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The Best Cities in Europe

Condé Nast Traveler readers cast hundreds of thousands of votes for their favorite cities in Europe in the 2017 Readers' Choice Awards survey. From long-time winners like London and Paris, to newcomers that include Lucerne in Switzerland and Norway's Bergen, the variety showcases the diverse nature …

One-Tank Escapes From 8 American Cities

Summer vacation doesn't have to mean a long, expensive trek. These getaways are a short drive from eight major urban areas. All you need is a weekend …

5 Awesome & Affordable American Drives

Every corner of the U.S.—including yours—offers a bold, beautiful road trip that rolls out an unforgettable vacation at a reasonable price. Here, …

8 Amazing Hidden Travel Gems in California

The next time you're rolling down the West Coast and feeling car-bound jitters, take a breather and discover some of California's top hidden travel gems as picked by us here at Hopper.<p>California is by far one of the best states to visit for a holiday or a road trip. Many visitors to the state …

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Underrated national parks in the US

Looking for the beauty of Yosemite and Yellowstone without the crowds? These under-the-radar American parks deserve a spot on your bucket list.<p>1. North Cascades National Park, Washington<p>If you want to see glaciers and temperate rainforests in one place, look no further than Washington’s North …

The West's 9 Most Spectacular Waterfall Hikes

Although the Western United States is blessed with a plethora of stunning waterfalls, they are not all created equal. Some are hidden deep within lush forests; others a blue oasis set within an expansive desert.<p>Although the western United States is blessed with a plethora of stunning waterfalls, …

Columbia River

The Apostle Islands Ice Caves Are Officially Open, And WHOA They're Amazing

For many in the Northeast, Winter '15 has been a nightmare of snow, ice, shoveling, more snow, more ice and even more snow; but with great hardship sometimes comes unique opportunities.<p>The Apostle Islands Ice Caves near Meyers Beach, Wisconsin officially opened up for the season on Saturday Feb. …

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Guided Yellowstone Backpacking Tours

• be active and healthy<br>• exercise several times per week<br>• be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles per day in hilly or mountainous terrain with a 25-pound …

5 Unique Ways to See the Grand Canyon

With its vast size, sheer beauty, and unique geological formations, there’s really no way around it: The Grand Canyon is a must-see for every …

Homes in national parks – in pictures

Craving green space? These properties have rooms with a view and there’s no shortage of fresh air

Burano, Italy

The Most Haunted Places In The U.S.

Get in the "spirit." 👻<p>Whether it's an abandoned shack, a haunted hotel or a spirit-infested slice of the great outdoors, America's most haunted destinations make for excellent -- albeit excellently spooky -- Halloween weekenders.<p>The ghostbusters experts at Foursquare were kind enough to point out …

We explored an abandoned insane asylum, and it was even creepier than we expected

The sprawling campus of the Rockland Psychiatric Center was once considered a picturesque escape for New York City's mentally ill. The facility opened in 1931 and performed a number of lobotomies and electroshock therapy sessions — both state-of-the-art treatments in the 1940s.<p>We explored the …

19 photos from my stay at the hottest new hotel in China's tech capital

Earlier this year it was revealed that a whopping 265 of the world's Fortune 500 companies have offices in the city. And in the Milken Institute's 2015 report on China's best-performing cities, Chengdu's economy ranked No. 1 over Shanghai and Beijing.<p>Ride-hailing juggernaut Uber is one of those …

Mini-guide to French slang

<b>1.</b> A French house is not “messy”…it’s a “brothel” (<i>Quel bordel!</i>).<p><b>2.</b> The French are not “wealthy”…they are “full of wheat” (<i>Être plein de blé</i>).<p><b>3.</b> The …

The most affordable places to travel to next year, according to Lonely Planet

Included in the series is a list of the best-value destinations for 2016, which pinpoints the top destinations where visitors can have high-quality travel experiences without breaking the bank.<p>From the pristine beaches of Costa Rica's Caribbean coast to the renowned vineyards of Galicia, Spain, …

