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Birmingham, Alabama, continues to surprise visitors

The New York Times writes that visitors with little knowledge of Birmingham, and especially those whose knowledge is limited to the city’s violent civil rights history, are often pleasantly surprised with what they find. While the largest city in Alabama has memorialized its past, it has plenty of other features, including a famed motor-sports park, Southern cuisine and luxury shopping opportunities.

Siena ‘s magic lures visitors to Italy’s countryside

Articles in The Honolulu Advertiser and The Los Angeles Times talk about the attractions of Siena, one of those beautiful, historic European cities that draws travelers with its interesting archaeological remains, vehicle-less roads and gated old town. It’s also one of the Continent’s most intact Gothic cities. And an Italian city wouldn’t be complete without featuring amazing cuisine. In this case, the food is incredibly rich — sausages, "pici" pasta, "cipollata" soup, rabbit stew and much more.

Discover hidden gems of France’s Basque region

According to Travel + Leisure , the Basque region of France is not as well known as Spain’s Basque country nor as the rest of the French Riviera, despite its many links to both. However, the area has plenty of features to draw visitors, including hidden villages, interesting cuisine and lots of room to roam.

Amsterdam defined by canals, other affordable attractions

USA TODAY/The Associated Press reports that Amsterdam’s famed canals – built four centuries ago – have long offered visitors a unique view of the city. Along the canals, cobbled streets are thronged with walkers and bicyclists who get yet another view of Amsterdam. Many of the city’s best features — the canals, cobbled streets, Red Light district, open-air markets, to name a few — are free. Meanwhile, museums, cafes and other attractions may not be free, but they’re affordable.

Find total isolation in southern Utah

Grand Staircase — Escalante National Monument in Utah features something few destinations can boast about: no vehicles, no other people, no signs of humans. Instead, per an article published in The New York Times , the area is full of stunning vistas, slot canyons and lonely trailheads. The place is so devoid of any human touch that visitors are reminded to "pay attention to landmarks so they can find their way out."

Great Smoky Mountains Park offers an inexpensive good time

Most major national parks collect an entry fee, but USA TODAY reports that at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, visitors get the fresh air, hundreds of thousands of acres filled with incredible scenery, and flora and fauna for free. The park is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. "It’s a fairly affordable destination," said park spokesman Bob Miller.