Valerie Chen

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An Internet-Famous Cookie Worthy of Baking in Real Life

Last fall, an aberrant chocolate chip cookie turned up in my Instagram feed. As wide as a salad plate and flat as a flounder, it appeared thin, but it was somehow layered with slabs of chocolate. Oddest of all, it was ringed, like a tree trunk — as if a chunk of chocolate had been dropped in the …


This Couple Went to Every National Park in America and Says These Are the Best


The 22 Most Beautiful Places in the World

These destinations are just begging to be Instagrammed.<p>There are so many amazing places around the globe to see, we couldn't possibly include them all in just one list. But, these breathtaking destinations are definitely worth bumping to the top of your travel bucket list – whether you're looking …

These 5 Surprising Cities Are the World’s Most Pinned Places

Among carefully collected recipes and craft ideas on Pinterest, the site now boasts more than seven-billion travel-themed pins — which pretty much means it should be one of the first places you go when in need of travel tips or planning inspiration. Since we’re always in the midst of mapping future …

Honeymoon Inspiration: Taste of the Grand Circle, an Epic Southwest U.S. Road Trip

If the idea of wide open spaces, national parks, and unforgettable scenic vistas sounds like an incredible vacation, why not plan an epic road trip for your honeymoon? Las Vegas, Zion, Bryce Canyon, the Grand Canyon, Route 66 — for an adventurous honeymoon with Southwestern twist, it doesn't get …

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I Heart My National Park: Glacier

Montana’s <b>Glacier National Park</b> is where everything bright and strong and never tamed comes together on high: gray wolves and great silver-tipped bears, storms that hit the Great Divide like tsunamis with golden eagles surfing the wind waves, twisted trees 200 years old but scarcely tall enough to …

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2015 Tours of a Lifetime

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Watch a 2,600-Mile Hike in 2,600 Selfies

Follow filmmaker Andy Davidhazy's face through 2600 transformative miles in this selfielapse.<p>A 2,600-mile journey is captured in 2,600 selfies in filmmaker Andy Davidhazy's new video documenting his 2013 hike from Mexico to Canada. Over the course of the five-month trek along the Pacific Crest …

Cowboy Mummy Found in Desert

Whenever I take road trips with my friends, we always look for abandoned sites to photograph. Sometimes we will spot the structures along the highway …

San Diego's Top 50 Trails

Vitals<p>Dog-Friendly Stroller-Friendly Family-Friendly Pay to Park Bikeable Lake View Beach View Mountain View City View<p>1. Santa Margarita River Trail …


Things To Do In Dublin Ireland - Hacks and Mini Guide

Zion National Park Photos

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Ireland's Most Picture-Perfect Spots


The Best Coffee Shops In San Francisco

<i>The best coffee shop in San Francisco, if we're being realistic, is the one closest to your house. But for those times when you need to enjoy your</i> …

Secret sights of San Francisco: six things only locals know about

San Francisco is known the world over for its beauty, its open-mindedness and – let's be honest – its weirdness. So it should be no surprise that the City by the Bay harbors many unlikely attractions in far-flung locations known only to locals … until now.<p>Below are a few choice secrets – some new, …

Roundtrip to South America, Two Free One Ways to Hawaii for 50,000 Miles

Recently, I posted about how we can get amazing value from the fact that the Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer program considers Hawaii to be part of the …

Buenos Aires

Climbing On Mount Denali


50 Unpredictable And Non-Clichéd Places To Travel To In Your 20s

There are certain destinations we all dream of traveling to one day: Paris, Rome, Bangkok, Rio de Janeiro, Jerusalem, Tokyo, New York City, Buenos …

17 Easy Copper Projects For Every Room Of Your House

Copper is this season's superstar metal--here are 17 super-simple ways to incorporate it into your decor.<p>Copper is this season's superstar metal--here are 17 super-simple ways to incorporate it into your decor.

Danny Macaskill Takes On Death-Defying Ride Along the Notorious Cuillin Ridgeline

Known for his jaw-dropping abilities on bikes, Scottish trial cyclist Danny MacAskill returns to<p>Known for his jaw-dropping abilities on bikes, Scottish trial cyclist Danny MacAskill returns to his native home of the Isle of Skye in Scotland to ride the death-defying route along Cuillin Ridgeline. …

17 Quirky Cities And Towns You Totally Need To Visit

Just imagine what it would be like to live there full time.

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Extraordinary pictures of the most ancient trees on Earth

Photographer Beth Moon spent 14 years traveling around the world taking pictures of the most ancient trees on Earth. The resulting photos—printed in …

Top 10: Things to Do in Canada’s National Parks

Canada is chock-full of national parks, marine reserves, and other protected places. Here are our picks for the top ten don't-miss spots.<p>Spot Polar Bears in Wapusk<p>This Manitoba park’s name means “white bear” in the Cree language, and for good reason—the remote realm on the shores of Hudson Bay is …

Top 10 Most Visited National Parks

The number of people who visit America's national parks is staggering—over 331 million visits were documented in 2017. Wonder which parks are the most popular? Here are the top ten.<p>writer

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Top 10 Things to Do in Utah Parks

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10 National Parks You’ve Never Heard Of

These lesser-known locales are just as breathtaking as Yellowstone and Yosemite<p>By Amber Brenza, Photography By Thinkstock, Photography By National Park Foundation's "Share The Experience Photo Project.", Photography By The National Park Service, Photography By Adam Jewell<p>You’ve trekked the Grand …

Patagonia: The Wild Place at the End of the World

The southernmost region of South America is huge in every way: Patagonia is twice the size of California and home to some of the biggest landscapes and adventures on the planet. Head south for stunning landscapes, ridiculous fishing, rugged trekking, roadside asados, and a 100 percent chance of …

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Marquam Nature Park Loop Hike - Hiking in Portland, Oregon and Washington

Split-rail switchbacks, Marquam Nature Park <i>(bobcat)</i><p>Detail, Marquam Mosaic, Marquam Nature Park <i>(bobcat)</i><p>Dunn's salamander <i>(Plethodon dunni)</i>, Marquam …

World's Best Hikes: Epic Trails

A truly great trail winds into the essence of a place, so when assembling this list of the world’s great hikes we kept an eye on more than the footpath. We looked for walks that travel deeper into a location’s history and culture. Sure, there’s outdoor adventure on each of these 20 hikes, but the …