Ancient ruins of The Treasury, archaeological site in Arabah-Petra, Jordan

Seeing is Believing: 11 Views of Jordan

From the desert to the beach, learn why travelers can't get enough of Wadi Rum, Petra, and these other best views of Jordan.
A courtyard on Commercial Street in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Photo courtesy of Tim Grafft/MOTT

Best Places to Stay: Cape Cod, Nantucket, and More

Where you stay on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, or Nantucket can set the tone of your vacation. Use this guide to help find the best spot for your trip.
Park City, Utah, dates back to 1868. Photo courtesy Park City Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau

9 Warm-Weather Ways to See Park City, Utah

Long after the snow melts, Park City offers hiking, golf, biking, plus great music, film, and Olympic training for everyone.
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Yosemite Valley from Tunnel View. Photo courtesy DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc.

10 Ways to See Yosemite Without the Crowds

You already know you want to see Half Dome, El Capitan, and Yosemite Falls. Here are 10 more ways to experience Yosemite National Park.
Potala Palace, seat of the Dalai Lamas.

7 Legendary Lady Explorers

From Antarctica to Iran, these seven journeys shattered the glass ceiling of exploration.
Yoga at the New Age Health Spa in the Catskills, NY. Courtesy New Age Health Spa

Health Retreats: 5 Ways to Shape Up

Skip the gym. Massages or other spa treatments are included in these active vacations in Hawaii, Mexico, Vermont, New York's Catskills, or British Columbia.
View from the fort at Cidade Velha, Cape Verde.

Island Hopping the Cape Verde Islands

What to see and where to stop in the distinctive West African archipelago.
West Bay Beach in Roatan, Honduras.

Undiscovered Caribbean Islands: Insider's Guide

If you love the tropics but prefer a low-key, affordable holiday, these spots are sure to win you over.
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.
Cantuccini, a type of almond biscotti that's said to originate from the Tuscan town of Prato.

Eat, Pray and Love Across Italy

Where to eat and drink your way around Italy, as inspired by the book and film Eat, Pray, Love.
Explore isolated Na Pali Coast State Park

Best Hawaiian Coastal Walks and Hikes

Put on your hiking boots, and you'll discover a new view of paradise.
People relaxing at a park along the river, Basel

10 Best River Cruises

What's the difference between cruising on the Rhine and Rhone? Check out these 10 best river and barge cruises to find out.
Go Sojourn Bike Tours has multiple leaf-peeping routes through Vermont. Courtesy Go Sojourn Bike Tours

The World's 10 Best Bike Tours

Biking tours in Italy, Spain, Tasmania, Vermont, and six other great cycling destinations around the world.
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.
The Ahwahnee/Majestic Yosemite Hotel in Yosemite National Park.

The Best National Park Lodges in the U.S.

By Carrie Havranek

Staying in national parks like Yellowstone National Park offers visitors old-school examples of sustainability and beauty and easy access to trips and tours.
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 bike sits on a bridge overlooking the Amsterdam canals

Europe's 10 Best Cities for Cycling

Planners have pushed hard to make Paris, Amsterdam, London, and other cities more bicycle-friendly for both residents and visitors.
Just 15 minutes from Waikiki, a short hike along the Manoa Falls Trail takes you into a lush tropical rainforest.

Best Hawaiian Hikes: 6 Fit for the Family

By Pamela Wright, David Thompson and Michael Tsai

Put on your hiking boots and you'll discover a new view of paradise.
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.
The main street of Tombstone, Arizona, is where all the action takes place.

Classic Cowboy Towns and B and Bs

Rediscover the Old West by relaxing at a cozy B&B and exploring what these former mining towns have to offer.
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.
Cloud Gate (nicknamed "the Bean") is the Anish Kapoor sculpture in Chicago's Millennium Park.

The World's 10 Best Cities for Parks

Seek out the best city parks in London, Paris, Chicago, and seven other places around the world.
Bazaruto Island, Mozambique.

10 Remote Island Vacations

Ten perfect remote island vacations from Polynesia to the Caribbean and beyond.