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Hawaii's Na Pali Coast Is The Beautiful Place You've Never Been

Talk about magical.<p>What's the best way to experience the famed Na Pali coast -- one of Hawaii's most pristine, remote and rugged attractions -- without struggling through a strenuous days-long hike?<p>Rent a kayak, get in the ocean and paddle a 17-mile stretch of pure scenic bliss:<p>While travelers can …

10 of the Most Striking Spots in Hawaii

Discover our favorite activities in the Aloha State.<p>There are iconic spots in Hawaii that first-time visitors need to see to believe, but there are also the lesser known gems that the locals know are just as worthy of your time–especially on that second or third return trip. For a mix of both, add …

Venice, Italy: Vacation More as a Traveler & Less Like a Tourist

Recently, I've read a lot about Venice, Italy, and tourism in the town that's played an important role in my life for close to three decades. Many writers, bloggers, journalists speak about what attractions you should avoid, where not to eat or what not to buy when visiting. They seem to paint the …

The 5 best under-the-radar beaches in the US

Trips to the beach are standard fare for most summer travelers, but crowded stretches of sand can make vacations more of a pain than a pleasure. Some beaches offer a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle and allow visitors to escape the crowds at more popular destinations.<p>From an isolated …

The 8 highest-rated travel apps

Applause, an app analytics company, recently released a study of the top-rated travel smartphone apps.<p>The company analyzed almost 400,000 app store reviews and then created a quality score, out of 100. While the average app received 47 points, each of the following ones scored at least 67 points, …

20 of the best hotels in Italy

And there are no places in Italy like these amazing hotels, named the best by our Condé Nast Traveler readers.<p>From the ivy-covered Hotel Raphaël to the Grand Hotel Majestic on Lake Maggiore, here are the best hotels in Italy.

7 Must-Do Adventures in Yosemite Valley

Photo: Tiffany Nguyen<p>Written by Tiffany Nguyen, an Explorer for The Outbound Collective.<p>When I'm hitting the drawing board and thinking of places to travel to, one of the first places that comes to mind is Yosemite National Park. This place has it all, from the tallest waterfall in North America to …

12 Things You Should Never Do in Hawaii

Just as there isn't one single best way to vacation in Hawaii, there are many ways to do it wrong. To have a great trip in the Aloha State, avoid these 12 pitfalls.<p>Then again, if nothing says vacation like speeding tickets, painful stings, and bland food, by all means ignore this advice.<p><i>(Photo:</i> …

The link between “tourism” and “settler colonialism” in Hawai’i

<i>Maile Arvin is a Native Hawaiian feminist scholar who writes about Native feminist theories, settler colonialism, decolonization, and race and</i> …

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Chicago’s Newest Rooftop Bars Are Perfect for Summer

When summer finally rolls around, Chicago celebrates—usually with a cold drink in hand. These exciting new hotel rooftops are some of the top places to enjoy the season, high above the city. Here are the latest to grab our attention.

Skagway and the Yukon Gold Rush Railway: Cruising Alaska's Inside Passage on the Looney Front, Part 5

From time immemorial Canada's Yukon Territory had been a way-beyond-beyond backwater, home to some 5,000 indigenous peoples subjected to the rigors of Arctic weather.<p>Then on August 16, 1896, American prospector George Carmack, his indigenous Tagish brother-in-law Shookum Jim Keish and his nephew …

Taking place on three islands, Hawaii Food & Wine Festival is, indeed, a movable feast

This may be the ultimate movable feast -- and fest. An international lineup of more than 100 chefs, culinary personalities and winemakers will gather on three Hawaiian islands for the fifth Hawaii Food & Wine Festival.<p>The festival launches Aug. 29 on Hawaii Island before moving to Maui for …

This is the only reason you should use a travel agent to book a trip

We decided to see just how useful travel agents are by planning a hypothetical trip to Germany during Oktoberfest, with multiple stops in different cities.<p>We asked a handful of travel agents to quote us prices for the trip, and then compared those prices to fares we found online ourselves.<p>The …

Hurricane Season Cruising: What to Know Before You Go

<i>kansasphoto / Flickr</i><p>Summer activities are winding down. Kids are back in school. The unrelenting heat of summer has started to fade. Sounds like the perfect time to book a Caribbean cruise. Then you turn on the weather report only to learn that Mother Nature is sending a wallop of a storm right …

2 Great Days in Cape Cod

Cape Cod: It's the quintessential summer destination. Located where New England juts out like a flexed arm to meet the Atlantic Ocean, this area is the place to find the perfect mix of quaint harbors, historic towns and, of course, sandy beaches.<p>Just a short drive from Boston (or, if you're flying, …

10 Things to Do or Know When You're a Tourist in New York City

Even with panorama setting, you can't take all of NYC in at one time...<p>I grew up on the south shore of Boston. I've been going to New York City since 1975, when I made my first trip, with my 8th grade Social Studies class. We went to see the Rockettes; were dizzy at the top of the Empire State …

New Mega Ships on the Way for Carnival Cruise Line!

