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27 of the Most Beautiful Places to Put on Your Travel Bucket List

From sea to shining sea and everything in between.<p>Narrowing down the list of America's most scenic spots is clearly an impossible task, but these stunning places are totally worth bumping to the top of your travel bucket list.

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These Are the Best Hotel Restaurants in the World

The hotel restaurant shouldn't always be a last resort. In some cases--like these--it deserves to be first choice.<p>Hotel restaurants can get snubbed but oftentimes, they totally shouldn't be. That would be a horrible mistake and would mean skipping out on an experience like Gordon Ramsey's …

Don't Book a Return Flight: 6 Destinations That Are Pricey to Reach, But Cheap to Stay

Airfare has been killing us recently. Fuel prices may be plummeting, but that simply means more cash for airlines, rather than more savings for passengers. So, unless consumer demand drops (which we don't expect anytime soon), flying just about anywhere in the world will remain a costly affair. But …

5 Must-See National Parks

From the vast Alaskan backcountry to the swampy subtropics of southern Florida, the diversity and drama of America's natural landscape is rivaled by few other nations. Thankfully, our forefathers had the foresight to preserve our environmental treasures by laying the groundwork for an extensive …

Ultimate Summer Road Trip: San Francisco to Los Angeles

Cruise along the Pacific Coast Highway<p>The 450-mile stretch of Pacific Coast Highway between San Francisco and Los Angeles is one of America's most iconic road trips. And for good reasons: vast beaches, towering mountains and uninterrupted views of the Pacific guide you down the California …

Hotel In A Volcano-Waterfall Is The Sweetest Digs You'll Ever Find

We've seen some pretty tricked-out hotel rooms in our day, but nothing quite beats these.<p>Welcome to Montaña Mágica Lodge, a hotel built INSIDE A MAN-MADE VOLCANO in Chile's Patagonian rainforest.<p>Here, the daily "eruption" is not lava, but rather a magical waterfall trickling down the plant-covered …

The Road To Hana Is The Shortest, Most Beautiful Road Trip You'll Ever Take

Road trips are virtually non-existent in Hawaii. There are no exciting state lines to cross and you'd never be able to complete a successful round of the license plate game. Nonetheless, we're convinced that we've found a Hawaii drive that packs all of the best things about road-tripping into fewer …

29 Surreal Places In America You Need To Visit Before You Die

If you live in the U.S., you don't need a passport to see what mother nature has to offer.

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What Newell Turner Learned While Building His House

Style director Newell Turner shares what he learned while building his house.<p>Style director Newell Turner looks back on the big lessons of building and decorating his new house this past year.

The 6 Destinations You Absolutely Need to Visit This Spring

By: Gianni Jaccoma<p><i>Credit: Flickr/Simon Turkas (edited)</i><p>Winter's well and dandy, but by the time March rolls around, pretty much everyone's fed up with the whole "bitter cold and bubble jackets" thing. Now that spring's near, rather than just watching leaves come back, which is nature's equivalent of …

5 Spots With The Clearest Waters In The World

By: Gianni Jaccoma<p><i>Credit: Flickr/Marjan Lazarevski</i><p>How many times have you visited a beach or a lake, only to be tragically disappointed by the murkiness of the water? Sure, you could go for a swim in there if you <i>really</i> wanted, but there's no way of knowing if whatever brushed your leg was seaweed, …

The 30 Best Trips of 2015

Warning: unless you’re an annoyingly carefree bon vivant with a hefty trust fund, reading our annual Best of Travel awards may trigger a deep sense of dissatisfaction with the pathetic state of your mundane life. There are so many cool places to go, you’ll think as you scroll through our 30 epic …

Adventure Travel

6 of the Most Unbelievably Cheap Paradises on Earth

By: John Marshall<p><i>Credit: Justin Sawn/Flickr</i><p>Everyone at one time or another has wanted to get away from it all and beach/ski/paraglide-bum it in some foreign land. Small problem: that's very expensive. Or is it? (That's our sweet rhetorical way of saying maybe not.) Check this list of 12 shockingly …

5 'International' Flights for Americans Without a Passport

An immense diversity of climates and terrains are encompassed within the broad sweep of the United States of America: "from the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters," as Woody Guthrie sang back in the 1940s. But there's still a vast world to explore beyond the country's borders, a fact that can …

