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The Painted Ladies in San Francisco

The Painted Ladies in San Francisco/Elena Sonnino

Traveling to San Francisco with only a day to explore? Throw on a pair of comfortable walking shoes, grab your camera, and set out to see the city on foot with this walking itinerary that traverses the city’s best landmarks and most charming neighborhoods.

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The Index Bridge in Index Washington

The Index Bridge/Sarah Ravits

For outdoor enthusiasts and amateurs alike, a trip to the Pacific Northwest should include a stop at the small, rustic town of Index, Washington. Its population? Less than 200. Though it’s about an hour from Seattle, this town is a world away from fast-paced, contemporary urban life. Index is primarily a destination for in-the-know rock climbers, but this small town in the Skykomish Valley also draws in an eclectic crowd of adventurers of all ages, families, and those who want — or need — to escape to nature for a few days. Read more

King Room at the Rush Creek Lodge

King room/Rush Creek Lodge

Ready for a new place to stay in Yosemite National Park? Say hello to Rush Creek Lodge, which debuts in the park area in June. It’ll be the sister property of Evergreen Lodge, which is just a half-mile west of the park’s Highway 120 West entrance, and is the first hotel to open near the park in more than 25 years. Even better: The hotel is already taking reservations for its 2016 opening, and, if you book soon, you’ll be able to apply a $100 credit toward your stay.

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Kalawao Sea Cliffs at Kalaupapa National Historical Park, Molokai, Hawaii

Darren Murph

Many of America’s great treasures lie within the National Park System. The Grand Canyon, Yosemite’s Half Dome, Denali, and the largest mangrove ecosystem in the western hemisphere are all protected by the federal government, set aside for future generations to enjoy. These spectacular places are mostly public lands — but there’s one in particular that doesn’t quite fit the mold.

We recently visited Kalaupapa National Historical Park, located on a remote section of Molokai, and can attest that it’s both unique and beautiful. For one, it’s tucked away on one of Hawaii‘s quietest, most infrequently visited islands. Secondly, there are only three ways to visit, all of which require an invite. So, how can you visit the most exclusive entity within the National Park system? Let’s take a look.

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Billy Goat Trail in Washington DC

Billy Goat Trail/Elena Sonnino

When most people plan a trip to Washington, D.C., they focus on the major attractions like the National Mall, the White House, and Smithsonian Museums. But scattered around the city (and, in some cases, just a few steps outside its boundaries) lie under-radar locales that exist far away from the museum and tourist crowds. Here are five places to explore the outdoors for a different side of the nation’s capital.

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Yosemite National Park

Gowri Chandra

It’s true that a day in Yosemite National Park only gives you enough time to make a mere dent in the 750,000 acres of trails and waterfalls that propelled John Muir’s love affair with the park. But you might be surprised to find that time has a way of slowing down in these hills — and a Saturday or Sunday in the woods may just be long enough to get that “gotten away” feeling.

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Vancouver skyline aerial

Tourism Vancouver

We love the cosmopolitan excursions in Vancouver as much as the next traveler, but we’re also huge fans of the fact that it’s a great gateway to surrounding outdoorsy adventures. After all, the city is flanked by mountains, forests, and the Pacific coast. Best of all, plenty of these escapes are accessible as day trips.

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Reefworld Pontoon, Great Barrier Reef

Laura Motta

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, which stretches along the east coast of Queensland for more than 1,400 miles, is the biggest structure on earth built by non-human organisms. It can even be seen from space. Clearly, this incredible destination, which was just renewed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, tops travel bucket lists for a good reason. To visit the reef, you have many options. Here are three that offer unique and varied perspectives…

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slideboarding combines water slides with interactive video games

(Photo: Great Wolf Lodge)

By Jordi Lippe for Yahoo! Travel

Just as amusement parks are in a constant competition to create the most terrifying, most stomach-dropping, and most incredible roller coasters, water parks are in what could be considered an all-out arms race of water slides.

We’ve seen the 14-story plunges and the 360-degree loops. But this is the first time that we have seen the marriage of a water slide with a video game — and it is truly awesome.

Slideboarding is the world’s first interactive video game water slide. Using rafts that double as video game controllers, riders careen through the hairpin turns of an LED-equipped fiberglass flume, scoring points by mashing control buttons that correspond to the flashing lights zooming by.

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biking in vancouver on the seawall

Tourism Vancouver

Vancouver is a wonderful place for a bike ride, especially after the gloriously green metropolis has made a concerted effort to become a cycling city. The protected bike lanes make it easy for travelers to easily zip through the heart of the city, covering lots of ground while staying fit to boot.

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Letchworth State Park

Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council

Where are the best trips to be booking right now? Our monthly Where to Go column tells you the smartest places to go each month for savings, special events, and all around great experiences. Here’s what’s hot for September.

Finger Lakes, New York
Foliage and wine. Hot air balloons and culture. What could make for a better kickoff to fall? In the Finger Lakes, a wealth of wine tasting rooms perch on the region’s lakeside valleys, effortlessly providing a great vantage point for all the season’s best colors. And thrill-seekers who visit in September will be able to catch the last few weeks of ballooning season — or hop on a two-seat glider — for even better foliage views. Even if you’ve traveled here before, there’s a great reason to return this year: The shiny new wing at the Corning Museum of Glass, a massive 26,000-square-foot space for the institution’s contemporary exhibits and live glass-making demonstrations that took $26 million to create.

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Blue River in Breckenridge1, running along the bike path

Leah Still

There are nearly seven more weeks until Labor Day and the unofficial end of summer — plenty of time for a Rocky Mountain getaway. While mountain resort destinations aren’t exactly known for being inexpensive, the neighboring historical towns of Breckenridge and Frisco, Colorado, feature several free and cheap ways to enjoy the outdoors. Tip: The weather changes quickly at these high altitudes, so don’t leave the house without sunscreen and a couple of layers.

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By Billie Cohen for Yahoo! Travel

“practical jetpack” from Martin Aircraft Company

Jet packs are here! Almost. (Photo: Martin Aircraft Company)

Start saving your money — a New Zealand-based company is getting ready to put jet packs on sale. By the end of 2016, Martin Aircraft Company will release what it calls the world’s first “practical jetpack.” (As if there’s any other kind.)

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Cafayate — Megan Eileen McDonough/Bohemian Trails

Latin America is home to some pretty amazing cities — Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, and Cusco to name a few — so we can understand if you’re having trouble picking and choosing what to see and what to skip. That said, there are so many equally impressive destinations that get overlooked. Whether you’re a history buff or an outdoor adventurer or wine lover, here are five underrated Latin American cities worth exploring, no matter your interest.

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glamping at the resort at paws up in montana (river camp tent)

The Resort at Paws Up

Glamorous camping — or glamping — may have started out as a niche for extremely wealthy travelers or hardcore adventurists. But ever since safaris became all the rage a few years back, this mode of luxury tenting has been broadening and becoming a stronger force than ever. Most recently, we’re noticing a daredevil streak in the world of glamping, too. Here’s a look at the phenomenon on the rise, including who’s doing it, why they’re doing it, and the latest trends.

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