Your Visit to Liverpool: Understanding Scouse

When you visit Liverpool, you’ll probably notice their accent is rather different from what most people associate with a British accent. The distinct Liverpudlian lilt has confounded and intrigued visitors for decades. In “Scouse,” as the accent is called, “cut” rhymes with “foot,” “nurse” has the same vowel as “square,” and T is often dropped from the end of words. …

Guadalupe Peak or Devil’s Hall: Which Trail to Hike in Guadalupe Mountains

The king of all hikes in the Guadalupe Mountains is the Guadalupe Peak trail, which climbs 3000 ft. over the course of a 4¼ mi. (one-way) hike. Although the park is in the desert, its wet season comes in the summer, when it occasionally sees days of heavy fog and rain, which can make hiking to the peak a wasted …

What You Need to See at Carlsbad Caverns National Park

While the Big Room of the Carlsbad Caverns is more than 750 ft. underground, it is well paved and well lit. If you want to see parts of the caves that most visitors can’t access and have the physical ability to do so, try your luck in Spider Cave. Only one tour is offered a week, and they fill up …

The Ultimate Guide to Big Bend National Park

In Big Bend National Park, you’re right in the middle of the desert, where clouds are scarce and the views are unparalleled. You can meander along the roads of Big Bend in your car or four-by-four, but that would be an insult to this beautiful landscape. The Lost Mine Peak hiking trail (4¾ mi. round-trip) takes visitors up 1300 ft. …

The Ideal European Trip Itinerary: 15 cities in 6 weeks

Having trouble planning your European trip? Don’t worry, we know there are too many incredible cities to visit, so we’ve put this bucket-list European itinerary together to help you navigate your options. Brace yourself. This is one serious trip, but it’s absolutely worth it. We recommend you tackle it with us, so you don’t miss out on any of these …

Empire State Building Tickets: When Is the Best Time to Visit

  Be warned: this piece does not present a definitive answer as to when you should book your Empire State building tickets. Rather, as your adviser, I want to give you the pros and cons of visiting one of New York’s most famous sights at any point of the day. Taking photos, waiting in line, reading posters — the whole …

Meat Lovers, Meet Croatian Food

Meat lovers are spoiled for choice in Croatia. Although Croatian food varies by region, with strong Italian influences in Istria and an emphasis on seafood in Dalmatia, visitors to Zagreb and its surrounding areas will find most Croatian menus dominated by meat — from lamb to pork, and from duck to veal. Here’s a short list of our favorite meaty meals: …

Berlin Landmarks: Touring Through Germany

By: Nick Grundlingh, a Let’s Go! researcher-writer My PlacePass tour of the Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag Dome checked all the boxes on the “What makes a good tour” form. Arvid, my group’s tour guide, gave us fresh insights into things we generally knew about, as well as taught us things that I had no prior knowledge of at all. In …

Cliff Diving In Split, Croatia

By: Gavin Moulton, a Let’s Go! researcher-writer “If you climbed these cliffs in communist times, you’d catch a bullet.” That was not the reassuring news I wanted to hear as I was about to jump off the edge of a cliff next to Yugoslav dictator Tito’s former villa, which is currently an active Croatian military compound. All manmade threats to my …

Downtown NYC: A Walking Guide to the Hidden Treasures of Greenwich Village

This piece on downtown NYC is part of the PlacePass Hometown series, where we feature the hometowns of our employees. Natalia from the PlacePass marketing team calls NYC home.  It’s hard to think of a more perfect place for an afternoon stroll in downtown NYC than Greenwich Village. A paragon of cosmopolitan diversity, the Village truly has something for everyone. It was …