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The most breathtaking natural wonder in every state

Picking 50 wasn't easy, but here are the most beautiful natural attractions in each state.<p><i>Melissa Stanger contributed to an earlier version of this post.</i>

How a Street Artist Secretly Painted an Urban-Scale Mural in Cairo

All over the world street artists have become famous by surreptitiously adding swabs of paint or wheatpaste to city walls. But the most remarkable …

11 Accessories for Long Exposure Photography

Every so often I get an email from a blog reader asking “if there is one accessory that you would recommend for long exposure photography, what would …

50 Astonishing Animal Photos of 2015

A flock of sheep walk in the haze in a Beijing suburb, China, Jan. 15, 2015.<br>Lintao Zhang—Getty Images<p>1 of 50<p>There are few things more enjoyable and …

The most breathtaking natural wonder in every state

From arid deserts to lush forests, America's landscape is as varied as it is stunning.<p>Picking 50 wasn't easy, but here are the most beautiful natural attractions in each state.

Destination Experiences

Paris<p>The City of Light, Despite Being One Of The World's Most Visited Capitals, Still Has Plenty Of Hidden Treasures Waiting To Be …

14 Great Things to Do in Southern Delaware

What do cultured, adventurous, foodie retirees know about the Southern Delaware towns of Dover, Milford and Lewes that the average Northeasterner doesn't? Perhaps that there's so much to do, so many great places to dine, so many ways to access a growing community spirit: all for a fraction of what …

5 Places to See the Best Fall Foliage in the U.S.

<i>by Allison Williams and Marisa LaScala, Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>Courtesy of NHDTTD/George Murphy<p>While we all love summer and its days filled with sunshine and ice cream, we can't be sad for long--fall is on its way with all its usual bright colors and beautiful views. Here's where to find the best</b> …

The mysterious origins of punctuation

Commas, semicolons and question marks are so commonplace it seems as if they were always there – but that’s not the case. Keith Houston explains their history.<p>As readers and writers, we’re intimately familiar with the dots, strokes and dashes that punctuate the written word. The comma, colon, …

Language

Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman’: Read the First Chapter

Read the first chapter of Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman,’ which will be published July 14<p>In 1957, when she was 31 years old, Harper Lee submitted her first attempt at a novel to the publisher J.B. Lippincott.<p>Titled ‘Go Set a Watchman,’ it was set in the ’50s and opened with a woman named Jean …

Literature

Scan of mummified body of Swedish bishop reveals baby hidden in coffin

Scientists find body of five-month-old foetus concealed under feet of 336-year-old body of Bishop Peder Winstrup in Lund cathedral<p>For almost 350 years Bishop Peder Winstrup lay quietly in his coffin in the crypt of the magnificent cathedral at Lund in Sweden, concealing a secret: the body of a tiny …

Archaeology

Couple Builds a Tiny House and Travels Across the Country in It

Guillaume Dutilh and Jenna Spesard are undertaking what many people only dream of doing. They are making a reality of traveling across America and …

North America

Forget being 'on the edge' — Earth is entering a sixth mass extinction

Close to half of all living species on the Earth could disappear by the end of this century, and humans will be the cause.<p>This is the sixth mass extinction— a loss of life that could rival the die-out that caused the dinosaurs to disappear 65 millions years ago after an asteroid hit the planet.<p>This …

Charles Correa wanted to design a better Mumbai – but the city let him down

Bachi Karkaria pays tribute to her friend and fellow Mumbaikar Charles Correa, who twice saw his grand plans for the city sabotaged by its politicians<p>He was a prophet without imprimatur in his own city. Charles Correa, who passed away late on the night of 16 June, was among the great architects of …

India

The Most Underrated Tourist Attraction In All 50 States

<i>By: Joe McGauley</i><p><i>Credit: Wikimedia Commons</i><p>There's nothing wrong with going full tourist when you're visiting a new state--you'd be blowing it if you didn't make time for a trip to The Statue of Liberty or the Golden Gate.<p>But it's also important to go off-guidebook and hit up some of the more …

