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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. …

Travel (Canada)

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

Caribbean Travel

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, …

Travel (Canada)

12 Incredible American Mansions That Are Open to the Public

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20 stunning cliffside beaches

(CNN) — (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 …

Europe Travel

World's best benches: in pictures

Europe Travel

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 …

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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

The world’s most beautiful volcanoes

Whether they’re long dormant or spewing lava to this day, these eight stunning volcanoes attract sightseers from all over the world.

With fiery molten channels that stretch far below the surface, volcanoes connect us to the very core of the Earth. Active or dormant – they resonate with an energy and …

Hawaii

“Bass on beach near Havana, Cuba. #cuba #havana #environment #fun #art #painting #fishing #bass #music #dance #surrealism #streetphoto…”

Anish Kapoor Redecorates Versailles' Gardens

“IT’S VERY SHOCKING!” an elderly Frenchwoman cries as she interrupts her promenade down the main axis of the Gardens of Versailles to point out a massive boulder, spray-painted a florid red.

The towering rock on the “tapis vert”—a famed lawn on the grounds of the royal château, about 15 miles …

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World's most popular theme parks

(CNN) —The home of Mickey Mouse, Cinderella and "Frozen's" Elsa and Anna, it's touted as the happiest place on Earth.

And it's the most popular -- at least among amusement parks.

The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida welcomed more than 19 million visitors in 2014, an increase of 4% over …

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40 trips you should take before you turn 30

You're not young and free forever.

Your 20s are an ideal time to take on some adventure and travel to faraway places.

Chances are you'll end up having some wild experiences that you'll never forget.

From partying at the world's largest Carnival in Rio de Janeiro to paragliding in New Zealand, here are …

Brazil Travel

Great Family Trips: Paris

The family vacation, like the concept of family itself, has evolved. Kids are traveling with grandma or a single parent or an indulgent uncle (or all three). However you define your kin, this Parisian itinerary is all relative.

> Why Go:

What jeune fille (or fils, for that matter) wouldn’t love a …

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10 of the prettiest places to retire

Mountains? Lakes? Beaches? Members of online retirement community at TopRetirements.com voted for the U.S. towns they think are the prettiest places to retire.

World’s Biggest Hotel to Open in Mecca in 2017

It'll have 10,000 bedrooms and 70 restaurants

The world’s biggest hotel is set to open in Mecca in 2017, offering an unprecedented level of luxury to travelers and royalty alike in Saudi Arabia.

The Abraj Kudai will cost about $3.6 billion, featuring 10,000 bedrooms, 70 restaurants and four helipads, …

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Architectural Epiphany in Tuscany

Among the treasures in “Sculpture in the Age of Donatello: Renaissance Masterpieces From Florence Cathedral,” on view through June 14 at New York’s Museum of Biblical Art, are two rather plain wooden models. Placed alongside breathtaking sculptures by leading artists of the 15th century, these …

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The 50 best burger joints in America, ranked

In honor of National Burger Month, we decided to find the best, juiciest burgers in the country.

Our friends at Foursquare dug through their troves of user data to compile the list. Because the site now allows users to save and favorite venues they love, Foursquare was able to track down which …

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An Insider's Guide to Reykjavik, Iceland

THE ADAGE “good things come in small packages” certainly holds true for Reykjavik, a world capital with a diminutive downtown of just three square miles. Blending the casualness of a village with big-city know-how, Reykjavik has world-class chefs who are pushing culinary boundaries with New Nordic …

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A Sweeping Look at the Venice Biennale 2015

The Venice Biennale, if you've never been, is a kaleidoscopic maze of countries and continents and the art and people therefrom. Attendees walk dazed and jet-lagged through the narrow, cobblestoned paths of one of the oldest and most astonishing cities in the world, in search of the best art.

As it …

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13 old-fashioned American bowling alleys

(CNN) —You won't find fancy equipment and computerized scoreboards beamed above your head at America's best old school bowling alleys, Bud.

Though you might find real guys named Bud, who actually know how to keep score with a pad and pencil.

To connect you with bowling's classic days, here are 13 of …

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Zion National Park's Hidden Hike

IF ZION NATIONAL PARK had a marquee, it would be crowded with the names of world-famous hikes—Angels Landing, Observation Point and the Narrows, among them. But a lesser-known route, the Subway slot canyon, easily deserves equal billing.

A narrow passage of eroded red rock filled with chilled, dark …

Outdoors

The world's most eye-catching art galleries

Architecture

Top 5 Castle Hotels in the World

Sleep like a king (or queen) at these regal properties across the planet -- literally! From Medieval-style English manors to an Indian palace in the middle of a lake, GAYOT's Top 5 Castle Hotels give guests the royal treatment. Centuries-old architecture is complemented by modern amenities and …

Hotels

America's prettiest beach campsites

(CNN) —When making summer beach plans, sometimes all one really wants is an ultra-simple warm-weather escape: sand, water, sun.

Enter: these 11 sublime seaside camping spots, where visitors fall asleep to the sound of the surf and awaken to scenery to rival any five-star hotel.

Even better? Each …

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