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Florida's Pristine Parks: Ocala National Forest

Get more out of your Ocala National Forest visit by exploring must-see parks, preserves, and refuges nearby.<p>The Ocala National Forest, north of Orlando, is the world's largest contiguous sand pine scrub forest at nearly 383,000 acres. That means that a sand ridge of dunes, which were once a chain …

20 stunning tennis courts to play in your lifetime

We found the most beautiful tennis courts in the world that are open to the public.<p>Every tennis player should add these 20 courts to their bucket list.

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Free Things to Do in Dublin

The Celtic Tiger may be long gone, but the boom times of the late 1990s and early 2000s saddled the Irish capital with the rep of being a pricey place to visit. Look closer, however, and you’ll find a city generous with its countless cultural blessings, like Dubliners themselves.<p><b>Attractions</b><p>Dig up …

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Travel 365: Sheep graze on a lush hillside in central France, close to the Swiss border. http://on.natgeo.com/1BJWLCp

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African Astronomy: The Top Safari Escapes for Sleeping Under the Stars

<i>By Kristen McKenzie</i>, HotelsCombined.com<p>Africa is renowned for its wildlife, but it also boasts some of the globe's most incredible al fresco sleeping quarters. After combing through hundreds of incredible safari accommodation options available on our website, we here at HotelsCombined have selected …

9 Places That Are Surprisingly Cheap This Year

(Photo: Peter Zelei/Getty Images)<p>Call it the year of the bucket list. A strong dollar in destinations around the world is making this an amazing time to go farther and do more for much, much less in 2015. Find great value around the globe -- from usually pricey destinations like Japan and France to …

The 10 Most Beautiful Towns in America During the Winter

By: Gianni Jaccoma<p><i>Credit: Wikimedia Commons</i><p>Let's be honest: Winter has a way of making even the most picturesque towns look dreary and depressing. Like sad, Siberian outposts where women have to wear bikinis in the snow to try to lure people to visit.<p>But not all winter towns are created equal. No, …

6 Spectacular Places to Visit in 2015

A new year means new resolutions; this year you should resolve to travel more.<p>As we all know a resolution or goal is much more successful when it is as specific as possible, so we're here to help you nail down the details. Arguably the biggest -- and toughest -- decision of any trip is deciding …

19 Thrilling Trails Guaranteed to Make Your Heart Race

These 19 hikes will raise your heart rate, take you to perilous heights, or bring you to awe-inspiring destinations.

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Meet Monemvasia, A Hidden 'Fortress Town' Perched On An Island In Greece

Discovering a secret town? Well that's one way to get off the beaten path.<p>We've seen a few hidden towns in our day (mostly in America), but never one quite as beautiful as the town of Monemvasia, Greece.<p>Perched on an island off the east coast of the Peloponnese, Monemvasia's name means "single …

Top 10 Oscar-Worthy Filming Locations of the Year

In addition to fame and fortune, Hollywood's biggest stars also have the opportunity to travel to impressive hot spots while on set. With the award season in full swing, we've cast our votes for Cheapflights.com's top 10 filming locations from the past year. Read on to see where we wish we could …

5 American Cities You Should Visit In 2015

In 2014, Minneapolis, Kansas City and Richmond were the coolest place to be. But with a new year brings a new set of cities to add to your bucket list. Luckily, we've found some surprising spots Americans are trekking to most, courtesy of Hotels.com's Hotel Price Index.<p>Whether it's a small-ish town …

Seven unknown architectural wonders

Forget the Taj Mahal and the Colosseum – some of the world’s most impressive structures remain out of the public eye.<p>We’ve all heard of the Colosseum, the Great Wall of China, and the Taj Mahal. But what about the world’s undiscovered architectural wonders: the man-made marvels where most crowds …

Best in the US 2015

With 50 states, 14 territories, and countless, ever-changing destinations for curious travelers, choosing where to go on vacation in the US can be a challenge. Luckily, we love a good travel challenge.<p>Washington, DC and Rocky Mountain National Park were recommended in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel …

Somewhere in Negril, Jamaica

IRIE. RESPECT. These two words are what one would hear most while visiting this tropical, lush piece of heaven dead smack in the middle of the …

Vernazza Is The Most Stunning Cliff Town We've Ever Seen

Craving a getaway to a cliffside village of fresh pasta, ocean breezes and all-around perfect enchantment?<p>Welcome to Vernazza.<p>This Italian cliff town has been proclaimed the "loveliest" of the Cinque Terre, those five seaside towns on the northwestern Italian coast that are famous with hikers, who …

Civita Di Bagnoregio, The Magical Little Italian Town That's Slowly Eroding Away

Almost two hours from Rome, Civita di Bagnoregio -- Italy's "Jewel on the Hill" -- rises up from the surrounding hills, a majestic sight on the skyline.<p>Though the view is sublime, there's one problem rocking this isolated, ancient town to its core -- bits of Civita are slowly eroding away, and have …

Travel 365: Divers explore an underwater cave system on Andros Island in the Bahamas. http://on.natgeo.com/1uZiP6R Photograph by Jad Davenport, National Geographic

18 Best Places to Celebrate New Year's

New Year's comes but once a year, so it's worth it to make the festivites memorable. But where's the best place to be when the clock strikes midnight on December 31? We've scoured the world for the best annual celebrations, from the beaches of Rio de Janeiro to Berlin's Brandenberg Gate. The fun …

Gorgeous National Parks to Visit in the Wintertime

Generally, wintertime is associated with sitting by a crackling fireplace and watching the snowfall from the comfort of your warm home. Mix in some fast-paced winter sports like snowboarding and skiing, and it completes the package.<p>But, arguably the best part of winter is when snow falls and covers …

Beautiful Cathedrals in Ireland & England

Stand in the awe-inspiring Gothic nave of Canterbury, look up St. Paul's Baroque dome and ponder the complex history behind Dublin's Christ Church to …

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50 Trips Everyone Should Take In The US

Whether you're driving down the Pacific Coast Highway, whale watching in Cape Cod, or waiting for Old Faithful to erupt in Yellowstone National Park, the United States is full of incredible surprises.<p>From the east coast to the west and everywhere in between, we've found 50 trips everyone should …

Journey to the Center of Snæfellsjökull

One hundred and fifty years ago, in 1864, the French novelist Jules Verne published one of his most ambitious works—<i>Journey to the Center of the Earth</i>.<p>Though Verne was widely regarded in his day for the meticulous scientific research that informed his writing, what he posited in <i>Journey</i> has been …