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The Olympic National Park offers hiking trails in four amazing regions

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Hiking

A Monument to Outlast Humanity

In the Nevada desert, the pioneering artist Michael Heizer completes his colossal life’s work.<p>1. Sleeping Beauty<p>“I’m trying to tell you the story of my strange life,” the artist Michael Heizer said to me. “I’m not sure how much I want everyone to know, but it’s all going to come out.” It was March …

Los Angeles

17 head-turning ideas for your front garden

It's easy to get caught up in planning a grand landscaping design for your back garden, while totally forgetting about the front of your house. We're …

Landscaping

The Sci-Fi Classics You Need to Read Before You Die

Space, dystopian futures, robots, technology, aliens . . . what is there <i>not</i> to love about science fiction, a genre that stretches the imagination and …

Science Fiction

Tough Plants for Midwest Gardens

Globe Thistle (Echinops ritro)<p>Steely-blue globe thistle is a bee magnet. It's also great to grow for fresh-cut or dried flowers. Hardy in zones 3 to …

10 Visual Artists Whose Imagination and Intellect Will Inspire You

Our digitally fueled world continues to grow more visual with each passing year, with photography and illustration being joined by the constantly …

Advertising Industry

34 Riveting First Lines From Literature

While you may recognize “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” you might not recall some of literature’s other, equally gripping …

Literature

8 Incredible Online Resources for Creative Design Inspiration

<i>Design, whether it’s for print, digital marketing, editorials or websites, requires constant creative juice. But even the most prolific and</i> …

Steal This Look: A Garden Terrace in South Boston

Boston-based photographer Cambria Grace and stylist Lauren Wells, partners at Wells and Grace, also teamed up recently to offer an intimate glimpse …

Relieve Hip and Lower Back Pain With This Piriformis Release Technique

Photo: Kai Wheeler.<p><b>Hip and lower back pain can be super irritating.</b> The type of radiating discomfort that so many people (surfers especially) …

Back Pain

10 Great Japanese Animated Movies That Use Unique Animation Styles

5. Cat Soup (Tatsuo Sato, 2001)<p>At only thirty-four minutes, Cat Soup is a short and deeply weird tale of a very different take on the afterlife. In …

Anime

The hidden world of the Knights Templar

Tucked behind London’s Fleet Street, a patchwork of gardens and graceful buildings tell the story of the most famous knights of the Crusades.<p>It was rush hour on a weekday and I was weaving my way down the Strand, one of central London’s most famous thoroughfares. The street hummed with tourists, …

Ancient History

50 essential free resources for your graphic design projects

When it comes to being a designer, you’ll always need to stock up on graphics, stock photography and fonts as well as rely on other helpful tools to …

13 more European cities you never thought to visit (but really should)

The 100 hottest restaurants in the US right now

To craft the list, OpenTable combed through more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified diners. Over 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia were considered.<p>To make the cut, restaurants needed to have both high overall ratings and a strong rating in the …

The 15 best poetry books of all time

These 20 Books Are Game Changers, Read Them Before You Turn 30

Books offer wisdom that we ourselves might need years to figure out. Between 20 and 30, we all would undergo lots of struggles and have lots of …

The Ten Best Budget Travel Destinations for 2016

Travel doesn’t have to break the bank. With a strong dollar, exotic locales can offer a lot of bang for your buck and an off-the-beaten path experience.<p>Here is a compendium of the coolest budget destinations for 2016 from some of the best travel bloggers on the web. From a family of four traveling …

Travel

50 Astonishing Animal Photos of 2015

A flock of sheep walk in the haze in a Beijing suburb, China, Jan. 15, 2015.<br>Lintao Zhang—Getty Images<p>1 of 50<p>There are few things more enjoyable and …

Animals

This Japanese Entrepreneur Made $1 Billion By Putting Recipes Online

<b>ENJOYING A HOMEMADE MEAL</b> in the Land of the Rising Sun? The recipe probably came from Akimitsu Sano. His Japan-based Cookpad.com enables its 58.8 million users to share and find recipes to prepare at home — 2.1 million recipes in all, from traditional regional Japanese specialties like …

Japan

Can’t Get to the Gym Today? Try the Home Workout from Hell

You’ll do more work and burn more fat in 30 minutes than you normally do at the gym<p>Think it’s pointless to work out if you can’t make it to the gym?<p>Then you’ve never tried my Home Workout from Hell. (Note: It’s just as hellish in a hotel room.)<p><b>Related:</b> RIPTENSITY: The New Training System From <i>Men’s</i> …

This Legendary Chapel Transforms In A Way You Won't Believe

It's out of this world. 💫✨<p>Visiting two places at once is always a thrill... especially when those two places are outer space and one of the most breathtaking chapels in the world:<p>King's College Chapel, pictured above, is praised as a premier example of late Gothic architecture. As part of The …

The Best Souvenir Shopping in 17 Cities

Looking for gifts inspired by your travels? We’ve picked the best local finds from some of our favorite cities.<p>We all want to be the person who …

Christmas Ornaments

10 'Dump Recipes' For Slow Cookers That Make Cooking Stupid Easy

Basically, these are the easiest slow cooker recipes in the world.<p>The slow cooker is heralded for making dinner a breeze, but sometimes the recipes are not as easy as they seem. We want slow cooker meals so we don’t have to spend a whole lot of time in the kitchen, so in our minds, recipes that …

These Eerie Etchings Reflect the Surreal Nature of Childhood

Jaco Putker's artworks are illustrations to fairy tales that don't exist.<p>A girl with a lizard tail jumps into a field of giant raspberries. A toddler holds onto a bunch of string attached to a floating hippo. A child swings from the tentacles of a huge jellyfish.<p>These visions play out like scenes …

5 Books Guaranteed to Unlock Your Creative Genius

Why does it seem like some people can effortlessly “follow their passions”, while others can’t? What’s the secret of successful entrepreneurs and …