The East African country of Uganda has been called the Pearl of Africa, and its beautiful savannahs and incredible range of wildlife stand apart. Read about booking safari lodges to explore Murchison Falls National Park or the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and get tips on how to get to the capital city of Kampala via nearby Kenya and Tanzania.
Colombia is one of the most overlooked destinations in South America. Despite its past reputation for violent crime, this country between Venezuela and Ecuador has beautiful beaches and outdoor attractions such as Amacayacu, Tayrona National Park, and the Colombian Andes. Get tips on the best places to visit, plus deals on hotels in Cartagena and around the country.
Moab Utah is perfectly located for exploring one of the best national parks in the US. Arches National Park has more than 2,000 sandstone arches, including Delicate Arch and Landscape Arch, as well as other unusual formations like the Fiery Furnace and the Organ. Read about lodging in Moab, as well as Native American history and the many petroglyphs in the region.
Belize is one of the prettiest destinations in the Caribbean, with gorgeous beaches and an impressive collection of Mayan ruins to its credit, and the scuba diving at the Blue Hole and around the barrier reef is among the best in the world. Get facts about the Great Blue Hole, plus tips on San Pedro resorts and other places to stay on Ambergris Caye.
Trinidad & Tobago comprises two main islands and several smaller ones scattered in the southern Caribbean, off the Venezuelan coast. The beautiful beaches, from Manzanilla to Blanchisseuse and Englishman’s Bay, are always a draw, and the waterfall tours are an opportunity to see unique scenery. Get deals on flights to the Port of Spain airport, plus tips on hotels and things to do.
Guatemala is one of Central America’s lesser-known tourist destinations, but travelers are discovering just how wonderful it is. The beautiful beaches and beach resorts can rival any in the region, and adventurous travelers can spend time exploring Lake Atitlan and staying at nearby hotels in the Guatemalan Highlands. Get deals on flights to Guatemala, plus tips on unique local attractions like the Antigua Market and Semana Santa.
Travelers to Bolivia often come for the stunning Andes, including Illimani and Huayna Potosi, or Lake Titicaca, but visits can also include the city of La Paz, fun local events like the Carnaval de Oruro in early February, and tours of the historic silver mines in Potosi. Get tips on the best hotels and things to do during vacations in Bolivia.
Honduras is an up-and-coming destination among tropical travelers, with plenty of budget-friendly hotels, historical sites, and delightful events such as Feria Juniana. In all of Honduras, the beaches on Roatan Island are perhaps the best place to be. Home to some of the best snorkeling in the Western Hemisphere, and the world’s second-largest barrier reef, Roatan and the other Bay Islands are drawing travelers in droves.
Italy is known for its beautiful architecture and historical sites. Learn facts about the Roman Colosseum, as well as the history of the Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona in Rome, and get tips on booking tickets to the Leaning Tower of Pisa and other major attractions, plus deals on nearby hotels.
The Bahamas are one of the best destinations for a warm-weather getaway over the holidays or a destination wedding, with excellent weather, dozens of wonderful beaches, and fun attractions such as snorkeling or visiting the casinos in Freeport. Get details about Bahamas vacation packages, particularly the options for all inclusive weddings and wedding cruises.
Argentina boasts some of the world’s most striking terrain, in the harsh beauty of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. Trips to the national parks in Patagonia can include glacier tours and wilderness camping, while to the north the Valdes Peninsula has the continent’s best whale watching. Get deals on booking Argentina vacation packages, and learn about Buenos Aires’ colorful neighborhoods like La Boca.
Wyoming has some of the best outdoor attractions in the US, with the stunning peaks of the Rockies attracting visitors for camping trips in the summer and ski trips in the winter. Read about the best Rocky Mountain lodging, including hotels in the Grand Tetons, plus the stunning destination of Oxbow Bend, and see maps of the mountains around Jackson.
Peru is one of the world’s best destinations if you’re looking for great hiking and local culture. The Lake Titicaca Floating Islands, Inca Trail tours, and fascinating sites like the Nazca Lines combine to create a one-of-a-kind getaway. Get details on flights to Peru and cheap vacation packages, plus things to do in Cusco and Lima.
Chile has plenty of striking and memorable sights for travelers, from the Andes Mountains animals and the massive Atacama Desert hand, to Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. Get tips on the best time to go for good weather in Tierra del Fuego and hikes up Cerro San Cristobal in the capital city of Santiago.
Utah has some of the most strange and stunning natural beauty of any state in the US, from the mazes at Bryce Canyon to the vast expanse of the Bonneville Salt Flats or the hills in the Little Sahara Sand Dunes. Get details on these and other things to see in Utah, plus tips on how to find the best deals on hotels around the state.
