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7 Lesser-Known Fall Foliage Destinations You've Never Visited But Should

These colorful, under-the-radar fall vacations are guaranteed to soothe your spirit.<p>Nothing says autumn like a long, leisurely drive through Mother Nature's glorious color changes. Roll down the car windows, savor cool autumn breezes, and escape to these fall getaways where autumn's brilliance …

Travel

The Best East Coast Road Trips

Perhaps more than any other form of exploration or self-discovery, the road trip is deeply embedded into the American imagination. And with gas prices still hovering on the lower side, there’s no better time to take a classic American road trip. Here are seven of our favorite East Coast road trip …

New England

Road Trip: Rocky Mountains, Colorado & Wyoming

Drive from the snowcapped peaks of northern Colorado to the endless high plains of Wyoming.<p>Driving from the Rocky Mountains of northern Colorado to the high plains of southeastern Wyoming is an immersion in a world of snowcapped peaks, scenic lakes, geological curiosities, and cowboys on horseback …

Garden Visit: At Home with Author Catherine Horwood in a Suffolk Village

When Catherine Horwood Barwise bought a 16th-century townhouse in a picturesque west Suffolk village, she couldn’t immediately start work on her …

Landscaping

What to plant in tiny spaces to help bees and butterflies thrive

Every centimetre planted with the right flowers counts when helping pollinators<p>The loss of flower-rich habitat since the 1930s has taken its toll on our pollinators, but thoughtful planting of a plot even the area of the page that you are reading can make a world of difference to a bee. That may …

Best in Travel: 10 Most Amazing Destinations on Our Planet

The world is filled with so many spectacular places that one lifetime would not be enough to visit all of them. Most of us will never be able to …

National Parks

12 Of The Best Hiking Routes In Washington State, USA

Whenever I think of Washington, I think of lush green forests, the gorgeous city of Seattle, and, of course, snow-capped mountains that seem to go on …

Hiking

Squat Jacks: The Butt And Legs Exercise That Burns Major Calories

Exercises that combine cardio and strength training are a one-way ticket to a more efficient workout, and squat jacks are one of the best moves …

Health

National park tips: To reach this amazing island, come when it's hot

The best thing about Crater Lake National Park in Oregon is hiking or driving around the rim. But snowfall is almost always heavy there, so you can't expect full access until late summer. Then, you have the best chance of hiking the 1.1-mile-long Cleetwood Cove Trail (the only route to the water's …

National Parks

America’s Best Little Beach Towns

Tucked between popular Monterey, Pebble Beach, and Carmel, this quiet town is more famous for its butterflies and stray deer than its tourists. You …

Montana

There’s a lot of ground to cover in Montana, and almost all of it is stunningly beautiful, so it lends itself to an old-fashioned road trip—there are …

National Parks

8 of the best weekend trips you can take on the East Coast

New England

Road trip on the Alaska Highway: Less risky, but planning is imperative

Traveling the roughly 1,400 miles of the Alaska Highway is not as risky since paving was completed in 1992, but a road trip on the northland artery (also known as the Alcan) still requires planning beyond programming the route into your mobile device.<p>Your first decision is picking a route, or …

You Haven't Done Greece Till You've Been to These 7 Islands

The Greek islands I hear so many people speak of—laconic beaches, party towns and small villages populated by idyllic whitewashed buildings—are not exactly the islands I know. When I was a kid, I rafted down Peloponnesian rivers, snorkeled in the Ionian Sea, and once camped with my family for 39 …

European Travel

14 Adventures to Add to Your Bucket List ASAP

<i>Photo: Michael Matti</i><p>You've probably started a list already and spent countless hours behind your computer daydreaming...but here are a few of our favorites that you might want to take a look at.<p>1. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia<p>Hike through Croatia's largest National Park to a series of …

An Oral History of Laurel Canyon, the 60s and 70s Music Mecca

They made music together, took drugs together, formed bands together, slept together. But none of the legends of the Laurel Canyon scene that flowered in L.A. in the late 60s and early 70s—Joni Mitchell, David Crosby, Linda Ronstadt, and others—remember it quite the same way.<p><i>When I first came out</i> …

Pictures of the Week 12.11.14

Air Plants 101: How to ID a Tillandsia

No two air plants look identical. And most varieties aren’t labeled at the plant store. So how do you tell them apart?<p>It’s a tougher job than you …

Gardening

Most Romantic Fall Getaways (PHOTOS)

"Of all the reasons we could have been swept away at Post Ranch Inn--the setting among primordial redwoods, the house-cured salmon at breakfast, the morning yoga classes in a yurt--it was the privacy that made it an ideal romantic destination," says Christiana Roussel, an Alabama-based food writer. …

Should You Be Planning a Trip to the Caribbean #OneHappyIsland?

<b>By Nicolle Monico</b><p>If you would have told me a year ago that I would be traveling to Aruba in 2014, I wouldn't have believed you. Don't get me wrong, I travel frequently and have plans to explore every part of the world; but the small Caribbean island of Aruba? It was nowhere near the top of my list …

Ski Bums Pick: The West's Top 3 Most Livable Ski Towns

When the question "Where's the best ski town to live in year round?" was posed to a bunch of North American snow sport diehards, consensuses gathered around a few choice areas. These places cater to "graduated" ski bums who want to keep playing hard but might be realizing it's time to earn their …

The 20 Places Where You'll Pay The Most For A Hotel Room

Traveling costs a lot of money, but the price of a trip can fluctuate tremendously depending on the destination.<p>Hotels.com recently released its annual Hotels Price Index, a report on hotel prices in major destinations across the world that's based on Hotels.com bookings.<p>As part of this report, …

French Polynesia

National Geographic Travel

Must Travel: 35 of The Clearest Waters in the World - Culture-ist

<i>From the Philippines, to Turkey to Cuba and back around to New Zealand, these waters are some of the clearest and the most mesmerizing the world</i> …

10 reasons to keep a travel journal

When I was 31, I backpacked alone through Vietnam without a journal. I’d recently purchased a pricey camera, so I enthusiastically snapped hundreds …

46 incredible aerial shots of famous places

Aerial photography is not particularly easy to do. For one thing, you’re generally going to be in a moving airplane with crappy windows, or you’re …