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Ultimate road trip: California's Central Coast

You can't honestly say you've gotten to know the Golden State until you take a jaunt along California’s surreally scenic Central Coast. Cruise past surfy beach towns, fairytale redwood forests, wildlife refuges and diverting historical sites, all within breezy view of the Pacific.<p>Start by hitting …

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Britain’s best one-day walks

For such a small island, there’s a lot of Britain to explore. Yes, you could drive across it in a day – but then you could also spend several lifetimes walking its paths and absorbing the essence of each hill, dale and cove.<p>With well over 240,000km (150,000 miles) of off-road paths, more than …

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Eight incredible American road trips you must experience in your lifetime

The mythology of the American highway is as deep and long as the Grand Canyon – which you can, incidentally, drive along. Books, music and films have added glamour, ghosts and grit to what in other countries would be merely a long, even boring, drive.<p>Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, Bob Dylan’s Highway …

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Top 10 reasons Belgium isn’t boring

Late British comic Bob Monkhouse used to joke ‘I went to Belgium once. It was closed.’ Little understood, riddled with Eurocrats, somehow <i>between</i> places – all these impressions have contributed to Belgium’s dull rep. But dig a bit and you’ll find that Belgium is actually fascinating. Here are 10 …

Top 10 walking tours for globetrotting foodies

The best – and tastiest – way to fast-track your understanding of a city's cuisine is to embark on a guided walking tour that includes sampling the local food. Tuck into the best offerings from street food stalls, meet chefs at cafes and restaurants, and local producers at markets. Best of all, …

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Denmark: Bornholm, a Danish paradise

'The sunniest place in Denmark” is not quite living up to its billing. As we disembark the ferry from Ystad on to the quayside of Rønne, capital of the Danish Baltic island of Bornholm, the most pressing issue is seeking cover from the driving rain. On the plus side, and very much to my relief, my …

Europe's lesser-known cycle climbs - in pictures

Images from Mountain Higher: Europe's Extreme Undiscovered and Unforgettable Cycle Climbs, by Daniel Friebe and Pete Goding, published on 26 September

36 Hours In... Los Angeles

It’s easy to sneer at Los Angeles. California’s biggest and most diverse metropolis is often dismissed as a vapid place, populated by vain television and movie stars, dim-witted surfers and Botox-injected beach bunnies. But there is, in fact, a lot to love about “La La Land”.<p>Hugh Laurie is one …

Zuppa di zucchini recipe

A delicious and creamy recipe for courgette soup, topped with Parmesan cheese<p>This is a lovely, clean-tasting soup. Adjusting the amounts of cream and Parmesan will determine its richness.<p>SERVES<p>5<p>INGREDIENTS<p>Olive oil<br>• 1kg/2lb courgettes, cut into random-shaped 2cm pieces<br>• 2 garlic cloves, finely …

How Readers Made Pasta with Chorizo and Chickpeas

A slideshow of bloggers' renditions of the Pasta with Chorizo and Chickpeas recipe from Bon Appétit's September 2013 issue<p>Chorizo is one those wonderfully bold ingredients you eat and enjoy but may never really cook with. Then a really simple recipe comes along (like this one from Hog & Hominy in …

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Aubergines with ginger, spring onions and red chilli recipe

Spice up your aubergines with ginger and chilli.<p>SERVES<p><i>4</i><p>INGREDIENTS<p>200ml mirin (sweetened rice wine)<br>• 50ml light soy sauce<br>• 1 large knob of fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated<br>• 4 spring onions, trimmed and finely chopped<br>• 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped<br>• 1 tbsp sesame oil<br>• 2 red chillies, deseeded and …

Clifftop hotels around the world

Top 10 national parks in California

Death Valley national park<p>It sounds like a place to avoid, but don't let the ominous name scare you away. Most of the year, this vast and rugged expanse of east Californian desert is brutally hot, but visit in winter or early spring (though even in the dead of winter, midday temperatures can hit …

London attractions: what to see and do in autumn

<b>Why go?</b><p>After a spectacular couple of years featuring a Wedding, a Jubilee and an Olympics, London has a twinkle in its eye and a spring in its step. Central London has never looked better following huge redevelopment projects everywhere you look: King’s Cross Station and its environs, the …

Working hard at being lazy in Turkey: readers' travel writing competition 2012

On first glimpse, the Mediterranean coastal town of Kalkan was exactly as a somewhat cynical traveller like me might expect: a world of chartered planes, private pools and exclusive cruises. But among the steady stream of upscale tourists, the undemanding ambience of this old Ottoman Greek fishing …

The best long-distance cycle routes

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European holidays: Guardian writers share their tips – and you can too

Our writers share their European holiday highlights, from a great French campsite to an Ibizan fish shack – now tell us about your holiday on GuardianWitness <br>See here for Guardian writers' UK holiday tips<p><b>FRANCE</b><p><b>Le Comptoir Général, Paris</b><p>A 10-minute walk from the metro stop République, past the …

Italy: food and fantasy on a road trip in Emilia-Romagna

A tour around Italy's famous food region, Emilia-Romagna, takes in gourmet treats, the best lambrusco and stays in medieval castles and towers. What's not to fall in love with?<p>• More to enjoy in Emilia-Romagna<p>"Come," said the gallant knight, "let us survey this fair city while all are slumbering." …

Switzerland: Graubünden's walking trail of epic scenery and enduring art

Swiss hiking trails often lead you into and over colossal mountains, out of the tree line, up towards snowy peaks, but a newly created route in the spectacular Graubünden region sticks close to the tumbling river Flem, travelling through sedate valleys and wooden ravines as well as Alpine pastures. …

Autumn hiking in La Grave, France

'That couple there, the Jacobs, live opposite me. They're one of the old farming families of La Grave. He's almost 100," says our guide, Katarina, waving, as we make our way down the narrow street lined with stone houses, and past the 11th-century Notre Dame de l'Assomption church.<p>We join the main …

River Po cycle path - in pictures

A proposed continuous bikes-only cycle lane from Turin to Venice via Milan would offer cyclists the chance to ride a 422 mile (679km) route. The VenTo promises to be the longest such path in southern Europe. Here we offer a taste of the sights and landscapes along the way

Something special: extreme camping, Germany

If you're untroubled by dreams of falling and believe a floating sensation makes for a sound night's sleep, these daredevil pitches could be for you.<p>In the German Alps, campers can feel at one with nature in tents hung from tree branches high up in the forest canopy.<p>The only way to reach these …

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Lake Como, Italy: wandering with Wordsworth

It was all Wordsworth's fault. "A treasure whom the earth keeps to herself" he enthused about the deep chestnut forests and dark-eyed maids of Lake Como during a walking tour in 1790.<p>No more. The word was out, and over the centuries romantic landscape painters followed by tidal waves of tourists …

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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 …

Ten great cycling routes: from day-trips to long-distance adventures

Wind in your hair, landscapes whipping by, cruising through peaceful forests: embracing the outdoors on two wheels is one of the healthiest and most enjoyable ways to get around. Here’s our round-up of great cycling routes which offer something for everyone, from multi-day adventures to relaxing …

What to do in San Francisco: tips for every taste

If you’re going to San Francisco, you don’t actually need to wear flowers in your hair – that’s so 1967 ( www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENrmULWKbeM) – just come as you are, do your thing, and bliss out. Whether you’re a freak, geek, diva, or dandy, there’s a niche here with your name on it. At the local …