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The Side Pittsburgh Doesn't Want You to See

Pittsburgh filmmaker Chris Ivey has spent over twelve years documenting the lives of the people displaced so that the city can achieve its “cool” status.<p>In a Citylab interview with former Baltimore Sun reporter David Simon, producer of the HBO series “The Deuce” and “The Wire,” Simon was asked …

Cities

After 149 Years, Thailand's Royal Puppets Dance Again

A lost art of puppet theater will be revived in Thailand at the end of this month as part of the lavish funeral ceremonies for the country's former …

Thailand

World's First Hologram Theater to Open in Hollywood

Remember Michael Jackson’s controversial and posthumous performance at the 2014 Billboard awards?<p>The music icon’s image appeared onstage, grooving …

Billie Holiday

Your weekend in Greenville, a small-town Southern delight

A small town of just under 70,000 people, tucked into the Appalachian foothills, Greenville might not be the most obvious choice for a weekend getaway. But over the last few years, it's become a word-of-mouth favorite among travelers in the know.<p>The city takes great advantage of its natural charms: …

Travel

Airbnb is launching its own apartment complex in Florida

As cities around the world try to sort out how to regulate Airbnb rentals, the company has teamed up with a development group to build its own home-share apartments in Florida.<p>Airbnb and apartments don’t always mix, since many neighbours may not appreciate the comings-and-goings of travellers and …

Hospitality

Send us a tip on wildlife trips worldwide – and win a £200 hotel voucher

Tell us about your wildlife experiences worldwide, from deep seas to high mountains, deserts to forest<p>Have you thrilled to the sight of orang-utans or rare red pandas, or snorkelled with humpback whales? We’d like to hear about amazing wildlife encounters around the world, the more unusual the …

Wildlife

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Search Lonely Planet and beyond<p>Success!<p>Discover Choquequirao<p>Beyond Machu Picchu lies Choquequirao - a lost city of the Incas hidden high in the Andes, with a fraction of the visitors of its more famous cousin.<p>Featured in this …

Machu Picchu

'They should be shot': 'shittiest towns' mayors hit back

First Cromwell, now Oamaru and Putaruru.The mayors of two more towns that feature on the satirical 'S**t Towns of New Zealand' Facebook page have hit …

New Zealand

Lonely Planet reveal the 10 best cities in the world to visit, according to your interests

Love history or architecture or wine? There's a destination for each...<p>When travel destinations are normally ranked, it is by their overall general …

Travel

Just back from: Rome and Naples

Phil in front of Neptune’s Fountain in Navona Square, Rome © Phil Harper<p><i>Phil Harper, PR Manager at Lonely Planet, recently returned from a trip to Rome and Naples, Italy.</i><p><b>Tell us more…</b> I’d been to Rome before, nearly ten years ago, but always wanted to return. This year I decided to go back and take …

Europe

Spooky cities: haunted hotels, horrible histories and terrifying attractions...

Our urban centres are known for being vibrant concentrations of life, from their buzzing bars and restaurants to the modern skyscrapers packed with busy business people. But beneath their lively exteriors, every city has a dark side. Think morbid history. Creepy architecture. Unsettled …

Travel

Win A Family Trip for 4 to the Galapagos from Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet is giving away a family trip for 4 to the Galapagos Islands! The prize sounds really amazing since you get to take a trip with Intrepid …

Travel

Pura Meru in Mataram, Indonesia

Pura Meru is the largest and second-most important Hindu temple on Lombok. Built in 1720, it’s dedicated to the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. The inner court has 33 small shrines and three thatched, teak-wood <i>meru</i> (multitiered shrines). The central <i>meru,</i> with 11 tiers, is Shiva’s house; …

Indonesia

Best Books for Travelers 2017

It’s safe to say that books and I….we have a thing. Not only do I love reading while I’m traveling, I love reading to learn about a place before I go …

Books

11 free things to do in Thailand's capital Bangkok

One reason for the Thai capital's popularity, besides its gorgeous religious buildings and proximity to pristine beaches, is how budget friendly it is – if you eat like a local and avoid túk-túks you can save major baht.<p>And if you're really counting the pennies, Bangkok has a whole host of sights …

