Erin Wagner

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Mammoth beyond the mountain

Much more than a resort town with a supermodel-tall 11,000-foot mountain, Mammoth Lakes is the crème de la crème of California summer playgrounds and the gateway to the Eastern Sierra’s most scenic and wild destinations.<p>Blessed with sunshine almost three hundred days per year, it’s a place where …


First time Québec City: exploring the capital on the St Lawrence River

As one of the oldest settlements in North America, Québec City’s 400 years of history can be spotted at every turn. With its beautiful assortment of historic buildings and narrow, cobbled streets, there’s a distinctly Old World feel to this French-speaking North American city. But the beauty of …


California's best kept secrets: Lassen, Almanor, Shasta and Lava Beds

Celebrity-caliber destination names flash all over California's map. Everyone knows Los Angeles, San Francisco, Yosemite, the Napa Valley and so on, and everyone wants to go there. But move your eye to the upper right corner of the state and suddenly you're in off-the-beaten-path territory.<p>This is …

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Top 25 experiences in California

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.<p>Come for the landscape, stay for the sensational meals, and glimpse the future in the making on America's creative coast.<p>…


Supersized natural wonders of US National Parks

Superlative natural wonders appear wherever you turn in the USA's national parks. Whether you're working on your bucket list - 'Climb North America's highest mountain!' - or just wanting to hug the world's largest living tree, you can explore nature's extreme outer limits at these record-setting US …

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Canada's wild side: the Great Bear Rainforest

For wildlife spotters, it's the score of a lifetime: a creamy white kermode bear roaming its home in the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia. Not a polar bear, but an offshoot of the black bear, there are only about 400 kermodes (which can stand up to six feet tall) in the wild; and only one …


Leaving Las Vegas: ghost towns and alien encounters in rural Nevada

Viva Las Vegas! When Elvis Presley sang those words 50 years ago, he captured the essence of the famous desert resort city. Vegas is always full of life, from the surging crowds along the sidewalks of The Strip to the dramas playing out around the tables in its many casinos. There comes a time, …

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The world's most unusual beaches

Candy sands, disappearing waves, transformed trolls - if life's a beach, these are its strangest days. These 10 beaches from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Sights</i> might not all be swimmable, but they are all extraordinary.<p>1. Bowling Ball Beach, California<p>Compared to green sand or vanishing tides, …

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24 Small New England Towns You Absolutely Need To Visit

From idyllic mountain villages to stunning seaside retreats, there's just something special about life in small-town New England.

First time Ireland: unmissable Emerald Isle experiences

Ireland’s reputation precedes itself, so first-time visitors might think they know what to expect: fields of clover, gabby locals, etc. But there’s so much more to Ireland than its stereotypical charms. Skip the bus tours stopping at leprechaun-filled souvenir shops and find better things to do …


11 Romantic Destinations With No Cell Service

The great escape.

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Effective habits of great travel writers

When I was writing the first edition of <i>Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing</i>, we decided to incorporate interviews with a wide range of travel writers, editors and agents into the book, thinking that readers would profit from hearing a spectrum of experiences and opinions.<p>We’ve continued this …


50 Highly Anticipated Films At The 2014 Sundance Film Festival

From a drama starring two recent SNL favorites to a documentary about Mitt Romney to plenty of zombies, there are all kinds of movies for all kinds of people at this year's premier Park City-set independent film fest. In no particular order!<p><b>Correction:</b> <i>It turns out, director Sophie Hyde did shoot</i> …


Driving Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

The 'Wild Atlantic Way' driving route neatly packages the abundant attractions of Ireland's west coast, from West Cork to Donegal. The well-signed, easy-to-navigate route includes 157 'Discovery Points', where drivers can stop and learn more about the must-sees and lesser-known diversions of this …


How To Write A Picture Book

Do you have a great idea for a children's book? Here's a step-by-step guide to getting that idea published.<p><i>Jason Novak is a cartoonist in Oakland, Calif. He's done work for</i> The New Yorker, Esquire, The Paris Review, The Poetry Foundation, The Believer, and The Rumpus. <i>Jason created these images with</i> …


How To Make A Spicy Bloody Mary Gift Kit

Spicy pepper vodka + Sriracha salt = great Bloodys without the brunch crowd. Keep this kit for yourself or give it as a holiday gift.<p>Makes 750ml vodka, enough to fill 2 17-oz swing flask bottles (pictured here)<p>Makes 4 teaspoons salt<p><b>INGREDIENTS</b><p><b>For vodka</b><p>2 small fresh red chilies<p>1 small green chili<p>1 …

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23 Next-Level Ways To Make Baked Brie

Sorry if these are a little cheesy.

29 Books To Get You Through Your Quarter-Life Crisis

They will empower and inspire you. Books: They do a body good.


7 Quirky American Winter Festivals

Got cabin fever? Just because the temperature is dropping doesn’t mean the outdoorsy fun has to stop. Take a page from these weird and wacky …

Best apps and sites to plan, record and share your trips

Dreaming up a trip is the easiest part of every journey. All you need is a working imagination. The other bits before you go? Not so easy, or so much fun. You’ve got to book tickets, worry about accommodation, work out budgets, apply for visas…then you’ve got to plan your itinerary. And what about …


Holiday Gift Guide for Travel Bookworms

Forgo the generic gift card this holiday season and instead wrap up these five new travel-inspiring books:<p>In Sebastião Salgado’s <b>Genesis</b>, more than 500 monochrome photos–of Central African volcanoes, Brazilian jaguars, and the Stone Age Korowai people of West Papua–compose what the acclaimed …

Scientist Solves Mystery of Green Lightning, Says It's Surprisingly Common

Eerie flashes of green lightning happen often in thunderstorms--but usually stay hidden in clouds.<p><b>In May 2008, Chile's Chaiten volcano violently erupted, spewing out clouds of dirty ash and illuminating the dark sky with a most unusual kind of lightning.</b><p><b>Photographer Carlos Gutierrez captured the</b> …

How To Make Honey-Orange Flavored Butter

Why choose between butter and marmalade when you can have it all? Keep it for yourself or give it as a holiday gift.<p>Makes 1 pint, enough to fill 2 8-oz jars (pictured here)<p><b>INGREDIENTS</b><p>2 cups unsalted butter, cut into ½ inch cubes and at room temperature<p>Zest of 1 orange<p>3 teaspoons orange marmalade<p>3 …


The 14 Greatest Science Fiction Books Of The Year

Your definitive list for the best in alternate worlds, space opera.....and robots.

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9 Most Colorful Beaches in the World

The classic beach scene is beige sand, blue water. Yawn. On these nine beaches, you'll find sand ranging from purple to green to orange, plus one …

How To Write Your First Book

Twenty-one successful authors — including Junot Díaz, Charlaine Harris, Dean Koontz, and George Saunders — tell how they overcame writer's block, completed, and sold their debut titles.<p>Writing a book is a daunting task. Writing a<p>book seems especially so. Those attempting it may find themselves …


27 Surreal Places To Visit Before You Die

This is when a savings account would really come in handy. All travel destinations were suggested by these answers on Quora.

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