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21 Eye-Opening and Offbeat Things to Do in Vermont

Though most identified with maple syrup and green mountains, the New England state of Vermont also gave rise to the spirit of land conservation, the Morgan Horse, and a slew of other surprising world-renowned institutions and people -including Robert Frost and Grandma Moses.<p>How many of these 21 …

New England

The 23 best beaches in America

For this list, we looked at seven notable beach rankings compiled by travel experts, vacationers, and water-quality researchers and combined these rankings to come up with the ultimate list of the best beaches in the US.<p>The rankings we used were Dr. Beach's Top 10 Beaches for 2015, Trip Advisor's …

26 ancient ruins you should visit in your lifetime

Seeing these sites is like stepping back in time and witnessing what life was like in a place that ceased to exist years ago.<p>From the Roman baths in England to the Ajanta caves in India, we found 26 ancient ruins that everyone should visit in their lifetime.

Overlooked Cities in Europe to Add to Your Travel List

By College Tourist, Author: Ben Rissler<p><b>Include one of these 7 European hidden gems in your travel plans.</b><p>We've all dreamed of going to the most photographed cities in Europe like Paris, London, Prague, Venice, and Rome (guilty as charged), but the truth is that the European continent has so many …

Giornale Adriatico-Mediterraneo: The Writing on the Wall

Francesco Proietti is amongst other things a paper maker in the town of Bevagna, in Umbria. He also makes bells which take three months to be produced if you are thinking of hanging one from the minaret of your house in order to call the kids home to dinner. He also raises peacocks. Proietti is a …

34 awesome maps that will teach you something new about the world

EVERY MONTH OR SO, WE TRY AND COMPILE SOME OF THE most interesting, informative maps out on the internet. There’s no shortage of them: there are …

Stop Right Now, This Is The Most Precious Beach Town You'll Ever See

If you're not in Polignano a Mare, then you're doing it wrong.<p>That's because this gem of an Italian beach town is situated on the edge of a craggy ravine, high above the electric-blue ocean. Home to humans since prehistoric times, Polignano oozes charm to this day. Its collection of stone streets, …

8 Reasons to Fall in Love With Athens

About a year ago, I left my home in Greece to come study in the U.S. It was a dream come true for me, however I quickly realized that I was not completely immune to homesickness. Like most teenagers, while in high school I longed to become independent and take control of my life. When it finally …

Solstice: America's Best Sunrises and Sunsets

<i>By Jason Heidemann for the Orbitz Travel Blog</i><p>On Sunday, June 21 the summer solstice returns and we're welcoming it like the ray of sunshine that it is. What that means here in North America is that the sun will reach its northernmost point in the sky and we'll be treated to more daylight hours than …

The 10 best beaches in Europe

Voutoumi Beach in Paxos, Greece. Netfalls - Remy Musser / Shutterstock Lonely Planet just released its Best in Europe list for 2015.<p>The list includes the best places in Europe, the best beaches in Europe, and the best places for family holidays in Europe.<p>These lists were created by a team of …

10 amazing photos of the midnight sun around the world

DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS, areas north of the Arctic Circle enjoy an incredible amount of daylight, even at midnight. On June 21st, the day of the …

European Travel

This May Be The Most Beautiful River On Earth

If the Soca river in Slovenia isn't the most beautiful river on this planet, it is most certainly in the running. Nicknamed "The Emerald Beauty," it has appeared in multiple well-known poems and inspired awe in many a wanderer and tourist.<p>The nickname is, as the photos below attest to, …

China: Explore the Three Gorges area on a Yangtze cruise

If you've ever wanted to explore the lush countryside of China's Three Gorges area, a special from Victoria Cruises might make it possible. The two-for-one program is being offered on the Three Gorges Highlights tour, which takes vacationers down the Yangtze River past temples, pagodas and …

China

You saved up, you're ready to go, you like Europe. We know lots about you, summer traveler

Summer officially arrived Sunday, and if you haven't started your vacation planning, it's time to kick it into high gear before those lazy, hazy, crazy days slip away.<p>If you're short of ideas, go to our Summer Vacation Guide, which offers dozens of new places and events to go.<p>You'll have plenty of …

