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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 areas was a popular one; more than 100 countries around the world have followed suit, with more than 1200 national parks worldwide. While you can always visit some of the newest national parks here in the United States, you might want to consider checking out some of the amazing national parks outside our borders.

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May 25, 2016 by | Comments Off

10 European Road Trips to Take This Summer

Furka Pass, Switzerland

From America’s Route 66 to Australia’s Great Ocean Road to South Africa’s Garden Route, the world is full of unforgettable road trips, but don’t write off Europe for your next adventure. Whether you want to hire a campervan and get off the beaten track, cruise along the coast in a convertible or tackle one of the world’s most treacherous mountain roads, road-trippers will find plenty of great choices in Europe. To help fuel your wanderlust, here are 10 European road trips to take this summer.

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May 23, 2016 by | Comments Off

Where to Go in May: 20 Great Spots for a Shoulder Season Trip

May's a great time to hit the beach in Rio.

Whether you’ve had enough of the April showers and need a travel respite, or you’re trying to hit the tail end of the shoulder season or just itching to add a new stamp to your passport, May is an excellent month to hit the road. Almost no matter where you’re headed, the month has that desirable not-too-hot-and-not-too-cold weather, and it’s also a time for some pretty big festivals. Here are some ideas for where to go in May.

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April 29, 2016 by | 0 Comments

10 New Museums in Europe Not to Miss

Europe has some of the oldest artifacts displayed in some of the oldest museums in the world – nearly all top class and filled with priceless historic treasures. But it’s good to see the cultural wheels keep turning, with new additions to the museum scene opening all the time. Here are 10 new museums in Europe that should be on everyone’s bucket list. Red Light Secrets, Amsterdam, Netherlands Red Light Secrets museum in Amsterdam Red Light Secrets museum in Amsterdam

Europe has some of the oldest artifacts displayed in some of the oldest museums in the world – nearly all top class and filled with priceless historic treasures. But it’s good to see the cultural wheels keep turning, with new additions to the museum scene opening all the time. Here are 10 new museums in Europe that should be on everyone’s bucket list.

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April 13, 2016 by | Comments Off

10 Beautiful European Cities That Fly Below the Radar

An aerial view of Helsinki, Finland

Everybody knows the glories of Paris, Rome, London and Barcelona, but there are legions of fabulously cultured and architecturally rich European cities that continue to dodge world attention. These 10 beautiful European cities are often mistakenly overlooked.

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April 8, 2016 by | Comments Off

Game of Thrones Film Sites Around the World

The Alcázar of Seville

The HBO award-winning fantasy drama, Game of Thrones, returns for its sixth season this April, just in time to help inspire your summer travels. Dedicated Game of Thrones tours now run in all the key filming locations, so you can voyage to the wild landscapes North of the Wall or follow in the footsteps of royalty at the real-life King’s Landing.

Best of all, with dedicated location scouts touring the globe to seek out screen-worthy landscapes, the beauty of many of the locations means you don’t even have to be a fan of the show to enjoy some of the spectacular settings. Ready for an adventure? Here’s our pick of the most mesmerizing Game of Thrones film sites around the world.

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April 6, 2016 by | 0 Comments

Safety in Belgium: What Travelers Need to Know Right Now

Grand Palace, Brussels, Belgium

On the morning of March 22, 2016, two explosions hit Brussels Airport, followed by an explosion at Maelbeek subway station in central Brussels about an hour later. Belgium has called for three days of national mourning and the prime minister has advised people to “avoid all movement.”

As the world learns more about these horrific attacks, we want to keep you informed of the latest news and security updates. Our thoughts are with the people of Belgium at this tragic time.

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March 22, 2016 by | Comments Off

Europe’s Most Colorful Gardens

Mirabell Gardens, Austria

It’s hard to resist a garden in full bloom, especially one sampling every color of the rainbow. While one can easily find a slew of scenic gardens and public parks in just about any city, there are a few European destinations boasting quite impressive flowerbeds this season. From larger-than-life palace grounds and artist-inspiring, free-growing shrubs to an island dedicated to flowers, here are eight gardens definitely worth an afternoon stroll.

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March 21, 2016 by | 2 Comments

Amsterdam’s Keukenhof Gardens: Tiptoe Through the Tulips

Keukenhof Gardens in season

If you’ve got a thing for flowers, color, beauty, history and sweet-smelling air, the Netherlands’ Keukenhof Gardens, not far from Amsterdam, is the place for you. It’s gorgeous. So gorgeous, in fact, that no one has ever taken a bad photograph there. Well, not of the flowers anyway.

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March 11, 2016 by | 17 Comments

Easter Week in Rome, Italy

St. Peter's Basilica

There is nothing like attending mass in St. Peter’s Square. It’s the stuff bucket lists are made of. Packed inside the little area are thousands of people from all over the world. And when it’s Easter week in Rome, it will be especially busy at the Vatican.

Pope Francis is certainly now a fixture in Rome and in the Catholic Church, but the newness of a pope isn’t what draws thousands to Vatican City for Easter. It doesn’t matter what the weather is like outside, Easter in Rome constitutes one of the city’s peak tourist seasons.

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March 11, 2016 by | 30 Comments

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