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Men on a Mission: A Hunt for Whisky and Tweed in Scotland - Condé Nast Traveler

Three menswear-obsessed friends road-trip to Scotland's outer Hebrides in search of whisky, wild landscapes, and Harris tweed.<p>"I don’t like the sound of that,” I called from the back of our Range Rover as a rhythmic rubber slapping started up beneath my seat.<p>The three of us were driving on a …

Scotland

J.Crew's Jenna Lyons Goes Off the Grid in Marfa, Texas - Condé Nast Traveler

Departing from the daily routine to hit a counterculture music festival (with time for art and crystal shopping, too).<p>“Nothing about camping agrees with me,” says Jenna Lyons, the New York–based president and executive creative director of J.Crew. “I need a private bathroom—plus, I love the city …

Fashion

A journey into a European winter wonderland

Kilian Schonberger is a landscape and architecture photographer from Cologne, Germany. In his <i>Winter in Squares</i> series, he takes us on a journey into …

Photography

Take a Train Through the Lands of Harry Potter and Sherlock Holmes - Condé Nast Traveler

Rail Europe announces author-themed rail trips for the U.K.'s "Year of Literary Heroes."<p>We've all gotten lost in the world of a favorite book in our minds, but what if we could physically be transported to the scenes on the page? That dream is about to become a reality, thanks to Rail Europe, which …

Harry Potter

16 Bagel Spots to Try Now | Food & Wine

© Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company<p>Two Astoria, Queens locals with a passion for dough started this beloved mini-chain. At the four BB&CC locations …

Restaurants

London May Get a Giant David Bowie Lightning Bolt Statue - Condé Nast Traveler

A crowdfunding campaign hopes to raise enough money for the permanent memorial.<p>A lightning bolt statue honoring the late David Bowie may soon strike the heart of London's Brixton neighborhood, thanks to a crowdfunding campaign. The proposed three-story installation, inspired by the late musician’s …

David Bowie

How to Visit the Crazy Places in BBC America's 'Planet Earth II' - Condé Nast Traveler

It's easy to forget that many of the locations in BBC America's 'Planet Earth II' are just a trip away.<p><i>Planet Earth II</i>, the follow-up to the award-winning BBC nature documentary series we waited ten long years to see, opens with an appropriately epic shot: A solitary hot air balloon floats over a …

Nature

The 20 Most Beautiful Beaches in the World

Start planning your tropical getaway now—these are the best beaches in the world, according to <i>Condé Nast Traveler</i> readers in our latest Readers' Choice Awards. <b>Vote for your favorite beaches, hotels, airlines and more in the 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards survey.</b>

Beaches

Gertrude Stein Suite Opens at NYC's Renwick Hotel - Condé Nast Traveler

Inspired by the literary figures who have passed through its halls, the hotel unveils its first suite dedicated to a female author.<p>When hotels respond to feedback from guests about a room, it's typically to address matters like the air conditioning being cranked up to frosty levels, or the need for …

Hotels

11 Gorgeous Walled Cities to Add to Your Bucket List

For many centuries, towns and cities built walls around their perimeters to defend their citizens. Today such fortifications are not necessary, but …

Ancient History

25 Trips to Take in Your Lifetime

Santorini<p>If there were ever a place that could get by on its looks, it would be this Greek isle. Whitewashed cave houses framed by bougainvillea and …

Travel

Car-Free Vacations for the Urban Traveler

Weekend trips to cities like Boston, Chicago or San Francisco rarely require a rental car to get around, given their extensive public transportation systems. But more unexpected locales are joining the car-optional list as new and expanding rapid transit options take root across the country.<p>Many …

Los Angeles

Eclipse to be turned into mega-movies

<b>August's total solar eclipse in the US will almost certainly be the most watched such event in history.</b><p>More than 12 million people - from Oregon to South Carolina - live on the path of darkness that the Moon will cut as it sweeps in front of the Sun.<p>Nearly four times that many live within a …

Space

It List 2016: the Best New Hotels on the Planet

Begin Slideshow<p>Dave Lauridsen<p>Your conclusive guide to the most compelling hotel openings of the year.<p>L’Horizon in Palm Springs, California<p>1 of 49<p>The …

Hotels

Flight Deal: U.S. to Scotland from $400 Round-Trip - Condé Nast Traveler

2017 is the year to go to Scotland, and this flight deal is another reason to book that trip. Like, now.<p>February means chilly, grey winter days in Scotland. But flash forward to summer months, and you've got warm temperatures, sunlight until 9 p.m., Highland Games, and the Edinburgh Fringe …

