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Melanie Renzulli

Crafty in Massachusetts; Crabby in San Francisco; Fairbanks, Alaska; Philadelphia; Ferris Wheel in Staten Island

By January 4, 2013

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Unique view of City Hall in Philadelphia

The last time I did a round-up of articles on USA destinations was before the Christmas and New Year holiday, so there's a lot to cover. For brevity's sake, however, I've picked out a few of the best pieces I've seen over the past few weeks. Happy reading. Happy planning. Happy New Year!

  • Somerville, Masschusetts, is a city to watch if you're considering a trip to New England. The Washington Post fills us in on the city's crafts explosion, which includes everything from cider doughnuts to ceramics. [The Washington Post]
  • A photographer fulfills his bucket list wish by taking a solo trip along the John Muir Trail in California. His reward (and ours) is more than 5,000 gorgeous photos. [L.A. Times]
  • Down in the west Texas town of El Paso, writer Iza Wojciechowska figured out the best things to add to a weekend itinerary. [New York Times]
  • San Francisco is on the list of Where to Go in 2013. One reason to go right now through the end of February is to feast on Dungeness Crab, a local delicacy. [NatGeo Intelligent Travel Blog]
  • NPR's food blog The Salt takes us to Templeton, Iowa; Frankfort, Kentucky; and other towns known for their rye whiskey, a truly American liquor that is experiencing a comeback. Sit back and listen to this story or read the transcript. [The Salt]
  • Fairbanks, Alaska, has been cited as one of the places to go in 2013 by one of the major travel pubs. Here's an insider's look. [NatGeo Intelligent Travel Blog]
  • I'm a big booster of Philadelphia, and it looks like there is a whole slew of new things to do in the City of Brotherly Love. [New York Times]
  • The havoc left by Super Storm Sandy has many in New York and New Jersey reassessing beachfront property and activities. Nevertheless, Staten Island is planning to move forward with its plans to allow the construction of the New York Wheel, which will be the world's tallest ferris wheel when completed. [The Atlantic Cities]
  • One of NYC's biggest attractions, the Empire State Building, makes about $85 million per year from tourism. Owners of the building are apparently planning an IPO. [Skift]
  • Paul Brady of The Huffington Post writes about the obscure Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, a museum in South Dakota dedicated exclusively to the Cold War. [The Huffington Post]

Photo of City Hall in Philadelphia by Harri's Photography via Getty Images

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