Thailand

10 best road trip apps for Android

Taking road trips is practically a worldwide pastime. Traveling in a car with some friends (or animals) and seeing the sites can be a great time. As you might have guessed, smartphones can make the experience a little easier and better. There are a lot of different ways to take a road trip. …

Road Trips

The five best cities for LGBT travellers

From Toronto to Tel Aviv, here are Lonely Planet's best destinations for the LGBT community.<p>The travel gurus at Lonely Planet are likely to be your …

LGBTQ

Jerusalem with kids: top tips for visiting the Holy City

Intensely vibrant Jerusalem is a feast for the senses, a world centre of religion and culture, and a great destination when travelling with children. Jerusalemites love kids, and if your family is up for some adventurous travel, the city has a lot to offer for all ages.<p>When travelling in Jerusalem, …

Travel

300 miles of beer, brats and cheese: A Wisconsin culinary tour - road trip

A Great Lakes paradise, Wisconsin has a penchant for cheese as strong as its affinity for beer and bratwurst – the three pillars of the state diet. It’s hard to go anywhere in the Badger State without being a stone’s throw from one of these delicacies, and a road trip is the perfect way to sample …

Drinking

Esplanadin Puisto in Helsinki, Finland

Locally known as 'Espa', oblong-shaped Esplanadi stretches for four blocks between the squares Erottaja to the west and the kauppatori to the east. Designed by architect CL Engel and opened in 1818, it's one of the city's most loved green spaces and fills with picnickers on sunny days. Elegant …

Europe

Kaivopuisto in Helsinki, Finland

On the waterfront, this sprawling park dating from 1834 is a favourite Helsinki idyll. There are expanses of lawns; numerous sculptures and winding paths; the waterside Mattolaituri cafe, a bar/club, Kaivohuone (originally the park's spa, dating from 1838); and a small, domed observatory, Ursa, …

Europe

Uspenskin Katedraali in Helsinki, Finland

The eye-catching red-brick Uspenski Cathedral towers above Katajanokka island. Built as a Russian Orthodox church in 1868, it features classic golden onion-topped domes and now serves the Finnish Orthodox congregation. The high, square interior has a lavish iconostasis with the Evangelists flanking …

Europe

Bodegas, bars and beyond: where to drink wine in Madrid

After decades of waning wine consumption, Spaniards are starting to rediscover the beverage they are famous for exporting. This renewed interest in <i>vino</i> has expanded offerings around Madrid, a city serving up both veteran bodegas and stylish wine bars.<p>To try more varieties than the smattering of …

Spain

Tech Leaders Stress Adaptability and the Importance of Failure

Speakers and authors from Reddit, Lonely Planet, Harvard Business School, and NYU offered interesting advice to entrepreneurs.<p>PCMag reviews products …

Harvard Business School

Australia Packing List: Your Essential Guide

Considering what to pack for Australia is vital if you’re planning to go backpacking in Australia.<p>Devising an Australia packing list can be difficult …

Hacking

All aboard Vietnam’s Reunification Express

A vital lifeline in war and peace, Vietnam’s 1000-mile long North-South Railway provides an all-in encounter with the country’s incredible beauty, people and history.<p>Just before noon each day, the southbound train from Hai Phong to Hanoi rumbles past Mrs Bay’s front room, missing her porch by no …

Vietnam

8 Coffee Table Books That Quench Wanderlust from the Comfort of Your Couch

Raise your hand if you’re constantly snuggled up on the couch scrolling through travel blogger Instagram accounts. *Raises both hands* It’s time to go analog. Why? Your tiny phone screen and 1:1 ratio images are incapable of truly quenching a hankering thirst for travel. These coffee table books …

Travel Photography

Chicago Neighborhood Named Among 10 Hottest in U.S.

Whether you're ready to relocate or simply planning the next family vacation, the well-traveled writers at Lonely Planet say these 10 U.S. …

United States

10 of the Coolest Neighborhoods in America Right Now

Avoid tourist traps and consider planning your next city break in one of these hotspots.<p>Tourist traps are a dime a dozen in big cities, but many …

Travel

Learn How to Get in Formation at These Beyoncé Dance and Yoga Classes

Now put your hands up!<p>If you’re not into exercise that actually feels like exercise, taking a dance class might be a great alternative to staying in …

Travel