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Ten Places That Deserve More Travelers

Head off the typical tourist trail to explore these surprising destinations.<p>Armenia<p><b>The Situation on the Ground:</b> Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the tiny Caucasus country of Armenia has often been associated with conflict. The country’s Nagorno-Karabakh war with Azerbaijan over a …

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Svalbard: the sound of silence

At 78° north, Svalbard is both the largest continuous wilderness in Europe and the final frontier before the North Pole. In the frozen depths of winter, a snowmobile expedition is the only way to get a sense of scope in this land of bone-chilling cold and heartbreaking beauty.<p>Many who have never …

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6 Accessible (and Amazing) Places to See the Southern Lights

Photo courtesy of Ben via FlickrThere’s no doubt the Northern Lights are one of the world’s most beautiful natural phenomena. Numerous travel experts …

New Zealand

Eight amazing cities for street art

People have been leaving their creative mark on walls for thousands of years – the oldest known cave paintings date from more than 40,000 years ago. Today, those primitive etchings have blossomed into the worldwide phenomenon of street art.<p>Adorning urban spaces across the globe, this form of art is …

Street Art

The trees keeping Vietnam afloat

Rising sea levels threaten to drown the Mekong Delta, which produces the majority of Vietnam’s rice. The only thing standing between the country and the ocean is a tree.<p>It was overcast, and Hoi An’s colours softened like a watercolour painting. I paused for the requisite photo of the red Japanese …

Vietnam

10 Of The Best Wilderness Resorts In The World

10 Of The Best Wilderness Resorts In The World<p>In "Accommodation"<p>Near the top of Western Australia sits the Ningaloo Reef. This reef is incredible, …

10 Amazing Natural Wonders in the World to Visit

SHARE<p>Marble Caves, Chile (Nearby Hotels)<p>Mother Nature truly outdid herself with this one, though admittedly it took some 6,000 years of wave erosion …

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>…

Must-see sights on China’s Silk Road

<i>Lonely Planet produced this article for</i> <i>China Tourism. All editorial views are those of Lonely Planet alone and reflect our policy of editorial independence and impartiality.</i><p>The unmoving landscapes of the Silk Road have enchanted travellers for millennia. Sights along the route have lasted down …

China

11 Most Beautiful Coastal Cities in the World

Credit: bigstock.com<p>SHARE<p>Venice, Italy (Hotel Prices & Photos)<p>Venice is known as a “floating city” because it was actually built upon islands in the …

Europe

14 Emerging Destinations Around the World - Photos - Condé Nast Traveler

“Emerging” can be a tricky word, especially when it comes to describing destinations. One American traveler may say, “Montenegro is the next Italy—everyone should go!” and a European may reply that they’ve been visiting Montenegro for years. But whether a city or region is just hitting its …

Travel

The 25 Best Island Beaches for Swimming and Snorkeling

Don a mask and fins and slip into the waters of these amazing island beaches, voted by <i>Condé Nast Traveler</i> readers as the best in the world for snorkeling and swimming.<p><i>This article has been updated with new information.</i>

Beaches

7 Most Colorful Neighborhoods in Cities Around the World

Do you want a splash of color on your next vacation to liven up your photographs? Look no further than these boldly hued neighborhoods in cities …

Travel

Discovering Portugal’s wild side

For unspoilt countryside, top camping, hiking, wild swimming, plus great local food and wine – and all doable in a weekend from the three main airports – try one of these itineraries from Edwina Pitcher’s Wild Guide Portugal<p>Away from the busy coastal resorts, Portugal is a timeless and magical …

European Travel

A Virginia Road Trip

<i>This article originally appeared on Travel + Leisure</i><p>When I was a child, my family traveled often from our home in California to visit relatives in …

Country Lifestyle

10 bucket list cruises of a lifetime

<b>(CNN) —</b> Spanning seven seas -- and countless waterways in between -- the world's horizons stretch every which way for would-be cruisers.<p>Accordingly, navigating through the literally boatloads of cruising possibilities can feel like an insurmountable task, which is why we've narrowed down the best …

Cruise Ships

Natural wonders that will blow your mind

For all our obsession with man-made wonders, technological advances and increasing urbanisation, nothing compares to the creations of Mother Nature.<p>Vast cave systems, wild desert landscapes and breathtaking waterfalls all remind us of our small place in earth’s story. And even with our …

Adventure Travel

Journey Across 7 Countries on the World's Newest Long-Distance Trail

Hiking this 1,200-mile-long trail along the Dinaric Alps is worth the trek.<p>The mountains have vanished in swirling mist. Deep in the highlands of Bosnia and Herzegovina, peaks roll under a wet blanket of fog. Each step is a good faith effort to believe the summit is in blind reach. My hiking …

Trails

Most Beautiful Synagogues in the World

In synagogues around the world, you can find an ark holding precious Torah scrolls; a raised platform, or bimah, used for Torah readings; and an orientation toward Jerusalem. But beyond that, design is fair game, with some featuring opulent domes, and others with more minimalist, modern …

Most Beautiful Mosques in the World

A quarter of the world's population identifies as Muslim, everywhere from Malaysia to Maryland. And while some mosques are limited exclusively to Muslim worshippers, many others allow modestly-dressed visitors for tours between prayers, like the Hassan II Mosque in Morocco and the Sultan Ahmed …

Mosques

10 Places to Visit in Indonesia (That Aren't Bali)

The country's Ministry of Tourism wants you to expand your horizons a little bit.<p>The Indonesian island of Bali is known as "the Island of the Gods" for its unique position as the only Hindu-majority island in a Muslim-majority archipelago. But, it just as easily could have been given the title for …

Bali

Best beaches Australia: Secret spots on the East Coast revealed

I love winters in my home province of Alberta in Canada with the snow turning Rocky mountains into a perfect wintry playground. However this season …

Beaches

The World's Friendliest Islands

Travelers looking for a serene getaway often take to an island, seeking the solace of sun, sand, and sea. There are a myriad of options to choose …

Beaches

Farm-to-hotel: 10 resorts that grow their own food

<b>(CNN) —</b> Nestled amid the high-end shops, art galleries and traffic of Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood, blueberries and raspberries will flourish in a rooftop garden come springtime.<p>Rosemary and sage perfume the air, while four chickens strut in a coop surrounded by a canopy of hops shading them from …

Hotels
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The World's Clearest Waters

Silky, powder-white sand seems to get all the attention these days—but what good is perfect sand without crystal-clear water to match? Like sand, not all bodies of water are created equal: due to certain natural filters like coral reefs or limestone, some oceans (and lakes, and rivers) simply look …

Beaches

Swell stays: the best surf hotels around the world

World-famous beach breaks are just part of the amenities at these epic escapes. Check in and paddle out.

Hotels

10 Stunning Resorts In The Middle Of Nowhere

Stunning Resorts In The Middle Of Nowhere<p>In "Accommodation"<p>Experience the earth’s beauty at its most basic form in this red-rock, rugged …

Where to See the Southern Lights

Yes, they're just as incredible.<p>Catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights has quickly shot to the top of many a bucket list. In fact, the overwhelming interest in the colorful spectacle has become such a draw that U.S. travelers at times outnumber the local population in Iceland. But, while people …

New Zealand

World’s 14 Best Overwater Bungalow Resorts

Credit: facebook.com<p>SHARE<p>Likuliku Lagoon Resort, Mamanuca Archipelago, Fiji (Prices & Photos)<p>This 5-star, adults-only property sits on a small …

French Polynesia