La Ruta Maya -- One of the World's Toughest and Most Historic River Races

In the misty early morning light of March 6, 2015, dozens of athletes will gather with their canoes at the Hawkesworth Suspension Bridge on the banks of the Macal River in San Ignacio, Belize. More than 80 canoes are expected to participate in this year's annual La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge, …

4 Caribbean Wellness Retreats for a Winter Escape

<i>Courtesy Regent Palms</i><p>If you're suffering from some post-holiday blues and the chilly air is making it hard to keep your New Year's health resolutions, it's time to head somewhere warm. These four Caribbean resorts provide the ideal backdrop for a re-inspired winter warm-up. From stand-up paddle …

Exploring Zimbabwe

As I mentioned in my previous blog, I spent a lot of December exploring Zimbabwe. I knew I was interested in the country and was pretty sure I would like it but I have to say I was absolutely blown away, I LOVED it.<p>We did not to a typical safari circuit, for example we drove ourselves around quite …

10 of the most Jaw-Dropping Hotel Photos EVER

By Kristen McKenzie, HotelsCombined.com<p>Here at the HotelsCombined office, we've all gotten pretty used to staring at stunning hotel images -- with over 400,000 hotels in our database, sorting through scenic pics of luxury villas and infinity-edge pools has become standard daily fare.<p>However, there …

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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 …

Steep Ravine Cabins: Million Dollar Views for $100 a Night

When friends invited my husband and me to join them for a weekend at Steep Ravine cabins, we had no idea what to expect. What we knew: the ten cabins …

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Five Fine Florida Island Escapes

<i>Follow your bliss to an island adventure! Photo courtesy of Collins Vacation Rentals on St. George Island</i><p>It's called island time for a reason.<p>When you escape onto a tract of land completely surrounded by water, you escape more than the mainland.<p>It might be the sand, sprinkled with shells, or the …

23 Gorgeous Bathrooms that Unleash the Radiance of Skylights

Nothing makes or breaks the look of an interior quite like lighting, and often it is a perfect blend of natural and artificial illumination that …

Interior Design

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 …

European Travel

Getting off the beaten track in Fiji

Despite the brochure images – luxurious resorts, pool-side bars and palm-fringed beaches dotted with hammocks – it's surprisingly easy to get off the beaten track in Fiji. Over half the country, including the main island of Viti Levu, offers less-trodden paths and unique adventures for those ready …

13 Reasons To Get To Nicaragua Before Everyone Discovers It

Ahh, Central America. While most travelers spend their time plotting escapes to Europe or Southeast Asia, this little nugget sits unassumingly right under their noses (literally -- it's pretty much directly south, and a shorter flight than you'd think).<p>And Nicaragua may just be the best nation in …

Travel (and Stay) Healthy

The last thing you want to happen on your vacation or while you are traveling--or even when you return home--is to get sick. That's no fun at all.<p>So it pays to be prepared...before <i>and</i> during your trip.<p><b>Here are a couple of tips that can help keep you healthy and happy:</b><p><b>Before you go...</b><p><b>Make sure</b> …

The Best Spots in the World to Be Naked

<i>By Sophie-Claire Hoeller</i><p><i>Credit: Shutterstock</i><p>Because showing up naked to Wednesday-night volleyball is almost never received as well as you'd hope (even if the hot setter is wearing a "Co-ed Naked Volleyball" tee), here's a guide to the best -- and most welcoming -- places in the world to let it all …

Your Everything Guide to Traveling Solo

Robert Frost was on to something: Sometimes the most relaxing journey is a solo one. Here, the best places to see on your own, plus some tried-and-true tips for going it alone.<p><b>MARTHA'S VINEYARD</b><p>This old-school New England island is a haven of peace and privacy. Go in February or March to catch up on …

Steals & Deals website can save you as much as 30% on Maui lodgings

Considering a winter escape to Maui? A website promises to save people almost a third on their lodgings.<p>The winter issue of "Maui Steals & Deals" boasts room rate savings of up to 30% at 40 properties on Maui, plus one on less-visited Molokai.<p>Among the spots offering that 30% discount: the Mana Kai …

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Inside Beijing's Forbidden City (and the mistake I made there)

The Forbidden City – China's imperial palace through five centuries and 24 rulers – stands in the middle of Beijing. As this video shows, it's full of remarkable details – and, most days, a seething mass of foreign and domestic tourists.<p>So give yourself plenty of time. The site (which last housed a …

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