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The 10 best treks in the world

These 10 classic treks are for serious walkers. All of them require a sturdy pair of lungs, fit legs and a good amount of preparation. However, if you choose to go on any of these trails then you will be rewarded with experiences that last a lifetime. In no particular order:<p>1. GR20, France<p><i>Image by</i> …

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Top 10 scenic drives

They don't call it America the Beautiful for nothing. Roll down that car window and feast your eyes.<p>A road trip is nothing without roads. Here are some doozies, although any mere Top 10 list will inevitably leave out some of the best. See the Itineraries chapter in our new <i>USA</i> guide for more, and …

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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 …

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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 …

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The real (and unspoken) rules of US roads

The United States is a very large place so driving cultures can be surprisingly, even hilariously diverse. Regional driving aptitude and situational awareness can range from commendable to terrifying, so stay on your toes when venturing into unfamiliar territory.<p>Knowing the local driving laws and …

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How to get reservations in popular national park lodges

Room availability in national park lodges is frequently in short supply, especially during the busy summer season. Overall, the number of rooms in America's national-park lodges has remained essentially unchanged for decades. An increasing number of travelers chasing the same number of rooms …

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Top 10 US National Parks travel experiences

The moment you roll up to a national park kiosk you feel it. You're entering someplace special. Maybe it's the mountain air or the smell of trees. Most likely it's because you're about to see something <i>big</i>. Something indescribable. A canyon so deep you can see two billion years of geological history …

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World's Best Hikes: Epic Trails

A truly great trail winds into the essence of a place, so when assembling this list of the world’s great hikes we kept an eye on more than the footpath. We looked for walks that travel deeper into a location’s history and culture. Sure, there’s outdoor adventure on each of these 20 hikes, but the …

Top 21 under-the-radar destinations

From Canada’s Yukon wilderness to the mountaintops of India, these unconventional holiday destinations will lead you off the beaten path and onto an adventure all your own.

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18 Best U.S. Summer Music Festivals: From Bonnaroo to EDC (PHOTOS)

Jean Trinh rounds up the best music festivals in the U.S., with artists like Beyoncé and Nine Inch Nails.<p>Julie Jacobson/AP, Brian Spady/Spady …

The 43 Best Hidden Hikes in the U.S.

Sure, hiking the Appalachian Trail is an experience no one ever forgets. But the United States is a pretty big place, with tons of opportunities for …

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Best US Coastal Hikes: Escape The City Hiking 10 Of America's Best Seaside Trails (PHOTOS)

Looking to escape the city this summer? Get away from the urban grind and enjoy some of the stress-relieving benefits of nature with a relaxing weekend trip exploring some of the country's most scenic coastal destinations by foot.<p>Ranging in length and difficulty level from one-mile walks around the …

11 Music Venue Icons in the U.S.

For many people, music is the opposite of travel. It comes <i>to</i> us. If your dream is seeing “the Boss,” you wait for a tour, then buy your ticket to a variation on the same show in some big-box arena.<p>Yet some music venues are destinations themselves. After poring through hundreds of candidates in the …

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 …

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5 Best West Coast Road Trips

There’s something about warm weather that makes us want to hop in the car and drive into the sunset (preferably in a red convertible). While …

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Mountains for Mortals: 7 of America's Best Summits for Beginners

Anyone who's spent even a little time in the mountains has pictured it: You're a couple hours into your hike; panoramas of sweeping valleys and jagged cliff lines consume your gaze. You wipe a bead of sweat off your brow as you climb higher and higher, each step bringing you closer to the …

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10 Amazing River Trips in North America

There's a place for vacations that include museum tours and visits to the childhood homes of famous people, but sometimes you need to feel your heart pound and catch a lump in your throat. For the latter type of experience, head to the mountains: The rivers are calling.<p>Whitewater rafting can spice …

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