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Everest & Gokyo Lakes Circuit

Trip Notes<p>Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical …


The Main Attraction: Focal Plants

Awesome Agave<p>Agaves are exotic, drought tolerant plants with amazing garden structure. Native to the Southwest, agave is known for its architectural …

European Travel
European Travel

Smart Technologies for Your Home

<b>No need to be nervous about home automation. You can incorporate smart house technology a little bit at a time.</b><p>If you're not, shall we say, tech smart, the idea of using home automation might seem out of this world. But the good news is, there's a variety of gadgets and gizmos on the market to help …

The 50 best hotels in Italy for summer

It’s the sheer variety that strikes you first. Italy has as many hotels as it has destinations, from old-fashioned family-run pensioni in historic city centres to elegant lakeside resorts where you dine by candlelight at the water’s edge. There are mountain lodges with Michelin-starred restaurants, …

The Best of Backcountry Lodging in Banff National Park

<i>March 8, 2016</i><i>By Meghan J. Ward</i>Silence. Solitude. Simplicity.There is no experience I love more than being in the wilderness. It is a rare commodity …


A Waterfall in Yosemite Has Turned Into a Glowing 'Firefall'

This one's worth chasing.<p>Yosemite National Park is filled with natural wonders all year-round, but if you happen to visit during the last few weeks …

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Top 10 Most Common Home Decor Dilemmas and Their Quick Solutions

We’ve all had to face them at some point when decorating our homes. Not everything is as easy as it may seem at first and sometimes you just hit the …

The world's most breathtaking waterfalls

1. Nohkalikai Falls—India<p>Described by visitors as “magnificent and serene,” Nohkalikai Falls is 1,115 feet tall, making it the tallest plunge waterfall in India. Though visitors today enjoy the calm pouring of water over the cliff, the falls are named for a morose legend. According to the tale, a …

Climbing On Mount Denali

50 incredible hotels you should sleep in during your lifetime

From ice palaces in Canada to underwater rooms in Africa, we've come up with 50 of the world's most incredible hotels that will take any vacation to the next level.<p>Here's our ultimate bucket list of 50 hotels everyone should stay in at least once in their lives.<p><i>Did we miss your dream hotel? Let us</i> …

Southern Ocean

32 things everyone should do in Germany

In fact, Germany was recently voted the world's third-most tourism-friendly country by the World Economic Forum.<p>From mountains to beaches, wine regions to beer halls, here are the 32 things all travelers should experience in Germany.

European Travel

7 Enviable Celebrity Kitchens

(Image credit: Better Homes & Gardens)<p>We don't normally get caught up in the world of celebrity here on The Kitchn, but when so many of the rich and …


26 unbelievable aerial photos of Earth

Have you ever wondered what the planet looks like from above? What it would be like to get a bird’s eye view of sprawling cities, stunning landscapes …

Greece moves closer to eurozone exit after delaying €300m repayment to IMF

Athens takes creditor by surprise, saying it will bundle together €1.6bn of debt payments due to International Monetary Fund and settle up on 30 June<p>Greece has moved closer to default and possible exit from the eurozone after telling the International Monetary Fund it would not be making a debt …


Rifle Linked to 7 Unsolved Murders Found on Display in London Museum

An assault rifle tied to at least seven unsolved murders has been discovered on public display at the British Imperial War Museum in London, reports …

Northern Ireland

35 Unique Backyard Ideas to Steal for Your House

Get away from it all (without leaving your home).<p>There's inspiration to be found in even the most manicured landscapes or stately patios.

Panorama Trail in Yosemite National Park

Panorama Trail is a nearly 10-mile long point-to-point hike from the top to the bottom of Yosemite Valley. Starting at <b>Glacier Point</b> and ending at …

Rare Supertide Turns Ancient Abbey Into Isolated Island

A supertide turned France's famed Mont Saint-Michel into an island on Saturday and then retreated out of sight, delighting thousands of visitors who came to see the rare phenomenon.<p>The so-called "tide of the century" actually happens every 18 years. Although the tide rushes in and out along the …


Day 4-6 on the John Muir Trail

This article tells the story of the JMT2013 thru-hike of the John Muir Trail. Enjoy the photos and use this information to plan your own backpacking …

8 Paint Colors That Will Make You Rethink White

The perfect white paint for every space.<p>The power of a white room is stunning—clean and crisp, the neutral palette adds a dose of instant chic to any home. With a never-ending array of undertones and finishes, finding the perfect white paint for your space can be a daunting task.<p>So what's the …

Home Decorating

National Geographic Travel

12 Timeless Paint Colors That Will Never Go Out of Style

You'll never get tired of them.<p>Strong or subtle, these shades have one thing in common — you'll never get tired of them.

Free Climbing El Capitan: In Pictures

The Best Kitchens of 2014

A look back at the year in kitchen design.<p>This year in kitchen design, we saw a lot of daring colors, global influences, unique backsplashes and detailed accents, and innovative appliances.


Climbing On Mount Denali

Photographer's Incredible 14-Year Quest to Document the World's Oldest Trees

For the past 14 years, San Francisco-based photographer Beth Moon has journeyed to almost every continent in a quest to document some of the world's biggest, oldest, and rarest trees. Using the criteria of immense size, great age, and notable history to select her subjects, Moon tracks down …


National Geographic's Favorite Bird Pictures

In honor of the 115th anniversary of the Audubon Christmas Bird Count, National Geographic editors searched the archives for our most compelling bird pictures.

37 Most Incredible Photographs of The Year

Let's look back on 2014 by reviewing some of the most spectacular photographs of this year. Which photographs of incredible destinations simply took our breath away? What long exposures were so creatively done, we gasped in awe? Which underwater photos seemed simply serene? Instead of our usual …

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