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By Bryan Schutte | Must do before I die

10 Best U.S. States for Road Trips

A whopping 79 percent of Americans are planning to hit the highway this summer for a road trip, according to AAA, and the options for where to go are nearly endless across our 50 states. But some places lend themselves to road trips better than others, thanks to low gas prices, summer weather, high …

Road Trips

Japan's Tottori Sand Dunes Look Straight Out of the Sahara Desert

In case you were looking for another reason to visit.<p>We've said it before and we'll say it again: Japan is so much more than Tokyo and Kyoto, though the two are definitely among the country's top attractions—there's a reason, after all, that they were voted the first and second best cities in the …

Japan

Virgin Holidays to Open Airport Departure Lounge on a Beach

Why not beat the airport blues on a beach?<p>There's something very unceremonious about spending the last day of a hard-earned vacation in the agony of all things "transit." First, you're kicked out of the hotel before noon; then, you've got to lug your luggage around, and finally, wait endlessly in …

Airlines

17 Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit Mexico Right Now

Home to 67 national parks, more than 5,000 miles of coastline, and landscapes ranging from deserts to snow-capped volcanoes, Mexico is so much more than the stuff of spring break clichés. Add to that some world-class cities and a bourgeoning food scene, and you have yourself one seriously perfect …

Mexico

17 Real-World Locations That Inspired Disney Movies

The magical worlds inhabited by Disney characters—Agrabah, anyone?—have inspired children for generations, but did you know that the creative teams behind these visions were often themselves inspired by authentic villages, castles, and vistas? We took a journey through the Disney film archives, …

Walt Disney Company

5 Best Cruises for Vegans and Vegetarians

Sticking to your diet at sea doesn't have to be a challenge.<p>Once ridiculed by serious foodies for all-you-can-eat buffets and ritualistic plumping up of passengers, cruise lines have come a long way in catering to all kinds of palates and dietary lifestyles. While celebrity chef-helmed eateries, …

Cruise Ships

The Best Time to Visit the Grand Canyon

The UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the most-trafficked national parks—but there is a method to avoiding the masses.<p>The Grand Canyon is nearly 300 miles in circumference, but most visitors gather in a few spots. Go off the beaten path, though, and you’ll beat the crowds without sacrificing the …

National Parks

The Most Beautiful College in Every State

University of Alabama<p>A classic southern belle, Alabama’s campus features plenty of green space, manicured landscaping, and an amazing variety of …

College & University

The 15 Best Cities in Europe

There’s something about Spain. OK, Italy too.<p><i>Travel + Leisure</i> readers are in love with the cities in those two countries, which this year make up …

Europe

The Perfect New England Summer Road Trip

From a feeding frenzy in Boston to mansion hopping in Newport, here are five essential stops on a road trip through New England this summer.<p>When we think of a New England road trip, we typically think of a fall jaunt through the region's technicolor dreamscape of fall foliage. But there's plenty of …

England

The World's 20 Best Cities for Architecture Lovers

A city can be shaped by many things—its food scene, for example, or abundance of shopping options. But perhaps nothing can define a place quite as distinctly as its architecture. Whether it's through thoughtful urban planning or adapting to cultural movements, the visual design of a city can …

Architecture

The 11 best botanical gardens in the United States

Beat the heat in these urban paradises<p>Summer is in full swing, which means there’s no better time to play outdoors. But even diehard city lovers sometimes tire of the incessant urban annoyances in the summer months: the long commutes, the endless pavement, and the oppressive heat.<p>Luckily, nearly …

Flowers

How to Climb Mount Everest, According to Two Guys Who Just Climbed Everest

Over the course of two years, Adrian Ballinger and Cory Richards both reached the 29,000-foot peak without supplemental oxygen—and Snapchatted it all for the rest of us.<p>Climbing Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen is a feat only about 200 people in the world have ever completed; prior to …

Outdoors

New Hayao Miyazaki Theme Park to Bring ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ to Life

Legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki's production company Studio Ghibli has revealed plans to build a theme park recreating the world of My Neighbor Totoro—and it looks just as magical as you might expect.<p>Oscar-winning filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki just can't let go. After spending decades creating …