The race to sail the largest cruise ship is heating up among the world's cruise ship companies. Carnival announced its newly ordered ships will hold nearly 7,000 passengers each, making them literally floating cities. This seems consistent with CEO Arnold Donald's "long-term plan to return …

National Parks With the Absolute Best Beaches

When you think of national park getaways, what comes to mind?<p>Maybe your mind goes to epic hikes in Yosemite, paddling the coast of Acadia or camping out under the stars in Zion--but chances are you didn't think of relaxing on a beach.<p>Most people don't realize that many of our favorite national …

7 Ways to Make Your Vacation Cheaper in London

By: Fiona Moriarty, Hipmunk<p>London is a popular destination for tourists but has a reputation for being expensive. Here are some ways of making your stay cheaper whilst having fun in Britain's capital city. This gives you more money to spend on sightseeing, shopping and world-class restaurants in …

The 12 best things to do in Rome

This is where <i>la dolce vita</i> originated, after all.<p>Of course, after more than 2,000 years in existence, there's enough to explore to keep you busy for years, with decadent pasta and gelato to indulge in, places to shop for everything from handicrafts to haute couture, archeological sites, Baroque …

5 ways to totally humiliate yourself in Hawai’i

1. Wear head-to-toe Aloha wear.<p>When I first moved to Hawai’i I’ll admit I REALLY wanted to wear all the Aloha wear. By “Aloha wear” I mean the bright …

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Top 25 Free Things to Do in San Francisco

They say the best things in life are free, and in San Francisco, enjoying some of the most iconic sights won’t cost you a dime. With its stunning …

A Girl's Guide to Surviving Study Abroad

By College Tourist; Author: Zoe Radner, Vanderbilt University<p><b>A smart girl's tips for traveling abroad</b><p>While traveling abroad may be an equally enthralling experience for all, we ladies are faced with some unique challenges we must conquer during our journeys. Everyone receives the standard advice …

The Ups and Downs of Blind Booking Hotel Reservations

Looking for a cheap hotel room? Make sure you can still get the amenities and space you need—including enough beds.<p><b>Q: I booked a Travelocity “Top Secret” hotel in Kent, Ohio for a family funeral the next day. I specified three guests and a non-smoking room. Once the booking was complete and the</b> …

How to Plan a Stress-Free Multigenerational Vacation

<i>Arnie Grever / Flickr</i><p>Traveling with a crowd? You're not alone. Today, there are more groups of extended family members traveling together than ever before. According to a 2014 AAA survey, multigenerational family vacations were up 4 percent from the previous year, and 36 percent of families were …

The Best Small Cities In America

<i>by Debbie Strong, Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>Ian G Dagnall / Alamy<p>Here are the small American charmers, as voted on by <i>Condé Nast Traveler</i> readers. All have populations of under 100,000, and often as much to offer as cities ten times their size.<p><b>30. Newport Beach, CA</b><p>Check out the legendary waves at beautiful …

All-American Adventures in Wonderlands

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>Don’t just see the world, seize it. From paragliding the Grand Tetons to cave exploring in Kentucky, these six wild adventures in the U.S. turn vacations into calls to action.<p>> Descend Into Mammoth Cave<p>Kentucky’s <b>Mammoth Cave</b>, the longest known cave system in the world, …

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9 items that should always be in your beach bag

To make sure that you fully enjoy your beach day, we've compiled a list of essential items that should always be in your beach bag.<p>1. Sunscreen<p>There's nothing worse than coming home from spending a day at the beach, looking in the mirror and discovering that what you thought would be a nice even …

Airfare Will Drop BIG Time In August, Experts Say

It's about to get GOOD.<p>Prepare your mind and wallet, because you're gonna want to buy a flight ASAP.<p>Airfare is predicted to drop sharply in August and continue through the fall, according to industry researchers at Hopper.com, hitting what some say will be the lowest ticket prices they've seen in …

Cheapest Lake Escapes in the U.S.

<i>By Ciara Collins for the CheapTickets Blog</i><p><b>Lake Geneva, Wisconsin</b> Just north of the Illinois/Wisconsin border, this laid-back watering hole has become quite the Midwest getaway for slowed-down weekends of lakeside moseying through shops and finding a good patio at sunset to lazily sip on a beer. …