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The Best Places to Visit in 2013

LonelyPlanet.com compiled their list of the ten best places to visit in 2013. If you’re looking into planning your next vacation, check out these places and see what all the fuss is about!

  1. Louisville, Kentucky– Considered a “lively, offbeat cultural mecca on the Ohio River.”
  2. Fairbanks, Alaska-The place to be to see the unique & exquisite Northern Lights.
  3. San Juan Islands, Washington– Home to 250 days of sunshine each year plus tons of fresh food and locally grown produce, seafood, and more.
  4. Philadelphia, PA– Philly is quickly becoming the art capital of the world with the renowned Philadelphia Museum of Art and amazing galleries.
  5. American Samoa– Has some of the most stunning & untouched beaches of the Pacific and an awesome national park. It’s US territory too!
  6. Eastern Sierra, CA– An overlooked part of the Sierra Nevada range with other great natural attractions like the Travertine hot spring, the Gold Rush ghost town of Bodie, and more.
  7. Northern Maine-Besides lobster, lighthouses, and a rocky shoreline, Maine’s top half which reaches to the Canada border makes for a true wilderness adventure with moose, white water rafting, and hiking.
  8. Twin Cities, Minnesota-Minneapolis is often called the country’s best bike city. St. Paul is quitter but has an awesome must-see marketplace and the Fitzgerald Theater.
  9. Verde Valley, Arizona-Located between Phoenix and the Grand Canyon, Verde Valley is taking off as Arizona’s go-top location. Food, art, and mining lore combine with beautiful green canyons rimmed by red rocks.
  10. Glacier National Park, Montana– One of the country’s wildest, most remote and pristine national parks. Jagged, snow-topped ridges and glacier sculpted horns loom over aquamarine lakes and meadows that are blanketed with wildflowers.

Which one of these places are you most likely to visit? They all sound fantastic to us!

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The Best and Worst Airline for Lost Luggage

We’ve all had that moment of panic while waiting for our luggage. When it seems that everyone else on your flight has located their belongings on the conveyor belt while you are still hoping to spot yours come around the bend. If any of you have ever experienced lost luggage on a trip, you know just how important it is to deal with an airline who works hard to locate it and get it to you as soon as absolutely possible.

Nearly 1.8 million pieces of luggage were lost, stolen, or damaged by major US airline in 2012. That number is only for domestic flights! Travel & Leisure has compiled a list of the best and worst airlines for lost luggage.

15. American Eagle- Ranked at the very bottom of the DOT’s list in the past five out of six years. Baggage reports per 1,000 travelers:5.80

14. Express Jet- The world’s largest regional airline is second worst at handling luggage. It also ranks among the worst for late and canceled flights. Baggage reports per 1,000 travelers: 5.52

13. SkyWest- The second largest of the regional carriers, they operate short-hauls and commuter flights to more than 150 US cities for five larger airlines. When it comes to having to transfer luggage at so many terminals between six airline entities, they can’t seem to keep it straight! Baggage reports per 1,000 travelers: 5.26

12. Mesna- Mesna is the second smallest airline in terms of annual passengers and it consistently has one of the worst baggage-handling records. Baggage reports per 1,000 travelers:4.68

11. United- United flew the same number of passengers last year as American Airlines but they mishandled about 80,000 more bags. Baggage reports per 1,000 travelers: 3.87

10. Southwest- They received the lowest percentage of customer complaints compared to every other US carrier but they sill continue to struggle on the baggage front. Baggage reports per 1,000 travelers: 3.08

9. Alaska- Known for their “25-minute bag guarantee,” your bag just might be getting off at another airport! Baggage reports per 1,000 travelers: 2.93

8. American- While they used to rank at number 14 for handling luggage, the airline has taken steps to aid in their luggage handling by using technology to improve performance. Baggage reports per 1,000 travelers: 2.92

7. Hawaiian- The airline used to rank near the top of the chart for least lost or damaged bags but their recent expansion over the past few years could account for the stumble. Baggage reports per 1,000 travelers: 2.88

6. Frontier- Primarily serving destinations in the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains, the carrier has extended its reach to both coasts and even Alaska. They have consistently ranked amongst the best domestic baggage handlers. Baggage reports per 1,000 travelers: 2.22

5. US Airways- Just six years ago, they ranked among the worst in baggage handling and overall quality but they have consistently climbed up the ranks since then. Baggage reports per 1,000 travelers: 2.14

4. Delta- The best of the mega airlines when it comes to baggage. Delta carried over 98 million passengers during the survey period and lost or damaged about 200,000 bags which is a remarkable record when considering the volume of baggage that they are maneuvering through airports. Baggage reports per 1,000 travelers: 2.10

3. JetBlue- Considered the pioneer of innovative in-flight entertainment, they are also stars when it comes to luggage. Baggage reports per 1,000 travelers: 1.88

2. AirTran- They have long since had one of the best records when it comes to getting bags from one airport to another. In two out of the last five years they have ranked number one. Baggage reports per 1,000 travelers: 1.58

1. Virgin America Small but efficient is the very best at handling luggage. Baggage reports per 1,000 travelers: 0.87

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Six of the Snowiest Cities in the United States

Weather.com examined the 30-year average annual snowfall data from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center and compiled a list of America’s 6 snowiest cities. They limited the list to cities that had a population of at least 1,000 as of the latest census data. Unincorporated towns, mountain parks, and ranger stations were not included.

6. Boonville, New York

Average yearly snow: 193.7”

 5. Leed, South Dakota

Average yearly snow: 201.4”

 4. Truckee, California

Average yearly snow: 202.6”

 3. Hancock, Michigan

Average yearly snow: 211.7”

 2. Crested Butte, Colorado

Average yearly snow: 215.8”

 1. Valdez, Alaska

Average yearly snow: 326.3”

Valdez, Alaska takes the cake with an average yearly snowfall that totals over 27-feet high. Just to get an idea, that is a little more than three times taller than the tallest human on record, double the height of a one-story home, and almost hits the top of a football goalpost!

To read more on the six snowiest cities in America, visit the original article which can be found here.

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6 places it pays to move to

MSN Money gives readers something to think about in their article, 6 places it pays to move to. While it seems economic recovery is still not looking as promising as we may have hoped, and many families around the country are feeling financial pressure, there are a few places that will offer you monetary incentives to live and work there. Some are offering helping paying off students loans, while others are even offering forgivable mortgages. If you have been considering a move, especially to a location where you can hope to earn a bit more and be welcomed by a community happy to add new faces, take a look at these 6 locations and maybe one will be the perfect fit for you!

Here is a list of the 6 places it pays to move to:

1. Niagara Falls, N.Y.

2. Rural Kansas

3. Milnor, N.D.

4. Detroit

5. Alaska

6. Chattanooga, Tenn.

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Photo courtesy of: Chattanooga, Tennessee - www.city-data.com

Photo courtesy of: Chattanooga, Tennessee – http://www.city-data.com