Landmark. The Longfellow House is the home of Henry W. Longfellow, one of the most recognized poets of the 19th century. The 2.5-mile Freedom Trail in nearby Boston also gives you glimpses of the region’s connections to American historical events.

Relaxed Nightlife

The pub culture around Cambridge attracts a lovely combination of craft beer fans, academics, locals, and tourists. The Brick and Mortar is a bar in a cool, industrial-looking building that serves up sensational cocktails. Order your cosmo at the Cuchi Cuchi, a throwback bar to the bygone era of 1920s Hollywood. And if you’re visiting Cambridge with your pet, bring your pooch with you to the dog-friendly Cambridge Brewing Co.

Sightseeing Around Cambridge

What’s one of the most popular ways to explore Cambridge? How about a Segway tour? As one of the area’s oldest Segway tour companies, Boston Segway offers a two-hour tour covering about 10 miles of sightseeing which includes sites around historic Cambridge. If you’re short on time, a one-hour tour hits many popular places around Boston Commons and the Boston Harbor.

Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a highly walkable city, with so much to explore and discover when you’re making your way around. People-watching in the streets and taking time to notice the architectural detail are highlights of a trip to Cambridge, so don’t over-schedule your trip. Allow plenty of time to wander, stroll, and sip coffee between visiting attractions.

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This article was originally published by Thomas Woods on September 21, 2017 on Tourist Choice.

With rock formations rising in the distance, Albuquerque is a sunny New Mexico destination fun to visit at any time of year. It has both historic and modern elements within the city, and lots of outdoor activities that give you opportunities to view the beautiful mountains and dessert around Albuquerque. Easily spend three days here without ever getting bored, between exploring Old Town, visiting museums, and soaking up the nightlife.

Day One: Walk Albuquerque

Explore Albuquerque’s history, which dates back to 1706, by walking through Old Town in the morning. You can expect to find a plethora of museums, shops, and restaurants in Old Town. Arrayed as a traditional Spanish neighborhood, Old Town has the San Felipe de Neri church at the center of its square. The church itself dates back to the late 1700s, and is beautiful to behold.

In the afternoon, head downtown. You’ll find more museums, more restaurants, and lots of great nightlife. Go into a few shops, then find a great spot for dinner.

Evening One: Go for Drinks and Dancing

Before you head back to your downtown Albuquerque hotel, stop in a few bars. Downtown’s Central Avenue is where you want to be for those nighttime drinks and dances. Hotels near the Albuquerque Convention Center will also place you very near Central Avenue.

Day Two: Bike in the Manzano Mountains

Lots of mountain biking trails run through the Manzano Mountains around Albuquerque. You can rent a mountain bike and spend the better part of the day exploring the majesty of these mountains. Expect to see gorgeous rock formations and some wildlife. You can choose trails that are easy, and go through the foothills, up to very advanced ones that only biking enthusiasts should attempt.

Evening Two: Enjoy a Show

You’ve spent the day exercising, so take this evening to relax and be entertained. If you’re not already asleep in your Albuquerque hotel, the city always has a live theater performance going on, whether you’re into classic plays or sketch comedy. Check the Albuquerque Theatre Guild for information on the live shows playing while you’re visiting the city. Many theatres and productions are boutique, giving you a unique taste of the local theatre in New Mexico.

Day Three: Visit Museums

On your last day in Albuquerque, spend some time exploring museums. The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is dedicated to the science and history of hot-air ballooning. You can see old balloon exhibits, visit a balloon flight simulator, and watch films about hot air balloons in the museum’s theater. It’s conveniently located near several Balloon Fiesta Park hotels, too, which gives you the chance to pack and check out before visiting this museum as your last stop.

Because of the beautiful weather, check out all the great pool hotels in Albuquerque. Spending an afternoon relaxing in the hotel, especially if you’re swimming outdoors while everyone back home is shivering, makes for an excellent vacation activity. Enjoy your time in sunny Albuquerque; three days isn’t long enough, so prepare to come back soon.

 

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If you’ve never heard of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, you’re missing out. This Wyoming location is near Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and several gorgeous lakes and rivers. The outdoor activities in and around Jackson Hole are the perfect ways to end your 2017. Visit in fall or winter to enjoy this gorgeous scenery; there’s always something to do, no matter the season.

