In summer, when the cities start to sizzle, a lot of people suddenly realize they’d rather be in Grand Marais. This village on Minnesota’s North Shore is awash in Lake Superior’s cool breezes, and it has everything else a tourist could want – restaurants, shops, galleries, nightlife and scenery. But it doesn’t always have enough room for all of the escapees, especially on festival weekends.Read story and trip tips
If you've ever been shocked by the price of a hotel room, join the club. You may have barely heard of Duluth, Minnesota, but rooms there will cost you at least $200 on summer and fall weekends, $350 if you wait until the last minute. Don't forget to add nearly 14 percent in taxes. Hotel rooms cost about the same in Chicago, except tax is 16.4 percent. And in both towns, you'll pay closer to $500 during big events.Read story and trip tips
Chicago is a fun, fun place to be.Read story and trip tips
In 1997, a small-town damsel who married a prince — well, an heir — waved a silver wand over her hometown of Perry, Iowa, and unusual things began to happen.Read story and trip tips
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