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By: Porter Fox It would take a lifetime to experience the best snow, mountains, and ski resorts in the world—from the Alps to the Andes to the far reaches of Russia and Japan. But for skiers in the American West, there’s one range that has it all. The Rocky mountains... Read More

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By: Kaitlin Keaveney There’s a reason Cusco (meaning “navel” in Quechua) has maintained its “Navel of the World” moniker for centuries. Nestled high among the Andes Mountains at an impressive 11,150 feet above sea level, the former imperial Inca capital – established in the 11th century and conquered by the... Read More

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By: Elissa Richard One of the Mexican Riviera’s most fabled hotspots, Acapulco is deeply ingrained in the sun seeker’s subconscious as a destination worthy of pilgrimage. The buzz began in the mid-20th century when Hollywood’s glitterati – including John Wayne, Richard Burton, and Elizabeth Taylor – started retreating here. Songsters... Read More

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iStock InternationalSatisfy your sense of adventure with these heart-pumping extreme travel escapes

Some travelers live on the edge. Never satisfied with lazing away their vacation days on the beach, these thrill seekers look for adventure on their days off. If orbiting the Earth, diving in shark-infested waters, or getting up-close-and-personal with a gorilla sounds like your idea of a good time... Read More

By: Genevieve Shaw Brown There was a time in the not-so-distant past when the first thing travelers thought of when they considered a trip to the Dominican Republic (often referred to simply as the DR) was “cheap all-inclusive.” And a vacation in Punta Cana, the region of beautiful white sand... Read More

By: Stephanie Johnnidis Of the hundreds of Caribbean islands – all boasting tropical appeal and brilliant turquoise waters – why does Aruba get the most repeat visitors? Three major reasons top the list: There’s no rainy season; constant trade winds keep climates bearable (even in summer); and many direct flights... Read More

iStock InternationalThe multi-armed saguaro cacti is perhaps the most quintessential symbol of the American Southwest

By: Elissa Richard Just like the mythological bird that rises from its own ashes – from which the city borrows its name – the Greater Phoenix area has risen into something that couldn’t have been envisioned just half-century ago: one of the most popular tourist destinations in America, attracting 13... Read More

iStock InternationalSedona boasts the kind of beauty that stirs the senses and moves the soul

By: Elissa Richard When every passing sunray transforms the color and character of Sedona’s red-rock formations, it’s easy to see why visitors are awed by its grandeur. Sedona boasts the kind of beauty that stirs the senses and moves the soul: radiant red rocks carved out by canyons and creeks;... Read More

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By: Jordan Simon Few destinations are as iconic as Los Cabos, located at the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula where the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortés (Gulf of California) meet. The very name conjures images of Hemingway and John Wayne duking it out with marlins and Jimmy... Read More

iStock InternationalEnjoy a once-in-a-life-time trip to Machu Picchu in Peru

While it’s the phenomenal feats of mere mortals that comprise our list of man-made wonders, actually seeing them in person is nothing short of divine. Little surprise, given that many of our favorite creations were designed with a heavenly audience in mind, whether in the depths of a Cambodian... Read More

By: Jordan Simon Little did the British passengers of the Sea Venture, shipwrecked en route to Jamestown, Virginia in 1609, imagine that the series of rocky reef-encircled Atlantic islets they washed up on would, nearly four centuries later, be synonymous with posh retreats and serenity. Resembling a vast botanical garden... Read More

By: Jordan Simon Mark Twain (when he was still known as Samuel Clemens) rhapsodized about Lake Tahoe, describing it as, “a noble sheet of blue water lifted six thousand three hundred feet above the level of the seas . . . As it lay there with the shadows of the... Read More

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By: Jordan Simon Ironic that a tiny, rocky Caribbean island ill-suited to agriculture and populated only by poor Norman and Breton fishermen should wind up luring Rockefellers and rock stars, real and reel royalty. But St. Barthélemy, affectionately known as St. Barts (or Barths – both are correct) with its... Read More

By: Jordan Simon Aspen. One of the world’s most fabled, fabulous resorts, where the rich and famous sow their wild hautes (literally). Where dog collars sparkle more than many an engagement ring and the word mogul applies equally to the legendary steeps and Forbes/Fortune crowd: Hollywood in the Rockies (and... Read More

By: Stephanie Johnnidis With its colorful colonial village, jungle-covered slopes, miles of palm-shaded shores, and idyllic waterfront setting along the turquoise waters of Bahia de Banderas (Bay of Flags), one of the world’s deepest bays (and Mexico’s largest), Puerto Vallarta (known as PV in shorthand), is not just another Mexican... Read More