Akemi Fischer

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The Pacific Northwestern Lodge You've Been Dreaming Of

When I lived in Seattle, it seemed everyone had a story about Salish Lodge & Spa, located atop Snoqualmie Falls some 30 miles east of the city. For some, it was an over-the-top wedding venue. For others, it was an upscale home base for a weekend of hiking, fly fishing, and escaping the city. The …

12 Reasons To Fall In Love With Hawaii's Surf Scene

Ah, the Hawaiian islands -- home of swaying palm trees, clear waters and... a mechanical wave park with manmade beaches?<p>Apparently all the naturally beautiful surf in Hawaii wasn't good enough since the Aloha State is welcoming The Endless Summer Resort, a 400-unit resort and water park.<p>We're not …

The hidden Scottish Highlands

Hikers roam freely in this glacier-carved land of lonely sea cliffs, winding trails and breathtaking views.

Top 10 Things to Do in Utah Parks

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Get to know stunning Scotland | CNN Travel

Top 10 Compact Cameras for Travelers

Travel<p>Upgrade your travel photos with these lightweight cameras that pack a punch.<p><i>Tom O'Brien is a mechanical engineer and the photo engineer for</i> National Geographic <i>magazine. He designs and builds custom equipment for the photographers of the magazine. You can follow him on Instagram</i> …

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Free Things to Do in Seattle

TravelFree Things to Do<p>At once grungy and gourmet, lush and mod, the Emerald City has revitalized its best attractions while offering plenty for penny-pinchers. Pound the pavement through historic Pioneer Square, lively Pike Place Market, Seattle's compact downtown, and to its scenic …

7 Secrets of Seattle

Seattle is renowned as the home of Kurt Cobain, the venti Frappuccino and depression-inducing drizzle (see: Cobain). But it's also home to the chillest cops in the nation, Eddie Bauer's iconic down jacket and a weird rivalry with Tacoma. Here are a couple of other Seattle secrets you may have never …

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Oregon's secret surprises

Known primarily for the quirky city of Portland, Oregon is a mostly rural state that holds a landscape diversity to rival anywhere in the US. Big hitter destinations like Mt Hood, Crater Lake, Cannon Beach and the Columbia Gorge get heavy fair-weather traffic but there are plenty of other amazing …

Global Entry vs. TSA PreCheck: Which One Is Right for You?

If you travel frequently, streamlining the process is essential to getting in and out of airports (and to wherever you're going) as quickly as …

Road Trip: Maui's Hana Coast

Travel<p>Maui's Hana coast delivers black-sand beaches, plunging waterfalls—and a doozy of a drive.<p>A restorative for mind and body, Maui's Hana coast delivers black-sand beaches, plunging waterfalls—and a doozy of a drive.<p>Peel a fresh mango purchased from a roadside stand, get ukulele music going on …

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Road Trip: Florida Keys

Travel<p>The 113-mile (181-kilometer) drive from mainland Florida to Key West induces sensory overload.<p>The 113-mile (181-kilometer) drive on Highway 1 from mainland Florida to Key West induces sensory overload. Besides the natural beauty along the route—tidal flats, teal waters dotted by distant …

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You Know You Wanna: Walla Walla

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>You can’t say “<b>Walla Walla</b>” aloud and not feel a bit happier. Try it.<p>Though most of us haven’t given a thought to visiting this pleasingly alliterative town in southeastern Washington (population 32,000), increasingly visitors are driving the four hours from Seattle or …

California's top experiences

From towering redwood forests in foggy Northern California to perfectly sun-kissed surf beaches in the south, this 'Golden State' alongside the Pacific simply begs to be explored. Come for the landscape, stay for the sensational meals, and glimpse the future in the making on America's creative …

What Should I Know About Hiking the Ice Age National Scenic Trail?

<i>A:</i><p>There's no better time than August to hike the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, one of 11 national scenic trails in the United States that’s federally protected thanks to its natural beauty. It’s also the only National Scenic Trail that traces a geologic landscape rather that being a point-to-point …

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 …

Japanese inn famous for beautifying baths | CNN Travel

A Park Ranger's Guide to Capitol Reef

TravelInsider's Guide<p><b>Nan Groves Anderson</b> has lived near <b>Capitol Reef National Park</b> in south-central Utah for 17 years and hikes there regularly. And as the executive director of the Utah Tourism Industry Coalition, she gets to share her love for her slice of red-rock-country heaven with the world. …

4 Proven Ways to Cram a Language Before an International Trip

In many foreign countries, Americans have helped generate a stereotypical image, and it's usually not very pretty -- especially when we get called out on our loudness or hefty appearance. Adding insult to injury, Americans are also known for their limited language skills.<p>In many foreign countries, …

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The complete guide to fighting jet lag

Ugh, jet lag. Just when you’re dropped in an unfamiliar place—sometimes with important business—you feel groggy and useless. And there’s no definitive cure, or even a single great treatment. But you can mitigate the effects. Here are some tips:<p>Just be stubborn<p>If it’s a short trip, just stay on your …

The Most Unforgettable Experiences in London

Whether you're looking to check off the top sights, hit the shops or discover the British capital through the eyes of the locals, here are 50 unforgettable experiences to have in London.<p>Teeming with historic architecture, monumental landmarks and world-class museums, few cities are as iconic as …

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Top 10 experiences on Hawaii's Big Island

Island fever may happen elsewhere, but it's almost unheard of on Hawai'i. The aptly named Big Island is fantastically diverse, with miles of highways and - better yet - byways to explore. From age-old fishing villages to modern mega resorts, from snow-capped peaks to sandy beaches, you'll …

Playover on Oahu

Last month, Hawaiian Airlines kicked off non-stop service three times per week between Honolulu and Beijing. If you're planning on visiting China, it's worth a 24- to 36-hour pit stop in the Aloha State for some fun in the sun.<p>Last month, Hawaiian Airlines kicked off non-stop service three times …

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The 3 Most Awe-Inspiring Hikes in Maui

Maui in particular is well-known for its breathtaking beaches, luminous coral reefs and epic surfing waves, but don't overlook the hot spots for adventurous land lovers.<p>Hawaii has become synonymous with paradise. The birthplace of surfing, home of shaved ice, ukuleles and the famous hula -- these …

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The 21 Most Magical Spots In Hawaii

Some people may think Hawaii is overrated. We think it's home to magic; a place where you can find everything from rainbow trees to fiery water to beaches made of sea glass.<p>The below 21 spots, after all, prove one thing: the Aloha state has <i>a lot</i> more to offer than just white sand beaches and …

19 epic road trips through Scotland

<i>Note: Place names located above the central belt of Scotland have been translated into Scottish Gaelic to help with navigation.</i><p>From Selkirk, cruise …

14 Things You Need To Know Before Driving California's Big Sur

Visitors to Big Sur can glide through roughly 85 miles of stunning scenery in a couple of hours, but the region remains an overwhelming and somewhat unknowable place to many.<p>The rugged stretch of California coastline between San Simeon and Carmel has always done its best to ward off interlopers. …

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