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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.


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 - Condé Nast Traveler

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

Exploring Meghalaya, India's abode of the clouds

(CNN)When it comes to aptly named destinations, the northeast Indian state of Meghalaya is up there with the best.<p>Meaning "abode of the clouds," it's home to the top two wettest places on earth,according to Guinness World Records.<p>But across this cool, green state travelers will also find India's …


9 Best Places to Camp in Colorado

SPONSORED<p>With so much breathtaking mountain scenery, it’s no surprise that Colorado offers practically an endless number of amazing places to camp, …


The 20 Most Beautiful Beaches in the World

Start planning your tropical getaway now—these are the best island beaches in the world, according to <i>Condé Nast Traveler</i> readers in our latest Readers' Choice Awards.<p><i>This gallery was originally published in 2015. It has been updated with new information.</i>


Set-jetting seven decades of iconic film locations

Films and TV shows have the incredible power to transport us to amazing locations around the world, and beyond to galaxies far, far away. But while the on-screen drama may be fantasy, many of those awe-inspiring sets are places you can visit in real life.<p>In celebration of our new book, <i>A</i> <i>Spotter’s</i> …

Amazon Prime

How to Explore the Ocean Like a Cousteau

Filmmaker, explorer, and conservationist Fabien Cousteau—grandson of the famed Jacques Cousteau—carries on the family legacy of oceanic research and …

Scuba Diving

The Most Beautiful College in Every State

A good-looking university does much more than attract potential students. Handsome quads, manicured footpaths, and photo-worthy architecture are …

College & University

9 Most Romantic Clifftop Hotels & Resorts in the World

SHARE<p>Four Seasons Hotel, Ko Samui, Thailand (Prices & Photos)<p>The Four Seasons Ko Samui sits atop a tropical, palm tree covered cliff, blending …


Our Favorite Places to Swim in the Caribbean

Our Favorite Swimming Holes in the Caribbean.<p>By Randy Kalp Posted in - Caribbean & Islands & cruise on <b>March 13th, 2017</b><p>Some people travel for food. …

Scuba Diving

Exploring Ireland's Beautiful Islands

There's a unique magic to the islands that dot the coast of Ireland. With craggy shores, crumbling stone walls, and beaches that belong in the Caribbean, the isles showcase the best landscapes that the country has to offer (Bonus: We've also picked one in Northern Ireland).


An ancient oasis in China’s remote desert

Although not as widely known as the Great Wall, the karez – and its vast maze of underground tunnels – is one of China’s most recognized ancient engineering feats.<p>The air here has a matte gold colour, a reflection of the rugged, desert landscape. Far on the horizon, the peaks of the Tianshan …

Ancient History

8 Viewpoints That Will Make Your Heart Stop

We’re all searching for the perfect viewpoint. It’s that epic place and single moment that will serve as the highlight of your next big trip. The …

South America

The 16+ ultimate experiences to have in Russia

Russia’s in the news a lot, but most of our images of it are hopelessly outdated Cold War cliches. The largest country in the world has 6.5 million …


23 literary journeys with the world's great writers

(CNN)Writers sometimes travel far from home to find inspiration, or even the freedom to express themselves.<p>Others are so closely associated with a place that it's hard to know whether the city left its mark on an author, or if it was the other way around.<p>Here are 23 writers whose words helped …


Beyond the Rim – How To Explore the Depths of the Grand Canyon

The Top 25 Beaches in the World, According to TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor recently released its list of the best beaches in the world, part of its 2017 Travelers’ Choice Awards. Unlike other travel websites, …


9 of the Most Charming Towns in the Netherlands

You’d be hard-pressed to find a destination in the Netherlands that isn’t picturesque. (It’s no surprise that the Dutch produced so many excellent …


Best Secret Beaches on Earth

These beach hideaways are understated, unexpected, and—at least for now—under the radar.<p>Even for die-hard swimmers, surfers, and sunbathers, …

Adventure Travel

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 …


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 …