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    Dupont Circle Hotel in Washington, D.C.
    Dupont Circle Hotel in Washington, D.C.



    Ride the rails in a fun and inventive way with Rail Explorers. Two- and four-passenger pedal-powered vehicles allow visitors to travel in the open air along scenic Narragansett Bay area or historic Aquidneck Island. There’s no need to worry about levels of difficulty; each vehicle has four steel wheels that glide along steel rails to provide a smooth ride that is easier than pedaling a bicycle. And since you don’t have to steer, there’s ample time for sightseeing and hands-free photo ops. The one-hour tours depart on a set schedule. For safety, a trained guide leads the way, with another in the rear. Riders depart in intervals, allowing everyone to travel at their own pace, and enjoy the solitude of the rails. Tours available through October. Tandem (2 riders) $75; Quad (4 riders) $125. Single rider VIP seats (next to tour guide) $45. Children and dogs welcome. 877-833-8588, www.rail


    Cruise the Eastern United States in five-star luxury aboard Le Soleal, Ponant’s intimate 132-stateroom and suite vessel. Sailing roundtrip from Boston, the 10-day, 9-night tour features port of call stops and excursions in the 18th-century fishing village of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia; the seaside resort of Bar Harbor, Maine; Salem; Newport, R.I.; and a two-day stopover in New York City. (Sept. 28 through Oct. 7.) Fares from $6,251 per person. Or sign up for an 8-day, 7-night, one-way sea journey from Boston to Colon, Panama. (Oct. 7 through Oct. 14.) Rates from $1,560. All Ponant cruises feature French crews, attentive service, and cuisine inspired by the culinary heritage of France. 888-400-1082,



    Before school begins, take advantage of the Washington, D.C., With the Family package offered by the Dupont Circle Hotel. It includes overnight accommodations for two adults and two children in a guest room with two large beds; daily boxed lunch for each of the kids, with peanut butter and jelly or grilled cheese sandwich, soft drink or juice, and cookies, chips, and fruit salad; and valet parking. The hotel’s location, across the street from the Dupont Circle Metro Station, offers easy access to popular destinations. In addition, guests can get up to 40 percent off popular paid attractions with the Go Washington DC Explorer Pass to experience everything from Madame Tussauds Washington D.C., Bike & Roll rentals, Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour, Newseum, National Geographic Museum, International Spy Museum, and more. Rates from $199 per night; through Sept. 10. 202-483-6000,




    Two snazzy contemporary hotels are debuting this summer in Texas. Aloft and Element Austin Downtown are dual-branded hotels on one property, close to the convention center and Sixth Street Entertainment District in the heart of this capitol city. Element features apartment-style suites including in-suite kitchens, spacious spa-inspired bathrooms, and functional workspaces; Aloft offers 278 guestrooms. Grand opening rates from $199/$216 per night. Guests at either property can book the Austin Adventure Package, a way to stay cool while exploring the city. Includes stand-up paddleboard or kayak rentals for two on Lady Bird Lake; two Austin B-cycle unlimited day passes; two passes to cool off at Barton Springs (and two Hydroflask water bottles for a Barton Creek hike); 8 chilled sports drinks; complimentary bottle of wine in your room; and $150 dining and drinking credit at Caroline, the hotel’s casual eatery serving a New American menu. $579. Book online, or call 877-782-0151 and mention rate plan LCPKG1.




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    Ultra-lux men’s active clothing brand Rhone recently introduced Gold
    Fusion, a new technology that infuses gold particles into high-performance fabrics. The result is a softer, safer, faster-drying, longer-lasting, odor-neutralizing garment. Perfect for no-fuss travels that include running, cross-training, and other sporty activities. The line features a multi-sport short with mesh ventilation panels; Glacier Tee, designed to keep you cool in hot environments; Merino wool Captain Tee; and Sequoia Air, a quarter-zip, long sleeve pullover. ($68-$98) Guaranteed to be nontoxic and environmentally friendly. www.rhone
    Travelers on the go in need of a quick wardrobe upgrade can simply choose a curated kit of everything you’ll need for the gym, trailblazing, running, and more.


    Traveling with your baby just got easier. The Babyzala Bootcamp Bag allows you to pack your baby’s thing — and yours — in one convenient, lightweight bag. The all-in-one backpack and diaper bag can carry bottles, laptops, iPads, and more, and converts into a diaper-changing station. Practical, sturdy, and durable, the bag can accommodate everything from a rolled up beach towel to your yoga mat in the front, and keeps your liquids upright in the bottle holders on the sides. Unisex style is suitable for mom or dad. $59.99.

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