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Mendoza’s Malbec Magic

Mendoza lies in the heart of Argentina‘s wine country, a vast, lush land of grapevines stretching into the shadows of the majestic Andes.

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December through March coincides with the harvest season, when the fields and the celebrations of horticultural bounty are at their most …


Best Animal Adventures

The tiny island of shooting stars

The offbeat Channel Island of Sark has no cars or street lights – making for starry skies so magical, they’ve been recognised with a major award, a new observatory, even an Enya album.

Against a darkness so dense it seemed to have weight, shooting stars crossed the night sky of Sark. I counted four …


The 50 Most Beautiful Places in the World

Pinpointing every breathtaking place on the planet could take a lifetime, but we think that these 50 otherworldly landscapes and awe-inspiring …

Brazil Travel

5 Luxury Travel Hotels That Give Back

Sure, hotels today nod to giving back all the time. (Save water—reuse bath towels!) But in the last decade, a handful of properties have begun …


Beyond Half Dome: Five Yosemite Secrets

Yosemite National Park is about as big as the state of Rhode Island (both are roughly 1,200 square miles). Despite the park’s size, most people who visit make a beeline for one place, the Yosemite Valley, and confine their exploration to this mile-wide, 7-mile-long canyon cut by the Merced …

Adventure Travel

Destinations that are so magical, they hardly seem real

These seven dreamy destinations make you feel like you’ve stepped straight into a magical fairy tale world.

Where to go to escape the stresses of life, the bustle of the workweek and the noise of traffic? To find out, we turned to question-and-answer site Quora, where users have been sharing their …

Surfing Sand in the Arabian Desert

Sandboarding may have been invented on the California coast, but the sport reaches new adrenaline-packed heights on the rolling dunes of the Arabian Desert, in the United Arab Emirates, where young Emiratis and thrilling-seeking members of a vast expat population have embraced the sport.

What to

Abu Dhabi

Three California Gold-Rush Towns Worth Visiting

Floyd Øydegaard won’t let me leave his bookstore.

He’s talking to two fellow bearded reenactors and me about Lincoln’s outhouse.

“You see, he used a barrel so his coattails could hang off the back edge,” Øydegaard says, his lips smacking with excitement. “He was such a smart man.”

The 19th century has …


Where to Get Off the Beaten Path in the Berkshires

The mountainous area of Western Massachusetts known as the Berkshires is one of those magical places that’s gorgeous any time of year, and is …


50 States, 50 Trips: America's Greatest Hits

We asked our editors, Facebook fans, and Twitter followers for their favorite trips across America. Consider this our comprehensive guide to the best …

United States

Nashville’s greatest hits: best things to do in Music City

There’s a buzz in Nashville. Achieving a perfect harmony of howdy ma’am Southern character and a hip, urban flair, Nashville exudes a personality all its own.

From soaking up the nightlife on Broadway to browsing the goods of Music City’s finest artists and craftspeople, Nashville is thriving with …


10 amazing new luxury journeys to experience in 2016

(CNN) — Looking to book an epic once-in-a-lifetime travel experience in 2016?

The world's top luxury travel specialists share the destinations they're most excited about and how to explore them in style.

Kyushu, Japan

The dollar hit a 12-year high against the yen in 2015, piquing the interest of many …


22 experiences to have in Colorado before you die

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6 Secret Beaches Best Reached by Yacht

Leaf-peeping may be in full swing in the northern hemisphere, but in the yachting world, it’s always an endless summer. The closest thing you’ll find …


Exploring the ancient towns of Guangxi, China

With limestone peaks protruding dramatically out of the winding Li River, it’s not hard to understand why the southern province of Guangxi has been the darling of China travel for decades.

China’s star town, Guilin, was the first city to develop its tourism industry after the creation of the …

Asia Travel

9 "Dangerous" Places That Are Actually Safe to Visit

What on earth are you afraid of? These destinations may have a tinge of danger about them, but take the word of our staff of intrepid travelers and …

Brazil Travel

Discover Ireland’s most ancient secrets

Exploring Ireland’s ancient east means choosing your own adventure through 5,000 years of history – with no route, itinerary or list of sites.

Ireland is not very big. In fact, you can drive from the east to west coast in less than four hours. But the country’s newest tourism initiative – Ireland’s …


Interactive map reveals James Bond's travel destinations

To mark the release of Spectre, the latest Bond film, mapping company Esri UK has created a map showing every location visited by 007 since Dr No was released in 1962. The interactive map shows 146 visits made to 49 countries, and in which of the 24 Bond films they were made, including all the …


World's Scariest Places

Hiking in Norway’s Helgeland

Summer days go on forever just below the Arctic Circle, meaning you’re never in a hurry while hiking in Norway’s Helgeland. Seen from a distance, the area’s snow-topped massifs appear insurmountable, but get up close and you’ll find that the opposite is true.

Well-marked trails make these mountains …


Searching for the Hawaii of old

Sometimes when I'm in Honolulu, I'm convinced I've misplaced Hawaii.

The Aloha Tower, built in 1926, was once the figurative high point on Oahu. That's what passengers saw as their cruise ships docked in Honolulu.

Today, people arriving from the mainland see an urban area that ranks No. 4 among U.S. …

U.S. Travel

17 trips that can change your life

(CNN) — Some journeys are life changing because of their timing.

Driving off to college or going on honeymoon are experiences people carry with them forever.

Other trips are great firsts, like leaving the country for the first time, crossing the ocean or hiking up a mountain.

And some are trips …


50 places everyone should visit in Europe

Europe is home to historic cities, world-famous museums, and phenomenal restaurants. But there are also gorgeous hidden beaches, phenomenal ski resorts, and stunning natural formations like canyons, waterfalls, and gorges.

We've come up with the ultimate bucket list of travel destinations in …


Is This the Most Overlooked National Park in Australia?

In the far north of Australia, past the wineries of the Blue Mountains, the surfing hot spots outside of Sydney, and the Great Barrier Reef, is a …

12 ghost towns worth a visit

After the 1862 gold strike at nearby Grasshopper Creek, Bannack boomed, drawing outlaws such as corrupt sheriff Henry Plummer and his gang of …


Top 5 Wild West Ranches in America

Get a taste of life on the open range at one of the top guest ranches in America. Found in mountain valleys, endless meadows and desolate deserts, these properties offer an authentic Wild West experience, complete with log cabins, cattle drives, guided horseback rides and cowboy-style cookouts. …

Fly Fishing

South Dakota’s best scenic drives

With jaw-dropping scenery and hundreds of miles of winding roads, western South Dakota is a driver’s playground. These top routes make up some of the state’s best scenic drives. The region is rife with iconic national parks and top attractions, with some history, whimsy, buffalo and badlands thrown …

South Dakota

Long Weekend in Moab, Utah

Moab is known as the adventure capital of Utah thanks to its “slickrock” mountain biking trails and white-water rafting along the Colorado River. It’s also the gateway for Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. When it comes to the scenery, there’s nothing quite like this place. Its otherworldly …

Adventure Travel

Hotels That Will Show You a New Side of Sydney

Most visitors to Sydney stay in the central business district (or CBD), which is characterized by narrow streets, shabby skyscrapers, and two famous …