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You’ll want to wear your snazziest clothes to stroll or sip cocktails along the drive, your tiniest bikini for sunning on the wide beach, and a disco nap before you head out for SoBe’s red-hot dance clubs. And be sure to check out the rich arts hub of Wynwood and the Design District, as well as the vibrant scene and Cuban cooking of the Little Havana neighborhood.
The city got wet, but it’s not washed up. The nation’s fourth-largest city is a sprawling metropolis, larger than New Jersey, with a lively cultural scene. You can easily fill a weekend with the arts here, exploring the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston or the Menil Collection; pausing for reflection at the Rothko Chapel; and perhaps scoring tickets to the Houston opera, ballet or symphony.
Or just hunker down at the new Marriott Marquis Houston and drift ’round and ’round the rooftop’s Texas-shaped lazy river.
You could plan an entire weekend around any one of the extensive, exhaustive museums on and near the National Mall. Check into JW Marriott Washington, DC, and you’ll be within walking distance of many of the city’s most important sights, from museums to monuments.
Or perhaps stay in Georgetown, a national historic district founded before the city itself and the power center for this power city. The hottest ticket in town these days is the National Museum of African American History & Culture. So big it can seem overwhelming, the museum offers a free app to help you navigate its exhibits.
If you visit during the holiday season when the city is at its most festive, you’ll certainly want to see the elaborate shop windows along Fifth Avenue and the enormous tree that annually stands sentinel over the ice-skating rink in Rockefeller Center.
For maximum old–New Yorkness, check into the historic Algonquin Hotel in the heart of the theater district, famed for the roundtable of wits, including Dorothy Parker and George S. Kaufman, who gathered here daily in the 1920s to drink, gossip and trade bon mots.
Vancouver Island is a temperate rainforest, so while you might not shiver during a winter visit to the city, on the island’s southern tip you might not see much sun. But don’t let an overcast day stop you from exploring exquisite Stanley Park or the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.
Stroll the cobbled streets of Gastown and visit nearby Chinatown, popping into shops, pubs and restaurants. If the day gets seriously rainy, the Museum of Anthropology is a fascinating deep dive into Canada’s indigenous cultures. The Marriott Pinnacle Downtown puts you right in the center of everything.
Here is vacation simplified: Sun, beach, food, indulgence. Outside the hurricane zone and with a dry climate, the Dutch-owned island in the southern Caribbean has wide, white-sand beaches and is the wreck diving capital of the Caribbean.
The capital of Aruba, Oranjestad, is port city packed with shops and restaurants and popular with cruise ships. Aruba is home to more than 90 nationalities, so the dining scene is diverse and robust. If you’re in the mood to try your luck, Aruba is chock full of casinos, including the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino.
Like nearby Aruba this Dutch island was spared the wrath of hurricane season. Stay at the the Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino to have the beach vacation you crave in the heart of the island’s capital, Willemstad, a UNESCO World Heritage site with a waterfront lined with colorful Dutch-style buildings. Curacao’s attractions include art galleries, museums, an aquarium and the oldest continuously used synagogue in the Western Hemisphere.