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New York City is a siren. Give her a few days and she will seduce you with her beguiling brand of grit and glamour. Pick your passion: art, iconic edifices, Broadway shows, shopping, generation-defining restaurants. All of this – and a few slices of killer pizza – are at your disposal. Plan well and dream big. It's the NYC way. Shop Stars For pomp and circumstance of The Devil Wears Pradavariety, hit the Upper East Side. Barneys has nine floors...

I spoke to US News + World Report about budget-friendly family getaways after the school year begins.   By September, crowds have dissipated in Park City, ushering in the pleasant and inexpensive shoulder season, explains family travel expert Amy Tara Koch. She points to the Grand Summit Hotel, located in Canyons Village, as an ideal lodging choice for families. Apart from reduced post-summer lodging rates (goSeek.com currently lists three-star hotels offering nightly rates under $100 in September),...

Fall means crisper temperatures, the changing of the leaves and a perfect time for outdoor activities. Here are some top spots to bring the fall season to life. On Labor Day, I chatted with Good Day LA about this topic. Video below.      1. Montana: Whitefish, Glacier During the summer, Glacier National Park sees over 1 million visitors. After August, the park becomes less congested so the chances seeing wildlife increases.  Stay in Whitefish  (25 miles to West...

By AMY TARA KOCH Whatever the mode of transport, traveling with children is often no picnic. The long-haul flight (five hours or more) offers up a special brand of hell, a smorgasbord of meltdowns, impromptu maladies and indiscriminate peevishness. I don’t blame the children. Being caged like the class gerbil for hours on end can be tedious. They can’t seem to help upchucking on you, often multiple times. Whining too. A carefully plotted parental playbook can...

Niseko, Japan in the summerPhoto: Courtesy of Zaborin Adventurous travelers are bound by a common goal: to sniff out compelling destinations before they top everyone’s hot list. If you are the type who enjoys the road less traveled—say, cycling through pristine farmland and forests, often without encountering a soul; being the lone American at achingly chic boutique hotels; or uncovering tucked-away eateries with seafood, wagyu, and tempura so otherworldly that Nobu seems ho-hum in comparison—then head...

Japan during the summer months is hot. Brutally hot. That's one of the reasons we decided to visit Niseko in the  northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido. The other reasons? Recreation and food. Many know Niseko for its super powdery snow, a gift from cold fronts from Siberia.  Like Aspen, Vail or Park City, this ski resort is also an excellent summer destination. [video width="272" height="480" mp4="http://amytarakoch.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/atk-japan-2017.mp4"][/video]   During our visit, it was 15 degrees cooler than Tokyo and Kyoto and far...

Mother of Dragons has left Meereen for Westeros. Lade Olenna is making alliances in Dorne. Cersei has taken the helm over Kings Landing and suddenly cookie cutter hotels feel tragically bland. Game of Thrones is back (July 16). And, the battle for the Iron Throne has inspired a real world thirst for vacations in crenellated castles with settings befitting a proper film set. That guests can partake in old world ”leisure pursuits” (think deer stalking, clay...

Positano. Vail. St. Tropez. Yellowstone. There’s one big problem with these vacation hot spots. Everyone knows about them. So, don’t be shocked when you turn up at your hard-won summer holiday, sun-screened and ready to de-stress, only to be assaulted by fellow vacationers jostling for your place in the sun. Crowds kill my vacation mellow. I go to great lengths to preserve the fantasy that I’m less tourist than fly on the wall, a traveler...

My children are upset. With a travel alert in effect and episode after episode of terrorist induced violence unfolding in Paris, they feel that my upcoming trip to France is reckless. I get it. I have taught them the motto “safety first”, invited police officers to our home to discuss how to safely navigate public transportation in Chicago. We have an alarm in the apartment to keep the bad guys out. So, why do I...

THIS STORY APPEARED IN VOGUE on 6/15/17 [caption id="attachment_20943" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Hotel Eden Roc, Ascona[/caption] Summer in the balmy Provencal town of St. Tropez seems like a holiday slam dunk. That is, until you arrive and find every sun dappled cafe full and your strolls along the beach more freeway rush hour than seaside getaway. Don’t get me wrong. St. Tropez is lovely.  It’s just that hordes of tourists capturing their rose quaffing via selfie stick can harsh...