Tina D. Thompson

15 Most Beautiful Valleys in the US

The sound of flowing water, a lush valley covered in wildflowers, and the beauty of nature are some of the most soothing things you might encounter on visits to valleys in the US.

It’s possible it’s the way the earth folds around you like a loving mother or how the sun kisses the mountains each evening, but there’s no doubting that valleys are among the most breathtaking landscapes on the planet.

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Gas Prices to Affect Summer Travel More Than COVID Concerns


WASHINGTON—More than two years into the pandemic, U.S. travelers report that gas prices and inflation will impact their summer travel decisions more than concerns about COVID-19, according to a new survey conducted by Morning Consult and commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

Memorial Day weekend marks the start of the summer travel season, a traditionally busy time for the hotel industry. And this year, nearly seven in ten U.S. adults (69 percent) report being likely to travel this summer, with 60% percent saying they are likely to take more vacations this year compared to 2020-2021.

New concerns about

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Travel is back! Holidays are up 25% on pre-pandemic levels and business trips are once again racking up the air miles

Leisure and business flights are set to return in full swing this year after more than two years of painful travel restrictions, with 1.5 billion more passengers expected to take a trip this year compared to 2021.

The number of flyers is even beginning to surpass pre-pandemic levels, according to Mastercard Economics Institute’s “Travel 2022: Trends & Transitions” report, which found that global flight bookings for leisure soared 25% above 2019 levels for the month of April.

This is backed by a large growth in bookings of short to medium-haul flights, with long-haul trailing just behind.

Having started

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73% of Americans Plan to Travel This Summer

Survey Finds Americans Will Take Fewer Trips but Plan to Spend More Money While on Vacation

After a 2-year slump, summer travel is heating up. A new ValuePenguin Survey finds that 73% of Americans are ready to cross off coveted destinations from their bucket lists but not everyone is ready to splurge. Soaring costs and a lingering pandemic have some opting out and staying home.


  • More Americans plan to travel this year – On average they plan to spend about $2,700 per trip, up $300 from 2021.
  • High costs keep others from vacationing – 57% of those who aren’t
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