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Rivendell Manor gate house, Oregon. Alan Mascord Design Associates.

Tornado-Proof Home

Ted Givens, an architect with Hong Kong's 10Design created this prototype for a tornado-safe home. Hydraulic levers pull the Kevlar-coated house into the ground when high-velocity winds pass by. The high-tech structure's roof then locks so water and wind can't enter. Once the weather clears, the …

Best Fall Trips 2014

The end of the bustling summer tourist season kicks off one of the best times of the year to travel. Whether you’re up for adventure, relaxation, or something in between, check out our editors’ list of 10 best fall trips for inspired ideas. —Maryellen Kennedy Duckett

5 Always-Sunny Destinations to Chase Summer and Avoid Autumn

<i>By Nicolle Monico</i><p>There are some that count down the days until autumn, snatching up sweaters and cardigans, scouring Frye's new line of boots and eagerly awaiting the return of pumpkin spiced lattes (signifying that fall is close behind). They welcome the cooler weather and layered clothing. Others …

Ward’s and Algonquin Islands, Toronto Harbour

Just a 10-minute ferry ride and a world away from Toronto’s chrome-and-glass core is the boho oasis of Ward’s and Algonquin Islands, on the Toronto Islands archipelago cut off from the mainland during a violent storm in 1858. The communities of 262 quirky cottages on tidy, treed lanes date back to …

The 16 Best Places to Live in the U.S.: 2014

You cast more than 1.5 million votes in our biggest Best Town Ever contest to date. One town may have triumphed, but you loved 15 other amazing places, too—from Burlington Vermont to Anchorage Alaska.<p>But before we reveal the winner, a word on our rankings.<p>This list is ordered by the number of votes …

10 spectacular secret beaches | CNN Travel

What to pack? Gear for every situation

Okay, not <i>every</i> situation. But we've carefully pondered various scenarios travellers might encounter on the road and come up with some suggestions and tips. What's the ultimate set of accessories for a bar crawl? What should you take if you're visiting somewhere prone to four-seasons-in-a-day …

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Top 10 Islands

A renowned travel writer told us where in the the world to find the top ten islands.<p>From the National Geographic book <i>The 10 Best of Everything</i><p>Leslie Thomas is a successful writer in England who's been in the business for more than 40 years. He has written more than 30 novels and several travel …

How to uncover closed-door restaurants when travelling

It’s like a dinner party with strangers. Closed-door restaurants, also known as underground restaurants or supper clubs, are private eateries tucked away in a chef’s home. And though they’re not widely advertised, they are often some of the most sought-after tables in town.<p>For travellers, these …

Buenos Aires

Top 10 Outdoor Music Venues

Listen, watch, and marvel at open-air stages as great as the performances on them.<p>From the National Geographic book <i>Four Seasons of Travel</i><p><b>Great Stage Park, Manchester, Tennessee</b> <br>www.bonnaroo.com <br>If you’re after a really good time, then it’s off to Bonnaroo, a music festival that takes over the …

Music Festivals

What Nobody Tells You About Your Favorite Tourist Attractions

We've all felt the blow of a travel letdown and ridden the high when a place far exceeds our expectations.<p>Before your next visit to a major tourist attraction, brace yourself -- for better or for worse -- by learning what you're <i>really</i> in for.<p><b>The Great Wall of China is STEEP.</b><p>One trekker recalls …

California coast's best hotels | CNN Travel

The Last of the Real Mountain Towns

The best real estate isn't always the most expensive. There are some spectacular mountain destinations in the U.S. that haven’t yet been overrun by mega mansions. Take these five alpine getaways, which each have rustic charm and beauty—and a down-to-earth property prices. For now, at least.<p>Pigeon …

Make the Most of the Coast: A California Getaway to Remember

<i>A sweeping and stunning view of Newport Beach from the Resort at Pelican Hill</i><p>It is impossible to drive down California's coast and not be enamored by the shimmering ocean, seagulls weaving between palm trees, or an excessively large house on top of a hill. As a little girl, I never noticed the …

4 Proven Ways to Cram a Language Before an International Trip

In many foreign countries, Americans have helped generate a stereotypical image, and it's usually not very pretty -- especially when we get called out on our loudness or hefty appearance. Adding insult to injury, Americans are also known for their limited language skills. According to U.S. …

The 10 Best Urban Islands

Looking for an escape from the turmoil of urban existence? Many waterfront cities have island havens where nature beckons, just a quick step across a bridge or a short ferry ride away.<p>Here are ten worth seeing:<p><b>> Île aux Cygnes (Paris, France)</b><p>For a quiet stroll in Paris, head for the artificial yet …