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16 Crowd-Pleasing Recipes for Your Independence Day Grill

Can't decide what to make for the biggest cook-out holiday of the year? We've got you covered. From smoky ribs to spiced kebabs, juicy pork chops, and spicy chicken wings, we have 16 great excuses to fire up your grill this Fourth of July.<p>Before you get started, make sure you know how to these …

Tom Brady's historic Super Bowl earns Patriots QB MVP honors

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is your Super Bowl XLIX MVP. He finished the night 37 of 50 for 328 yards, with four touchdowns and two …

NFL

Pete Carroll explains why the Seahawks ran what is being called the worst call in Super Bowl history

The decision backfired, as Russell Wilson threw an interception to help seal a 28-24 loss to the New England Patriots, and is now being referred to as the worst call in Super Bowl history.<p>After the game, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll explained the decision, and it basically comes down to the …

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10 American Spots You Don't Know About Yet, But Should

Up-and-coming is a phrase we use A LOT around here. And there's good reason for it. Yes, many places are "expected" destinations (ahem, Paris) and some are so remote you have to really try to know about them.<p>Don't get us wrong, we love them all. But anywhere where the crowds are smaller seem the …

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Cruising the Galapagos Islands Is a Voyage Back in Time

There should be a sign here reading "Please don't step on the sea lions." That was my first thought as my 11 fellow passengers and I prepared to disembark from a Zodiac raft on the first day of our Galapagos Islands cruise.<p>We'd come to this remote place, about 600 miles west of the Ecuador …

10 Reasons You Should Go To Hawaii This Holiday Season

It's happening. Decorations are going up, temperatures are dropping, and your local grocery store is selling those cheap colored ornaments.<p>The winter holidays are quickly closing in on us, and word on the street is, this year, it's going to be a cold one. <i>Brrrr.</i><p>'Tis the season to cash in your …

Travel Photo of the Day

Each day, CNN producers select a user-submitted photo to be our Travel Photo of the Day. Click through the gallery above to see stunning shots from around the world, and be sure to come back every day for a new image.<p>Have a gorgeous travel photo of your own to share? Submit it for the gallery at …

Our favourite images of the week

A selection of the most spectacular travel images from around the world, from the serene waters of Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan to the monumental fjords of southwestern Norway.

European Travel

Just Back: Shenandoah National Park

<i>National Geographic Traveler</i> features editor <b>Amy Alipio</b> (on Twitter @amytravels and on Instagram @amyalipio) recently returned from a family day trip at <b>Shenandoah National Park</b>, one of the crown jewels of America’s East Coast.<p><b>Here are some of the high points of her trip, in her own words:</b><p><b>Biggest</b> …

South Africa Considers Halting All Emirates Flight Over Route Dispute

South Africa will hold talks with the United Arab Emirates about a disputed fourth daily Emirates airline flight to Johannesburg from Dubai that the …

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Slumdog Millionairess

When you've be writing songs as long as I have sometimes it's nice to have a change of scenery... Get out from inside the same studio or the familiar surroundings of Santa Monica and Sherman Oaks. Travel expands the mind. So when I feel like all my songs are starting to sound the same, I know it's …

Istanbul's Newest Hotel Is a Stunner

WHAT: The Raffles Hotel group is spreading its wings from its Singapore base. Istanbul makes its 10th property (number 11 is coming to Jakarta soon). Just opened in September, there are 181 rooms and suites. Even the most basic room category measures 678 square feet, the largest entry-level rooms …

Ski Bums Pick: North America's 10 Most Livable Ski Towns Year-Round

Is this you?<p>You have moments when you study the calendar in front of your office desk and question what you did with all those days gone by. Your body feels sluggish and you think your back might be permanently arched from hunching over a computer. You spend more time commuting to earn a living …

Spike in Dominican Republic Tourism Leads to Credit Rating Upgrade

The Dominican Republic’s credit rating was raised by Fitch Ratings, which citied an increase in gold exports, growth in tourism and a shrinking …

