Death Valley National Park, CA.

Death Valley National Park: Spring in the Desert

Hiking around a 3,000-year-old crater and walking on a salt flat are just a few of the memorable things to do in California's Death Valley National Park.
Adventurers re-energize themselves aside the soothing and spectacular Manoa Falls.

5 Best Waterfall Hikes in Hawaii

By Pamela Wright, David Thompson, Michael Tsai & Diane Bair

Postcard-worthy paths in Maui, Kauai, Oahu, and the Big Island.
Tierra del Fuego landscape.

15 South American Island Escapes

Escape from the continent on to one of these 15 islands filled with wildlife, beaches, and tranquil waters.
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Greenwich Park and the Royal Observatory.

London Day Trips: Museums and Gardens

From the halls of Oxford to the hills of Hampstead Heath, nine museums and gardens worth adding to your London itinerary.
A rock climber in southwestern Colorado. Courtesy Matt Inden/Weaver Multimedia Group

6 Exhilarating Colorado Adventure Getaways

From camping in yurts to ice climbing, each of these Colorado adventures delivers just the right amount of adrenaline.
Couple walking through the Waipio Valley. Photo: Tor Johnson / The Hawaii Tourism

10 Reasons to Visit the Big Island, Hawaii

Sunbathe on a green-sand beach, stargaze from a mountaintop observatory, snorkel with sea turtles, and enjoy more unforgettable moments on Hawaii's Big Island.
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.
Chicago city skyline reflected in the "Bean."

Great Architectural Pilgrimages: 15 Sites to Visit

From Angkor Wat to suburban Connecticut, we've rounded up 15 inspiring sites for people who love buildings.
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.
Giant tube sponge and a diver in the waters of Roatan, Honduras.

Central American Islands: 11 Amazing Escapes

Eleven sparsely populated beaches, one-of-a-kind reefs, and secluded sights perfect for adventuresome visitors and low-impact leisure travelers alike.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.