Zack Bakir

23 Flips | 1 Magazine | @ZackBakir | Keep up with Zack Bakir on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Zack Bakir”

19 Thrilling Trails Guaranteed to Make Your Heart Race

These 19 hikes will raise your heart rate, take you to perilous heights, or bring you to awe-inspiring destinations.

Hiking

Coastal Destinations Rated

Travel<p>See photos of the top-rated islands, coastlines, and beaches in Traveler's annual survey of experts.

Sustainable Tourism

Canada photos: 20 of the most beautiful places | CNN Travel

47 Of The Best Ways To Spend Summer In America

From finding the best private swimming holes to partying at summer festivals like Burning Man, here are the best things to do in the U.S. this summer.<p><i>Did we miss one of your favorite things to do in the U.S. in the summer? Add it in the comments!</i>

National Parks

Sleeping on stilts in the Amazon

At Brazil’s largest nature reserve, travellers can stay in treehouses, paddle past alligators and pick acai berries – but only 1,000 visitors a year are allowed in.<p>As 75-year-old villager Antônio Gomes told us stories of growing up in Boca do Mamirauá, a tiny settlement in the northern Amazon …

25 Ideas for Your Best Summer Ever (PHOTOS)

Summer vacation--the memories and anticipation keep you going all year long.<p>It's the most exhilarating season, when places gleam in the sunlight and work overtime so that travelers can make the most of their free time. There's a dizzying lineup of concerts, art fairs, craft-beer tastings, new …

Best Romantic Summer Getaways (PHOTOS)

Imagine sipping Argentina's finest wines with the snowcapped Andes in the distance. Sailing the fjords of Finland while the midnight sun shines down. Or taking in a live opera under the stars in the high desert of Santa Fe, New Mexico.<p>These stirring scenarios have one thing in common: a gorgeous …

What Should I Know About Hiking England's Pennine Way?

<i>A:</i><p>The Pennine Way, England’s first national trail, turns 50 this year. Even if it’s literally over the hill, the 268-mile route of rolling terrain is as popular as ever, especially this weekend. July 12 marks the annual National Trails geocache release, during which new coins are released onto the …

70 Cities You Can Visit on the Cheap If You Know When to Go

© Bastos - Fotolia.com<p>You can save $193 a night on your next vacation to Miami Beach by simply traveling in September instead of March. It's that easy!<p>Hotel search trivago.com analyzed the average price per night for hotels in 70 of the world's most popular cities over the past year and found that …

A dreamy photo of the Great Wall of China taken by Jose Balta while on a National Geographic Photo Expedition. See more of our favorite Traveler Photo Contest submissions from the final week, and vote for your favorites: http://on.natgeo.com/1vxVVzX #TPC2014

11 Adventure Destinations Loaded With Luxury

To everything there is a season, and every once and awhile it's time to turn on the adventure -- without sacrificing any luxury, of course. When the bod is begging for an adrenaline kick, be it shark cage diving or horseback riding, chart a course to one of these 11 posh, action-packed getaways …

Doing It Right in the Dominican Republic

With sounds of the surf lapping at the harbor next to La Yola restaurant, I tucked into my curried lobster with gusto. Though dining on an over-fished creature, I didn’t feel the least bit guilty. That’s because I knew that the local fishermen were given lobster houses in exchange for a commitment …

Adventure 101: Rafting the Salmon River

“A river changes people, even if they’re not looking to change,” says Bill “Bronco” Bruchak.<p>He should know, having guided on rivers since 1978, including 80 commercial trips down the <b>Middle Fork of the Salmon River</b> through the protected <b>Frank Church–River of No Return Wilderness</b>, in central …

Living in: The world’s most affordable cities

Inexpensive housing, food and transport make these five cities some of the world’s most budget-friendly – but it is their energy and atmosphere that make living there truly priceless.<p>Moving overseas can seem like a costly proposition, at least with all the upfront expenses – but relocating to some …

Dr. Beach Names 4 Florida Beaches to Top 10 List

Let me start by saying <b>Dr. Steve Leatherman</b>, aka <b>Dr. Beach</b>, didn't get it entirely right this year in his list of top 10 beaches.<p>It is certainly right that the Sunshine State dominated, with four beaches on the list.<p>And, the details that the renowned beach expert noted, such as the powdery, super …

Ten amazing off-the-radar experiences in France

No Francophile worth their salt would skip the Eiffel Tower or the lavender fields of Provence. But while France’s tourist trail is well trodden for a reason, there are plenty of wonders that might have escaped your radar. Here’s an alternative bucket list for your trip to France.<p>See flocking …

France

Cenotes In Mexico Are Totally Worth A Visit

If you're a fan of cenotes, or underground sinkholes, you should probably head on down to Mexico ASAP.<p>There are some 6,000 of them along the country's Yucatan Peninsula, mostly around Tulum. The Mayans believed they were sacred gateways to the underworld, and while you may still find relics of …

Haida Gwaii Is Canada's Best Kept Secret

Oh, Canada. Who knew you were hiding this gem from us?<p>Formerly known as the "The Queen Charlotte Islands," Haida Gwaii is an ancient Canadian archipelago located just off the coast of British Columbia. Its name translates to "Islands of the People," and is the perfect combination of both remote <i>and</i> …

Secret swims: the cenotes of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula

Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula has undeniably stunning beaches around Cancún, Playa Del Carmen and Tulum. But those who wish to cool off from the sun and teeny-bikini flashiness can escape to a secret underworld of turquoise pools where Mayans communicated with the gods.<p>At these hidden locations, you …

Mexico

Oneonta Falls Is One Of Oregon's Greatest Hidden Wonders

It takes some effort to see Oneonta Falls, but it's totally worth it.<p>Tucked away in Oregon's Oneonta Gorge (a slot canyon in the Columbia River Gorge), the falls are the adventurous hiker's finest reward. After making your way through the Gorge's "slot-like chasm," wading through a knee-deep creek …

Photography & Travel Product Reviews

Product Reviews

Kauai Is Called The Garden Island -- Here's Why (PHOTOS)

Towards the end of the Hawaiian archipelago lives a small, rainy island called Kauai.<p>Known as the Garden Island, Kauai is home to wildly verdant landscapes, oxygen-rich air, and utter serenity. It's significantly less-populated than the big three islands -- Oahu, Big Island and Maui -- which is …