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Which National Park Is Best for You?

We celebrate the 2016 centennial of the National Park Service with the best parks for every travel personality, including foodie, art lover, history …

How a gorgeous old movie set in Malta became a tourist destination where couples get married

Starring Robin Williams as the comic character in his first film role, the movie/musical was a critical disaster and many involved found it to be a disappointment — though it was one of Altman's highest-grossing movies, making $49 million.<p>But the unique set of the town of Sweethaven that was built …

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Drawing from the laws of nature, an architect devises a way to beat the heat in the California desert.<p>The Finnish city continues on its path to be carbon neutral by 2050.<p>The Blue Sky prototype home tiptoes gracefully across the desert landscape just north of Joshua Tree National Park.<p>We were …

Articles about house week mies van der rohe inspired pavilion recycled materials on Dwell.com - Dwell

Two Chicago multimedia artists want to flip the switch on a Mies masterpiece to create an immersive experience.<p>High-rise superblocks and identical clusters of row houses set apart from the urban grid have been much maligned as some of the...<p>A floating wall on a Johannesburg cottage draws …

Articles about 5 modern chicago renovations and additions on Dwell.com - Dwell

Self-taught designer Tom Givone continues his practice of updating 19th-century farmhouses with unexpected details and salvaged...<p>It’s been awhile since we last visited the City of Light, so here’s a jaunt to five modern abodes we adore.<p>Refresh your home for the summer season with these simple …

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Michele Kaufman's MK Lotus house at West Coast...<p>The building, completed in 1994, is upgraded from gold status.<p>With approximately 1.85 million square feet being certified daily, LEED certification has become the most widely-used third-party...<p>In the land of large mountain lodge wannabes, two …

Articles about 7 idyllic island prefabs on Dwell.com - Dwell

A family’s remote island retreat becomes a more permanent home base, thanks to the efficiency of building modular.<p>Resolution:4 Architecture creates astounding prefabricated homes that are tailored to their sites and the unique needs of their...<p>With its main components manufactured in a factory and …

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Articles about 8 outdoor showers we love on Dwell.com - Dwell

Somewhere between the fanciful beasts of Where the Wild Things Are and the hand-drawn charm of Marimekko, the characters in the...<p>Las Vegas designer Logan Hendrickson makes versatile, industrial-inspired lighting that won't break the bank.<p>The two Toronto curators behind this showcase for innovative …

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A house designed to be part of the landscape is at home among the trees in Venice, California.<p>Humble in size but big on seaside views and low-key vibes, the beach bungalow is a classic staple of beachside culture across the...<p>As a buzzing seaside town known for its bohemian spirit, lively …

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Australia is home to many beautiful beaches, koalas and kangaroos, and most importantly, incredible prefab houses.<p>Seaside or lakeside, waterfront houses evoke a sense of peace. Here are 6 of our favorites.<p>A metal-and-cedar home rises on farmland in East Tennessee.<p>After a devastating fire, architect …

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Robust materials and a flexible floor plan help the owners of an Australian vacation home reap maximum rewards.<p>Apartment residents know all too well about decorating restrictions, but interior designer Nicole Sassaman comes to the rescue,...<p>Jean Verville architecte designed FAHOUSE, a residence …

10 Far-from-Home Thanksgiving Escapes

Call your family and tell them you'll see them next month. You know what can't wait until the holidays? A total getaway, booked far from the in-laws and last-minute cranberry sauce-run traffic. Ditch the post-turkey nap (well, not completely—see choice number one) and treat yourself to a whirlwind …

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Philip Johnson and David Whitney used to invite great minds from the architecture, design, and art worlds to the Johnson-designed...<p>Take a tour through Chicago's first Passive House built by Brandon Weiss of Weiss Building and Development LLC, with the help of...<p>Designed by Roy O. Allen, the …

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The 26 happiest, richest, healthiest, and most crime-free countries in the world

Every year, the Legatum Institute, a London based think-tank releases its annual global Prosperity Index, a huge survey that ranks what it calls the most prosperous countries in the world.<p>The amount of money a country has is one factor of prosperity, but the Legatum Institute considered more than …

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, …

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After a devastating fire, architect David Salmela designs a house to replace a beloved lakeside retreat in Wisconsin.<p>Million dollar lake views play nicely with a modest, down-to-earth aesthetic.<p>After rescuing an aging structure, a mid-century home’s views are reborn.<p>Two Washington, D.C.–based …

Articles about 6 cozy weekend cabins on Dwell.com - Dwell

Eight years after construction began, this lakeside weekend home 80 miles outside Johannesburg, South Africa, received the...<p>Cabin living promises a connection with nature and a more calm, simple life with just what you need at your fingertips.<p>Each week, we tap into Dwell's Instagram community to …

10 Surprising Facts About Nutella

Nutella has rescued us from breakups, from bad days at work, and often from our own hangry selves. But how much do we really know about the …

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10 Eagle Scout survival skills everyone should know

In 1912, Arthur Eldred became the first Eagle Scout, and the rank has stood as an emblem of accomplishment ever since.<p>To earn the title of Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts must learn a whole array of practical skills.<p>We've put together 10 survival tricks that Eagle Scouts can perform, complete with …

10 Surprising Facts About LEGO

You're never going to look at your favorite toy the same way again.<p>Like Easy-Bake Ovens and Troll dolls, you probably remember these famous plastic bricks fondly from your childhood. But did you know the first one was made in 1932 and out of wood? Didn't think so. Here are a few more facts you …

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I’m from Munich, and here's why I think you should avoid Oktoberfest

First as a kid, where I ate candy apples and schnitzel sandwiches and rode the "wild mouse" rollercoaster until I was green in the face; and later as a teen, when I skipped school to drink liters of beer with my friends.<p>Oktoberfest is awesome, but I think it's the worst time for tourists to visit …

13 Of The World's Most Colorful Lakes

These 13 colorful lakes are like something out of a dream.<p>These naturally bold beauties are like something out of a dream.

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Finding Peace in 21st-Century Kyoto

When travelers arrive in <b>Kyoto</b> for the first time, they often are confused and disappointed. Expecting a place that exudes timeless elegance and peace, they instead find a thoroughly modern city of traffic-clogged streets and blocky concrete buildings. Looking at their faces, you know what they’re …

Meerkat, Seabeard, Microsoft Hyperlapse, Knights of Pen & Paper 2, Wear Personal Fitness Trainer, Lego Star Wars and more<p>Welcome to this week’s roundup of the latest, greatest Android apps and games, covering smartphones and tablets.<p>All these apps have been released for the first time – i.e. not …

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You should be using these browser extensions to keep yourself safe online

The invention of the internet made it easy to do amazing things online, like buying junk in a single click, but unfortunately that also came with consequences, like companies being able track your every move as you browse.<p>You might not know it, but every website you visit is using one or more …

The 10 most popular American cities to visit this summer

Hamilton Pool is a popular summer stop in Austin, thanks to its 50 foot waterfall.Flickr/KnowsphotosAmerican Express Travel recently released its list of the top 10 most popular cities to visit this summer in the United States.<p>To make this list, the travel company looked at the top destinations …

22 American craft breweries every beer lover should know

We found the 22 coolest American craft brewers making waves in the industry.<p>We went by the Brewers Association's definition of "craft brewery," which is a brewery that produces no more than 6 million barrels a year.<p><i>Melia Robinson contributed to a previous version of this article.</i>