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Scenic Autumn Drives Engineered for Maximum Leaf Peeping!

Now that summer is over, it's almost time to throw on a warm sweater, jump in the car, and enjoy watching the trees turn into beautiful hues of red, yellow, and orange. To help you make the most of the fall, we've compiled a list of five of the most gorgeous scenic autumn drives in the country. If …

A starry night gleams in Utah's Natural Bridges National Monument—named the first Dark Sky Park by the International Dark-Sky Association. http://on.natgeo.com/18XMpvH Photograph by Jim Richardson, National Geographic

West Africa's best wildlife parks

Everyone knows about the great national parks of eastern and southern Africa – Masai Mara, Kruger and Serengeti all conjure up images of majestic landscapes, packs of lions lazing in the shade and herds of elephants roaming the savannah. But have you heard of Mole, Pendjari and Waza? These wildlife …

Wildlife

10 best things to climb

Over ice and iron girders, shinnying up temples and scaling rainforest trees – tackle the world’s most worthwhile ways to reach the top. In this excerpt from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Experiences</i> we've gathered together ten things to go up, from the somewhat gentle to the downright difficult. …

National Parks

Guide To Highway 1 -- Sunset Magazine Highlights A California Staple

California State Route 1, also known as Highway 1, is a veritable treasure trove of sights -- it spans hundreds of coastal miles, from Orange County in the south to Mendocino County in the north. It's consistently named a must when it comes to road trips.<p>Between its start and end points, Highway 1 …

America’s Top 10 Lakes to Visit This Fall (Photos)

Take a Dip<p>Lake trips offer the perfect mix of relaxation and water action, plus the chance for some moonlit skinny-dipping.<p>09.02.13 4:45 AM ET

The 10 Best Fall Biking Adventures Near NYC

Before the best bike tours increase in price or sell out, cyclists looking for an epic autumn adventure should sign up for one of these 10 organized bike rides.Even if you're not an avid cyclist, this guide offers plenty of easy, intermediate and advanced routes that take you through some of the …

10 Cool Pools

As late summer sizzles on, we can't think of anything more refreshing than these 10 amazing swimming pools at bed and breakfasts around the world. The inviting pools include therapeutic waters in Palm Springs, an exotic resort in Mexico, and a clothing-optional swimming paradise in New Orleans, and …

Sand, Spirits, and Swim-Up Bars: Week in Review

It’s the end of the week. You deserve a drink. We made this easy for you: it was all about the numbered lists and booze this week, from the top 5 …

24 hours in small-town Ohio

Ohio’s Hocking Hills region is an hour southeast of Columbus, where houses need generators and farmers’ fields double as bluegrass amphitheaters. …

Why Portland, Maine Is A Fantastic Place To Visit In The Summer

They call Maine "Vacationland."<p>Sure, the winters are bitter cold, but for at least three months out of the year Maine's coast transforms into an oceanside summer retreat.<p>That's particularly true for Portland, the state's largest city and home to one of the most important working waterfronts in New …

Jamaica's top 10 travel experiences

Jamaica’s lovely landscape – with its crystalline waters, lush banana groves, and sheer mountains – combined with its confident, yet cool reggae demeanor, makes Jamaica an ideal destination for those looking for stunning scenery and a big dose of local culture. Pack your bag and head down to this …

Bob Marley

15 Golden Giveaways

Travelzoo, a global Internet media company, is celebrating its 15th birthday with a "Golden Giveaway" campaign. The giveaway offers travelers the chance to win one of 15 dream vacations, including a luxury seven-night Tanzania safari, a five-night Cook Islands break, a vacation to Paris with a posh …

Top 5 Scenic Mountain Drives

Ron Schneidermann (Co-Founder and CMO of Liftopia) tells it like it is:<p>I'm a sucker for road trips. Always have been. Each summer as a kid my parents, sister, and I would pile into the Chevy Caprice and hit the National Park circuit. A little bit later in life, when I was 22 and getting ready to …

