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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

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

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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

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Glenwood Springs/Tyra Sutak

Glenwood Springs has as much small-town charm and outdoor recreation as its neighbor, Aspen, but at a fraction of the cost. The city is known for its rust-colored facade, brushed with an abundance of greenery, and well-maintained historical buildings, and its location near the Colorado River lends itself to water sports... Read More

 The Blue Hotel, Belize/Facebook/PADI
The Blue Hole, Belize/Facebook/PADI

Many people dream of getting a scuba certification in an exotic destination. It makes sense: If you’re going to spend days, even weeks, learning to dive, why not see some cool stuff in the process? But there’s a lot to consider when learning to dive on vacation. From the “where” to the “how much,” here is everything you need... Read More

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Louisiana Steamer Shipwreck in Washington Harbor_ED
Frank O’Connor Shipwreck

A century ago, Lake Michigan was a freshwater freeway, connecting major cities like Chicago, Milwaukee, and Wisconsin’s Green Bay. But the notorious storms of the Great Lakes region often made for a tumultuous passage. Today, the lake — the fifth largest in the world — is home to roughly... Read More

Mombacho in Nicaragua
Mombacho/Flickr/Celeste

Lake Nicaragua is the largest lake in Central America and is renowned for its cultural islands and adjacent volcanoes. But changes could be on the horizon. The proposed cross-country canal project may pose a major environmental threat, due to the presence of large ships, changing water levels, pollution, and reduced wetlands. With... Read More

Antarctica
Antarctica/Katie Hammel

Antarctica is a place of extremes: It’s not only the southernmost continent, but also the coldest, driest, and windiest. A trip to Antarctica isn’t a vacation so much as an expedition, an exciting journey into a wild and inhospitable land — and it can only be done via ship.... Read More

 Bo-Kaap Neighborhood, Cape Town/flickr/David Stanley
Bo-Kaap Neighborhood, Cape Town/flickr/David Stanley

Most folks set out to South Africa with safari, nature, and perhaps even wine country in mind, but the nation has some fascinating urban settings that are well worth diving into, too. On our recent trip, we vetted several tour operators in a trio of South African coastal cities... Read More

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Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu/Flickr/Nimmi Solomon

Many of the world’s most fascinating environments exist at high elevations. Santa Fe, New Mexico is 7,260 feet high; Peru’s Machu Picchu sits at 8,000 feet, while Switzerland’s Jungfraujoch soars 11,388 feet toward the sky. According to the Centers for Disease Control Yellowbook (not to be confused with the Yellow... Read More

Icelandic horses in Iceland
Icelandic horses/Flickr/Christopher Michel

Iceland is an idiosyncratic place. In the winter, darkness reigns, while in the summer, the sun barely sets. The country is roughly the size of Kentucky and 10 percent of it’s covered in glaciers, yet there’s room for 66 golf courses. It’s a place where “land of contrasts” is... Read More