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Where to see The Goldfinch and other paintings famous from books and films

The 2014 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction revolves around the small Dutch painting that the novel is named after – Carel Fabritius' 1654 work <i>The Goldfinch</i>. Donna Tartt's novel has inspired new interest in Dutch Golden Age painting, drawing record crowds to a gallery in New York earlier this …

America's legendary drives

With over four million miles of highway, the USA offers more road trips than anyone could tackle in one lifetime. Whether you’re itching to peek into Wild West history, or just longing for a big ol’ soulful dose of nature’s vistas, you’ll find them along America’s backroads and byways. Here are our …

Ten of France’s natural wonders

France's smorgasbord of cultural delights could keep even the most avid museum-hopper busy for a lifetime, but don't forget about the great outdoors. France smoulders with natural beauty, so why not go <i>au naturel</i> at mountain ranges, canyons and startling stretches of coast? This round-up of …

How to explore the world by cruise ship

For many people the mere mention of the word 'cruise' can evoke cringeworthy images of forced fun and chintzy cabins, but boat trips can be a thrilling way to see the world – it just depends on the cruise you choose.<p>Feel the local rhythm on a freshwater cruise<p>With smaller boats and fewer people, …

Secret O’ahu: sights only the locals know about

Most people think of O’ahu strictly as a beach vacation interspersed with hiking and awash with cocktails. But what they don't realise is that there is a lot going on that has nothing to do with the island’s sandy beaches, flip-flopped feet, or the big, sugary, impossibly coloured drinks of …

Welcome To The Faroe Islands, A Tourist Destination With More Sheep Than People

If you want to get away from it all, and by all we mean <i>all</i>, you should probably make haste to the Faroe Islands, where wild, beautiful nature is everywhere you look and other tourists are hard to find.<p>The Faroe Islands are a tiny archipelago close to Scotland, Iceland and Norway that has about 100 …

Top 5 Places in Croatia (Beyond Dubrovnik)

Travel<p>With breathtaking nature, charming architecture, and a long Adriatic coastline, there's plenty to see in this spectacular country.<p>Not to knock Dubrovnik, with its marble streets, 16th-century city walls, sparkling red roof tiles, and primo location—it more than earns its moniker of “Pearl of …

5 Always-Sunny Destinations to Chase Summer and Avoid Autumn

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).<p><i>By Nicolle Monico</i><p>There are some that count down the days until autumn, …

Lana Del Rey

Ireland's Castles

TravelPhoto Gallery<p>Castles dot the countryside of the Irish Isles. Some remain private homes, some are open to the public, and some are mere ruins of what they once were.

10 Steps to Sustainable Travel

We travel because we love to see the world -- but what are the ways that we can sustain the world as we see it?<p><i>Our Saavy Traveler series for tips and tricks to travel like an expert.</i><p>We travel because we love to see the world -- but what are the ways that we can sustain the world as we see it? One …

Acquainted

Set Jetting to the Filming Locations of 12 Iconic Sci-Fi Movies

Some directors have made exceptionally creative use of the strange diversity of landscapes found on earth, integrating them into their otherworldly films in fascinating ways. Here are 12 of the best uses of real-world settings in sci-fi films, as chosen by the Hopper team.<p>Capturing the atmosphere …

Star Wars

Southeast Asia's finest converted heritage hotels | CNN Travel

Adventure 101: Stand-Up Paddleboarding

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>The fastest-growing water sport in the world, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) was born in the Hawaiian Islands, and with calm jungle rivers and 50 miles of beaches, <b>Kauai</b> is one of the best places for the sport.<p>“SUP is the marriage of the two most important water sports in …

Bagpipes and snail hunting: Greece tourism shifts gears | CNN Travel

9 Hacks For Using Your Phone Abroad Without Racking Up A Giant Phone Bill

Smartphones have revolutionized the way we travel. From staying in touch with folks back home to apps of all sorts, our phones play a big role in 21st-century travel... but they also can be <i>really</i> expensive.<p>But they don't have to be. These nine hacks will save you money and improve your mobile …