Where to Go for Romance and Health in the British Virgin Islands

Peter Island Resort & Spa, a private isle in the British Virgin Islands, is set on 1,800 tranquil acres and includes five pristine beaches and a marina. Accommodations range from villas to junior suites and ocean view rooms. If you're looking for a place to completely disconnect and rejuvenate in a …

8 Can't-Lose Labor Day Escapes

(photo: The Phoenician)<p>No plans for Labor Day weekend? It's not too late to score a great getaway. The three-day holiday weekend offers a golden opportunity for one last summer escape, as destinations and resorts around the country roll out family-friendly events and activities. Here's a sampling …

Sleep Like a Monkey: Nine Highflying Tree House Hotels (Photos)

Don't Look Down!<p>Check into one of these hotels to fulfill your childhood fantasies but with grown-up, luxury accommodations.<p>06.30.13 4:45 AM ET

6 Last-Minute Labor Day Deals

The yellow school buses might be rolling through the streets again soon, and the days will soon get shorter, but let’s face it: Labor Day definitely …

13 Places You Should Visit In 2013

We looked at major developments, cultural trends, and global festivals to find the hottest places to travel around the world in 2013.<p>There are vast untouched landscapes that offer incredible outdoor experiences, cities that are experiencing a cultural rebirth, and up-and-coming destinations that …

Mexico City

Top 10 Labor Day 2013 Destinations

Labor Day is often considered to be the last long weekend primed for summer travel, so it isn't surprising that so many Americans head to the airport at the end of August/early September for a final summer jaunt.<p>In the past, popular vacation spots have included international destinations like Lima, …

Where Do You Go to Renew?

From Boston, where I live, it takes 22 hours to drive to Sequatchie Cove Farm in Tennessee.<p>I like that it takes time and effort, and a measure of discomfort to arrive at this beautiful, sequestered place. The 300-acre farm is ringed by the Cumberland Plateau and embraced by thousands of acres of …

Just Back From: Cruising the Galapagos Islands

A trip to the Galápagos Islands can be downright transformative—it’s little wonder that Charles Darwin learned to look at the world just a wee bit …

Great places to stay on the world's loveliest islands

Don’t waste precious travel time dragging your flip-flopped feet to the beach. We’ve rounded up ten places to stay on some of the world’s most beautiful islands – and they’re all a stone’s throw from the beach. Best of all, you don’t need to sell your granny to enjoy an island getaway, we’ve picked …

Trails

Exploring the quiet side of California Wine Country

Blooming orchards under azure skies, vivid mustard flowers beneath budding vines, and rocky hillsides wrapped in fingers of fog – it’s no wonder California’s Wine Country receives millions of annual visitors. With its mild Mediterranean climate and mineral-rich soil, Napa and Sonoma Valleys seem …

Wine

48 Hours: Baltimore, Maryland

From the June/July 2013 issue of National Geographic Traveler<p>A Civil War-era cannon points its barrel at the Baltimore Harbor from Federal Hill Park, above a sentinel of waterfront luxury condos. Yet the real eye-catcher stands between—a three-story kaleidoscope of glass shards spackled onto the …

The 10 Most Secluded Hotels Around The World

And while there are dozens of great off-the-beaten-path properties out there, these 10 offer their own special kind of seclusion in great destinations from the Americas to Africa.

5 Destinations in Belize for Nature Lovers

By Maria Russo<p>A tiny country with an even tinier population, Belize is one of the few places on earth where you will find undisturbed jungle, long stretches of placid beach, plenty of organic farms and a healthy handful of people who go without modern conveniences such as electricity and plumbing, …

31 Stunning Pictures Of American National Parks

The National Park Service oversees 401 areas throughout the U.S. and U.S. territories and has nearly 300 million visitors each year.<p>You don't have to be a hiking fanatic to enjoy these places. You can swim, kayak, bird watch, walk, bike, drive, camp, or just relax in the country's national parks.<p>We …

Airbnb Hosts Friendlier in Cities Where They're Not Breaking the Law

Southern gentlemen, West Coast creatives, and academics make the best Airbnb hosts, according to a new study released today by the San …