Christian Merkle

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9 Great American Train Journeys too Epic to miss

There’s no need to get on an anti-septic flight or a tiring driving trip to get an amazing travel experience. Why not make the most of the best kept …


Incredible Photos of Hiking Italy's 'Iron Roads'

Remnants of World War I, these via ferrata take hikers to remote reaches of the Italian Alps—and tell stories of battle and bravery.<p>As my watch beeped twice to signal that 4 a.m. had arrived, I glanced up at the outline of the Tre Cime peaks of the Italian Dolomites to see if there was any sign of …

World History

Hiking Angels Landing in Zion National Park

The higher we climbed the more nervous I got. I held the chain as I peered over the edge and thought to myself, “What in the world did we get …


Our Favorite Reader Photos from "The Great Outdoors" Assignment

Outdoor photography is a favorite with <i>Shutterbug</i> readers so this was a very competitive assignment. But we were looking for more than just your …


First humans arrived in North America 10,000 years earlier than believed

The timing of the first entry of humans into North America across the Bering Strait has now been set back 10,000 years.