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10 best things to climb

Over ice and iron girders, shinnying up temples and scaling rainforest trees – tackle the world’s most worthwhile ways to reach the top. In this excerpt from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Experiences</i> we've gathered together ten things to go up, from the somewhat gentle to the downright difficult. …

Annual Consumer Reports Study Ranks US Airlines

Which airline will provide you the best overall experience in the USA? According to the annual Consumer Reports study the best options for travelers …

Istanbul Has Its Act Together

While I was in Cairo, I kept thinking the Egyptians should check out Istanbul. Both are megacities with over 10 million people. Both come from a poor and chaotic recent history. While Cairo struggles, Istanbul is zooming ahead. Just driving into town from the airport, I noticed landscaping along …

5 Reasons to Go to Macau (and Stay Awhile)

Mention Macau, and for most people the images that come to mind are likely to be filtered through celluloid: the smoky dens and shady characters of …

In search of the evasive Aurora Borealis on a Norwegian winter night

‘We have a saying here in northern Norway,” our guide says. “Never invite a man or woman to spend the night in winter. They could stay for two …

Petra: uncovering the secrets of Jordan’s lost city

Vast stacks of sandstone loom over the arid valley of Wadi Musa like giant handfuls of sun-baked clay. But even in this parched landscape, there are places where the sun casts no light. Walls 200m high keep the Siq permanently cast in shadow – it’s as though the long, narrow canyon passes through …

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A crystal clear shot of the Geiranger Fjord in Norway. Photographer unknown -- anybody have info on this one?

5 Sky Events This Week: Return of Venus, Solar Eclipse

Wildlife<p>The crescent moon will be paying a visit with Jupiter and Venus this week. Illustration via Starry Night Software/Andrew Fazekas<p><b>Here at National Geographic, we’ve discovered that readers love their space. So today we’re launching what we hope will be a far-out new feature: What to look for</b> …