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23 ancient cities that have survived more than just time

<b>(CNN) —</b> Ancient sites that have survived centuries, or even millennia, haven't fared so well in the 21st century.<p>The destruction at Palmyra in Syria, the Buddhas at Bamiyan in Afghanistan, and Nimrud's ruins outside Mosul in Iraq show how precarious the future can be.<p>Here are 23 places that offer …

Ancient History

The Most Romantic Small Towns in Europe

We know you love Paris, Venice, and Florence. Problem is, so does every other couple in the world. This Valentine’s Day—or on a romantic weekend away—seek out the quiet romance of these secluded small towns across Europe instead.


7 Unusual Ski Destinations Around the World

When thinking of a ski vacation, most people probably picture the United States’ Rocky Mountains or the Alps over in Europe. And it’s true—these …


Road Trips to Take in Your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and Beyond

Photo courtesy of Corey Taratuta via FlickrWhen wanderlust strikes and the call of the open road is too strong to resist, it shouldn’t matter which …

Amalfi Coast

5 of the world's most unique, romantic luxury hotels

Be the new romantic. No more do you need to check into a luxury hotel with a view of the Eiffel Tower or travel to Agra to prove your love, Venice …

This Couple Went to Every National Park in America and Says These Are the Best

Last year, former National Geographic travel photographer, Jonathan Irish, and NASA employee, Stephanie Payne, embarked on a journey to see all of …

National Parks

20 travel destinations the experts say not to miss

(CNN)From pilots to travel photographers, train aficionados to tour guides, these world-wandering experts have seen the world.<p>Here they share are their favorite destinations, and why they think they shouldn't be missed.<p>Find the isolated islands of Wayag, Indonesia<p>Out of all the beauty that …


9 of the Most Scenic Drives in Europe

There’s nothing more pleasant than to experience the beauty of any country while driving among valleys, mountains, along rivers and coast lines. I …

The world's top 10 road trips

(CNN)It doesn't matter whether you're sitting amid the high whine of an old Mini Cooper or feeling the swirl of acceleration from the bucket seat of a Bentley Bentayga V12, the open road is one of life's great levelers.<p>Fresh air, great scenery and a wide open road are the Holy Trinity of freedom -- …


17 of the World's Most Romantic Destinations

Feel the love in these classic and far-flung places from National Geographic's book, The World's Most Romantic Destinations.

Côte d'Azur

A Year In Travel: Best Places To Visit Each Month of the Year

Credit:<p>SHARE<p>Bali in January (Hotel Prices & Photos)<p>Getting a room in Bali over the holiday season is nearly impossible without planning …


11 of the Most Surreal Landscapes on Earth

With the exceptional CGI technology available today, humans don’t have to imagine alien worlds—they exist as digital creations in countless movies. …


9 of the best luxury ski chalets in Europe

<b>(CNN) —</b> Just how much luxury is enough?<p>In the world of top-notch ski chalets, five-star opulence is just the starting point.<p>Bespoke, boutique and beautiful are the bottom line, plus the best materials, award-winning design and so many toys and extras that the slopes outside are in danger of …


The 6 Most Beautiful Road Trips in South Africa

Do you know how much time you spend in a car per day? According to a Harvard Health Watch study, the average American spends 101 minutes per day …

South Africa

The world's 20 greatest beaches


The Most Romantic Destination in Every State

Although there are countless ways to spend Valentine’s Day together as a couple—dinner, drinks, spa, a night in—there are few that are as healthy for …

North America

21 Best Beaches in the World

Find perfection in these places where land meets water.<p>Ask true beach lovers to name a favorite swath of surf and sand, and the answer changes with the tides. Luckily our planet is covered in oceans, seas, and lakes, which means there’s a beach to indulge any whim. From pearly crescents covered in …


The World's Newest & Coolest Stuff Worth Putting on Your Bucket List

If your New Year's resolution was to see more of the world in 2017, we've already done some of your research: Here are the 15 best countries to visit …


In the shadow of Tavan Bogd: wild western Mongolia

The rugged and remote far reaches of western Mongolia are a series of wild landscapes capped by glacier-wrapped mountains, divided by green river valleys and shadowed by soaring peaks. This area is home to the famous Kazakh eagle hunters and has some of the best preserved petroglyphs in the country.<p>…

Adventure Travel

9 New Southeast Asian Adventures

Indonesia: Sail the Bandas<p>The 150-foot, two-masted Purnama, in Indonesia's Banda Islands, is the ultimate way for a lottery winner and nine friends to explore the ­region’s empty beaches and world-class dive sites. From $12,500 per day<p>Thailand: Embrace Your Inner Beach Bum<p>Three hours south of …

Adventure Travel

A Trip to Australia's Wild Northwest in Photos

<i>Traveler</i> contributing editor David Prior and photographer Petrina Tinslay recently flew five hours by plane from Sydney over Australia's stark (and stunning) wilderness to the country's own wild northwest: the Kimberley’s Outback. Swimming in waterfalls, fishing for prized barramundi, and floating …


10 of the World’s Most Beautiful Rainforests

SHARE<p>Olympic National Park, Washington (Hotel Prices & Photos)<p>Olympic National Park in Washington state, situated about three hours west of Seattle, …


11 Secret Spaces Hiding in Famous Places

When planning a trip, it's easy to feel torn between wanting to experience a city's must-see iconic landmarks and discovering something unknown to …


17 of the World's Most Wild and Beautiful Places

Adventure Travel

Where to Catch the Biggest Waves in the World

Surf's up.<p>Seventy-one percent of the Earth's surface is covered by water, but not all tides come ashore with mammoth waves. Big wave surfers travel …

Finding Moments of Stillness

<i>The swell lifted and dropped the bottom out of my kayak. A barrage of cold, stinging droplets pelted my face, the only area of my body exposed to the</i> …


8 of the World’s Most Extreme Ski Destinations

Credit:<p>SHARE<p>Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada (Hotel Prices & Photos)<p>For expert skiers who are looking for wild panoramic vistas …

12 of the Most Instagram-Worthy Places on Earth

SHARE<p>Colosseum, Rome, Italy (Hotel Prices & Photos)<p>Rome’s most famous classical ruin, the Roman Colosseum, was the twelfth most Instagrammed spot in …

Journey Across Canada by Train

Riding the rails from Toronto to Vancouver is a once-in-a-lifetime smorgasbord of scenery.<p>I’m an introvert. A real rather-do-anything-than-make-small-talk introvert, not just someone who prefers TV to cocktail parties. So what am I doing having breakfast with three strangers—and enjoying it?<p>Blame …


World view: Winter fair in Inner Mongolia

Women ride in traditional costume to the opening ceremony of the winter Nadam fair in West Ujimqin Banner, Inner Mongolia, China