Best day trips from Bangkok: Ko Kret

Bangkok’s easiest green getaway, Ko Kret is an artificial ‘island’, the result of a canal being dug nearly 300 years ago to shorten an oxbow bend in the Chao Phraya River. The island is also one of Thailand’s oldest settlements of Mon people, who were a dominant tribe of central Thailand between …

Finally, A Folding Electric Bike That Can Easily Fit Inside A Backpack

Foldable bikes have always promised flexibility for bikers.<p>But most end up being far too inconvenient to ever use in a city. They are often too expensive, difficult to ride, and too big or heavy to realistically carry around with you.<p>It seemed as if finding a bike that is small enough to be …

Scuba Diving Between Continents in Iceland [VIDEO]

The Silfra Diver: Diving Between Continents from Humanity on Vimeo.<p>---<p>Just outside of Reykjavik, in an oft-visited site for tourists, The Golden Circle is one of Iceland's iconic and must-see day trips. Featuring some of Iceland's most beloved sights, from the thundering Gullfoss waterfall to the …

5 Stunning Art Hotels

<i>By Laura Pearson for the Orbitz Travel Blog</i><p>Drab landscape paintings, sad still lifes, framed stock photos, garish lobby sculptures. Too often hotel art is amateurish and unconsidered—if not an outright affront to visual aesthetics. Not so at these five art hotels, featuring carefully curated, …

21 Hilariously Unnecessary Things Every Girl Considers Packing For Vacation

No suitcase or bag in this world is fit to contain the multitude of useless junk I consider bringing on even the shortest trips. Why shouldn’t I pack …

7 Hacks To Affording Your Next Vacation

The tips and tricks to traveling on any budget.<p><b>1) Try hidden city ticketing with FlyShortcut.com.</b><br>Hidden city ticketing is a hack in itself for finding the lowest possible airfare on FlyShortcut.com. It essentially finds a cheaper flight that has your destination as a layover. That way, you can …

Vamo Algorithmically Books You The Cheapest Multi-Stop Vacation

Want to visit London, Paris, and Berlin, then blow off steam in Amsterdam? Expect a logistical nightmare trying to find the optimal route with the cheapest fights, trains, and hotels. Unless you use Vamo, a new multi-stop travel booking service from long-time Facebook engineer Ari Steinberg that …

Half work, half vacation: Meet the 'work-cation'

Feel like getting away? Don't want to use a vacation day? Just combine work and vacation.<p>Call it the "work-cation." It's not just checking email or taking a call during your vacation, but actually putting in full eight-hour workdays from an exotic destination, without sacrificing precious time off. …

8 Travel Hacks for Your Next Vacation

Contrary to the saying, getting there is not always half the fun. Don’t let airport hassles, dead phones, and suitcase disasters get in your way. …

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Your Next Vacation Should Be Your Sweatiest Ever Photos | GQ

<b>An Empire State of Burn</b><p><i>New York City</i><p>February 4<p>Once a year, the Empire State Building opens its stairwells for a footrace to the top. Thomas Dold, the German who won seven consecutive races from 2006 to 2012, explains the appeal of running those 1,576 steps.<p>"The Empire State Building is an iconic …

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Off the beaten piste: 7 far-flung European ski resorts

Yes, Chamonix, Verbier and St Anton will give you varied terrain, cracking après-ski and classic Alpine vistas. But there comes a time in every skier’s life when it all begins to feel a little homogenous. These seven European and Scandinavian resorts do things a little differently. Some are wildly …

7 Other Taj Mahals That Look Extremely Similar To The Original

From a fake Statue of Liberty to takes on Venice and the Eiffel Tower, it seems pretty clear that when you build a beautiful landmark, there’s sure to be copycats. Unsurprisingly, the same goes for the Taj Mahal.<p>The <i>real</i> Taj Mahal was built between 1631 and 1648 at the order of Shah Jahan. Today, …

Paris' New Tower Is A Massive Glass Pyramid From The Future

Move over, Eiffel: there's a new tower in town.<p>The Triangle Tower -- a massive cone of glass windows -- would poke nearly 600 feet up from the Parisian skyline like a shiny pyramid from the age beyond. Its 42 stories would rival the Eiffel Tower and Tour Montparnasse, making Triangle Tower the …