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Grand Juror in Michael Brown Case Wants Court to Remove Gag Order

A member of the grand jury that declined to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown last year in Ferguson, Missouri, sued in federal court on Monday for the right to talk about the case publicly.<p>The grand juror was represented by the American Civil …

Now You Can Vacation In A Real-Life Hobbit House

Are you a fan of The Hobbit and headed to Thailand for vacation? We know where you should stay.<p><i>AirBnB</i><p>Who wouldn't want to live like a hobbit? <i>The Fellowship of the Ring</i> painted Hobbiton as an idyllic land of green grass and merriment, the perfect place to kick back and relax (granted, you'd be …

Travel Italy's Most Scenic Stretch of Coastline

The Amalfi Coast is a treasure trove of natural and cultural marvels.<p>The Amalfi Coast is the playground of the social elite and well-heeled, but don’t let that throw you. The Italians love kids and this area puts everyone at close quarters.<p>“My family has been here for generations,” says Antonio …

Magical Nighttime Long Exposures and Composites by Matt Payne

Oregon-based photographer Matt Payne's passion for the outdoors shines through in his stunning landscape and nightscape photography. He finds the most enchanting moments in which vibrant colors and lively motion overhead complement the stillness of the world below.<p>Payne uses long exposures and …

Archaeologists Discover Two Long Lost Ancient Maya Cities in Jungle of Mexico

In an amazing new discovery in the jungles of Mexico, archaeologists have uncovered two ancient Mayan cities, including ruined pyramid temples, …

The world's best secret islands

Looking for a romantic spot that's (almost) all yours? Here’s a list from our brand new <i>Best in Travel 2011</i> guide to reignite your love affair with desert islands, with picks from across the globe.<p>1. Torres Strait Islands, Australia<p><i>Image by Killer White Fluff</i><p>As far as you can go in Oz without …

10 of the world's best nighttime adventures | CNN Travel

10 Trek-Worthy Beaches Around The World

No lazy beach days here! From crawling under boulders to swimming through caves and day-long hikes to horseback rides, the lengths travelers have to go to in order to reach some of the world's best beaches are great. But they're not without reward. The 10 beaches on this Cheapflights.com list may …

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Three Bridge Chasm Is Unlike Any Waterfall We've Ever Seen

We've seen some hidden waterfalls and some inspirational waterfalls and some fabulously hike-able waterfalls... but all of those were just one, singular waterfall.<p>Behold: a rare TRIPLE waterfall, better known as the Baatara Gorge Waterfall or Three Bridge Chasm. Mountain meltwater slowly carved the …

Seven cruise journeys that evoke a lost era

Giant floating cities complete with endless buffets, kids clubs and climbing walls? Who needs them? Take to the water in style in homage to a bygone era.<p><b>Glide down the Nile on a Belle Époque steamer</b><p>Forget about crowded bus tours, the best way to see Egypt’s archaeological treasures is by boat – …

The Last Best American Beach Towns

What makes a superior beach town? I’ve thought about that often, usually while gorging on steamed clams with butter or pedaling a bike along a seawall.<p>America does beaches extremely well, a point I didn’t begin to realize until my 20s, when I tried to sunbathe on a jam-packed stretch of Spanish …

19 Thrilling Trails Guaranteed to Make Your Heart Race

These 19 hikes will raise your heart rate, take you to perilous heights, or bring you to awe-inspiring destinations.

Party Like It's 1776 at America's Oldest Pubs

As soon as colonists set foot on American soil, they started building taverns and pubs, and they've been an important piece of American history ever since. In the early colonial days, they were meeting places, restaurants, social clubs, post offices, and much more--you could even say that the idea …

Four ways to explore Chefchaouen, Morocco's blue city

Chefchaouen is an otherworldly escape nestled in Morocco’s Rif Mountains. As well as its distinctive palette of blue and white buildings, a striking contrast with the arid setting, this popular town has plenty to offer. Embark on strenuous hillside hikes or idle strolls, bathe in mountain streams, …

Lonely Planet's Best in Europe 2014

Are you packing your bags for Europe this summer, or still just fantasizing about it? Either way, you’ll be spoiled for choice when you cast your eyes over our irresistible expert picks.<p>While our Best in Travel 2014 already touted Paris’ urban renaissance, Scotland’s many events, and Yorkshire’s …