The Best Winter Trips of 2016

Maybe you can stop everything to chase a storm at a moment's notice. Maybe you scrape by on a meager allotment of vacation days. Either way, you likely want to squeeze in as many ski days as possible this season. That's why we broke our favorite trips of 2016 into any-way-you-wanna-play-it …

14 ghostly photos of famous Egyptian landmarks with no tourists

Tourists have traveled to Egypt's ancient pyramids and historic monuments for centuries.<p>But tourism has dropped rapidly in recent years, as violent conflicts following the 2011 revolution have been particularly successful in scaring off travelers.<p>According to a recent Reuters article, 9.9 million …

Dalian, China, Offers Gondola Rides in Its Answer to Venice, Italy

China<p>A $1.26-billion project bearing an uncanny resemblance to one the most iconic examples of Italian architecture has started offering rides in a Chinese port city.<p>The so-called "East Montage" in Dalian is not an exact replica of Venice, but its developer used the classical European city as its …

The best hangover foods around the world

WORLDWIDE, hangover cures run the gamut from the salty to the spicy to the sour to the wet, but depending on what country you live in, what hangover …

5 Things Every LGBT Traveler Must Know Before Going Overseas

And beyond knowing the rules and political climate of the country you're visiting, it's also critical to understand the social climate of the specific city and neighborhoods you'll be exploring.<p><i>Dustin A. Lewis/ Flickr</i><p>With June's landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 …

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The Early Bird's Guide to Holiday Travel

Gone are the days of waiting until the last minute to finalize holiday travel plans. With the season's cramped airports and roadways, soaring flight and room rates and unpredictable weather, you'll wind up saving time -- and a little sanity -- by getting a head start.<p><i>N i c o l a / Flickr</i><p>Gone are …

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7 Tips for Planning a Budget-Friendly Family Trip This Fall

With the shoulder season ushering in plenty of hotel deals and airfare steals, it's hard to pass up the chance to enjoy spectacular scenery, autumn activities and valuable bonding time.<p>Bright colors, brisk air, thin crowds and reduced rates inspire families of all ages, styles and tastes to get out …

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4 Places in South America to Visit Right Now

With so many alluring destinations across South America, it's hard to pick where to travel next. From the rugged beauty of Patagonia to the striking architecture of Colombia, this part of the world offers romance, charm and a myriad of cultural attractions.<p><i>Bruce Tuten/ Flickr</i><p>With so many alluring …

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5 Things Smart Travelers Should Do This November

Travel experts share their intel on what you must do this month.<p>See the Amazon on a New Ship<p>Two vessels, the <i>Amazon Discovery</i> and the <i>MV Zafiro</i>, began sailing the river in October,” says Tom Damon of Southwind Adventures, “and both still have availability for five- and eight-night sails through …

Tahiti Is Creating a Smart Island Nation to Boost Tourism

The French Polynesia Ministry of Tourism announced a new partnership this month with Tahiti Innovation Labs and Florida-based Travel Startups …

10 reasons you NEED to visit Western Montana this winter

1. There are six ski resorts averaging 300+ inches of snow annually.<p>And these ski areas add up to over <i>7,000 acres</i> of terrain. Your options range from …

One of the hottest things in cycling right now is riding your bike someplace far and then taking the train home

What's hot is picking a destination to ride to — someplace far — pedaling there, and then taking the train home.<p>With an assist from the train, multimodal cycling lets riders go out farther since they don't have to pedal back. And while it's hardly a new thing to take your bike on a train — …

The Grace of Greece

I recently visited Greece, and found myself face to face with the marvelous place that attracted more than 26 million tourists this year from all over the world.<p>Athens the capital, evokes the very origins of civilization. The city, its streets, museums, and monuments submerge the tourist in a time …

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