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The 60-Mile Darién Gap Leaves the Pan-American Highway Forever Incomplete - Condé Nast Traveler

In this week's Maphead, Ken Jennings explores how a small stretch of jungle puts the dream of a fully-connected highway from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego frustratingly out of reach.<p>The <i>Guinness Book of World Records</i> has called the Pan-American Highway the world's "longest motorable road," but it's not …

Latin America

5 Affordable Winter Destinations to Book Right Now - Condé Nast Traveler

As if you needed another excuse to take a vacation.<p>For many across the country, the winter blues have set in, and we combat those feelings with remedies that include binge-watching <i>Westworld</i> and eating our feelings—hello, Cronuts. Yet a somewhat healthier option—both for mind and body, we …

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Gorilla Trekking in Uganda: Up Close with Silverbacks - Condé Nast Traveler

A once-in-a-lifetime trip to see mountain gorillas in the wild of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.<p>Ever since my first trip to Africa—1997, to Cote d’Ivoire—I've been draw back to the continent, again and again. I’ve visited more than 20 times, each trip different than the other, but trekking to see …

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Straw Bear Festival in the UK: Pictures

10 Incredible Trees You Can Still Visit, Now That Pioneer Cabin Is No More

On January 8, the famed Pioneer Cabin tree, a giant sequoia in Calaveras Big Trees State Park that was carved into a tunnel in the 1880s, collapsed …

Forests

How to Plan Your Dream Trip to Niseko Japan on a Budget

Things like lack of funds, not enough vacation time, and unwillingness to travel alone usually top the list of reasons why you haven’t booked a …

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Canada Is Offering Free Admission to Its National Parks in 2017—Here’s Where to Stay

The new year marks the 150th celebration of Canadian Confederation, and to commemorate the country’s birthday, Parks Canada is offering free …

Outdoors

Hawaii's Merrie Monarch Festival Is the Ultimate Hula Celebration - Condé Nast Traveler

The Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo is one of the last places to see the real Hawaii, ancient and modern, on full display.<p>The lights dim, and the arena goes quiet. Though it’s never truly quiet—Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium is vault-ceilinged and cavernous, and coughs echo through the space—you can …

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8 Types of Trips You Should Take Before You Die

What type of traveler are you? Do you love to roam through a new place with little more than a compass and a backpack, or do you prefer the five-star …

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25 Travel Adventures That'll Give You Serious Wanderlust

Blogger and Public Relations Specialist<p>This post is hosted on the Huffington Post's Contributor platform. Contributors control their own work and post freely to our site. If you need to flag this entry as abusive, send us an email.<p><i>Also posted on</i> BecomingBrilliance.com<p>Once you’ve been bit by the …

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16 U.S. museums with outstanding architecture

When design and art collide<p>From New York to Los Angeles and everywhere in between, America’s museums house some of the finest art in the world. While it’s easy to get caught up in the Gauguins and the Lichtensteins, it’s important to remember that the buildings themselves are worth a second …

Museums

Arc of Mirrored Posts Reflect the Ocean's Colors

Last November artist Philip K. Smith, who is known for his mirror installations, recently installed a quarter mile long arc of 250 polished steel …

Art

Photos of the World's Most Metal Landscapes

In another time, Inka and Niclas Lindergård might have been tried for witchcraft. They seem capable of manipulating the Earth in impossible ways, like making the Northern Lights appear inside the mouth of a cave. There's no magic here though, or Photoshop tricks. Inka and Niclas promise their only …

Photography

Highlights from the Dakar Rally in Pictures

Small Towns in Big Sky Country: 11 Wide-Open Spaces for You to Roam

Big Sky Country's picturesque small towns put you on the very soil of the American frontier. These were the places where Lewis and Clark cut a swath …

Outdoors

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Norway Vacation Rental Is a Dream for Whale Watching and Northern Lights Sightings - Condé Nast Traveler

See how the Prince and American actress Meghan Markle tackled Tromvik.<p>How do the royals do Norway? In the case of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the answer is "much more modestly than you'd expect." For the couple's first overseas vacation together, the youngest son of Prince Charles and the late …

Royal Family

The World's Most Scenic Winter Train Rides

Few films capture the beauty of winter train travel as the 1974 silver screen mystery, “Murder on the Orient Express.” In it, Hercule Poirot …

Transportation

Dakar Rally 2017 Begins: Pictures

United Kingdom

50 Best Places to Travel in 2017 | Food & Wine

Putting together our annual list of the best places to travel is a process that takes several months—we survey writers based around the world, talk …

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World's Best Restaurant Views

Best Places to Celebrate the New Year

New Year's Eve

Australia flood: Uluru national park closed after huge rainfall

<b>A record amount of rainfall has led to the closure of Australia's famous national park at Uluru.</b><p>Waterfalls appeared all over the landmark, also known as Ayers Rock, at the heart of the park in central Australia.<p>The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) described the massive Christmas storm as a …

25 Winter Wonderlands Around the World

We tend to associate winter with bleak, gray skies and runny noses, but there's a beautiful side to the season that often gets overlooked. We're talking about Italian mountains covered with snow, pristine frozen lakes, and English cottages that put Norman Rockwell paintings to shame. And while we …

Canada

Sunrises So Beautiful You Need to Make a Reservation

There’s nothing as peaceful and awe-inspiring as a beautiful sunrise. Some are better than others, of course, and some now require careful planning, like making a reservation (yes, for a sunrise). From seeing the first rays from the top of the Empire State Building to experiencing the serenity of a …

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25 Trips to Take in Your Lifetime

Exploring the “lost city” of Petra, a walking safari in Zambia, a cruise to Antarctica: This isn’t your average trip. Take your family vacation to …

10 of the world's most beautiful ice skating rinks

<b>(CNN) —</b> Shorts and flip-flops on the deck.<p>Drinks chilling in the cooler.<p>Ice clinking in your margarita glass.<p>Then winter hits.<p>Fear not -- there's another use for large blocks of ice, as you can discover for yourself at some of the world's most dramatic water-walking spots.<p><b>Tower of London Ice Rink,</b> …

Visit All of Canada's National Parks for Free in 2017 - Condé Nast Traveler

Happy birthday, Canada! We'll take the free national parks passes, please.<p>We spent 2016 trekking around the U.S.'s 59 national parks, celebrating the National Park Service's 100th birthday. But next year, we're heading north, to one of <i>Condé Nast Traveler</i>'s top places to go in 2017, to check out a …

Canada

Editors' Choice: Our Favorite Hotels in Europe - Condé Nast Traveler

In some destinations, there is a dearth of great places to stay; in others, there are so many options that you need a trusted recommendation to avoid ending up somewhere mediocre (and still expensive). Here are the hotels in Europe we don't have to think about twice. To view as a gallery, click …

Europe

Editors' Choice: Our Favorite African Safaris

Our special correspondent Sophy Roberts has been on 20 safaris in 13 African countries. Here, her 2017 Gold List picks for the ultimate properties that reflect the pulse of Africa, where the wild things roam right outside your door.

Africa