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Road Trip: Central Greece

The winding roads of central Greece have captivated ancient kings, Olympians, Zeus, and Hollywood.<p><i>From the October 2011 issue of</i> National Geographic Traveler<p>In the annals of ancient combat, central Greece looms large. Notably, in 480 B.C., a small but resolute Greek army held off hundreds of …

5 Reasons to Go to Slovenia

Bordered by four more-popular countries—Italy, Croatia, Austria, and Hungary—Slovenia tends to be overlooked as a worthy destination. But this …

Travel 365: A beautiful shot of Madain Salih—the first World Heritage site in Saudi Arabia. http://on.natgeo.com/1psT6B7 Photograph by John Stanmeyer, National Geographic

Stonehenge

<b>Site</b>: Stonehenge, Avebury, and Associated Sites<p><b>Location</b>: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland<p><b>Year Designated</b>: 1986<p><b>Category</b>: Cultural<p><b>Criteria:</b> (i)(ii)(iii)<p><b>Reason for Designation</b>: These prehistoric stone circles are a striking reminder of the architectural, engineering, social, and …

Archaeology

The 10 Most-Visited Countries In The World

The World Tourism Organization just came out with new data on the most visited tourism destinations in the world in 2013, and France took the top spot.<p>Perhaps unsurprisingly, France was the most-visited country in 2013 with 84.7 million visitors. The U.S. came right behind with 69.8 million …

5 Reasons to Visit Shikoku, Japan

The least populous of Japan’s four primary islands, Shikoku exists in a dreamy, under-the-radar state far removed from Tokyo’s neon lights and …

Design Dream: Cape Town

In a nod to the renaissance transforming South Africa, 
<b>Cape Town</b> has been crowned the <b>World Design Capital of 2014</b>.<p>The art scene here particularly flourishes in the neighborhood of <b>Woodstock</b>, a historically industrial quarter along a shabby stretch of the city’s eastern fringes.<p>Revamped heritage …

10 of the world's best learn-to-dive destinations

Dreaming of getting your dive ticket? With a combination of idyllic conditions and reputable dive outfits, we’ve narrowed down the top spots to get certified – from the Caribbean to the Maldives, and everywhere in between.<p>Gili Trawangan, Gili Islands, Indonesia<p><b>The diving:</b> Indonesia boasts an …

Scuba Diving

The Perfect English Countryside Escape... In New Zealand

We're willing to believe Akaroa Harbour is just a super convincing mirage, because every photo we see of it burrowing smack-dab in the center of an ancient volcano just doesn't look real. This perfect little place we're talking about, found courtesy of Reddit, is located in Banks Peninsula, New …

Mauritius' Hidden Underwater Waterfall Is Everything You Want It To Be And More

Mauritius is an island just off the coast of Africa, close to Madagascar and Mozambique. With its stunning beaches, jewel-toned lagoons and spot of multi-colored earth, we rightly declared it one of the most beautiful islands in the Indian Ocean.<p>The island is home to some of the rarest plant and …