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The 20 Best Hotels In America

So we decided to dig deeper into our results and come up with a list of the Best Hotels in America.<p>To create this list, we aggregated four notable hotel rankings made by elite travel publications and websites: Travel + Leisure's World's Best Hotel Awards, Condé Nast Traveler's Top 100 Hotels & …

Napa Valley

Beyond Halong Bay: lesser-known highlights of northeast Vietnam

Stunning<p>Halong Bay continues to dominate the itineraries of most travellers in Vietnam, but it’s not the be-all and end-all of the country's northeast.<p>If you’ve got some time up your sleeve and want to delve a little deeper, you’ll find there is more to this region than cruising around Halong’s …

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.<p>writer

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The world's best volcano tours

Ten of France’s natural wonders

France smoulders with natural beauty, from the spectacular river-carved cliff sides of the Gorges du Verdon to the Dune du Pilat, Europe’s highest sand dune.

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20 Awe-Inspiring Ruins From the World’s Greatest Civilizations

All over the globe, from Italy to Zimbabwe, civilizations have left behind impressive monuments and structures that attest to their former glory. …

9 Most Beautiful Natural Wonders in the U.S.

Nothing manmade can rival Mother Nature at her finest, and this summer is a fabulous time to visit the country's most gorgeous natural wonders. …

Canada’s backcountry by air

A new ride shimmies over British Columbia’s jaw-dropping wilderness, giving nature lovers access to terrain usually reserved for steely rock climbers and tough backcountry hikers.<p>Vancouver visitors lured by British Columbia’s jaw-dropping wilderness can now spare their calf muscles thanks to a new …

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African safari alternatives that don't cost a fortune

The Big Five (buffalo, lion, leopard, elephant and rhinoceros) sometimes elude safari goers in more ways than one. Rates for a five-night luxury safari - including guided wildlife drives, sunset cocktails, and tents with more puffy pillows than London's Ritz Hotel - can cost anywhere between …

Tattoo tourism: where ink and travel meet

Art and travel go hand-in-hand. Local galleries can capture the history and creative culture of a destination, but if you're looking for a gallery with a difference next time you hit the road, why not check out the local tattoo culture instead? Lonely Planet staffer and tattoo aficionado Jess gets …

New Zealand in winter

It’s thought New Zealand acquired the Maori name <i>Aotearoa</i> or ‘the land of the long white cloud’ due to the nation’s abiding daylight. Even in winter this moniker rings true, with New Zealand’s colder months heralding sunshine and good times aplenty.<p>Avoid the queues, peak pricing and the summer …

Five destinations you should know more about

These countries might not be on traveller’s bucket lists – but according to the people that live there, they should be.<p>Whether it is the notion that Brits only drink tea or that all Argentineans dance tango, cultural stereotypes can overshadow a country’s true nuances.<p>For a more authentic take on …

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Our top 45 free things to do in New York City

Seeing New York City's biggest attractions can mean spending a hefty chunk of your trip budget on tickets. Empire State Building? $36. The Guggenheim and the Whitney both go for $25. Even the Frick is $22. But there's a lifetime of fun to be had without ever handing over a cent, and not just by …

20 free things to do in Sydney

You don't need a fat wallet to enjoy the glamour and chic of Sydney. These 20 attractions, activities and icons won't cost you a cent.<p><b>Take the Bondi to Coogee Walk</b><p>One of the most spectacular walks and coastlines you could hope to see, this route takes in some of Sydney’s most iconic beaches. In …

Do look down! The world's best skywalks – in pictures

As Canada's Glacier Skywalk opens, offering amazing views over Jasper national park, we take a look at the best skywalks around the world<p><b>Share your skywalk experiences in the comments below</b>

Three family-friendly road trips in the USA

Coast to coast, there’s endless fun for anyone road tripping with kids in the good, ole US of A. If you’re hitting the road this year with your family, here are a few trips - straight from Lonely Planet's <i>Best Trips</i> series - guaranteed to keep everyone entertained. Research and itineraries by Ryan …

The world's best sunrises

Kicking back on a beach, cold beer in hand while watching the sun go down is one of travel’s finest pleasures. But there’s something far more rewarding about heaving yourself from bed in the pitch black and blearily traipsing to the top of a mountain or the edge of a cliff to see the sun rise in …

Top five nerve-shredding road trips in Costa Rica

Renting a car in Costa Rica is costly and can even be dangerous if you're not prepared for what's to come. It’s also ridiculously good fun. Some of the most interesting, little-explored destinations are only accessible by car, and for the adventurous traveler, there’s simply no substitute for the …

The horror, the horror: frightful travel destinations from scary movies

Do you love scary movies? Ever experience a subtle yearning to summon <i>Tubular Bells</i> from the iPod as you descend the steps down which Father Damien Karras somersaults to his doom at the end of <i>The Exorcist</i>? Well, you’ll find them linking Prospect and M Street in Georgetown, one of Washington’s more …

Top Ireland experiences from Lonely Planet staff

<i>Lonely Planet has produced this article for Tourism Ireland. All editorial views are those of Lonely Planet alone and reflect our policy of editorial independence and impartiality.</i><p>You might be a seasoned guidebook author, or you might be the person that designs the interface on the mobile apps – it …

The perfect trip: Borneo

From unique wildlife and tropical islands to untouched jungle and isolated hill tribes, few destinations match Malaysian Borneo’s natural drama.<p>From unique wildlife to untouched jungle, few destinations can match the natural drama of Malaysian Borneo. Visit hill tribes, explore tropical islands and …

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Best honeymoon destinations for 2014

This is the time to shoot for the moon: travel further, stay longer, eat more and bring home a lifetime’s worth of romantic memories.<p>Hot air balloons take off in the early morning light over Göreme town in Cappadocia. Image by Christopher Pillitz / The Image Bank / Getty Images.<p>Cappadocia, …

Lonely Planet's top 10 eco stays for 2014

We asked Lonely Planet’s authors and travel editors to nominate outstanding eco-friendly hotels and hostels. From the incredible array of green stays around the world, our panel of experts hand-picked 10 of the best. So if you want your next trip to make a positive impact, our round-up of …

The world's most enchanting ruins

Archaeology

Europe’s top 10 scenic rail journeys

Give thanks to the engineers who built railways across Europe's most difficult terrain, their hard work has translated into some of the world's most picturesque journeys – in Scandinavia along icy rivers to fjords, in Germany, Switzerland and Italy through carved valleys in the Alps, along the …

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Top 10 good-value hotels in Singapore

It's the world's most expensive city, packed with luxury hotels, but where do you go when you want style at a good price? We have the top picks<p>It's official: Singapore is the world's most expensive city. The Economist Intelligence Unit's Worldwide Cost of Living study ranks the city at number one, …

Canada’s wild frontier: Where glaciers and rainforests meet

Both a Canadian national park and a Unesco World Heritage Site, Kluane National Park is one of the most beautiful and isolated places on Earth.<p>After a bumpy 90-minute drive down a dirt track that cut through dense forest and across rushing streams, I emerged from a pickup truck – next to a cabin …

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