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Chicago’s Newest Rooftop Bars Are Perfect for Summer

When summer finally rolls around, Chicago celebrates—usually with a cold drink in hand. These exciting new hotel rooftops are some of the top places …

Art Galleries

The Best London Bars as Chosen by Bartenders

London is one of the world’s best drinking cities, but that begs the question: Which of its multitude of pubs and bars is really worth your time? Two …

England

8 Travel Itineraries for English Literature Lovers

Plan a literary pilgrimage with this guide to storied travel destinations around the world

Reading can be an escape from everyday life. Some writers—J.K. Rowling, George R.R. Martin, and C.S. Lewis come to mind—created entire worlds only accessible through the pages of their books. But other authors …

Europe Travel

Vacation on a Vermont Farm, a Uniquely American Tradition

THE TRADITIONAL Vermont “farm stay” dates as far back as the 1880s but the idea really took off in the 1930s, when urban dwellers escaped to the countryside via locomotive to spend a weekend or more on a working farm and flee the summer heat. Then, as now, you could board a train in Washington, …

Vermont

Circumnavigating Seoul: Hiking the ancient city wall

In the 600-plus years that Seoul has been Korea’s capital, the city has changed in many respects, save one: it’s kept its original city wall. An architectural treasure and contender for Unesco World Heritage status, Seoul City Wall snakes in an 18.6km ring over the peaks of Bukaksan (342m), Naksan …

Asia Travel

12 best American road trips

Whether you’re retired, wishing for a vacation, or just adventurous, you probably love a good road trip. Here are 12 of the best the U.S. has to offer.

Views of the water

Breathtaking mountains

Amazing natural features

Beautiful, especially seasonal, foliage

Historic houses and buildings

Fun to drive

North America Travel

Why Music Lovers Should Visit the Faroe Islands

Interest in this isolated North Atlantic archipelago, an autonomous region of Denmark, is heating up. Now, thanks to a spirited and fast-growing …

Faroe Islands

5 Things You Must Do in Stockholm

The strategies, advice, and tips you need to know before you go, from travelers who learned on the road.

Most of my airline miles in the last year …

Sweden

Passing Through the World's Most Magnificent Train Stations

Sometimes the act of travel can be just as beautiful as the destinations themselves. Case in point: these 18 stunning, well-designed train stations …

Train Travel

A Glimpse Inside Hawaii's 'Forbidden Island'

When the sun sets over Kauai's Kekaha Beach on an especially clear night, a tall, silhouetted tract of land emerges west of the Hawaiian islands, toward the horizon.

For most of the state’s residents, that’s the only way to see the island of Niihau.

It's known as "The Forbidden Island" in Hawaii, and …

Hawaii

Stress-free Greece: 5 great yoga retreats

(CNN) — Stressful times for Greece mean potentially stressful times for visitors to Greece.

With the country still locked in the grip of a financial crisis that could yet trigger its exit from the eurozone, anxiety is never far from many people's minds.

Except perhaps in some of the best Greek yoga …

Yoga

20 Places Every American Should See Before They Die

Looking for an epic summer road trip idea? Whether you crave culture and history, spectacular natural landscapes, or serious adventure, look to these national parks and small towns.

North America Travel

The perfect hotel for thrill seekers hangs 400-feet off the side of a mountain

There's nothing quite like arriving at your hotel after an exhausting trip, strapping into a safety harness and ascending 400-feet using a series of ladders and cables to your see-through room that dangles off the side of a mountain.