Toulouse is one of the loveliest cities in France. Known as La ville rose (the pink city) for the reddish brick in its architecture, Toulouse is both a modern center of aviation and a historical destination famous for its churches. Get details on the best hotels and things to do in Toulouse, plus the excellent ski resorts.
Rio de Janeiro has beautiful outdoor attractions, from beaches like Buzios to the Parque Lage in Jardim Botanico and Christ the Redeemer. As Brazil gets ready for the 2016 Olympics, which will be held in Rio, there are new Olympic hotels and Olympic venues being constructed. Get details on the best things to do, plus when to get tickets for the 2016 Olympics.
Sorrento is a lovely city on the southern coast of Italy, an easy day trip from Naples and from Pompeii. The town is known for the Limoncello liqueur, but it’s also home to beautiful beaches and lovely architecture, as well as the two harbors: Marina Grande and Marina Piccola. Get tips on the best Sorrento hotels and things to do in town.
The US National Parks are great vacation destinations: They’re family-friendly, located throughout the country, and incredibly scenic. Best of all, they’re also easy on the budget, with the National Park Pass and options for cabin rentals and camping helping keep trip costs down. Discover the best national parks, from Hawaii Volcanoes to Maine’s Acadia National Park and everything in between.
The 2014 Olympics in Sochi are more than a memory. These games were the first time that Russia has hosted the Winter Olympics, and there are amazing Olympic hotels and venues that were built for the games. Tickets for the Sochi Olympics went on sale after the London games, after the mascots have been picked and the city was getting ready.
Colorado is often thought of as heaven for skiers, but it’s also an amazing destination for summer vacations, with towns such as Estes Park, which is the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, transforming themselves to welcome hikers and backpackers. Get details on the best places to camp and fish, as well as interesting historical destinations, including Pueblo.
North Carolina is the ultimate summer destination, with beautiful beaches, mild weather, and stunning scenery such as the Great Smoky Mountains. Get details on two great places to visit: Blowing Rock, a scenic small town along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Lake Lure, a beautiful part of Rutherford County and a filming location for parts of The Last of the Mohicans.
Brazil is a classic vacation destination, most popular for the Carnival season and the beaches in Rio de Janeiro, but there are plenty of smaller hot spots as well. The Fortaleza beaches are beautiful, and many travelers say tours of the Amazon jungle are a must. Get details on flights, hotels, and how to get around in Brazil.
Germany always draws travelers in the fall for its famous Oktoberfest, but it’s a beautiful destination to visit in the summer as well, from the lovely cities of Baden Baden and Freiburg to the scenery of the Thuringian Forest. Find out about the best hotels in Germany, plus flights, transportation, and local events and holidays.
The city of Granada Spain is known for its stunning architecture, much of which highlights the region’s Moorish history. The famous Alhambra contains the Generalife and Nasrid Palaces, and elsewhere visitors can see the Arabic Quarter and the gypsy neighborhood of Sacromonte. Get deals on Granada hotels and flights, plus tips on the many things to do here.
The Spanish city of Cordoba is known for its beauty, particularly in the Moorish architecture that highlights the city’s history. Get details on visiting the Great Mosque of Cordoba and the Alcazar, plus other historical attractions such as the Jewish Quarter and Almodovar Gate, and find out about the best Cordoba hotels.
The Central Coast of California is one of the state’s prettiest regions, with the lovely city of San Luis Obispo, wine tasting in Paso Robles, and the seaside towns of Pismo Beach and Morro Bay. Read about things to do in the area, and get deals on hotels in San Luis Obispo.
Cape Cod is one of the most popular summer destinations in Massachusetts, with beautiful beaches to visit, including the Cape Cod National Seashore. Get details on local hotels and bed & breakfast inns, as well as lighthouses, the Kennedy compound at Hyannis Port, and the best ways to get there.
In addition to the famous destination of San Francisco, the Bay Area and the rest of Northern California offer other great cities to visit over a weekend. Get details on the East Bay hot spots of Oakland and Berkeley, as well as the many great things to do in the capital city of Sacramento.
Victoria BC is known as the Garden City, and with plenty of green space and the lovely Butchart Gardens, it’s not hard to see why. It’s also a great destination for walking tours, and strolls to Chinatown and the Parliament Buildings are sure to delight. Get details on restaurants, hotels, and the famous Victoria Clipper ferry from Seattle.
The country of Bulgaria is an up-and-coming tourist destination, becoming known worldwide for its great skiing in the mountains and beautiful beaches along the Black Sea Coast. Read about historic sites like the Bachkovo Monastery, and get tips on things to see in cities such as Sofia and Veliko Tarnovo.
Lake Como is one of the most popular vacation destinations in Northern Italy. Located in the scenic Italian Lake District, this lovely area is known for its charming towns and the beautiful villas and gardens that visitors can tours. Get tips on hotels in Lake Como, vacation rentals, and weddings, plus details on how to get there from Milan.
