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16 Of The Most Photogenic Hikes On The West Coast

Best coast?

This stunning underwater shot made our list of the best travel photos for January. Check out the full gallery here: http://on.natgeo.com/1iV9Sqb Photograph by Patrik Gustafsson, National Geographic Your Shot

Lion's Head, Cape Town Is The Ultimate Daredevil Instagram Spot

Lion's Head, a picture-perfect mountaintop in South Africa, is one of those places that just makes your mouth drop.<p>The rocky playground is perched over 2,000 feet above Cape Town's coastline, but the ascent up the mountain is relatively easy. We've seen some pretty precarious Instagram spots …

Romantic Getaway: Long Weekend in Antigua

Perhaps most famous for its beaches, Antigua touts a staggering 365 of them—which locals will enthusiastically remind you makes one for each day of …

5 Places Not to be Missed in a Lifetime

As a travel writer since 1997, I have visited 100 countries, and I make 20 to 30 trips a year. I am always being asked where in the world I'd most like to go. In this post, I'm going to reveal the five destinations I'd love to visit, or re-visit, before I die. This includes, of course, the biggie …

5 Active Workouts in Saint Lucia

Sand, sun and a dash of adventure makes the perfect recipe for an adrenaline-filled vacation in Saint Lucia. Visitors looking for activities that are a little out of the ordinary can find endless opportunities both above and below the sea from zip-lining through the rainforest, snorkeling among the …

National Geographic Travel

One California Wine Country Town's Battle to Balance Tourism and Development

Healdsburg is undergoing a deliberate soul-searching exercise as it struggles with the tension between tourism, the needs of local residents and the …

Riomaggiore, Italy Is The Most Beautiful Place In The World Right Now

You've heard of the Cinque Terre, those five Italian fishing villages that tourists often hike through one at a time. The one that starts the chain is called Riomaggiore, and if it were up to us, we might stop there and never continue to the rest.<p>There are many reasons to love Riomaggiore. Firstly, …

10 Reasons You Should Take A Gap Year

With the recent news that Malia Obama will take a gap year before her freshman year at Harvard, the world will surely watch with anticipation to learn how she will spend the 365 days between high school and college.<p>While it's not common in the U.S., taking a gap year is considered the norm in some …

The 10 Most Absurd Flight Delays To Ever Happen

Think your Thanksgiving plane delay is funny?<p>Wait till you hear these crazy excuses for tardy takeoff.<p><b>Bill Clinton's scalp</b><p>In 1993, <i>four</i> LAX runways shut down when then-president Bill Clinton summoned his hair stylist aboard Air Force One for a last-minute trim on the tarmac. Apparently, he hadn't …

Jeff Friesen's '50 States Of Lego' Project Takes You Across America

If you think Legos are just a kid's toy, think again.<p>In his project, "50 States of Lego," Jeff Friesen -- a photographer and toy enthusiast -- recreates the United States of America using the colorful interlocking bricks. There are 50 scenes for the 50 states: each scene something unique or …

The Trek to Annapurna Base Camp, Part Two

During the Nepal leg of my recent bicycle ride around the world, I took time out of the saddle to hike into the Annapurna Base Camp. It was an eight-day adventure that lead me high into the Himalayan Mountains to the staging area for attempts on Annapurna, the world's 10th highest mountain.<p>This is …

Climbing On Mount Denali

Top adventures in Laos

With its dense forests, limestone caves and endless waterways, Laos is a dream destination for intrepid travellers seeking an off-the-beaten-track corner of Asia.<p>Whether it's kayaking, cycling, rock climbing, ziplining between tree houses or exploring temple ruins – you can choose your own …

Asia Travel

The 50 greatest animal photobombs of all time

COOPERSTOWN has the Baseball Hall of Fame. Springfield, its Basketball Hall of Fame. And the Internet has…this: the 50 greatest animal photobombs of …

Hall of Fame

Seven incredible places you may have never heard of

As globalisation leaves no stone unturned, we took to Quora.com to find a few secret locales well worth the trip.

