Aimee Johnson

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Best Secret Ski Towns of North America

Most people haven’t heard of these towns, which is just fine with the skiers and boarders that live and play there. These are the places without gloss, the unknown gems, where the locals are friendly and shops are locally owned. Some have terrain for everyone, while many are for experts with …

Skiing

Olympus National Park, Greece

<b>Name:</b> Olympus National Park <b><br>Location:</b> Greece <b><br>Date Established:</b> 1938 <b><br>Size:</b> 92 square miles (238 square kilometers)<p>Did You Know?<p><b>• Myth-Laden Mountain</b> Greece’s highest mountain, Olympus is also the legendary abode of the gods. The favor of the deities gave the mountain an honored place in Classical Greek …

National Parks

Chilling on Alberta high country slopes

In Alberta's high country, where the Trans-Canada Highway unfurls between Banff and Lake Louise, the Rockies march shoulder to shoulder flanking the road, peaks bristling, glaciers sparkling. The place looks so good in summer it's practically a traffic hazard.<p>There are three ski resorts in the …

Skiing

Paris, France - Where to Stay, Where to Go, Where to Eat, What to See in Paris

Air France: Strike-hit airline boss quits after workers reject pay deal<p>Air France: Strike-hit airline boss quits after workers reject pay deal The …

France

Film Review: Witherspoon Warrants Watching in 'Wild'

The eastern Appalachian Trail—it’s 2,174 miles long. The mighty West Coast Pacific Crest trail is 464 miles longer.<p>Why do outdoorsy types brave pain, …

America's Best Towns for the Holidays (PHOTOS)

Johnny Johnston has lived in Los Angeles for 20 years, but when he goes home for the holidays, he finds himself enchanted all over again by the winter wonderland where he grew up: Vail, CO.<p>"From the moment you drive into the valley, the streets and public spaces are all lit with Christmas lights, …

Ireland's Most Picture-Perfect Spots

Ireland

The World at Night with Clear Skies and No Light Pollution

Ben Coffman is a landscape photographer based out of Portland, Oregon, who specializes in night photography, in particular ‘landscape …

Beat Holiday Travel Fatigue With These 6 Tips

<i>David Mellis / Flickr</i><p>Whether it's one more story from Aunt Mildred or yet another plane, train or automobile ride, the holidays -- and all the traveling that accompanies them -- can be hard on your body. But you don't have to wearily slog through the coming weeks of delayed flights and long car …

Budget Travel: 6 Offbeat (and Low-Cost) Accommodation Options

Don't have a big travel budget? No worries. If you've been bitten by the travel bug, there's a way to scratch that itch. And it needn't cost a bundle to do it.<p>By thinking outside the box when it comes to where you'll sleep at night, you can travel inexpensively.<p>Photo: InternationalLiving.com<p>Here …

Tolaga Bay Islands

Changing Planet<p>Last weekend I visited Uawa (Tolaga Bay) and was lucky enough to visit some of the offshore islands off the coast and survey them. A small group of us were supported by the local surf life-saving club who capably took us out in their IRBs to visit Motueka and Pourewa Islands. On each …

Bryce Canyon National Park: Hiking the Rim Trail

<i>Looking down into Bryce Amphitheater at the magical hoodoos.</i><p>The Rim Trail follows the mesa tops for 5.5 miles each way. The trail can be joined at …

"Living Walls" Stop Lions From Attacking Livestock in Tanzania

Fortified bomas are proving successful in preventing both livestock and predator deaths.<p>A modern twist on a traditional structure in Tanzania has proved successful in preventing African lion attacks on livestock and retaliatory killing of lions, according to a new report.<p>The Maasai people of East …

Why the World's Best Sailors Still Hit Reefs in Open Water Races

Just seven weeks into a nine-month, 39,000-mile ocean sailing race around the world, a Danish team has encountered disaster and abandoned ship.<p>On …

27 Festive Facts About Christmas Vacation

On December 1, 1989, a new chapter of Griswold family dysfunction was unleashed upon the world when <i>National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation</i> made its …

Pop Culture

SpaceX Is Looking For A Farmer

Prepare for soybeans bathed in rocket fumes<p>Are you a farmer with galactic ambition? Does the agrarian life lack that aerospace sheen? Or do you just wish your career path looked a bit more like Matthew McConaughey's in the movie <i>Interstellar</i>?<p>Boy, do we have the job for you.<p>Aerospace company SpaceX …

SpaceX

Top Five Off-Peak Destinations for Winter 2014/2015

<i>Four Seasons Denver (Photo: TripAdvisor, LLC)</i><p>Don't let fear of cold weather cloud your vision of the perfect winter vacation. Low-season trips to spots where winter weather reigns are where it's at, for many reasons. An off-peak destination affords budget travelers the rare chance to splurge: …

What’s up at the resorts?: Better ski schools, faster lifts and Wham!

The first ski resort opening of the season – it was Colorado's Arapahoe Basin on Oct. 17 – sets off a flurry of alpine unveilings on mountains across Europe and North America.<p>It's not every year that an entirely new destination fires up its lifts, and Utah's Cherry Peak aims to do just that before …

5 Things I Wish Every Author Knew

In my work with authors I see every kind of personality, and I've seen firsthand all the ways writers trip themselves up. In my book, <i>What's Your Book?,</i> I wrote about an irony I've noticed -- that the two seemingly opposing mindsets of "I am special" and "I am shit" both paralyze writers in similar …

Is Jennifer Lawrence Dating Liam Hemsworth?

The costars are rumored to be getting closer.<p>It looks like Jennifer Lawrence has finally moved on from Chris Martin: a source tells British magazine <i>Heat</i> that Lawrence has been getting close with her <i>The Hunger Games</i> castmate Liam Hemsworth. "They've always had insane chemistry, but they've never …

4 Reasons to Keep Loving 'Longmire'

Sheriff Walt Longmire favors a Ford Bronco instead of a horse, but the cable series bearing his name has such a strong Western presence that he'd …

Should Grizzlies Be Restored to the North Cascades?

The awe-inspiring bears are almost extinct in Washington State, but the government is now studying whether they should be brought back.<p>NORTH CASCADES NATIONAL PARK—The grizzly bear looms large in the traditions of Pacific Northwest Indians, a creature both revered and almost human. It was a fixture …

Annette Bening: ‘I like being a veteran, I have fewer illusions’

The actor talks about her three new films, raising teenagers with husband Warren Beatty, and her co-star Robin Williams<p>Words are a wonderfully descriptive medium, but they can’t quite capture a laugh like Annette Bening’s: rich, full-throated and filled with delight. It broke out several times …

Trailer for FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD with Carey Mulligan

10 of the Most Striking Spots in Hawaii

Discover our favorite activities in the Aloha State.<p>There are iconic spots in Hawaii that first-time visitors need to see to believe, but there are also the lesser known gems that the locals know are just as worthy of your time–especially on that second or third return trip. For a mix of both, add …

Jurassic Park

New Record for Coldest Place on Earth, in Antarctica

Scientists measure lowest temperature on Earth via satellites.<p><b>If you think this winter is cold, be glad you're not in Antarctica.</b><p><b>Using new satellite data, scientists have measured the most frigid temperature ever recorded on the continent's eastern highlands: about -136°F (-93°C)—colder than dry</b> …