The hotel, appropriately named the Skylodge Adventure Suites is …

Hotels

The Bucket-List Travel Guide

ROBIN ESROCK, whose book “The Great Global Bucket List” will be published next year, has traveled to 100 countries on seven continents, but he still dreams of visiting Bali. “It seems ridiculous that I’ve explored Albania and Ethiopia but have missed countries that blip so loudly on the global …

Brazil Travel

Five of the World's Best Sculpture Parks

DOMAINE DU MUY // France

Officially opened this week, this new sculpture park was created by Jean-Gabriel Mitterrand (nephew of the former French president), whose Paris gallery has focused on sculpture since its founding in 1988. Near the town of Le Muy, north of St. Tropez, the 8-hectare private …

Sculpture

These Are the 10 Best Cities to Visit Around the World

Add these places to your travel bucket list

For globetrotting travelers, it’s easy to recognize a spectacular city. They are energetic, diverse destinations intent on preserving local heritage, revitalizing undervalued neighborhoods, and they possess distinct personalities that set them apart from …

Africa

3 fabulous — and affordable — Caribbean island locales for retirees

It’s for many good reasons that a Caribbean retirement is as alluring as the azure waters you’d be swimming in. But there are plenty of downsides, too.

The perks of retiring to a Caribbean island — the warm weather, the laid-back lifestyle and the gorgeous surroundings — are as clear as the waters …

Caribbean Travel

The 12 Best Destinations for Stargazing

The immensity of the universe is beautiful and humbling—the stars reminders of billions of lives spent, in astronomer Carl Sagan’s words, “on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam.” But as our population grows, so too does light pollution, clouding the atmosphere and all that lies beyond it. …

These Are the Best Places in America to Eat Barbecue This Summer

Well, according to TripAdvisor

If you’re planning a road trip this summer, we recommend structuring it around food. Specifically, barbecue food. Because when it’s hot out, you deserve to eat a bunch of meats and complementary side dishes.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the delicious barbecue …

55 awesome things to do in the US this summer

In the US, summer is the season of cookouts, festivals, and water sports, among other activities.

The season is only a few months long though, so it's best to start crossing off the items on your summer bucket list sooner than later.

In order to help with that, we've made a comprehensive list of some …

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11 Of America's Best Small Towns, Perfect For A Long Weekend Trip

Whether you've got an extra vacation day to spare or not, summer is ALWAYS a good excuse for a long weekend trip. Life moves a little slower, food tastes a little sweeter and everything is just a bit simpler than in the place you left behind.

Luckily enough, America is chock-full of cool small towns …

North America Travel

A Month-by-Month Guide to the Best Places to Travel in 2015

Use our new travel calendar to make this your best vacation year yet.

Cold weather got you down? Perhaps you’d like to get away someplace warm this winter. Or maybe you’re already thinking about your summer vacation destination. No matter when you’d like to escape, this 12-month calendar will help …

The 50 Best Places to Travel in 2015

Presenting 50 incredible destinations for 2015. Where will you go this year?

“Fez is multilayered, multifaceted,” says resident Tara Stevens. “Every time I go out the front door, I discover something. This is a city on the cusp of change—and it’s exciting to be a part of that.”

Stevens, a British …

16 of the Coolest Light Phenomena Around the World

These natural wonders are totally worth designing a trip around

Simple science may explain the phenomena, but when it comes to natural light shows—be they in ravines in Arizona or caves in New Zealand—the effect is nothing short of magical. From forest fireflies in Japan to the violent, …

12 Incredible American Mansions That Are Open to the Public

Real Estate

20 stunning cliffside beaches

(CNN) — There's nothing like high drama on a beach.

Sandy stretches that meander slowly and serenely into gentle waves are lovely. But that's not the kind of beach that makes your knees buckle and has you reaching for your camera before you've got the sunscreen on your nose.

Instead, head for beaches …

Europe Travel

World's best benches: in pictures

German tourists in Greece: 'everybody has been so kind – overfriendly, even'

Gazing out over Thessaloniki’s waterfront, Regina Jost, a social worker from Jever, in northern Germany, was on her last day of a week’s holiday discovering Greece’s picturesque northern beaches. “When I told my friends I was going to Greece on vacation, they said: ‘Oh be careful, something might …

Greece

The world’s longest (and highest) glass-bottomed bridge

Visitors who dare venture forth can peer to the bottom of China’s Grand Canyon, 300m below.

Acrophobiacs beware… China’s newest bridge isn’t for the faint of heart.

Stretching 380m across a section of Zhangjiajie’s Grand Canyon, the new pedestrian bridge will have a completely glass floor. Visitors …

Architecture