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How big is the universe … compared with a grain of sand? - video

'You'll never get your head around how big the universe is,' warns astronomer Pete Edwards of the University of Durham in this film about measuring …

Antarctica: planning the trip of a lifetime

A trip to majestic, remote Antarctica is truly the journey of a lifetime. Calving icebergs, breaching whales, deep-diving seals and cavorting penguins are just a few of the marvellous sights visitors can expect to encounter. Historic explorers' huts emphasise the adventure that it is to survive on …

Antarctica

When is the best time to visit US and Canada's National Parks?

When is the best time to visit the National Parks of the US and Canada? You might think the answer would be one of the summer months. But when we looked at the 'best time to go' picks by Lonely Planet guidebook authors for the most visited and best-known parks in the US and Canada and stacked them …

National Parks

Ghost town hunting in the American West

Nothing guarantees a Wild West adventure like exploring ghost towns, from abandoned mines where lucky prospectors once struck it rich to dusty frontier outposts where gun-toting outlaws once ran amok. Get ready to hit the (usually dirt) road out to these iconic ghost towns, most within spitting …

National Parks

Salar de Uyuni: a journey across Bolivia’s remarkable salt flats

The world's largest salt flat - Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni - is a surreal realm of mirages, where the bone-dry landscape reflects the sky like a mirror. Lonely Planet's Greg Benchwick explored this eerie and unique place.<p>Exploring the desolation of the Salar de Uyuni. Image by Greg Benchwick / Lonely …

South America

Top scenic drives around Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone’s famous landscape doesn’t suddenly end at the park fence. Enveloping the park kernel is a protective cushion of national forests and wilderness areas that offer almost as much scenic splendor as the park itself, but without the crowds and the entry fee. Heading to Yellowstone? See the …

National Parks

Must-Do Trip: Dive Caves in the Yucatán

Ultimate Adventure Bucket List: Cave diver Kenny Broad's dream trip is to cave dive the Yucatan, Mexico. See all our Adventure Bucket List trips.<p>Caves are the sunken pirate treasure of diving. They hide untold underwater secrets—wild stalactites and stalagmites, fossils, and otherworldly light …

Must-Do Trip: Dive Cocos Island, Costa Rica

Ultimate Adventure Bucket List: Explorer Enric Sala's dream trip is to dive Cocos Island, Costa Rica. See all our Adventure Bucket List trips.<p>Three hundred miles—and a 36-hour boat ride—southwest of mainland Costa Rica, a lush volcanic island rears up improbably out of the Pacific Ocean. Cocos is …

The USA's 10 best motorcycle roads

A great road is a great road, but if you’re riding a motorcycle, you’re looking for something special: twisties, vistas, turnouts, that perfect stretch of smooth tarmac, and biker-friendly stops that make getting there most of the fun. Here are 10 of the best roads across America for an …

Hiking

Lonely Planet's top 10 USA fall trips

Roadtripping in Autumn can be an especially photogenic time, and the US affords some lush landscape to motor through. Here are 10 trips for fall across the USA from Lonely Planet's <i>USA's Best Trips: 99 Themed Itineraries Across America</i>:<p><b>1. Weird Vermont</b><p>If the Department of Tourism has convinced you …

Hiking

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Colorado's best scenic drives

Colorado has 25 nationally designated Scenic & Historic Byways, and a number of mind-blowing drives that didn’t make the list, but should definitely make yours. Some will take all day and have you discussing the blows of history and time; others are short hops to lonely mountain passes that are …

Hiking

America's legendary drives

With over four million miles of highway, the USA offers more road trips than anyone could tackle in one lifetime. Whether you’re itching to peek into Wild West history, or just longing for a big ol’ soulful dose of nature’s vistas, you’ll find them along America’s backroads and byways. Here are our …

Hiking

Top 5 alternative New Zealand road trips

<i>Who can resist the urge to hit the open (and almost empty) road in New Zealand? Certainly not us...but don't forget that the country has urban adventures aplenty, too. Check out our selection of lesser known (but no less wonderful) road trips, then head over to BBC Travel to find out about the</i> …

New Zealand

Most Popular Dive Spots in the World

Are you ready to enter the underwater world? Is diving your passion? Do you have a dream to enjoy the beauty of underwater. Then, it’s impossible for …

Sunrise, Badlands National Park

Swimming with the fishes at Francis Ford Coppola's resort, and an adults-only silent beach - yes, really …

<b>Escapism</b><p>From March until June, and especially at full moon, whale sharks can be seen off the coast of Belize. At Turtle Inn, in the village of …