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Na Pali Coast Kauai/flickr/n4rwhals
Na Pali Coast Kauai/flickr/n4rwhals

Between the tropical rainforest and scenic hiking trails, the hidden beaches and dramatic coastline, Kauai’s landscape offers endless opportunities for adventure. Here are our top ten picks to experience the best of Hawaii’s Garden Island. 1. Sunbathe at Polihale State Park While most folks flock to Kauai’s North Shore for the beach, Polihale State Park on the west side... Read More

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Sylvan Lake, Custer State Park/Laura Motta
Sylvan Lake, Custer State Park/Laura Motta

This year, the 100th anniversary of America’s national parks inspired millions to get outside and explore some of the country’s most astonishing beauty. But the centennial programming was almost too successful: National parks across the country saw a surge of visitors, leading to long wait times and large crowds. The good... Read More

Suite at Queen's Gardens Resort & Spa on Saba
Suite/Queen’s Gardens Resort & Spa

Saba, the Netherlands’ smallest municipality at five square miles, lies just off St. Maarten and can be accessed from there via a twelve-minute plane ride. You’ll find no white sandy beaches in Saba, as the island consists largely of the potentially active volcano and lush rainforest. Even better, you’ll find no... Read More

 Stykkisholmur/Katie Hammel
Stykkisholmur/Katie Hammel

The land of fire and ice is hot right now — so hot that tourists outnumber locals by more than four to one — and it’s becoming more and more difficult to find the solitude this wild and sparsely populated country once offered in abundance. But away from the capital city... Read More

Bonnie Lake in Alaska
Bonnie Lake/Flickr/Cecil Sanders

Due to its weather patterns and reputation for cold, Alaska has always been considered a summer destination. But maybe it’s time to give fall another look. Sure, colors are changing all across North America, but nowhere else can compete with the seasonal transition occurring in Alaska, both in the... Read More

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 Windsurfing Curacao/Facebook
Windsurfing Curacao/Facebook

Curaçao, former Dutch Caribbean colony of the Netherlands Antilles, may be known for spectacular underwater dive sites as much as its eponymous blue liqueur, but there are plenty of seafaring activities to do on the surface of its cerulean waters as well — a popular one being windsurfing. Finding a place... Read More

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Sunset on the Big Island of Hawaii
Sunset/Flickr/Montse PB

The island of Hawaii (nicknamed the Big Island) has so much to offer visitors with its diverse geographies and landscapes. From stand-up paddle boarding to fluming (more on that later!), here are our top 10 activities that are a must-see on the Big Island. 1. Lava Hike The island of Hawaii is volcanic... Read More

 Bär Baer/flickr
Bär Baer/flickr

Every September, hotels ramp up their wellness offerings to honor National Yoga Month. While a discounted yoga package with your stay is nice, the beauty of yoga is that you can do it anytime, anywhere. As celebrity yoga instructor Rodney Yee once said: “The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing... Read More

Dzibilchaltun
Dzibilchaltun/Rosalind Cummings-Yeates

Chichen Itza’s soaring pyramid may grab all of the glory, but there are several other standout Mayan ruins in Mexico’s Yucatan region that people often overlook. Many of these archeological wonders are also listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites and boast amazing panoramas, but with half the crowds. On your next... Read More

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 Bisti Wilderness/Creative Commons/John Fowler
Bisti Wilderness/Creative Commons/John Fowler

Northwestern New Mexico deserves more credit. Overshadowed by more well-known wonders — like Chaco Canyon, artistic Santa Fe, and spiritually-inclined Taos — the region is one that most people drive through rather than drive to. We’re asking that you reconsider. Sure, it’s remote — it’s some 200 miles from Santa Fe, and the closest significant town is Durango, Colorado —... Read More

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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur, California
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park/Flickr/Nathan Yergler

The region of Big Sur stretches for about 60 miles along California’s rugged Central Coast, where ancient redwood trees reach for the sky, the road wiggles along the edge of the ocean, and from June to October, migrating whales can be spotted offshore. Though the area is best known... Read More

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Campground at Signal Mountain Lodge in Wyoming
Signal Mountain Campground/Facebook.com/Signal.Mountain.Lodge

Taking a late summer or fall road trip? Smart move. Gas is cheap and the countryside is free. Unfortunately, lodging is not, which is why budget road trippers often choose to pitch a tent. Organized campgrounds can be found all across the country, and in most cases, sites can be... Read More

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UnCruise Adventures

There’s a reason Jacques Cousteau called Baja California Sur the “world’s aquarium.” The region, located in the southern half of the Baja peninsula, is home to some 900 species of fish and 300 species of birds. With the Pacific Ocean on its west and the Sea of Cortez on its... Read More

 Paris Bikes/flickr/SnippyHolloW
Paris Bikes/flickr/SnippyHolloW

What feels more Parisian than pedaling down a cobblestone street with a baguette in your basket? Well, thanks to Vélib’, the wildly popular bike borrowing service in Paris, you can live out those Parisian dreams. Better still, you can skip the crowded metro, get fresh air and exercise, and take in... Read More

 The Bowery Boys
The Bowery Boys

There’s a reason New York City hosted 58.3 million tourists last year alone. From Wall Street to Stonewall, waves of immigration and innovation, and a skyline that’s framed countless films, New York City inspires a certain historical fanfare. In the nearly 400 years since the city was founded, millions of... Read More