Skillet Roast Chicken with Fennel, Parsnips, and Scallions

6 Servings<p>Active Time: 20 min<p>Total Time: 1 min<p>A beautifully browned bird and seasonal vegetables cook in a single skillet for an effortless dinner. Swap in carrots, quartered onions, or tiny potatoes—anything goes.<p>December 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>3 tablespoons olive oil, divided<p>1 3½–4-lb. chicken<p>Kosher …

Onions

Turning Waste Into Wallets, One Salmon Skin at a Time

Unless you live under a rock, you know food waste is a big global problem. We throw out about 40 percent of what we grow or harvest in the U.S. France is now requiring supermarkets to donate unsold food to charity, dumpster diving has become a sport, and American chef Dan Barber is showing us what …

Sustainability

The last unexplored side of the Serengeti

Off-limits for more than two decades, eastern Serengeti's remote Soit Le Motonyi region is newly accessible to visitors – and quickly gaining a reputation as a hot spot for big cats.<p>Wildlife-rich Serengeti is deservedly Tanzania's most popular park, but with that celebrity comes a catch: crowds. …

Wildlife

Daytime Belgrade for beginners

Belgrade is not your typical European sightseeing destination, and it often gets overlooked by travellers. Alternatively the bad boy and the beacon of the Balkans, this intriguing metropolis offers more than just grand architecture and signature dishes: its staggering history, coupled with …

Earth - Your life on earth

Explore BBC Earth's unique interactive, personalised just to you.<p>Find out how, since the date of your birth, your life has progressed; including how many times your heart has beaten, and how far you have travelled through space.<p>Investigate how the world around you has changed since you've been …

Earth Science

The 3 Greatest American Road Trips to Take in Summer

<i>by Mark Ellwood and Gaia Filicori for Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>With gas prices more than a full dollar lower than this time last year -- the lowest they've been since 2009 -- there's no better time to take a classic American road trip. Here are our six favorite road trip itineraries, including where to …

Scientists just realized a chunk of Antarctica is leaking trillions of liters of water into the sea

Things have been getting slushy on the bottom of the planet. But not the Southern Antarctic Peninsula, that tongue of ice and land that flicks up toward Chile. Or at least, that’s what scientists had thought.<p>New research, however, reveals that in the last five years, the peninsula has been melting …

Global Warming

Mini Cooper - The Last of Many

Just Back: Charlottesville, Virginia

Heather Brady, digital editorial specialist at National Geographic, recently returned from a long weekend getaway in <b>Charlottesville, Virginia</b>.<p><b>Here are some of the high points of her trip, in her own words:</b><p><b>Craveable culinary experience:</b> <i>C-VILLE Weekly</i> named <b>Mas Tapas</b> the best restaurant in town, and …

Travel

10 of the best museums in Europe… that you’ve probably never heard of

Museum Kampa, Prague<p>A line of yellow penguins and a group of giant, faceless crawling babies marks the site of Museum Kampa, a modern art gallery on Prague’s leafy Kampa Island. The giant babies – by Czech sculptor David Černý – and the surreal penguins,which glow brightly at night, are a popular …

European Travel

The 4th Happiest Place On Earth, As Captured By Sean Ensch

Born in southern California, landscape and adventure photographer Sean Ensch has harbored a hefty love for the ocean and nature in general from a young age. That love was paired with a desire to capture it on camera, which he began exploring in high school with film.<p>But, as it turns out, neither …

Photography

The 10 most important things in the world right now

<b>1.</b> Islamic State militants claimed full control of the western Iraqi city of Ramadi on Sunday in the biggest victory for the extremist group since the summer.<p><b>2.</b> Thousands of anti-government protesters in Macedonia's capital rallied outside Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski's government office on …

Living in: Great waterfront cities

From Stockholm to San Francisco, these five cities are intrinsically tied to their harbours, coastlines and bays.<p>Some cities around the world are intrinsically tied to their harbours, coastlines and bays, their geographic location shaping the way they develop and how their residents interact with …

European Travel

10 Inspired Gardening Projects for Kids

Spring has finally sprung! It's time to get outdoors with your little sprouts and have fun exploring, learning and playing. The garden is a great …

Gardening