Hike in Yellowstone

Yellowstone has some of the most spectacular hiking trails in the country. There’s a reason it’s so famous, after all. Many of the hiking trails are perfect for doing in a day. Pack a light backpack with a snack, wear your hiking shoes, and get ready to see breathtaking sights like waterfalls, creeks, and canyons. Lava Creek Trail, Fairy Falls Trail, and Elephant Back Loop Trail are just a few of the many majestic hikes you can take in Yellowstone. Honestly, you could fill up an entire Jackson Hole trip just at Yellowstone.

Tour Grand Teton National Park

Some of the best Grand Teton National Park tours happen via boat. These floating tours take you right by the gorgeous mountains, and a tour guide gives you information about the rock formations and Wyoming. Bring your camera in a waterproof case, because you’re definitely going to want to snap pictures of all the picturesque views you encounter.

Experience the Old West

You can get a taste of what life was like in the Old West by visiting several venues in Jackson Hole. Try a Bar T-5 cookout tour, which will take you into the wilderness in a covered wagon drawn by horses. The wagon takes you to a camp where delicious food is being prepared. You can also visit the Jackson Hole Playhouse, where you get to enjoy a performance while you’re eating.

Raft on Snake River

Take a whitewater rafting trip down Snake River. Sit on the edges of the raft and paddle your way through churning water, or sit in the middle and hold on tight. You’ll experience adrenaline rushes as you ride through this bubbling river. You can go in spring and fall when the weather is chillier, but be sure you have a quick way back to your Jackson Hole hotel, so you can run a warm bath and relax after such an adventure.

See Elk at the National Elk Refuge

It’s no surprise that you can see Elk at National Elk Refuge. You can also see other gorgeous animals like bison, swans, eagles, and wolves. The refuge has specific spots where you can look at the wildlife, especially so you can take some beautiful pictures. Be sure to stop and do some of the educational opportunities to learn more about Wyoming’s wildlife.

Don’t let the rest of this year pass without a visit to Jackson Hole. Be prepared, because once you visit, you’ll want to return every year for this gorgeous piece of the American landscape. Whether you love water activities, wildlife, or mountains, Jackson Hole has picturesque scenery that’s going to delight and amaze you.

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SANDWICH, Mass. (AP)- Police reports have it that a motorist in Massachusetts is in custody after she stepped out of her SUV, pulled off her shirt and dashed topless towards another motorist with a knife in her hand.

According to the Cape Cod Times, the other driver happened to be a police officer who was off duty. The officer then puts a call through to the Sandwich Police Department to relate the situation on the road. In a Facebook post, police claimed to have received a phone call on Saturday about a recklessly driven SUV. They said the driver made attempts to hit the vehicle of the caller but had to slow the car down because of a red traffic light.

Police disclosed that the woman stepped out of her car, took off her shirt and charged towards another vehicle, holding a knife seeming like a dagger. The 39-year-old is facing multiple charges including an assail with a dangerous weapon.

 

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There is an ongoing debate on whether you need a Master’s degree or not. A recent study revealed those who pursued Master’s degrees in the highest-paying fields come from affluent families. Paying for the fees can be a huge setback.

One effective way to knock off some costs on your graduate degree is to consider distance learning. Try to learn more about USC’s online MPH degree and other Master’s degree courses the university offers.

Why do you need a graduate degree? Here are five reasons:

  1.    Get a salary bump

Professionals with a Master’s degree are getting higher paychecks than those who only hold a bachelor’s degree. The biggest salary bump for Master’s degree holders are in the following fields: Computer Science, Economics, Finance, Chemistry, and Electrical Engineering. With a salary increase ranging from $26,000 to $30,000, opportunities for graduate students are quite impressive.

  1.    Take advantage of employer reimbursement programs

If you are employed, getting a graduate degree is attainable since there are many employers who are offering financial help to employees who pursue higher education.

  1.    Meet like-minded people who might play a crucial role in your success

Getting a graduate degree is all about networking. Meeting like-minded professionals could expose you to better opportunities. In a world where knowing the right people opens doors, there’s no better place to build your connections than at the university setting.

  1.    Dig deeper into your area of interest

Getting a graduate degree is quite different from an undergraduate degree since you can explore your interests at a deeper level. This is the perfect time to pursue the areas in your field that you have always been interested in.

  1.    Perfect opportunity to change careers

Getting a master’s degree in a related field makes it easier for you to pursue your dream job because it enhances your resume. Even if you have a demanding job, you can always study online.

If you have always been interested in taking a higher position in a government agency, for instance, you can learn how you can obtain a Master’s in public administration online. Plus, your expanded network could help you get into the company or agency you want. Remember, referrals are always the best way to get hired if you change careers. This is another reason you need to put in a lot of effort in building your network.