Los Angeles

Summer Smarts: Top 10 Places to Keep Learning Over the Summer

Ah, the last day of school for the year! Class schedules go in the trash, educators' blood pressures begin to return to normal and everyone takes a deep breath and relaxes. But after a week of lazing around the house, wallowing lifelessly inside a fort made from empty pizza boxes, the brain soon …

The Secret Vegas Hotel Rooms You Didn’t Know Existed

Jumping a velvet rope in Las Vegas is one thing—getting into one of its secret villas is quite another.<p>In a city where everything seems possible with …

Las Vegas

10 Norway Destinations for the Frozen Fan

Garnering Oscar nominations, number one hit songs and more than $1.2 billion at the U.S. box office since it was released back in November 2013, Disney's <i>Frozen</i> has fast become the most successful animated film of all time and, with a hotly anticipated sequel in the works, this is the perfect time …

The World's Biggest Cruise Ship Enters Final Stage of Construction

It hasn't been named the world's largest cruise ship just yet, but Royal Caribbean International's Harmony of the Seas is set to break the record …

Pastoral Travelers: Google Sheep View is Here, and it is Glorious

Here’s a fun new way to travel the world: the sheep of Google Street View are brought together on one very pastoral blog.<p>Google Street View is good …

'Italy’s Versailles' is a 15-Minute Train Ride From Milan

The Villa Reale di Monza palace, 'Italy’s Versailles', is a short train ride from Milan, perfect for a day trip.<p>Just a fifteen-minute train ride from …

Step inside one of the world's most luxurious river cruise ships

Uniworld specializes in these types of cruises. The luxury river cruise ship operator has 19 ships that travel along rivers in Europe, Russia, Egypt, and China.<p>The company recently introduced a new ship to its fleet: the S.S. Maria Theresa.<p>The ship has a staff of 57, a total of 75 rooms, and can …

Lava-cation: Start Planning Your Hawaii Volcano Holiday

Witnessing red-hot lava explode from an erupting volcano has always been on my personal bucket list. But since volcanic eruptions are unpredictable and rare, it was one natural wonder I assumed I'd never see.<p>That all changed on a recent visit to the Big Island of Hawaii where by sheer chance I …

This photographer’s nightscapes will make you long for clear skies

Finnish fine art photographer Mikko Lagerstedt captures the atmosphere of night time like no other: with a sense of mystery and beautiful, clear …

Great Reasons to Visit Baltimore This Summer

Baltimore was in the news a lot over the last few months, and not for the most pleasant reasons. But don't let that deter you from visiting this summer. Look beyond the recent events and you'll see that it will always be one of the most interesting cities on the Eastern Seaboard.<p>One of the great …

Editor's Note

In These American Cities, Vacation Rentals are Cheapest

Renting your own temporary vacation home doesn't always have to be a splurge. With more people looking to vacation rentals to serve as a home away …

7 Manly Meals for Father's Day

This Sunday, make meat the main course and give dad something he can really sink his teeth into.<p><b>1. Grilled Flank Steak with Garlic & Rosemary</b><p>Marinated in garlic, rosemary and olive oil, this flank steak is full of flavor and deliciously charred. <b>GET THE RECIPE</b><p><b>2. Juicy Steakhouse Burgers</b><p>Tender, juicy …

The Best Cookware for Your Kitchen (Our Shop Team's Picks!)

<i>Most kitchen conundrums get us itching to fire up a burner, but others—like sorting through the endless options for tools and appliances—can be a bit more daunting.</i><p><i>Today: In anticipation of the Food52 Registry launch (and a new collection of cookware and kitchen tools to support it), our Shop team</i> …

15 Healthy Ways to Use a Can of Tuna

A can of tuna is a lot of things: it’s a staple of the thrifty and a godsend for those times when you don’t really feel like cooking. It’s the …

Sandwiches

5 Over-the-Top Brownies to Make Now

When it comes to brownies, are you a maximalist? Is bigger always better? Then try one of these decadent takes on the classic dessert.<p>When it comes …