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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. …


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 …

U.S. Travel

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 …


The World's Most Insanely Beautiful Coastlines

When we started this list, we had 50-odd coastlines to choose from across both hemispheres: palm-lined stretches of white-sand beaches, profoundly …

Giant's Causeway

From highway to high waves: five offbeat coastal road trips

California’s Big Sur and Australia’s Great Ocean Road may get all the headlines when it comes to coastal driving but they’re not the only places where you can lose yourself in spectacular scenery, glowing sunsets and glistening surf.

The following routes are equally impressive and also offer quirky …

European Travel

Colorado's Hwy 50: The Best Road Trip You'll Take This Fall

Colorado is famous for outdoor playgrounds like Aspen, Boulder, Telluride, and Vail. But venture away from the big names and the Centennial State …

Road Trips

Top 10 Places To See The Northern Lights

Every traveler's bucket list should include viewing the northern lights, also known as aurora borealis, one of nature's most spectacular phenomena. And while scientists predicted that December 2013 would be the peak of the current solar cycle, and thus the best time to see the northern lights, …

Travel (Canada)

New York City's 11 Most Accessible Ruins

Farmington, Connecticut

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Homewood, Alabama

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Taxila, Pakistan

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Parkville, Australia

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Close your eyes and spin the …

New York City

The 6 Best Camping Places In The US That You Shouldn’t Miss

For nearly 100 years, the National Park Service has been connecting us with nature. From sea to shining sea our national parks represent all the …


The 12 Most Beautiful Places to Spend the Night

A certain type of traveler seeks out unique experiences, but not without some of the comforts and luxuries that make a vacation just that: a …

Africa Travel

Where in the World is the Best Place to Be in October?

We all crave that sweet serendipity of being in the right place at the right time: When the Northern Lights are most likely to dance; when that sleepy scruff-bucket town transforms for its once-a-year fabulous fiesta; or, when a mass mob of whales gathers at the nearby reef. That's why our book, The

Costa Rica

Ten of the world’s most intriguing wine regions

We’ve all experienced it on our travels – whether watching a sunset in Italy with a glass of chilled Prosecco or at a barbeque in Australia with a beefy Shiraz – when a local wine could not be more perfectly suited to the moment.

Lonely Planet’s new book Wine Trails plots a course through 52 of the …


Best Fall Leaf Peeping Trips

For Hopeless Nostalgics: Rhinebeck and Arkville, New York

Take in fall’s colors like it’s 1929 with a ride in a restored New Standard D-25 biplane at …

Canadian National Parks

Australia's 13 Most Beautiful Islands

Thanks to the drop in the Australian dollar and the beginning of summer in the southern hemisphere, now is the time to plan travel to the exotic …


New Museums, New Hotels, and New Flights around the World

This week’s installment of “The View from AFAR” is fresh and shiny, as it spotlights a host of new travel attractions, accommodations, and …

U.S. Travel

The wild spirit of Oregon’s coast

Over the years, Oregonians have fought hard to preserve the natural beauty and monuments of their coast. Today, the 363-mile shoreline remains as wild as ever.

Gabriel Cruz swept down the dune, hit the jump and somersaulted. The moment stretched – Matrix-style – as the two-time sandboarding world …


Italy Beyond the Bucket List

You’ve gondola-ed Venice, bicycled Tuscany, shopped Milan, art-walked Florence, and climbed the hills of Rome—that’s pretty much it for Italy, right?

Not by a long shot. Just look at the map. Italy’s a boot, not a shoe, and there are lots of treasures to be discovered down around the ankle and heel, …


7 of the world's most beautiful lakeside lodges

(CNN)As far as bodies of water go, lakes are easily the most overlooked.

Even hot tubs get more press.

Maybe it's the large shadows cast by the mountain peaks that often surround them, or that needy ocean always crashing about and waving for attention, but lakes don't get the rave reviews they …

Central America Travel

8 Adventures in Wonderland

Don’t just see the world, seize it. From swimming with whale sharks in Baja California to horseback riding across Mongolia, these eight wild adventures turn vacations into calls to action.

> Swim With Whale Sharks

Goosebumps. That’s what snorkeling near a bus-size shark can get you.

Floating on the …

Great Barrier Reef

15 Amazing B&Bs Worth a Plane Ticket

Your B&B bucket list has arrived. The following U.S. inns are spectacular bases from which to explore national parks, big cities, sleepy beach towns and mountain forests. The inns offer outstanding accommodations in choice locations -- but the properties are undoubtedly amazing destinations in …


Peep Show: Ten Secret Fall Foliage Getaways

From coast to coast and top to (almost) bottom, unforgettable foliage displays happen in all sorts of unlikely — and uncrowded — places. Here's your …

Travel (Canada)

Diving and snorkelling in Fiji

Fiji is known for its beautiful palm-fringed islands, but some of its most spectacular scenery is found below the waves. Its warm, clear waters offer year-round diving and snorkelling in what’s often referred to as the soft-coral capital of the world. There are reefs with lush gardens of corals, …


5 Ways to Go off the Beaten Path in Maui

Most people visit Maui and only experience one side of the island—resort-lined Wailea. They rent a car and ambitiously try to tackle the Hana Highway …


5 Must-See Places in Utah

Utah is known for its world-class skiing around Park City as well as its “Mighty Five” national parks, including Bryce Canyon, Zion, and Arches. But there’s much more to explore in this state, which is also home to red rocks, dinosaur fossils, and otherworldly landscapes. While the scenery is …


A road trip in the Peloponnese

No other part of Greece combines stupendous mountain scenery and scenic hikes with deserted, pristine beaches and an incredible wealth of ancient sites like the Peloponnese. After all, this is where gods and heroes were said to walk the earth and the world’s greatest sporting event was born.

Add to …

Road Trips

5 amazing island escapes you've probably never considered

(CNN)Sure, the first things that come to mind when you think "island escape" are white sands and palm trees.

Maybe a coconut with a straw in it.

But for those willing to look beyond the tropics, there are plenty of worthy island getaways around the world that have yet to appear on the tourism …

European Travel

A Change of Pace on the Kenya Coast

“Do you know about diarrhea?”

Suleiman, lightly bearded and wearing a kaniki sarong around his thick waist, stoops to mime a sudden bout of the digestive malady. I nod that I do know about it.

“This will help.”

We’re in the Kaya Kinondo, a sacred forest, or kaya, of the Digo people a couple of miles from …


Europe’s surprising dive hotspot

In the Scottish islands of Orkney, the waters of Scapa Flow hide more than 150 wrecks – from German World War I battleships to a Spitfire. The eerie world is one divers can explore.

As we sat on board a retrofitted fishing boat drifting where the North Sea meets the Atlantic, each member of our …

United Kingdom

An Insider’s Guide to Australia’s Great Ocean Road

Victoria’s best known highway, the Great Ocean Road, runs 150 miles from Torquay to near Warrnambool, but the scenic drive continues along the Victoria coast to the South Australia state line. Drive it the other way, from west to east, to parallel the route of 19th-century shipborne immigrants.

> How …

Great Ocean Road