Virginia Beach is a classic oceanfront destination and a popular family vacation spot, and with good reason—there are terrific beaches, amusement parks, and the famous Boardwalk to visit, as well as opportunities for fishing and golfing. Get deals on the best Virginia Beach hotels, plus tips on planning your trip to the Atlantic Coast.
Washington is perhaps best known for the city of Seattle, but its natural attractions are simply beautiful. From the Hoh Rainforest on the Olympic Peninsula to the wine country near Walla Walla and concerts at the Gorge Amphitheatre, this state has it all. Get tips on hotels, things to do, and where to get cheap flights to Washington.
Portofino Italy is a lovely town on the Ligurian Sea, popular for its villas and the nearby destinations of Paraggi and Santa Margherita Ligure. Get suggestions for planning your vacation to the Italian Riviera, including tips on Portofino hotels, how to get to the city, and the best things to do once you arrive.
Seattle, also known as the Emerald City, is the hub of the Pacific Northwest and home to many of its most iconic attractions. Both the Space Needle and Pike Place Market are located here, near the waterfront and many great things to do. Get details on flights, hotels, and the various neighborhoods to explore once you arrive.
Acapulco is the quintessential resort city in Mexico. First famous in the 1950s as a destination for Hollywood stars, the city still draws thousands of visitors each year. Read about the best beaches in the area, as well as famous attractions such as the La Quebrada cliff divers, and get details on local hotels and flights.
Martha’s Vineyard is a lovely destination for a summer getaway, with beautiful communities such as Edgartown and great attractions including the Aquinnah Cliffs, lighthouses, and the Flying Horses Carousel. Find out about the best restaurants and beaches, and get tips on booking one of the many beach house rentals for your vacation.
South Padre Island is a popular Spring Break destination off the Texas coast. It’s primarily known for its beaches, nightclubs, and great deals on vacation rentals, but there are also family-friendly attractions such as the Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark. Read about hotels, flights, and where to book the best South Padre Island vacation packages.
Mazatlan is a beautiful vacation spot along Mexico’s Pacific Coast, famous for its beautiful beaches, deep sea fishing, and the lively Zona Dorada. Find out how to get the best prices on hotels and flights, and get tips on scuba diving, nightlife, and the best times of year to visit.
Verona is one of Italy’s most famous literary cities. It’s the setting for Shakespeare’s tragedy, and the best attractions include Juliet’s House and Romeo’s House, as well as related tours. Get tips on the best hotels and flights to Verona, and read about the lakeside destinations of Malcesine and Torbole.
The islands that make up Turks and Caicos are famous for their beauty and outdoor activities, including scuba diving and fishing. Find out about Grace Bay, Taylor Bay, and other great beaches, and get tips on the best options for hotels on Grand Turk, flights to the islands, and all inclusive vacations.
Washington state’s San Juan Islands are famous for their idyllic setting, with plenty of whale watching and kayaking opportunities. Get tips on where to find the best hotels in the San Juans, as well as vacation rentals, the local ferries, and things to do on scenic Orcas Island.
The islands that make up St Vincent and the Grenadines include such exotic destinations as Bequia, Mustique, and Canouan itself. Read about the best attractions in the region, such as the beaches and the Vincy Mas carnival, and get tips on when to go for the best weather and rates on hotels.
Disneyland is a classic vacation destination, and with perfect weather and plenty of nearby hotels, it’s great to visit year-round. Find out about Disneyland Park and California Adventure Park, plus the dozens of great rides. From the Pirates of the Caribbean to Space Mountain and the incredible shows, there’s something for to please every visitor.
St Kitts & Nevis have an excellent reputation for their beaches and resorts, and these Caribbean islands don’t disappoint. Find out about the best hotels and things to do, learn about the cities of Basseterre and Charlestown, and get tips on the top beaches, including Frigate Bay, Turtle Beach, and Cockleshell Bay.
British Columbia is recently known for the 2010 Winter Olympics, held in Vancouver, but this province is also home to great fishing, wineries, beaches, and the scenic town of Victoria. Find facts about the excellent ski resorts, as well as British Columbia hotels and outdoor attractions such as Glacier National Park.
Catalina Island is a picturesque spot for a vacation, offering a quiet getaway only 22 miles off the coast of Southern California. Learn about the hotels in and around the town of Avalon, including the Catalina Canyon Resort, and get details on the beaches, fishing, and wild buffalo herd that make this island unique.
New Years is one of the busiest and best travel times of the year, with great events such as parties in Las Vegas and fireworks at the Eiffel Tower. Get tips on the best places to go, and find out about 2011 New Years Eve celebrations in Atlanta, Vancouver BC, and beyond.
