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Splash out: the world's most amazing waterfalls

The bigger they are, the harder they fall – feel the power of the planet's mightiest and most beautiful waterfalls.<p>1. Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe<p><i>Image by MAZZALIARMADI.IT</i><p>Explorer David Livingstone could be accused of dampening expectations by naming these falls after England's doughy queen: …

Kaaterskill Falls and the Bayard of Dogs

A stunning, two-tiered waterfall made famous by poets, artists and the legend of a ghost dog.<p><i>These iconic falls are beautiful enough to have garnered</i> …

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North America’s top amusement parks

Nowhere can you find more family-friendly daredevil thrills (and gentler rides) than in the USA and Canada. Here are our 10 favorite amusement and water parks in North America (diplomatically listed in alphabetical order):<p>Canada’s Wonderland, Vaughan, Ontario<p>The first major park in Canada (25 miles …

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Top scenic drives around Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone’s famous landscape doesn’t suddenly end at the park fence. Enveloping the park kernel is a protective cushion of national forests and wilderness areas that offer almost as much scenic splendor as the park itself, but without the crowds and the entry fee. Heading to Yellowstone? See the …

The 8 Cheapest Destinations In Europe

The continent has plenty on offer that won't break your bank account, but you have to know where to look.<p>If you're strapped for cash and want the best bang for your buck, here are 8 of the best value destinations in Europe.<p>Note: The prices listed here are approximate and may fluctuate considerably …

10 Of The Quirkiest Hotels In The U.S., According To TripAdvisor

We've heard of our share of very unusual hotels, including prison hotels, a cruise ship resort, ice hotels, treehouse lodging, a gas station-turned-AirBnB, a "homeless" hotel, and even a morgue hotel. But a bed & breakfast in the shape of a giant beagle?! Yes, it exists -- here in the U.S.<p>Now …

10 Great Outdoorsy Getaways From New York City

Yes, seeing as though we're substituting perpetual subway commutes with oxygen-nutrient saunters, demanding patio seating at our favorite lunch spots, and swearing by rooftop nightlife, we're obviously terrestrial beings — <i>right</i>?<p>All this delusion that we're suddenly off the grid has us wondering if …

The 25 Best Road Trips For Nerds

Need to get in touch with your inner science nerd?<p>In this month's issue of Popular Science Magazine, writers Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley have compiled a list of their top 25 road trip destinations to spark scientific curiosity -- after 16 months of touring 150 of the built, natural, and …

An Insider's Guide To Cape Town

If there's one thing Cape Town doesn't lack, it's natural splendor.<p>Whether you're hiking Lion's Head or simply parking your car on a side street, you're sure to be greeted by a staggering vista, be it beach or mountain.<p>Even now, in the depths of winter, this picturesque destination on the tip of …

Readers' tips: trips of a lifetime

<b>THIS WEEK’S WINNING REVIEW</b><p><b>GRIPPED TO THE CORE</b><p>I travelled to India with my son two years ago, the impact on me was enormous, the experience life-changing. Our ultimate destination was the ancient holy city of Varanasi on the banks of the River Ganges. It was the busiest, most chaotic, polluted, …

11 unique lodgings for your travel bucket list

Travel is about new experiences—and travel at its best can mean eye-opening, once-in-a-lifetime and even life-changing journeys. Many of us have a personal bucket list of trips to try before we die, and those who don't might just need a little inspiration. That's why Oyster.com gathered 11 of the …

4 Ways to Get to Greenland

When you tell your friends you’re heading to Greenland, you’re sure to be met with a blank stare, followed by: <i>Why on earth are you going there? Do</i> …

14 Best Places to Go This Fall

From cutting-edge contemporary art in Miami to epically awesome Kenyan resorts, this season’s hottest destinations exceed expectations. Go beyond the …

Ten hidden gems of Europe

There’s no place like Paris, Barcelona or Rome - but Europe has untouched corners that match the big hitters on beauty and charm, and with far fewer tourists. Take the road less travelled with these ten hidden gems of Europe.<p>1. Burg Satzvey, Germany<p>Whisper it: this fairytale castle is a short ride …

9 Amazing Cave Villages You Can Still Visit

Since the dawn of time, caves have held a special attraction for people the world over, whether as a site for religious rituals, the den of legendary monsters, a place for some weekend exploring, or, simply, a cozy place to live. And due to their permanent nature, cave homes also happen to be …

Affordable fall getaways - TODAY.com

Mark Clark / Today<p>Blue Ridge Parkway.<p>Whether you’re looking to take a trip to a national park, a scenic drive, or to visit an island in the Pacific Northwest, we’ve got the perfect affordable fall getaways.<p><b>Northeast Wine Retreat: Long Island, NY</b><b><br>Stay:</b> Greenporter Hotel<p>The Greenporter Hotel is in the …

America’s Top 10 Lakes to Visit This Fall (Photos)

Take a Dip<p>Lake trips offer the perfect mix of relaxation and water action, plus the chance for some moonlit skinny-dipping.<p>09.02.13 4:45 AM ET

The perfect trip: Norway

This country does not do nature on a small scale. It is a land of earth-shattering glaciers, fjords of epic proportions and countless coastal islands scarcely touched by civilisation.<p>Traverse Norway'­s dramatic landscape in this ideal excursion, taking in one of the world's great rail journeys from …

Crowd-Free Caribbean Islands: 7 Remote Getaways

<b>By Alexis Lipsitz</b><p>If you crave some peace and quiet, consider these under-the-radar Caribbean islands. From Puerto Rico to the Grenadines, each of …

The Way You Should Really Go on Safari

African Safari Secrets: Want to ride hard and fast alongside a herd of zebra? How to choose the best horseback safari.<p>Some safari lodges boast access to horses for an afternoon's outing, but a true African horseback safari unfolds over several days, with riders matched by ability to mounts, …

Ultimate California Highway 1 Road Trip

Laguna Beach to Santa Monica<p>Highway 1 begins unceremoniously, emerging from a tangle of freeway ramps in Orange County’s Dana Point. There’s a …

10 great hidden state parks

National parks may get all the attention, but state parks pack in visitors, especially during fall, when cooler weather invites exploration, says <b>Richard Dubi</b>, CEO of ParksByNature Network. The company publishes the free <i>Pocket Ranger</i> guides, the official app offered by several dozen state recreation …

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