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Scratch the Surface: 11 of the World’s Coolest Underground Attractions

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Though churches, theaters, mountains, and museums are staple attractions when getting to know a new location, a look below the surface can reveal spectacular and little-known sights you probably wouldn’t find on a postcard. From underground churches, gardens, wineries, and music festivals, these top attractions from around the world are definitely worth a trip below […]

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November 4, 2016 by | Comments Off on Scratch the Surface: 11 of the World’s Coolest Underground Attractions

Unexpected Destinations for Beer Lovers

Craft beer is taking off in unexpected places around the world.

There are many things that spur people to discover certain destinations: a pristine beach, an iconic landmark … a pint of perfect suds. In some countries, beer is part of the very fabric of the culture. Places like Belgium, Germany and the Czech Republic are well-known destinations for beer lovers. But there are other locations […]

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June 17, 2016 by | Comments Off on Unexpected Destinations for Beer Lovers

17 of the World’s Most Extraordinary National Parks

Hakone National Park

Yellowstone was the world’s first national park. As the US National Park Service turns 100 years old this year, people from around the country (and globe) are flocking to these iconic reserves. US National Parks now number more than 400 and welcomed more than 305 million visitors in 2015. The idea of creating protected wilderness […]

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May 25, 2016 by | Comments Off on 17 of the World’s Most Extraordinary National Parks

Top 10 US Travel Photos You Need to Take

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas

Back in the day, you had to pick and choose your shots since you might have only one roll of film and 24 to 36 possible photos. You had to worry and wonder if you’d blinked, as you couldn’t tell before the film was developed (at a store, inevitably taking more than an hour). Then […]

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May 16, 2016 by | Comments Off on Top 10 US Travel Photos You Need to Take

Top 10 International Photos Every Traveler Needs

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Some photos are necessary — crucial, even. These are shots every traveler should strive to have in their album: photos in front of the most iconic sites in the world. If you visit these locations and fail to get a photo proving that you were there … well, you might as well retire your passport […]

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March 24, 2016 by | Comments Off on Top 10 International Photos Every Traveler Needs

International Moonshine: Local Drinks From Around the World You Have to Try

Woman brewing raksi (Nepali whisky) by Greg Willis (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Most countries have an indigenous beverage distilled at home — either legally or illegally. Some are tasty, some are scary, but all are potent. The difficulty of finding these local versions of America’s moonshine varies from location to location, but each provides an opportunity to learn a bit more about the people and places you’re […]

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March 23, 2016 by | Comments Off on International Moonshine: Local Drinks From Around the World You Have to Try

Get There First: The Newest National Parks to Visit in 2016

Valles Caldera National Preserve

In 2015, the NPS established seven new national parks, bringing the total number to 58. These new parks include a desert on the edge of Las Vegas, a supervolcano and the birthplace of America’s 16th president. The addition of these seven parks adds 250,000 acres of protected land to the total. The last significant addition […]

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March 8, 2016 by | Comments Off on Get There First: The Newest National Parks to Visit in 2016

Pokhara, Nepal: The Gateway to Annapurna

World Peace Pagoda

Located about 124 miles (200 km) west of Kathmandu, Pokhara is an hour-long flight or seven-hour bus ride (be prepared—it’s curvy and bumpy) from the capital and is the starting off point for hikers exploring the Annapurna Conservation Area. But instead of rushing through Pokhara, consider stopping for a while to explore the many attractions […]

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October 9, 2013 by | Comments Off on Pokhara, Nepal: The Gateway to Annapurna

St. Augustine, Florida’s Founding City

St Augustine

Steeped in history that spans nearly 450 years, St. Augustine is a city that celebrates its heritage while looking forward to the future. The history of Florida’s Founding City is evident at almost every turn: the brick-lined streets and verdant open spaces invite visitors to slow down and experience the almost palpable air of age, […]

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September 5, 2013 by | Comments Off on St. Augustine, Florida’s Founding City

Glacier Hiking and Ice Climbing on Iceland’s Sólheimajokull Glacier

Solheimajokull Glacier tour

While it’s commonly known that “Iceland is actually green” and “Greenland is mostly ice,” the fact remains that almost 11% of the landmass of Iceland is covered with glaciers. The best way to learn about these monumental masses is to strap on some crampons and get up close and personal. I book the Day Trip […]

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December 18, 2012 by | Comments Off on Glacier Hiking and Ice Climbing on Iceland’s Sólheimajokull Glacier