Destinations

Travel destinations are the stuff of daydreams and memories. Discover the many options available such as adventure travel, city guides and family vacations.

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The Republic of Nirivia, an imaginary micronation comprising a group of islands in Lake Superior, was founded in the mid-1970s mostly in jest, by a small group of Canadians who wanted to see a pristine natural area preserved.

By Patrick J. Kiger

Some call it an artists colony, others a squatters' paradise. Either way, it attracts lots of visitors, billing itself as the last free place in America. So, what's it really like?

By Dave Roos

If you've always wanted to drive a high-end sports car for a day, there is no shortage of options and experiences open to you. But how do you pick the right one?

By Rebecca Treon

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If light pollution has obscured the night sky over your head, check out one of 178 designated International Dark Sky Places in 21 countries on six continents around the world.

By Katy Spratte Joyce

Utah's Great Salt Lake has been in the news in 2021, but for all the wrong reasons. It's at its lowest level ever, and some say it could eventually dry up.

By Mark Mancini

It's located in the Pacific and part of the Northern Mariana Islands, and played a major role in WWII. Here are seven things you need to know about stunning Saipan.

By Suzie Dundas

A 9-foot bronze Statue of Liberty cast from the original plaster model is coming to America. It's in honor of the long friendship between France and America, and will be a highlight of New York City's Independence Day celebration.

By Sarah Gleim

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Scattered all over the globe in oceans, lakes and seas, are fascinating underwater ruins that once thrummed with the daily lives of the people who inhabited them. So how did they end up underwater?

By Mark Mancini

One of the largest caves on the planet, Hang Sơn Đoòng houses a forested space called "Watch Out for Dinosaurs" because of its primordial appearance.

By Mark Mancini

According to an 1885 pamphlet, a man named Thomas J. Beale buried a treasure somewhere in Virginia, and left behind what appeared to be coded messages about its location. But was it all just a hoax?

By Patrick J. Kiger

Perhaps best known as the last home of Elisa Lam before her mysterious death, the Cecil Hotel has a sordid past full of murders and mayhem. Care to step inside?

By Nathan Chandler

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Crater of Diamonds State Park is the only public diamond mining site in the U.S. Thousands of people have dug up their own gems over the years. Some even struck it rich.

By Caroline Eubanks

This huge hunk of metal has been perched on a hilltop in the Mojave Desert for decades. No one knows who put it there nor why. Was it the U.S. Air Force, pranksters — or aliens?

By Nathan Chandler

There are 20 different types of "national parks" that fall under the protection of the National Park Service, including national monuments and actual parks. But what makes them different?

By Sharise Cunningham

Here's an Australian town where you can eat, sleep and play, all below the surface. Not surprisingly, it's starred in many movies too.

By Caroline Eubanks

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It's only 180 square miles, but it packs a lot of personality. In fact Andorra is the only country in the world that's ruled by co-princes from different countries.

By Valerie Stimac

What's nauseating and inedible to one man is ambrosia to another. The cultural differences people have around food are the reason for Sweden's Disgusting Food Museum.

By Stephanie Vermillion

Serious chocoholics can't get enough of their favorite treat and are always looking for ways to get more of it. These chocolate-themed attractions should help satisfy their sweet teeth.

By Caroline Eubanks

The Happiness Museum in Copenhagen explores happiness across the globe, including how it varies across regions, and why some countries, such as Denmark, are happier than others.

By Stephanie Vermillion

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President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act into law in 1968 to protect U.S. rivers for future generations. Here are seven fabulous rivers you should check out.

By Katie Carman

Death Valley hit 130 degrees Fahrenheit again Sunday July 11, 2021. That is only the fifth time in recorded history temperatures have reached 130 degrees on Earth. Why is it so hot here and how can anything survive in such brutal conditions?

By Stephanie Vermillion

Itching for a road trip that is as exhilarating as it is memorable? Check out one of these five drives that you surely won't forget.

By Cherise Threewitt

Some folks love stargazing so much, they're willing to build their lives around it. Welcome to Deerlick Astronomy Village, where you can live the astronomical life full-time — or just visit for a dark sky party.

By Nathan Chandler

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The taiga biome stretches from Alaska to Mongolia, and it's super-cold. You can totally live here, though not too many people do.

By Stephanie Vermillion

Lake Baikal is a massive, ancient lake in the mountainous Russian region of Siberia. It's home to nearly 4,000 different species, earning it the nickname the 'Galapagos of Russia.'

By Stephanie Vermillion