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Essential Road Trip Wisdom

A good road trip involves a certain amount of improvisation. But the best ones require the right strategy and a few essentials. These eight pieces of advice will start you on the right path.<p>1. Arm your phone<p>The best app for a long haul is Roadtrippers, which will plan your route, estimate fuel …

20 Mountains All Skiers And Snowboarders Should Visit In Their Lifetime

From ritzy Snowmass in Aspen, Colorado, to the steep terrain of Cerro Catedral in Argentina, here are 20 mountains that all skiers and boarders should visit in their lifetime.<p><i>Julie Zeveloff contributed to this story.</i>

Rock bums of the High Sierra

<i>Story by David Page. Photos (except where otherwise noted) by Pete Clark, a family practice and sports medicine doctor based in Mammoth Lakes,</i> …

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. …

The Best Bike Ride in Every State

From climbs over majestic mountain passes to blissful Sunday beach cruises, truly great cycling routes can be found in all 50 states, from Maine to Hawaii. Make plans to ride as many as you can.<p><b>ALABAMA</b> <br>The Fort Morgan Ride<br>Start this rocking ride at Lulu’s, home of fried crab claws, then trace …

Dusky Track, New Zealand

Weather dominates one of the New Zealand's longest treks, but sometimes the landscape makes you forget the wet.<p><b>ONLY A FEW HUNDRED METRES</b> from the …

Road Trip: New Zealand's North Island

Get into the adventure with some of the most varied and rugged landscapes on Earth.<p>Boasting some of the most varied and rugged landscapes on Earth, New Zealand has long been a source of adventure. In addition, its eclectic Polynesian and European heritage makes it a remarkable center of culture and …

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California's best coastal walks

From its wild and rocky coast in the north to the south coast’s vast, sandy shores, the California coastline lures many to walk along the edge of the continent to gaze at the ocean. Sweeping coastal views are blocked in many cities, but wide-open hiking spaces abound nearby where anyone willing to …

22 Epic Places You Didn't Know Existed

The world is full of wonders... wonders we know about (the Grand Canyon) and those we might not (see below). But it's important to note that this earth we all live on is an insanely beautiful place. In case you don't have the time (or funds) to visit these spectacular places, we thought we'd do you …

Skiing the Northern Rockies: 12 Snowy Slopes

The northern Rockies begin just outside of Denver and extend on either side of the meandering Continental Divide down sawtooth ridgelines, through …

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5 badass New Zealand itineraries for surf, snow, and flow

NEW ZEALAND’S exceptional geography — mountains in close proximity to the ocean and rivers flowing out to enormous, wave-filled bays — creates all …

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Bryce Canyon...View from Queen's Garden Trail

10 hidden gems near top vacation destinations

Sometimes you need to ditch your guide, says <b>Brice King</b> of RoamRight.com, a travel insurance company geared to independent travelers. As you plan trips for 2014, he suggests looking outside the package tour. "Once you're on a tour you go into autopilot," he says. "You can't just wander off." He …

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Trekking From Lodge to Lodge in the Mountains of Peru

As I sat in the spa sipping a pisco sour, I looked down the valley to the huge, snow covered monolith at the end. Mt. Salkantay, the highest peak in the region, would loom over us for the next two days as we worked our way up and over the pass that bears its name. I could barely make out the trail …

Top 10 Ghost Towns

With their silent streets, derelict buildings, and remnants of homes and workplaces, abandoned towns offer a haunting view into the lives of once thriving communities.<p><i>Here’s a look at our top ten from around the world:</i><p><b>1. St. Elmo, Colorado</b><p>Once a booming mining town and trading post along railroad …

Reader Q&A: Where are the top horse trekking destinations?

BBC Travel reader Elly Geven is looking to go on a horseback riding holiday with her teenage daughter. Our Facebook fans shared their suggestions.<p>Last week, we asked our Facebook community to advise Elly Geven, who is looking to go on a horse trekking holiday with her teenage daughter. The trip …

America's top mountain bike towns

It's been nearly 40 years since a small group of fun-loving tinkerers in Marin started racing down dirt roads on old cruiser bikes modified with fat knobby tires. Though mountain biking began as a fringe sport in the 70s, it's since evolved into an athletic outlet embraced by communities everywhere.<p>…

The most beautiful places on Earth – in pictures

As Lonely Planet turns 40 this year, the publisher has picked the most magnificent sights across the globe to be included in a new book entitled Beautiful World, which contains more than 200 images and aims to inspire readers to see the world as they have never seen it before

Why Traveling for a Greater Purpose Will Make You a Better Person

Shares 7K<p>By Matt Wilson<p>As a traveler, you have two choices: You can buy an all-inclusive package, never step foot off the resort, and return home …

Best powder in the world

Your endless winter is here with snow adventures that take you to the best pow-pow our planet has to offer. Stay frosty. This article is adapted from Lonely Planet's 1000 Ultimate Adventures.<p>Heli-skiing, Utah, USA<p>Skier jumps down a steep face of snow in Utah. Image by Johannes Kroemer / The Image …