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The National Park Service just turned 100. We visited one of its filthiest, most forgotten sites

New York City is a giant, strange place.<p>Spread across four major landmasses and dozens of little islands, the metropolis is home to far more diverse natural landscapes than many people, including some of those who live there, may realize.<p>I visited one such place on a warm Sunday back in June: Dead …

Editor's Note

How Travel Has Saved Our Relationship

Bill Murray once said, "If you have someone you think is the one, take that person and travel around the world. Buy a plane ticket for the two of you to travel all around the world, and go to places that are hard to go to and hard to get out of. And if when you come back to JFK, when you land in …

This Data Scientist Has Mapped the Ultimate National Parks Road Trip

Just in time for the National Park Service's 100th anniversary.<p>We already know the most efficient and sight-packed route to drive to see all the continental states, but what if you only wanted to focus on seeing the most beautiful nature in America? A map for that exists now too.<p>Randy Olson, senior …

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Pacific Crest Trail to Burstarse Falls Hiking, Mountai...

This snippet of the mighty Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a few miles west of Castle Crags State Park. The portion to Burstarse Falls leads through a …

Hidden Gems of Europe

By Gabrielle Boucher of University of Tampa<p><b>8 underrated European cities that offer authentic, intimate travel experiences.</b><p>Travelers flock to Europe because of its abundance of beautiful cities within close proximity of each other. Paris, Rome, Prague, Berlin, Amsterdam, all these incredible places …

Europe's best national parks

Yours to keep: a free pass to Europe’s best bits – areas enshrined as national parks, where the only entry requirement is a sense of adventure.<p>Hike across sparkling glaciers, explore wild, fabled forests and meet mountain goats with this sampler from our new title, <i>The Best Things in Life are …

3 Best Hiking Destinations in Great Britain

By Gabrielle Boucher of University of Tampa<p><b>Three locations across Britain that offer amazing hiking experiences.</b><p>When thinking of the British countryside, many picture smooth, rolling green hills and quaint little cottages. While this image is definitely accurate for the majority of the area, the …

World’s most bizarre natural phenomena

From Australia’s bubblegum-pink lake to a blood-red waterfall in Antarctica, these seven destinations are some of the world’s strangest sights.<p>Majestic mountains and sparkling seas always attract travellers – but sometimes nature has a bigger trick up her sleeve. To track down some of the world’s …

Nature

How to put together a small first aid medical bag and kit

Shares 60<p>This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure for more info...<p>This is a guest post by Patsy S and entry in our …

10 National Parks to See Before You Die

Originally Published on on CNTraveler.com<p>Our national parks are overwhelming in every way -- in number, in size, in their capacity to inspire wonder. And the question remains: Which one will you see next? For the following introduction to, and celebration of, our nation's greatest natural …

40 American Towns You Haven't Heard of But Should Visit ASAP

Hit the roads less traveled.<p>When it comes to your vacation, most people seek out places they've seen on TV or have heard about from friends and family. Fair enough. Now, let us introduce you to 40 unsung hot spots. These unheard-of towns across the U.S. might not have made it onto your bucket list</i> …

The ultimate beginner's guide to hiking Colorado's famous 14,000-foot mountains

And hundreds of thousands of feet in elevation.<p>With all of this lofty real estate in their backyard, it's no surprise that clawing their way up the sides of 14,000-foot mountains has become a rite of passage for Colorado residents.<p>But how does a rookie peak bagger choose which summit to reach …

The Best Castles to See in Germany

How to make your trip to Germany the stuff of legends.<p>What is a vacation to Germany without a peek at its famous castles? Capturing important moments …

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 laying out on the beaches of Lagos, Portugal, here are 50 things you need to do in Europe in your lifetime.

Light & Fast: 14 Ultralight Backpacking Tips

For backpackers, going ultralight is easier (and less expensive) than you might expect. Our contributor stepped back to give tips on reducing pack …

What Happened When I Got Rid Of Everything In My House That Doesn’t Spark Joy

Do socks really “spark joy?” This writer went through (nearly) every item in her house with some surprising results.<p>I hate clutter. Growing up, my favorite book (and the only one I kept from my childhood) was <i>The Boxcar Children</i>, a story of four orphans who live in an abandoned train car with few …

America's Top 10 Hardest Day Hikes

The word “epic” is uttered a bit too lightly these days. Once reserved to describe the fantastic voyages of brave explorers, it’s now readily used to …

23 Reasons to Drop Everything and Travel Now

As if we needed more motivation to hit the road, we pulled wise words from travelers past and present on the importance of constantly experiencing …

Travel

The 10 Best Tents For Two People: Hiking And Car Camping

Looking for the best tent for this camping season? We leaned on the NDP Group and its comprehensive sales data to find 10 of the most popular …

How Couples Misunderstand Each Other

A heart-breaking experience of counseling couples is seeing good people suffer due to the entirely avoidable <i>illusion of sameness.</i><p>In the illusion of …

Psychology

11 essentials to take with you the next time you go hiking

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Summer is in full swing, giving us the opportunity to plan day trips out in the sun, enjoying the warm weather while it lasts. For many …

9 Reasons Everyone Should Go On a Cross-Country Road Trip in the U.S.

I didn’t know it then, but a few summers ago, I began planning a life-changing trip with my boyfriend. Having romanticized the idea of cross-country …

Travel

A couple quit their high-paying corporate jobs to go on an epic 38,000-mile, 16-month road trip

Nikki Levi and Jakob Celnik, graduates of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, quit their well-paying corporate jobs, bought a van, and drove 38,000 miles across the Americas.<p>Their journey lasted 16 months and took them across Canada and down the West Coast of California, through …

South America

Backpacking Gear Tips: 20 Beginner-Friendly Ways to Drop Weight (Without Breaking the Bank)

July 18, 2016<p>To many new backpackers, time spent on the trail can seem like a chore. You load up your heavy backpack with 40 pounds of gear until …

Backpacking

I lived in Europe for 5 years — these are the places I tell all my friends to visit

These travels exposed me to new cultures, and left impressions and memories that will stay with me for the rest of my life.<p>From the beaches of southern Portugal to the canals of Amsterdam, here are the spots I consider must-sees.

Best national parks for spectacular sights but modest crowds

We’d never throw shade at Yosemite or Grand Canyon. But they are, well, kind of popular —Yosemite got 4 million visitors last year, Grand Canyon 5.5 million.<p>Want to strike out on your own? These five national parks will amaze you with their scenic grandeur and surprise you with their lack of crowds.