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By Bryan Schutte | Must do before I die

8 Under-the-Radar Hotels in Canada We Love

Canada is the world’s second-largest country, geographically speaking. Maybe that’s why its smallest hotels seem like such discoveries—jewel-like accommodations embedded in spectacular natural settings, or luxurious lodgings slipped in urban pockets so discreet even locals might miss them. As our …

Hotels

A Tranquil Swimming Hole Is Overwhelmed by Its Own Internet Fame

DENNING, N.Y. — For decades, hikers in the Catskills have gone swimming in a freshwater pool in Sundown Wild Forest, near the foot of Peekamoose Mountain. They called it the Blue Hole because of the crystalline quality of its water, and for many, a trip there was a cherished tradition.<p>Although it …

Environment

Most Beautiful Places in Florida

With 1,197 miles of coastline, a bounty of national parks, and those ever-charming Keys, it's easy to see why Florida attracts tens of millions of tourists every year. The Sunshine State, nestled between the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico, offers some of the country's most beautiful …

Florida

In the Yakima Valley, Serious Wines and Sweeping Vistas

Travelers to the Pacific Northwest are sometimes lured by postcard promises of orca whales or the Space Needle against a backdrop of lofty peaks. But what too few tourists learn is this: The massive dome of Mount Rainier — arguably the showiest of Washington State’s majestic Cascades — is best …

Washington State

The Best Surfing Spots in the World

On the chilly shores of Canada or the tropical beaches of the Philippines, the ideal spot to catch some waves looks remarkably different around the world. Whether you’re gunning for one of the most dangerous breaks in the world or just in the market for something mellow, these surfing destinations …

Beaches

The Most Beautiful Places in Chile

Tucked between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, Chile is a long, narrow country known for its pristine landscapes. Its unusual shape means you can find startlingly diverse climates and topographies as you travel its length: the world's driest desert in the north; the massive glaciers of Patagonia …

South America

The Best Diving Sites in the World

Scuba diving expert Meg Austin and the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, aka PADI, helped us pick 14 underwater adventures that should be on every diver's bucket list, from navigating underwater kelp forests in Point Lobos to swimming with leopard seals in Antarctica. Not a diver? …

Scuba Diving

Malta's Collapsed Azure Window Is Now a Top Diving Site

It's the azure lining to what was considered a national tragedy.<p>When Malta's iconic Azure Window—a limestone formation on the island of Gozo—crashed into the sea after heavy storms in March, the nation practically went into mourning. It had long been a major tourist attraction and a frequent TV and …

Scuba Diving

Best West Coast Road Trips

With summer gas prices hitting a 12-year low, there’s no better time to take a classic American road trip. Here are seven of our favorite West Coast road trip itineraries, including where to stop, where to stay, and what you’ll see along the way.

Road Trips

Ride Amtrak for $97 from LA to Seattle

Thirty-five hours meandering down the West Coast.<p>There's something romantic about train travel: the steady chug of the wheels on track; the landscape whizzing by out the window; the opportunities for people watching. While trains offer convenience (especially when they're of the high-speed …

Trains

How a New Maldives Eco-Resort Is Returning Luxury to Its Roots

The resort comprises 25 villas on a private lagoon—but that's just the beginning.<p>For decades, the Maldives have enjoyed a reputation as a honeymooners’ paradise, their blue lagoons, pristine beaches, and coral atolls attracting Hollywood and Bollywood elite, soccer stars and supermodels, and tech …

Travel

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 …

List-Worthy

You Can Rent This Tiny House Next to the World's Most Active Volcano

Now that's an extreme Airbnb.<p>We love a pun-fueled boat or beach house name as much as the next person, but this rental on Hawaii's Big Island hits it right on the nose. The Phoenix House, located at the base of the Kīlauea volcano, is rising from the ashes <i>of the world's most active volcano</i>. Located …

Hawaii

9 Trips to Take With Your Significant Other

Traveling with someone is one of the best ways to really get to know them.<p>If you're considering taking the next step and turning your significant …

Habitat for Humanity

Road Bike Trials On the Rim of the Grand Canyon

Vittorio Brumotti is turning stomachs with this one<p>Vittorio Brumotti must really love getting YouTube views, because he’s consistently risking life …