Vegan-Friendly Airports

In her new book, <i>How to Be Vegan</i>, first-time author Elizabeth Castoria offers 159 smart strategies and simple tips for every day life without animal products. "There are a lot of folks who still consider the plant-based lifestyle extreme, and I want to show the truth of it: that it's fun, easy, and …

America's Coolest Desert Towns (PHOTOS)

The little desert town of Marfa makes no logical sense. How did this dusty outpost in <i>far</i> West Texas become a buzzworthy contemporary art center?<p>Two words: pioneering spirit. It took folks with enough grit and vision and can-do attitude to invent a new life among the red rocks, sagebrush, and sand …

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A starry night under Delicate Arch in Arches National Park. #TPC2014 http://on.natgeo.com/1mt9DSo Photograph by Thomas Piekunka/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Game of Thrones Film Locations: When the Small Screen Isn't Enough

Intrigue, suspense, battle and fantasy aren't the only thing that has captured <i>Game of Thrones</i> fans around the world. Since the show began airing, Kensington Tours' Destination Experts have seen an uptake in tourism to the wild and scenic landscapes where the show is created. Scattered across …

Game of Thrones

For many, the town of Manarola is the quintessential Cinque Terre village. The charm of the five villages remains unspoiled, as does the allure of their surrounding countryside. http://on.natgeo.com/1g0KsBH Photograph by Francesco Riccardo Iacomino, National Geographic Your Shot

21 Gorgeous Photos That Show Why Iran Is A New Tourist Hotspot

Shutterstock.com Iran is becoming a tourist hotspot this year, with tour operators reporting significant increases in tourists booking trips to the Middle Eastern country.<p>Perhaps that's because of a slight thaw in its relationships with the West, or simply because of the allure of exploring a …

European Travel

Taxpayers fund teaching creationism

Taxpayers in 14 states will bankroll nearly $1 billion this year in tuition for private schools, including hundreds of religious schools that teach Earth is less than 10,000 years old, Adam and Eve strolled the garden with dinosaurs, and much of modern biology, geology and cosmology is a web of …

51 natural wonders so amazing it’s hard to believe they exist

The world’s an incredible place, but sometimes I’ll find myself somewhere and actually have to take a second and ask, “Really? This is exists?”<p>This …

10 Places in Europe You Never Thought You Could Afford

It'll take more than a discreetly tucked money belt to protect your cash in Europe's most expensive cities. Here's how to experience London, Paris, Venice, and other delightful destinations for a whole lot less than the average traveler.<p><b>Oslo, Norway</b><p>First, the bad news: Oslo earned top billing in …

European Travel

29 Photos That Will Awaken Your Inner Explorer

The world is just awesome, and there are some photographers who are lucky enough to live in and travel to these astonishing places. If you can't visit these places yourself, here's the next best thing!<p>1. An ice cave in Iceland<p>Exclusively in Winter (Ice Cave) by Jacky CW on 500px<p>2. Leshan Giant …

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14 Breathtaking Places You Probably Didn't Know Existed

Do you ever feel like you've seen it all? Do you crave those breathtaking moments of your first travel adventures?<p>The world is full of wonders, sometimes you just have to look a little harder to find them. These 14 spots are lesser-known but equally (if not more) breathtaking.<p><b>1. Whitehaven Beach</b><p>The …

Finding Adventure (and Food) in Southern Florida

I'll send you a postcard from the Marco Island Marriott in sunny Florida, because that is where I will be taking my extended vacations. Seriously though, this small island is the largest barrier of Southwest Florida's Ten Thousand Islands, but more on that later. There is no shortage of white sand …

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75 places so colorful it’s hard to believe they’re real [pics]

No, you don’t need to adjust your screen, nor are any of these the product of extreme photoshopping.<p>Instead, these places (natural and manmade, …

23 Latin American Destinations That Prove There's A Lot More To See Than Rio And Buenos Aires

It's no secret that Latin America houses many of this planet's most jaw-dropping destinations. Spotlight countries such as Brazil continue to be among our favorites due to the beautiful beaches, cities and colonial sights that easily captivate those who find themselves in constant wanderlust.<p>You …