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How to visit nearly every national park in one epic road trip

This month, the National Park Service marks its 100th anniversary. One of Wonkblog's favorite data scientists, a guy named Randal Olson who's a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, decided to mark the occasion by creating a map of the shortest possible road trip through all 47 national …

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Should You Visit the Florida Keys?

<b>My Answer is yes and no - Here is why.</b><p>After living in Miami for over 20 years, I would say yes. But when I first arrived in Florida, and drove that long skinny road down to the final and southernmost destination in the USA, I did not even think it was that pretty.<p>I had seen nicer roads when leaving …

8 Gorgeous Day Trips From Amsterdam

By College Tourist; Author: Veronica White of University of East Anglia<p><b>Bring a book, catch a train and spend a day exploring everything Dutch in the Netherlands.</b><p>When you think of the Netherlands, the first things that jump to mind are windmills, tulips, canals, bikes and cheese (and maybe some …

This Is Exactly How Important Soil Is To Life On Earth

Scientists put an exact number on soil biodiversity's impact above ground: 32 percent<p>When we think of biodiversity, usually our minds conjure up colorful lush images of plants and trees, bright amphibians, reptiles and fish, mammals, and brightly tinted birds on the wing. Maybe you even think of …

The 100 best novels written in English: the full list

After two years of careful consideration, Robert McCrum has reached a verdict on his selection of the 100 greatest novels written in English. Take a look at his list<p>Robert McCrum reflects on his choices One in five doesn’t represent over 300 years of women in literature: a response What is missing: …

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Top 10 Dream Getaways for the New Empty Nester

For many couples, it's a dream come true: the kids have finally grown up and moved out. But instead of sitting in the empty nest, it's time for mom and dad to fly the coop and reward all those years of parenting with a dream getaway. The travel experts at Cheapflights have interviewed some recent …

Best of Travel: 16 More Things We Loved

Even if they didn’t snag the tippy-top spots on our 2015 Best of Travel list, these outstanding runners-up still deserve an award for being the best in their respective fields.<p>Want to see the wildlife of Uganda or ride a camel in the Sahara? The outfitters here have you covered. Seeking endless …

Adventure Travel

35 Places To Visit While The Euro Is At An 11-Year Low

But the currency has just fallen to its lowest level in more than a decade, meaning a European vacation is suddenly within reach for more thrifty travelers.<p>We've come up with the ultimate bucket list of travel destinations in countries that are on the euro.<p>From biking along the canals of Amsterdam …

24 Remarkable Places To Stay Around The World

The National Geographic Society recently announced its collection of the most inspirational sustainable hotels and lodges around the world.<p>These hotels are devoted to preserving the local environment and culture while still offering top-notch service and amenities to guests.<p>Each of the 24 hotels …

The Seven Most Amazing, Surprisingly Affordable Beach Destinations

It kinda seems like winter's allure disappears with the holidays, right? When Christmas and New Year's have passed, what we once jollily called a "Winter Wonderland" is now less wonderful and more just, well, wintry, with tons of snow, minimal daylight, and freezing temperatures (oh my!). …

Curacao For a Little Magic in the Dutch Caribbean

Rain falls on me and then stops. It starts again 15 minutes later and along with several other locals, I huddle beneath one of the shop awnings - they all seem to have one as if they prepared for the frequent rain spurts a century ago when some of these shops were likely built.<p>Today they are far …

European Travel

Top Emerging Travel Hotspots for 2015

<i>By Anisha Shah</i><p><b>WHY VISIT AN EMERGING DESTINATION?</b><p>It is becoming ever easier to travel to remote pockets of the globe. Every year, emerging destinations brimming with travel potential rise in popularity, without the crazy crowds and tourist traps. Places such as the Pacific Islands, Madagascar and …

Four Things You Must Know Before Going to Istanbul

<b>Get to Istanbul's Blue Mosque faster with these four tips.</b><p>Istanbul is an adventure. Pure and simple. The Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia Cathedral, strolling around Sultanahmet Square, walking over the Galata Bridge and watching water traffic on the churning Bosphorus from a cafe on the Asian side. The …

5 Dream Trips You Can Actually Afford

Yes, you CAN afford to visit Machu Picchu! Try going with an affordable group tour by G Adventures. <i>(Photo courtesy of Luq1/Dreamstime. Article by Kaeli Conforti of Budget Travel.)</i><p>Think dream trips like Europe and Hawaii are totally out of reach? You'd be surprised how many affordable packages are …

Ranked: The 10 Best Island Beaches Around the World

By David Jefferys, CNTraveler.com<p>Beach season is officially here, and though there are many amazing shorelines to explore, our readers are partial to island beaches. Here are their ranked favorites in countries across the globe.<p><i>More from Condé Nast Traveler:</i><p>The Friendliest and Unfriendliest Cities …

The Sea of Cortes: Acquarium of the World

Ferocious with life,<p>is what John Steinbeck said of it; Jacques Cousteau called it the<p>Galapagos of North America.<p>Both were captivated by the Sea of Cotes and on a recent cruise through Baja, California, Mexico so was I. Just south of California lies this unrushed and uncrowded inland sea - the Gulf …

Visit These 21 Amazing Places Without Leaving North America

As far as amazing places go, there's truly no place like home. After all, why fret about exorbitant airfare to far-flung locales when you can experience some of the world's most stunning sights right here in North America? We've gone through the tips and photos of the minube travel community to …

Why I Love Fort Lauderdale

In <b>Fort Lauderdale</b>, water and land are of equal significance. There may be some 165 miles of canals in the “Venice of America,” but this city isn’t sinking. Instead Miami’s little sister is rising in popularity with its laid-back chic-meets-beach vibe and year-round sunshine.<p>Even though I only …

Road Trip: Forgotten Florida

Stroll along through the "real Florida" and glimpse an older, simpler Sunshine State.<p>An easygoing cruise down the long underbelly of the Florida peninsula hearkens back to an older, simpler Sunshine State. This quieter coast with a slower pace preserves tourism 1950s style and what Floridians …

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13 Places You Should Visit In 2013

We looked at major developments, cultural trends, and global festivals to find the hottest places to travel around the world in 2013.<p>There are vast untouched landscapes that offer incredible outdoor experiences, cities that are experiencing a cultural rebirth, and up-and-coming destinations that …

'Safe' pesticides make bees more vulnerable to killer parasites

The population of honey bee colonies worldwide has severely declined in recent decades, shrinking about 30 percent each year between 2007 and 2010, and scientists still aren't exactly sure what precise set of factors are to blame. The decline has included instances of colony collapse disorder, when …

14 Tips to Make the Most of Your Trip to Paris

As Audrey Hepburn famously said in the film <i>Sabrina</i>, "Paris is always a good idea." We couldn't agree more.<p>Whether you know it as the city of light, love or one of your bucket list destinations, Paris will leave you longing to return for more.<p>Our deal experts have strolled along the Champs-Elysees, …

Top 10 US travel destinations for 2013

Every year our US-based editors team up with Lonely Planet’s expert authors to compile a list of US destinations that are prime for the next year. <i>Best in Travel 2013</i> already covered two places we think the world should be looking at – San Francisco and the Gulf Coast – but here we wanted to dig …

50 Drives You Must Take In Your Lifetime

Ranging from the mountains of Montana and Wyoming to a breathtaking salt flat in Bolivia, the drives aren't to miss.

5 Delicious (and Healthy!) Iced Tea Combinations

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