Lost islands are the stuff of adventure movies and ancient tales, but some actually did exist. Others were only alive in imagination or because someone mistook them for another place. Do you know any of these islands?
From murder sites to a building shaped like one of your body's major organs, these rooms for rent deliver way more than free WiFi. You'll never believe all the weird and wonderful places you can bed down.
Airbnb sounds like a win-win: Guests get a unique vacation experience often at less than a hotel would charge, while hosts make extra cash off spare bedrooms or second homes. But hotels, cities and tenants' groups don't feel as buoyant about Airbnb.
Serpent Mound, a winding mound of earth one-quarter mile long and three feet high, remains a mystery despite all the research. Serpent Mound State Memorial is the largest prehistoric animal effigy in the world. Read about Serpent Mound vacations.
Savannah, Georgia, is America's first planned city. General James Edward Oglethorpe (who had previously founded the colony of Georgia) founded Savannah in 1733. Read about family vacations to this series of neighborhoods centered around 24 squares.
Stone Mountain, Georgia, is the world's largest exposed piece of granite -- billions of cubic feet of rock. This immense monolith is just a short drive from Atlanta. Learn why it's not just the size of the rock that brings people to Stone Mountain.
A hiker's paradise unfolds at Amicalola Falls State Park. Twelve miles of trails weave throughout the Appalachian Mountains. Daring adventurers can brave the 8-mile trail from the park to Springer Mountain. Learn about vacations to Amicalola Falls.
St. Augustine Castillo de San Marcos and its 25 acres of old parade grounds are a St. Augustine must-see. The fortress, built by Spaniards between 1672 and 1695, is a marvel of a Renaissance relic. Learn about vacations to the Castillo de San Marcos.
The 56-foot statue of Vulcan in Birmingham, Alabama, is the largest cast-iron statue in the world. The creation of the glorious sculpture is tied closely to the roots of the city. Learn about family vacations to see the Vulcan Statue in Birmingham.
Natchez Trace originated thousands of years ago. Big animals such as deer and bison were the first to tramp along what became the Old Natchez Trace, and then the Choctaw and Chickasaw tribes used it. Learn about family vacations to Natchez Trace.
The U.S. Capitol is an icon of 19th-century neoclassical architecture in the United States. The building's cornerstone was laid in September, 1793; it's been burnt, rebuilt, expanded, and restored since then. Read about vacations to the U.S. Capitol.
Though tours of the White House have been very limited since Sept. 11 2001 (trips must be approved six months in advance) a stroll past this iconic home is the perfect way to begin or end a tour of the nearby museums and landmarks in downtown DC.
At the center of the Lincoln Memorial is a sculpture of Abraham Lincoln. One hand is clenched, one open. His gaze remains focused across the Reflecting Pool to the Washington Monument and the National Mall. Learn about vacations to Lincoln Memorial.
Monticello, the Virginia home of American founder Thomas Jefferson, is a Roman neoclassical masterpiece. Jefferson moved to the property in 1770, but the mansion was not finished until 1809. Read more about family vacations to Monticello.
Beale Street is not just a spectacle for the eyes, it's also an experience for the taste buds. Pots of gumbo and red beans and rice simmer at every corner. Learn about vacations to sample the Beale Street food, and more importantly, its music.
The Grand Ole Opry is a cultural phenomenon. It's a radio program that showcases American country music -- in fact, the longest-running live radio program in the States. But country music is just the beginning. Read more about the Grand Ole Opry.
People flock to Plymouth, Massachusetts, to watch whales, relax on the beach, kayak, and see the famous ten-ton granite boulder: Plymouth Rock is hallowed as the place where the Pilgrims set foot in America. Read about vacation to Plymouth Rock.
If you're touring Providence, Rhode Island, and its antique treasures, the best place to start is Benefit Street, also known as the Mile of History. Learn about the best time to visit, during the city's annual June Festival of Historic Houses.
The town of Stonington is the oldest borough in Connecticut, first settled in 1753. Both the lighthouse and the town represent the history and architecture of an typical Connecticut town. Read about family vacations to Stonington Borough Lightouse.