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The United Kingdom (UK) and the British Empire was one of the world’s great colonial powers, and ultimately superpowers, for centuries. Collectively comprised of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, its sphere of influence was vast and impressive. From its homeland in England, to outposts in America, The Caribbean, India and Africa, the U.K. ruled supreme. These days, the scope of the UK is more limited, but it is still an incredible place to visit.

Visitors are drawn to Scotland’s castles, the birthplace of golf and the impressive Scottish highlands. The rough and independent spirit is pervasive through Wales and along its storied coastline. Northern Ireland’s complicated history of the Troubles makes for an interesting educational experience (not to mention its incredible whiskey). And mother England with its many historical sites, makes any U.K. visit complete. From the Tower of London to the Dark Hedges, the UK is a great destination. Here are some articles on our favorites.

From Bubbles to Buns: An Ideal Weekend in Bath, England

Walking along the River Avon is one of the great things to do on a weekend in Bath England

Bath, England has been near the top of my bucket list for most of my life. Over 25 years ago at a summer camp, I met a young woman from Bath. She told me stories about a beautiful town in the west of England that had hot springs and looked like it was right out

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A Rocking London Food Tour

Eating our way through London's Soho neighborhood, including Chinatown.

We know what you’re thinking: London food tours? Yes, British cuisine has long had a negative reputation. Ask anyone to name a dish from England and you’ll probably get a unanimous answer: fish and chips. But we discovered there’s a lot more to British cuisine than beer batter.

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A London Walking Tour Along the Thames

A view of Parliament on the Thames River on a London Walking Tour.

“The history of the city is permanently linked to the river,” our guide Emily explained. On our London walking tour of the South Bank of the Thames River, we realized that the best way to enjoy and appreciate this city is from the banks of the Thames.

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Feeling the Magic on the Harry Potter Studio Tour

The Hogwarts Castle Model on the Harry Potter Studio Tour.

The magical world of Harry Potter has captured the world’s attention, including ours. From the very first book, we were captivated by the story of the little boy wizard. When we learned we were coming to London, there was no question that we’d visit Warner Brothers for a Harry Potter studio tour.

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Driving the Thrilling Causeway Coastal Route

The iconic basalt columns of The Giant's Causeway in Antrim, Northern Ireland. This is the highlight of the Causeway Coastal Route.

The rolling hills of the Emerald Isle become more pronounced as you reach the Antrim Coast of Northern Ireland. Carved into the cliffs and perched on the hills, the Antrim Coast Road links castles, sandy beaches, small towns and amazing geological formations. The Causeway Coastal Route is one of the most thrilling and beautiful drives

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Travel Insider Tip – Getting a Shower at London’s Heathrow Airport

The spa pool at the Sofitel hotel at London's Heathrow Terminal 5.

Long haul travel can really take its toll on the traveler. Transiting multiple continents can be a grind and the airlines don’t make it any easier for travelers – even their most loyal frequent flyers. London’s Heathrow airport is one of the busiest transit hubs in the world, but getting a shower at London Heathrow’s

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