Erin Gifford

I am a Washington, DC-based lifestyle & travel writer. My writing has appeared in USA Today's GoEscape,,, TravelAge West, Parents, Family Circle,,,, AAA Traveler Worldwise, Northern Virginia Magazine, and AAA World. I am also a family travel expert and founder of, an award-winning travel resource. When not seeking out new adventures, I'm crossing off the next state in my quest to run a half-marathon in all 50 states (so far, I've run in 25 states).

8 New Tiki Bars Around the United States to Escape to This Winter

Live the island life—or at least dream of it during the cold front—at these tiki-inspired bars across the country. The tiki bar, known for its umbrella-laden fruity concoctions, was first made famous in the middle of the 20th century by Don the Beachcomber (the man and his eponymous tiki bar). The popularity of these colorful rum bars serving Nui Nuis and Mai Tais—great for a mini-celebration or putting yourself in vacation mode—has shown no sign of slowing down. Beyond plastic palm trees and g
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