10 Luxury Islands That Are Surprisingly Affordable

We've never had such a good excuse to ditch the real world.<p>We always thought our living-on-an-island dreams would stay forever plunked on a Pinterest board, but now, there's reason to believe that actually living on a luxury island is totally possible.<p>The folks at Samujana Retreats and Residences …

The best time to book a flight ticket, and other insights into how India flies

Over 110 million passengers get onboard flights in India every year—and most get their bookings wrong.<p>This is despite the unending fare wars, flash sales and airline launches, which together should mean that the Indian air traveller has rarely had it better. (How the airlines themselves are doing, …

The Way to San Jose - Things to Do

If you want to make the most of your future visit, the following recommended activities can be accomplished during a long weekend.<p>While in San Jose for the annual BlogHer conference, I finally got the chance to really explore the charming city. Previously, like with my visits to Atlanta, I had only …

Farm-to-table

Europe on a Budget Never Looked So Good

These six ultra-trendy and budget-friendly finds in some of the most exciting cities in Europe will make your next vacation one for the scrapbook.<p>Who says you need to empty your bank account in order to enjoy Europe in style? Hotel search trivago.com, which now offers hostel bookings in cities …

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Which Hawaiian Island Is for Me?

Each Hawaiian island offers something unique to travelers. There is an island for all: lovers, adventurers, beach dwellers and city seekers.<p>Each Hawaiian island offers something unique to travelers. There is an island for all: lovers, adventurers, beach dwellers and city seekers. Six distinct …

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World's 20 Best Surf Towns

Adventure<p>A great surf town is the sum of its parts. These 20 towns run the gamut, from a mecca for the surf-obsessed to a spot where surfing's in its infancy. With waves awaiting, an adventurous spirit, and a little guidance, you can’t go wrong.

Chug Along Ecuador's Epic Andes Mountains on the Luxurious Tren Crucero

Possibly one of the most difficult train routes to build, the railway that weaves through the Andean Mountains in Ecuador offer some of the most beautiful views of the countryside. Giving you a front row seat to the scenic route is <b>Tren Crucero</b>, a 19th century Baroque-style locomotive that was …

Sri Lanka: nirvana for beach lovers

Sri Lanka overwhelms the senses. The air is heavy with the scent of jasmine, the food richly spiced and the landscape one of utter beauty; the radiant green rice paddies, forests of swaying palm trees and mountains puckered in tea plantations are utterly bewitching. But for many people Sri Lanka …

Five reasons to visit northern France in 2014

France’s refreshing Nord-Pas-de-Calais has been overlooked by travellers for too long. The region has embraced the jokes about chilly weather and yokel locals while quietly transforming into a world-class destination with a daring arts scene, clutch of historic sights and irresistibly rugged charm. …

Top things to do in Rome

Few cities evoke the sheer wonder and amazement of Rome. Ancient history, outstanding art and religious icons are around every corner and when it all gets too much you can just join the locals in sipping espresso in one of the city's many squares. With so much to see and do, the real test will be …

Ten of the world's most mind-blowing landscapes

Gazing at a remarkable view for the first time is one of travel’s greatest thrills – and these 10 landscapes are among the most mind-blowing we’ve ever seen.<p>Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA<p>Yellowstone National Park has an embarrassment of astonishing sights, from the thundering waterfalls of …

50 Places In Europe You Need To Visit In Your Lifetime

We've come up with the ultimate bucket list of travel destinations in Europe.<p>From biking along the canals of Amsterdam to tasting Chianti in Italy's Tuscany region, here are 50 things you need to do in Europe in your lifetime.

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Reader Recs: World’s Best Beach Towns

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>Summer is officially underway in the Northern Hemisphere, and if you’re anything like me, that means one thing—beach season. Whether it be a long weekend at Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina or an extended stay in sandy Punta Cana, I’m always ready for an ocean breeze and …