Colorado River

Top 10 Whitewater River Rafting Destinations

Dip your paddle in the rushing water at any one of these 10 rivers and your workaday worries will rapidly disappear.
Port on the island of Capri, Italy

Walking Tours That Put a Spring In Your Step

By Charis Atlas Heelan

Strap on your most comfortable shoes, and sign up for a walking vacation this spring.
The Forum, Rome- Italy

Frommer's Favorite Experiences in Rome

Frommer's authors share their top memories of historic sights, restaurants, artists, and more in the eternal city.
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Las Vegas New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve Celebrations Around the World

Details and photographs of New Year's Eve festivals and events in Berlin, Rio, London, Sydney, Vegas, and more cities.
Wine bottles stacked at the Cascina Monsignore Farm

Exploring Italy's Piedmont Region

Piedmont offers a little bit of everything: Culinary delights, outdoor activities galore, a bounty of natural beauty, and history.
One ideal alternative hike to the classic Inca Trail is the <strong>Mountain Lodges of Peru</strong> or MLPtrek (tel. <strong>011/511-421-7777</strong>; <strong><a href="http://www.mountainlodgesofperu.com" target="_blank">www.mountainlodgesofperu.com</a></strong>), which gives hikers a feel for the Inca Trail without being quite so rough. This new hike follows a string of ancient Inca roads and mule trails for about 40-miles eastward to Machu Picchu (versus the western-bound route of the classic trail), and hikers following this route stay in four comfortable Mountain Lodges along the way. You can book directly with Mountain Lodges of Peru; a number of leading adventure travel operators also offer the trip, throwing in private tours and airfare for a bit more money. <strong>Backroads</strong> (tel. <strong>800/GO-ACTIVE</strong>; <strong><a href="http://www.backroads.com" target="_blank">www.backroads.com</a></strong>) is one highly recommended MLP operator. It's known for both its personal service and its dedication to small group sizes; this photo shows half of an average group setting off on a hike.

Hiking to Machu Picchu

When the classic Inca Trail gets booked up there are thankfully other ways to hike to Machu Picchu.
Street vendors in the Palermo Soho area of Buenos Aires.

World's Best Cities for Bargain Shopping

Where to buy clothes, jewelry, shoes, electronics, and more in Florence, Shanghai, Bueno Aires, and seven other cities.
Strings of lebkuchen (gingerbread necklaces) make perfect souvenirs.

10 Oktoberfest Traditions

Oktoberfest is more than just beer. Raise a glass to these 10 traditions that draw travelers to Munich every fall.
Sunset at the Italian Gardens in Hyde Park.

How to See the Best of London

With London's abundance of sights, how much can you see in just one trip? Plenty. Here's a two-day tour that won't leave you exhausted.
The Seine, Quai D'Orleans, Ile Saint Louis.

13 Favorite Paris Moments

From the Eiffel Tower to the streets of Montmartre: a baker's dozen worth of don't-miss sites for your next Paris trip.
A woman rock climbing at Smith Rock State Park located outside Eugene, Oregon

5 Ways to Hike and Climb Around the World

By Charis Atlas Heelan

We've looked around the world and found five climbs and hikes that may just lead you to a destination you've never considered before.
Port de l' Arsenal Genius of Liberty on top of Colonne de Juillet in Place Bastille, Paris

Paris Walking Tour: Backstreets of the Bastille

Lace up your shoes and go back in time in one of Paris' most distinctive neighborhoods.
People sitting around a water feature in Washington Square Park, Greenwich Village.

Favorite New York City Experiences

8 great things to do that'll let you stretch a New York minute into a lifetime of memories.
Early morning at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.

The World's Best Markets and Bazaars: 11 Top Cities

Where to shop for one-of-a-kind souvenirs in Paris, London, Cairo, and eight other global destinations.
A detail of the statue of Queen Boadicea near Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben) in London.

Best Free Things to Do in England, Scotland and Wales

By Ben and Dinah Hatch

Discover how to get the most out of your free time in Britain without spending a pound.
Leather goods are plentiful, well-crafted bargains in the San Lorenzo market.

7 Ways to Shop Across the World

By Charis Atlas Heelan

Where to find the best goods and how to get the best deals at seven global shopping destinations.
St. Peter's Basilica fronting St. Peter's Square

5 Literary Walks Around the World

By Charis Atlas Heelan

Join one of these literary tours to discover how classic landscapes helped shape the stories we know and love.
Lava entering the Pacific Ocean, Kilauea volcano, Hawaii. Courtesy Tom Pfeiffer/www.volcanodiscovery.com

Hawaii, Costa Rica and More Volcano Vacations

Volcanoes aren't always bad news -- sometimes they can be the highlight, not the curse, of your trip. Join one of these hiking trips for incomparable views.
A close-up at the famous Hofbrauhaus beer hall in Munich.

The World's Best Cities for Beer

You can learn a lot about a place by how the locals pour pints and drain bottles, and there's no shortage of great beer in these 14 top beer-drinking cities.
Open air art in Philadelphia

Philadelphia's Open-Air Art

By Carrie Havranek

Philly is loaded with art in unlikely places. Here are five spots worth seeking out.
Jivamukti's space is a combination vegan cafe, boutique, and yoga school. Courtesy Jivamukti Yoga Center

New York City's Best Yoga Studios

To get a closer look at some NYC neighborhoods, skip the bus tour and sign up for a yoga class instead. Try one of these classes for a small fee -- or better yet, for free.
Dingo at Lake McKenzie, Fraser Island, Queensland. Courtesy Tourism Australia &copy; Photographer: Lincoln Fowler

5 Best Outdoor Adventures in Australia

From kayaking to driving cattle, you're sure to find an outdoor vacation in Australia that fits your style.
Map of Provence

The Art Lover's Tour of Provence

Provence and the Cote de Azure helped change the art world. Here's how to plot a course through its most impressive milestones.