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Forget Rio -- Visit These 5 Less-Crowded Cities in Central & South America Instead

<i>(Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com)</i><p><i>By Nicolle Monico</i><p>In 2014, all eyes were on Brazil for the World Cup and come 2016, it will again sit in the spotlight with the Summer Olympics taking place in Rio de Janiero. In any year, travelers heading to Peru typically plan on visiting Machu Picchu, while in …

South America

10 Dream South America Adventure Travel Expeditions

An expedition is more than just a trip, it’s a journey undertaken for purpose of exploration. It’s a way to experience the world in a new way and …

Astronauts are about to eat the first food grown in space

Space: the final frontier for leafy greens.<p>The first food grown and harvested in space—a crop of red lettuce—is about to be eaten by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. The lettuce was grown for 15 months with a system called Veg-01, which uses red, blue, and green LED lights to grow …

Aquaponics

A Periodic Table Surprise: The One Element In Stars That Isn't On Earth

When it comes to the elements in the periodic table found throughout the Universe, it’s only the first two that originated from the Big Bang: hydrogen and helium. Everything else was formed from stars, whether:<p>fused in their cores, from lighter elements into heavier ones,<br>• built in supernovae, where …

Universe

Has Nasa found another 'Earth' in corner of Milky Way?

Astrophysicists at Nasa today annouce they have found new Earth-like worlds<p>• Nasa finds ‘another Earth’ in Milky Way which ‘would feel a lot like home’<p>The science world is abuzz with anticipation as Nasa holds a press conference on Thursday to announce ‘new discoveries’ from its Kepler mission, …

Choose Your Own Adventure: Machu Picchu

When I decided to visit <b>Machu Picchu</b>, I was so focused on getting to Peru that I kept delaying another important decision: Which route would I take to access the sacred site?<p>Should I walk along the well-worn paths of the Inca Trail? What about following in the footsteps of <i>chaski</i> messengers on the …

Life on Mars: when will humans live on the Red Planet?

Fifty years after the first close-up images of Mars, Rosa Silverman speaks to the science writer who believes there will be life on Mars before the 21st century ends<p>The human race was able to view the furthest reaches of the solar system in high-definition glory this week, as Nasa’s New Horizons …

Done with Pluto, New Horizons will drift in endless sea of space

by Daniel Desrochers<p>The New Horizons spacecraft did what it was meant to do. It explored the unexplored dwarf planet Pluto.<p>So, now what?<p>A year from …

Solar System

Pluto's deepest mysteries may be revealed on July 14

Pluto, get ready for your closeup.<p>NASA's New Horizons probe — the first-ever spacecraft designed to study Pluto and its many moons — is about to fly …

Best Space Books and Sci-Fi: A Space.com Reading List

There are plenty of great books out there about space — so many, in fact, that it can feel a little overwhelming to figure out where to start, …

Books

Black Hole 'Wakes Up' After 26-Year Slumber

After taking a 26-year nap, a waking black hole released a burst of X-rays that lit up astronomical observatories on June 15 — and it's still making …

The cosmic bucket list: 11 things to see in the universe before it dies (in 22bn years)

Mathematicians have developed a theoretical model which envisages the end of the universe in around 22bn years, with a phenomenon called the “big rip”. Here’s what you might want to do with the time we all have left.<p>1. A supervolcano<p>Every trip should start with a bang, and the makers of mildly …

Universe

Yosemite National Park's Best Hikes

From secret hikes to date hikes to cave hikes, San Francisco holds its own pretty well in the hiking department. Yosemite though? Yosemite owns the …

8 Cheaper Alternatives to Popular European Destinations

<i>By: Sophie-Claire Hoeller</i><p><i>Credit: Flickr/alcuin lai</i><p>Rome, Munich, the French Riviera -- all European bucket list spots renowned for their history, their culture, and their affinity for chain smoking and tiny cars. But you know else they're known for? Overpriced everything. And hoards of visitors …

European Travel

Bucket List Places You Need To See In The Next Decade

"Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?" What if instead of a dreaded job interview question, this was asked as a travel challenge? Suddenly the whole world opens up.<p>You had better start thinking, because the world will look very different in the next decade than it does today. For …

16 Of The Most Photogenic Hikes On The West Coast

Best coast?

National Geographic Travel

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 …

California

Distractify

Make My Day: locals’ tips for London and San Francisco

In the world’s greatest cities, there need never be a dull moment. When it comes to finding things to do, the possibilities are practically endless — so which do you choose?<p>Inspired by our new Make My Day city guides, which help travellers mix and match brilliant ideas for mornings, afternoons and …

England

National Geographic Travel

An Oregon Road Trip That Has Everything

Up in the air about your next vacation? Here’s a little secret: You can’t go wrong with a southern Oregon road trip. It’s literally got a little bit …

Hiking

15 Best Travel Experiences for Night Owls

When you think of late-night fun, chances are clubs in big cities like New York, Berlin, or Miami come to mind. And while it's true that there are plenty of up-all-night diversions in those locales, there are also plenty of alternative evening adventures awaiting travelers, both in cities and …

Travel

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.

Adventure Dreams: 10 Classic Adventures

These are the quintessential adventure experiences you organize your year around because they require fitness, specialized gear, and maybe a large chunk of time off work. Our top ten cover life-list terrain in the mountains, ocean, and the desert and include the expert advice, gear tips, and …

Hiking the Tour of Mont Blanc – Itinerary & Where to Stay

<b>If you’re a keen hiker then chances are that you’ve thought about hiking the Tour of Mont Blanc – TMB for short. If you haven’t heard about it then</b> …

Hiking

These 10 Hiking Trails Will Blow Your Mind

Cruising the Galapagos Islands Is a Voyage Back in Time

There should be a sign here reading "Please don't step on the sea lions." That was my first thought as my 11 fellow passengers and I prepared to disembark from a Zodiac raft on the first day of our Galapagos Islands cruise.<p>We'd come to this remote place, about 600 miles west of the Ecuador …

Nature