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National Parks Road Trip: California

Experience an unforgettable road trip through three of California's national parks.<p><b>Gateway Airport:</b> McCarran International, Las Vegas, Nevada<p>This circle tour connects the best of the California desert with the high peaks and giant trees of the Sierra Nevada. Within these parks are all manner of …

National Parks

19 Thrilling Trails Guaranteed to Make Your Heart Race

These 19 hikes will raise your heart rate, take you to perilous heights, or bring you to awe-inspiring destinations.

Use a 'Fake' Location to Get Cheaper Plane Tickets

I can't explain airline pricing but I do know some plane tickets can be cheaper depending on where you buy them or, even better, where you appear to buy them from. This is all about leveraging foreign currencies and points-of-sale to your advantage.<p>For reasons I never quite understood, every time I …

Time I

A Photo Tour: Chocolatiers in Brussels

I fly to Brussels every month so I decided to devote my recent trip to chocolate shops. The World Capital of Chocolate's cobbled back streets led me to shops where chocolate is elevated to an art form.<p>Belgium has been at the center of Europe's chocolate trade since the 1690s. With a million …

Europe

8 Tricks To Stump Pickpockets Every Time

There are few travel scenarios worse than having your belongings taken off your back (or shoulders, or pockets, or wherever).<p>Pickpockets operate at their worst in what also happen to be some of the most-visited cities abroad -- and as an American, you're a pickpocket's walking jackpot.<p>The good …

France sans frontières: the best French border towns

Looking for a new angle on the well-trodden paths of France? Then travel to its borders. These three melting-pot cities showcase the best of France while giving a tantalising glimpse into the rest of Europe - Lille skims the Belgian border in the north; to the east, Strasbourg grazes Germany; and …

France

Secret O’ahu: sights only the locals know about

Most people think of O’ahu strictly as a beach vacation interspersed with hiking and awash with cocktails. But what they don't realise is that there is a lot going on that has nothing to do with the island’s sandy beaches, flip-flopped feet, or the big, sugary, impossibly coloured drinks of …

Live Music

Top 10 Ghost Towns

With their silent streets, derelict buildings, and remnants of homes and workplaces, abandoned towns offer a haunting view into the lives of once thriving communities.<p><i>Here’s a look at our top ten from around the world:</i><p><b>1. St. Elmo, Colorado</b><p>Once a booming mining town and trading post along railroad …

National Geographic Travel

The Secret to Exploring Zion Like a Local

Zion is one of the country's most beautiful national parks. It's also one of the most crowded.<p>More than two million visitors flock to this part of Utah per year, placing Zion among the top 10 most-visited parks in the nation. Thankfully, there are plenty of opportunities to escape the tourists …

Hiking

6 Things You Don’t Know About Apertures, But Probably Should

One of the first things that we learn when we start taking photographs seriously is that ‘aperture’, the size of the hole in the lens through which …

Finders Keeper's: This State Park Is Filled with Diamonds

And just two weeks ago, David Anderson, an intrepid diamond hunter, discovered a 6.19-carat white diamond after searching for four hours. It's the 15th largest diamond to have been found at the park since 1972. Anderson has found hundreds of diamonds at the park over the years, but this latest find …

North Carolina

Tour de dessert: Europe’s most delicious pastries, cakes and tarts

American cafe culture has come a long way in the last two decades: corporate coffee has spawned near two generations of independent cafes that offer more than the old standby of roadside diner joe and pie. But in Europe, grand salons with wrap-around pastry cases have more in common with jewellery …

Dessert

First time Ireland: unmissable Emerald Isle experiences

Ireland’s reputation precedes itself, so first-time visitors might think they know what to expect: fields of clover, gabby locals, etc. But there’s so much more to Ireland than its stereotypical charms. Skip the bus tours stopping at leprechaun-filled souvenir shops and find better things to do …

Ireland

Male sexual orientation influenced by genes, study shows

Genes examined in study are not sufficient or necessary to make men gay but do play some role in sexuality, say US researchers<p>A study of gay men in the US has found fresh evidence that male sexual orientation is influenced by genes. Scientists tested the DNA of 400 gay men and found that genes on …

National Geographic Travel

Ten hidden gems of Europe

There’s no place like Paris, Barcelona or Rome - but Europe has untouched corners that match the big hitters on beauty and charm, and with far fewer tourists. Take the road less travelled with these ten hidden gems of Europe.<p>1. Burg Satzvey, Germany<p>Whisper it: this fairytale castle is a short ride …

European Travel

'I'm Not A Lookalike' Project Showcases Strangers Who Look Like Twins (PHOTOS)

Think you're special and unique?<p>So did these folks, until they met Francois Brunelle.<p>The 62-year-old Montreal-based photographer has spent the last 12 years scouring the world for complete strangers who look alarmingly similar, according to Rex USA.<p>"I was inspired by 2 things," Brunelle told Rex …

Olympic Skier Wears Mariachi-Inspired Race Suit for Mexico

International teams about to enter the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi have been unveiling their outfits, proving that this is a year for some really creative sportswear. Among the Olympians wearing inventive attire is Mexican alpine skier Prince Hubertus von Hohenlohe who recently revealed his …

Disney Dream Portraits by Annie Leibovitz

Disney Dream Portraits by Annie Leibovitz<p>An ongoing series of photos transforming celebrities into fantastic Disney characters by famed photographer …

Beautifully Designed Movie Theaters in Golden California

<b>The Fox Theater I, Oakland</b><br>New York-based French photographer Franck Bohbot traveled to California to spotlight the most amazing movie theaters, big and small, as an homage to the history of film in his series titled <i>Cinema</i>. He captures the grandiose scale of some exquisitely designed theaters as …

San Francisco

50 Incredible Travel Destinations to Consider for 2014

Where will you go in 2014? We can't plan your vacations for you, but we can certainly help you narrow your wish list of destinations with our annual Top 50 Travel Destinations list. No, we don't propose that you visit all 50 in a year -- although, hey, that's an admirable goal -- merely that you …

How to Improve Your Cityscape Photographs

A dramatic cityscape is one of the powerful images we have in photography. It can convey a sense of wonder, power and beauty, often all three …

How to Use Slow Shutter Speed to Create Cool Effects in Your Photos

If there is one setting inside your camera that allows for photographing a wide range of amazing effects in your images, it has to be the shutter …

Landscape Photography

The Wes Anderson Collection – in pictures

For anyone counting down the days until The Grand Budapest Hotel is released next year, The Wes Anderson Collection by Matt Zoller Seitz (published by Abrams Books), a book dedicated to the director's much-loved oeuvre, is certain to help pass the time. With more than 400 pages of intimate, …