Lake Superior

America's best craft breweries

It wasn't long ago when the American beer market was dominated by a handful of acrid, factory-produced brews that bore only a passing resemblance to what those in other climes called 'beer'. Thankfully, those days of choking down foul-tasting swill are long gone, with an explosion of microbreweries …

15 Breathtaking Images Of Cities Viewed From High Above

Whenever you visit a city anywhere in the world, some of the hardest shots to take are those sprawling images of the city beneath you.<p>Unless you’re …

Your Weekly Travel Zen: Ski Vacations

This week's <i>Moment of Travel Zen</i> comes to us from Johnny Volk. His panoramic photo of Homewood Mountain Ski Resort in Homewood, Calif., shows the serene, untouched beauty of the mountains. Of his photo, he says:<p>Homewood Resort is uniquely situated on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe making it a prime …

10 Places To See Before They're Gone

Places, much like animals can become endangered, and some of the world's most amazing sights are gradually disappearing. Scientists say climate change has been affecting oceans, reefs, beaches, and even cities. Development is another danger for once-pristine, off-the-beaten-path spots and their …

Eight Rustic—But Luxurious—Beach Escapes (Photos)

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10 of the most Jaw-Dropping Hotel Photos EVER

By Kristen McKenzie, HotelsCombined.com<p>Here at the HotelsCombined office, we've all gotten pretty used to staring at stunning hotel images -- with over 400,000 hotels in our database, sorting through scenic pics of luxury villas and infinity-edge pools has become standard daily fare.<p>However, there …

Skiing on icebergs in Antarctica – in pictures

Daredevil Chris Davenport climbed a 60ft iceberg in the Antarctic – and then skied down it, coming perilously close to taking a dip in the icy waters below. Photographer Greg Von Doersten captured the moment from a nearby zodiac. The team also took on giant peaks and mountains in the remote area

5 Of The World's Most Remote Destinations Require Crazy Travel But Are Totally Worth It

Planes, trains, automobiles and… a cargo ship? That’s what it might take to get to Madagascar’s most remote national park. For other spots like it, the haul is even longer.<p>Hoard your frequent flier miles and buy a <i>lot</i> of reading material if you plan to visit one of these hard-to-reach</b> …

Three planets, zodiacal light and Milky Way

This stupendous photo by Justin Ng shows the recent array of three planets seen from Earth’s Southern Hemisphere, the Milky Way and the elusive …

Astronomy

Island-hopping down Central America’s Caribbean coast

You don't always need suitcases full of cash to enjoy the Caribbean Sea – cradled in its western corner lie a number of idyllic island groups that are surprisingly easy on the pocket. Here's our guide to navigating this captivating region sure to bring out the adventurer in you.<p><b>San Blas Islands,</b> …

Signs It's Time To Quit Your Job And Travel (GIFs)

<b>Each morning you awake from a lovely dream filled with adventure. And it sucks.</b><p><b>On your morning commute, you dream of driving somewhere beautiful and far away...</b><p><b>You've stopped making excuses to your bosses.</b><p><b>Because really, all you do all day is read travel blogs.</b><p><b>The thought of a promotion isn't</b> …

The Best of the Cornish Riviera

Falmouth sits in the center of the “Cornish Riviera,” England’s charming southwestern coastline, and the port is its lifeblood.<p>For centuries, the world’s third deepest natural harbor ushered in commercial and military vessels, and in the past 70 years it witnessed epic send-offs, including D-Day …

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National Parks Shutdown, Here's Where To Go Instead

Thanks to the government shutdown, all 401 national parks are closed. This is unfortunate for many reasons, but it's also bad for any number of would-be tourists who made plans and booked flights to visit these parks; this is, after all, primo leaf-peeping season in many of the parks.<p>We've seen …