Grand Canyon

100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America, According to OpenTable

Today, OpenTable released their list of the most scenic restaurants in America—that is, the restaurants with the best views skylines, landmarks, or …

Restaurants

Most Beautiful Black Sand Beaches in the World

You can find beaches in almost every color of the rainbow, from pristine white sands to chic pink shores. But there's something particularly breathtaking about black sand beaches. Typically formed by volcanic minerals and lava fragments, you're most likely to find these jet-black sites on volcanic …

Beaches

101 things to do in London for $20 or less

If you think you have to spend a fortune to vacation in Europe, think again.<p>The post-Brexit pound is so weak against the dollar that even pricey London can be surprisingly cheap for those visiting from the U.S.<p>And that’s especially true if you avoid the usual tourist money pits, and use some savvy …

London

Canada’s city of 140 languages

Growing at a clip of more than 100,000 new residents a year, Canada’s largest city keeps getting larger. But the continued population boom hasn’t changed Toronto’s character.<p>Growing at a clip of more than 100,000 new residents a year, Canada’s largest city keeps getting larger. But the continued …

Toronto

Kids are training to be CEOs and spies at these specialized summer camps

Swim in the lake — or swim with sharks? These camps up the ante.<p>This isn’t your daddy’s summer camp.<p>In a new breed of specialized camps across …

Angel Investors

You Can Relax in a Hot Spring Infinity Pool Overlooking Volcanic Mountains

Let's be real for a minute: We haven't met an infinity pool we didn't like. But one spot in Mexico's Mezquital Valley puts even the most luxurious …

Hotels

World's longest pedestrian suspension bridge opens in Switzerland

The world's longest pedestrian suspension bridge opened in Switzerland on Sunday, a ribbon-thin span nearly a third of a mile long that challenges hikers to proceed in places at nearly 28 stories above ground.<p>Officials in the south of Switzerland unveiled the bridge after just 10 weeks of …

Europe

Why Americans are fighting over a gorgeous monument called Bears Ears

The route to Newspaper Rock — so named because it’s carved with ancient petroglyphs — from the tiny city of Monticello, Utah, follows a narrow two-lane road through a breathtaking landscape.<p>It’s breathtaking partly because of the way the land craters into canyons on stretches of State Road 211, …

National Parks

Eurail's New Train Route Is the Best Way to See Switzerland and Italy in One Trip

Traveling around Europe has never been easier.<p>For many of us here at <i>Condé Nast Traveler</i>, nothing quite beats traveling by train—especially when in Europe, where that particular mode of transport rewards you with spectacular scenery and an ease of crossing borders rarely replicated anywhere else. …

Europe

Best Beaches in Maui

From the glitzy, cabana-lined shores of Wailea to the quiet, hidden coves of Hana, Maui’s 120-mile coastline has something for every kind of beach-lover. Here, we’ve hand-picked the island’s ten best beaches.

Beaches

The Best Beaches in Texas

With 350-plus miles of coastline, Texas has sandy beaches for days. Here, the top five beaches in the Lone Star State.<p>We'll admit it. At first glance, the state of Texas beaches is underwhelming. Between the spring breakers and year-round partiers on South Padre Island to beaches that are more dirt …

Beaches

Joshua Tree National Park to Get 'Dark Sky Park' Designation for Stargazing

As if you needed another reason to visit.<p>Some 2 million people flock to southern California's Joshua Tree National Park every year to see its namesake flora and experience its unforgiving desert environment—but those who leave before sundown are missing out. At night the sky comes alive with stars …

National Parks

The 7 Most Unique Restaurants in the World

Dining out can be fun and all (<i>Ooh</i>, look honey. They have a fish tank!), but we pretty much always know what to expect. That is, until we heard you …

5 of the best places to see the ‘Great American Eclipse’ on Monday

The last solar eclipse to cross the entire United States, from Washington to Florida, occurred in 1918, but it’ll happen again Monday.<p>On Aug. 21, the “Great American Eclipse” — when the moon passes between the sun and Earth and either fully or partially blocks the sun — will have Americans standing …

North America