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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You may be tempted to buy a few thousand miles because you're oh-so-close to the threshold for a free ticket. But experts say you generally shouldn't do that.

By Cherise Threewitt

New Zealand's public accident insurance fund has made the country a magnet for extreme sports and adventure seekers.

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

While most people visit America's national parks in the summer, they could miss out by not heading there in the winter. In fact, some parks are even better in the wintertime. Here are 10 you shouldn't miss when the weather turns cold.

By Nathan Chandler

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Don't believe the hype: Not all millennials are entitled. A report on vacationing shows their age group is the most vacation-deprived of any.

By Michelle Konstantinovsky

The eruption of Mount Vesuvius and destruction of Pompeii in 79 C.E. was a horrible disaster. So why are people so enthralled with the ashy remains of the ancient city?

By Ed Grabianowski

The rise of Hindu nationalist political parties and the iconic tomb's Islamic identity underscore religious friction in the world's largest democracy.

By Patrick J. Kiger

Nude beaches aren't the hotbed of hooking up that many people suppose. In fact there are a whole lot of etiquette rules to observe when going au naturel.

By Nathan Chandler

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Many articles have been written about the positive effects of travel. But can it also be too much of a good thing?

By Dave Roos

Trees that survived horrific or important events provide strong emotional connections for visitors to the historic sites.

By Dave Roos

When Carnegie Museum of Natural History conservators examined the diorama "Lion Attacking a Dromedary," they found a human skull in the male figure.

By Alia Hoyt

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The most inhospitable continent in the world can be a surprisingly normal at times. But then you have to mail your poop home.

By Jesslyn Shields

The tropical island next door that was off limits to Americans for more than half a century is now open for business … as long as you're not a "tourist."

By Jesslyn Shields

Why have small towns like Helen, Georgia, and Solvang, California, gotten all dressed up in immigrant garb?

By Chris Opfer

Disney parks around the world all have a haunted attraction, but not one is exactly like the original, and all have fascinating reasons behind their differences.

By Bryan Young

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Frenchman Guirec Soudée is sailing around the world by himself. But since everyone needs a first mate, he enlisted a laying hen.

By Jesslyn Shields

There's something about abandoned cities that makes you curious about what happened. Here are 10 where you can satisfy that curiosity by taking a visit.

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

The newest Smithsonian museum has artifacts from luminaries ranging from Harriet Tubman to Michael Jackson.

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

Toilet-themed restaurants in Toronto and Moscow are two recent examples of this weird craze spreading beyond Asia.

By Christopher Hassiotis

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There's a method behind the automotive madness of this massive traffic circle in Swindon, England.

By Christopher Hassiotis

According to Congress, there are too many memorials in the District of Columbia. Finalists in a new contest rethink our monuments for the digital age.

By Jesslyn Shields

Thousands have summited the world's highest mountain since Hillary and Norgay made their historic climb in 1953. What's changed about that formidable trek?

By John Donovan

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?

By Patrick J. Kiger

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Photographer Philip Grossman used drones to capture these amazing shots of the nuclear meltdown site and abandoned city of Pripyat.

By Christopher Hassiotis

Cremation in Japan is pretty much a nationwide tradition. That means you may have to wait days or weeks before your loved one is cremated. What to do in the meantime?

By Kate Kershner