Travel

Cherry Blossom Season in Kawazu, Japan Has Arrived—Take a Look - Condé Nast Traveler

It looks like a pink dream.<p>Cherry blossom season, nature's original Instagram bait, has come early this year in Japan. While a forecast by the Japan Meteorological Corporation didn't predict its start date until March 22 in Tokyo, the town of Kawazu—a nearly three-hour train ride away from the …

Japan

This Couple Went to Every National Park in America and Says These Are the Best

Last year, former National Geographic travel photographer, Jonathan Irish, and NASA employee, Stephanie Payne, embarked on a journey to see all of …

National Parks

Flight Deal: U.S. to Costa Rica for Under $200 Round-Trip - Condé Nast Traveler

Get rid of the winter blues in these two Costa Rican cities.<p>Sun, sand, beach. Sun, sand, beach. After winter storms on the East Coast, we have a new mantra for the rest of winter. And a few full-service airlines, like United and American, are answering the call with discounted fares to Liberia and …

Costa Rica

There's a Competition for the Best Tree (Yes, Tree) in Europe - Condé Nast Traveler

And one of the finalists is in...the Caribbean?<p>Europe's got the Parthenon, Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, Neuschwanstein Castle, and the Sagrada Família—monuments of steel and stone that draw millions of tourists a year. Yet one competition, with voting running through the end of the month, is intent on …

Europe

Eating the World's Most Expensive Kobe Beef at Tokyo's Wagyumafia - Condé Nast Traveler

For $2,500, you could score a deal on a round-trip business class ticket to Europe...or eat 12 ounces of beef.<p>Who is slicing the world’s best Kobe beef? A 12-ounce portion of chateaubriand will set you back $2,500 at Wagyumafia, a restaurant in Tokyo's Akasaka neighborhood devoted to the spendy, …

Tokyo

Start Planning Your Hamptons Vacation Now Using OneFineStay - Condé Nast Traveler

Finding a place to stay in the Hamptons is a pain, but a new batch of ultra-luxurious rental properties have cropped up just in time for summer planning.<p>OneFineStay is known for its top-shelf rentals, the likes of which have made it into the pages of <i>Architectural Digest</i>. The step up from …

Hotels

The Museum of Ice Cream Is Opening in Los Angeles - Condé Nast Traveler

Two words: Sprinkle pool.<p>Grab your spoons, Los Angeles. The wildly-popular Museum of Ice Cream that opened in New York last July is headed to the west coast, <i>Los Angeles Magazine</i> dishes. The "museum," located in the Meatpacking District, sent New Yorkers into an immediate sugar rush upon opening, …

Los Angeles

What to Know About Trinidad and Tobago's Carnival, the Biggest Party of the Season - Condé Nast Traveler

Carnival's all about letting loose, but there are some things you should know to make the most of it.<p>On the tiny Caribbean islands of Trinidad & Tobago, Carnival is the truest manifestation of the twin islands’ spirit, past and present. Refashioned from European colonizers’ masquerade balls and …

Caribbean

Paintings and Murals by Hua Tunan

Chinese artist Hua Tunan's paintings and murals take from both traditional Chinese ink art and Western-style graffiti, resulting in energetic, …

A Giant Rotating Franz Kafka Head

Using 42 laters of stainless steel, artist David Cerny's 2014 sculpture of Franz Kafka twists and spins, reflecting the busy Prague shopping center …

The Most Instagrammable 'Love Walls' in the World - Condé Nast Traveler

Need a backdrop for that Valentine’s ‘gram? Find a love wall.<p>What is a love wall? Exactly what it sounds like—an expression of love captured on the facade of a building, structure, or public space. Sometimes these walls are impromptu, like New York’s "Subway Therapy" wall comprised of emotive …

Travel

This Is Where People Are Spending Valentine's Day 2017, Says Airbnb

Travelers have been getting far more creative with their romantic getaways. According to a new report published by Airbnb, bookings for Valentine's week were up 86 percent this year compared to 2016; an estimated 2.5 million people have opted to stay in an Airbnb between February 11–17. So what <i>are</i> …

Travel

Dubai Wants to Introduce Drone Taxis This Summer - Condé Nast Traveler

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a...taxi?<p>In a seemingly insatiable desire to make the <i>Jetsons</i> real, Dubai is at it again—and this time it involves drone taxis. The Dubai Roads and Transportation Authority (RTA) announced Monday that it is developing passenger-carrying drones to transport people …

Drones

11 Mid-Atlantic Small Towns That'll Charm Your Socks Off

From tiny towns that helped turn the tide in the Revolutionary War to quaint seaside villages and those that welcome trailblazers of all kinds, …

American History