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Manhattanhenge: an urban solar phenomenon

Manhattanhenge is an amazing coincidence of nature and the city where twice a year the setting sun aligns perfectly with the street grid of Manhattan in New York City. The result is a breathtaking view of Manhattan’s buildings lined with an orange glow radiating across the north and south sides of every cross street in the borough.

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Celebrate National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.

The greatest springtime celebration in Washington, D.C. has arrived! The National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the long-lasting friendship between the people of the United States & Japan. With 16 days of spectacular festivities that are primarily free, tourists visiting the nation will make the most out of their trips by visiting Washington, D.C. during this time. The festival takes place from March 26 to April 10, 2011.

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mTrip Travel Guides celebrates Black Friday with a sale in the App Store

Happy Black Friday!

mTrip Travel Guides is kicking off the holiday season with its iPhone and iPod Touch apps on sale in the Apple App Store.

The travel guides are regularly priced at $5.99 but today you can grab your favorite guide for $3.99!

The stores will be going crazy today as will you; skip the store madness and head straight for the App Store. We hope you enjoy your mTrip Guide :-)

Available destinations: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Munich, London, Madrid, Moscow, Paris, Rome, Venice, Vienna, Istanbul, Dublin, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Washington, Tokyo, Singapore and Shanghai.

Download your favorite Travel Guide

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New York’s Inspirational Rooftop Bars

After the hustle and bustle of a day shopping or taking in the sights and atmosphere of New York City, the numerous rooftop bars offer the full range of entertainment from dancing to dining to simply sipping a cocktail and watching the sun go down and the lights come up on the City that Never Sleeps. Rooftop bars offer the perfect combination of sightseeing and relaxing, making them the perfect cool-down and relaxation spot for holidaymakers. New York is one of the most exciting travel destinations in the world, and the unique skyline views from the decks of these exotic rooftop bars can make the trip even more memorable; here are five of the best.

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Making the Most of Black Friday

There is no other way to describe shopping on Black Friday than to call it sheer madness. With crowds of people lining up outside stores before dawn, ruthless shoppers pushing and shoving to beat each other to the sales racks, and otherwise respectable mothers fighting over jewelry, dishware, and the hottest toys of the season, you’d think you dropped right into some sort of post-apocalyptic sci-fi universe. But no, it’s just the day after Thanksgiving (and the craziest way to kick off the orgy of consumer spending that will unfold over the next month). But whether you live in New York, Washington, Chicago, San Francisco, or anywhere in between, there are ways to take advantage of the killer sales happening on Black Friday without the hassle of the madding crowd. Here’s how.

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