Anime

A Road Trip Through Namibia's Wild Landscape

Empty roads and an unforgiving sun: One writer reaps the rewards of adventure in the Namib Desert.<p>I am standing in the oldest desert in the world, overlooking the highest dunes on earth. The only sound is the wind that is whipping my hair across my face. I reach down and grasp a handful of sand. …

Road Trips

The Most Beautiful Abandoned Places in the World

There is something both eerie and striking about abandoned places. Whether it's a train cemetery in Bolivia or an Art Deco subway station underneath New York City, each location is a snapshot of history frozen in time. Take a tour of these mesmerizing sites around the world—stark reminders of what …

Abandoned Buildings

The Most Beautiful Towns in America

Whether they have over-the-top American charm (we're looking at you, Woodstock, Vermont) or proximity to some of the loveliest landscapes on earth (hello, Big Sur), these 20 idylls—the most beautiful towns in the U.S.—are worth a stopover. And while there's something to be said about big city …

Hunter S. Thompson

The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum Is Officially Open

The new museum celebrates the beloved children's author.<p>Sitting on bookshelves and under bedtime blankets around the world, Dr. Seuss's books hold a timeless beat in the hearts of children and parents alike. And now, a new museum celebrates the stories that millions who still recall lines from <i>Hop</i> …

Museums

20 Most Beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Europe

Let's face it: When it comes to a continent as beautiful and diverse as Europe, deciding which landmarks to add to your itinerary can be a daunting task. It always helps to do some research before you set out with a backpack and Eurail pass, and luckily, some of that research has already been done …

Europe

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

8 Beautiful Car-Free Places Around the World

Traffic jams, road rage, car payments—these are the types of things we go on vacation to get away from. So wouldn't it make sense to choose a vacation spot where cars simply <i>don't</i> exist? Luckily for us, these idylls <i>do</i> exist. They exist for different reasons (environmental protection, tourism, sheer …

Europe

A Snap Guide to Road Tripping Through the Mighty Five

A brief tip sheet on how to do Utah’s most famous National Parks.<p>No road trip in America is more visually mind-blowing than a tour of the Mighty Five—the tight cluster of national parks in Utah that include Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches, and Canyonlands. Whether you start in Salt Lake …

National Parks

Swiss Town of Bergün/Bravuogn Bans Tourists from Taking Photos

You'll have to just, gasp, make memories.<p>The village of Bergün/Bravuogn is too pretty for pictures, according to its townspeople. In fact, it's so gorgeous that locals are worried you'll feel immediate jealousy, or FOMO (fear of missing out), when you see photos of it. To protect us from that …

Travel

8 Bike Tours Around the World That Are Anything But Boring

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the bicycle, which was invented in Mannheim, Germany by Karl von Drais, and there’s really no better way to celebrate than taking a ride of your own. While you certainly can cruise around the block on your bike, some cycling tours offer full-blown biking …

Cycling

Lakeside Retreats We Keep Coming Back To

The ocean's beautiful and all, but there's something about spending the summer on a lake that has a hold on us. You don't even have to own a house or canoe, because we've picked the best, mostly off-the-radar lakeside spots where you can live that <i>On Golden Pond</i> fantasy this summer.

Boating

20 Places That Are Straight Out of Fairy Tales

Visiting these real-world places is like jumping into the pages of a story book, where castles sit on clouds and forests are carpeted with flowers. <i>This gallery was originally published in 2015. It has been updated with new information.</i>

Europe

Stroll Down High-Sky Glass Walkways Along China's Tianmen Mountain

The closest you'll ever get to walking on clouds might be in China's southern province of Hunan. Here is where you'll find Tianmen Mountain, and the …

List-Worthy

Hiking in Southeast Asia: 7 Treks to Inspire Your Next Trip

Southeast Asia is home to some of the most spectacular landscapes in the world. High volcanic peaks, cascading waterfalls, lush rainforests, and …

Asia Travel

5 best surf honeymoon destinations

For many, packing the surfboard for a honeymoon might be the quickest possible way to divorce. Yet here are five honeymoon destinations so perfect …

Hotels