Branson Missouri is best known for its nighttime entertainment, from its variety shows to dinner theater aboard the Showboat Branson Belle, but it’s also home to some of the best fishing in the state, as well as great hotels, the Titanic Museum, and the theme park at Silver Dollar City. Get tips on planning Branson vacations.
Destin Florida is a popular tourist destination along the Emerald Coast, known for its beaches, golf courses, and excellent fishing. Check out our newest guide for tips on hotels, beach house rentals, and the best things to do in nearby Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island.
The largest city in Australia, Sydney is known for its iconic Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, but it also has some of the best beaches and surfing spots in the country. Find out about Sydney hotels and tourist attractions, as well as The Rocks neighborhood and nearby cities including Wollongong and Manly.
Ecuador is one of South America’s smaller countries, but it’s home to a huge selection of things to do, particularly outdoors. Find out about the Galapagos Islands, Andes, Amazon Basin, and the historic city of Quito, and get tips on where to find the best hotels, flights, and indigenous markets.
Coming up with vacation ideas is one of the most fun and—for some travelers—the toughest parts of the trip, but whether you’re looking for cheap travel ideas or luxury vacation tips, there are plenty of choices. Check out some of the best vacation ideas for destinations in Africa, the Caribbean, the US, and beyond.
Montreal is one of the most memorable destinations in Canada, and with great tourist draws such as the Jazz Festival, Chinatown, and the Montreal Canadiens, it’s not hard to see why. Get tips on flights and hotels, as well as the best attractions both in Downtown and Old Montreal.
Palm Springs is famous for its golf courses, casinos, and events such as the Palm Springs Film Festival, not to mention the excellent resorts in nearby Palm Desert and Desert Hot Springs. Get tips on things to do, where to find great shopping, the gay travel community, and the best local spas.
Marseille is a lovely coastal city in southern France, with great beaches and historical attractions such as Vieux Port and Notre Dame de la Garde. Get tips on the best hotels and things to do in Marseille, as well as nearby destinations worth visiting, including Aix en Provence and Cassis.
Islands are among the top places to visit, and whether you’re interested in cheap island vacations or luxury getaways, you’ll find plenty to choose from. Get tips on the best islands to visit around the world, as well as island beaches, honeymoons, and vacation rentals.
Ski resorts in Europe include some of the most popular runs in the world. If you’re skiing in France, Val d’Isere and Chamonix are two of the best, while travelers looking forward to the 2014 Olympics can ski at Krasnaya Polyana. Get tips on these and options for skiing in the Czech Republic, Quebec, and New Zealand.
The Bahamas have some of the best beaches in the Caribbean, among them Pink Sands Beach, Cable Beach, and Gold Rock Beach. Read about these destinations, as well as popular attractions and islands, from tourist hot spots like Grand Bahama to more remote islands, such as Bimini and Eleuthera.
Vacations are the highlight of the year for many people, and getting vacation ideas on where to go is often the first step. Find out about beach vacations, European vacations, trips to the Caribbean, and the best vacation spots in the US, including Hawaii and Las Vegas.
Terrific ski areas are found around the world, and whether you’re a novice seeking skiing lessons or trying to master the latest snowboarding tricks, you’ll find ski runs to suit you. Get details on Europe ski resorts and the top North America ski resorts, from Colorado’s Powderhorn to Catamount in New York state.
The lively city of San Antonio has a terrific array of attractions, including the Alamo, SeaWorld San Antonio, and the Riverwalk area. Find out about flights to San Antonio, the best hotels, and major events, as well as nearby cities that are great for day trips, from Boerne to Bandera.
Lyon is one of the foodie capitals of Europe, and in addition to great dining this city in France also boasts a fascinating history and beautiful architecture, such as the Fourviere Basilica. Find details about tours of Lyon, flights, hotels, and major attractions, including Vieux Lyon and the stunning Roman ruins.
Lake Tahoe is one of California’s best outdoor destinations, and activities in Tahoe range from skiing in the winter to fishing and relaxing on the beaches in the summer. Find out about Lake Tahoe vacation rentals, Tahoe hotels, and popular area cities, including South Lake Tahoe and Truckee.
Atlanta is well known as the home of World of Coca Cola, Stone Mountain, and a terrific zoo, but it’s also got plenty of markets and museums to keep the whole family busy. Find out about flights, hotels in Atlanta, and popular neighborhoods including Buckhead and Midtown.
Myrtle Beach is part of the Atlantic Coast’s Grand Strand, and this destination is famous for its beaches, golf courses, and historic boardwalk. Find out about the best attractions and things to do, flights and hotels, and how to get last minute deals on your vacation to the South Carolina coast.
With more breweries than any other city in the US, Portland is a beer-lover’s dream. It’s also got excellent restaurants, parks, and the famous Powell’s Bookstore to keep visitors busy before they get their pints of ale. Find out about local hotels, events, and the best things to do in the City of Roses.
Vancouver BC is home to excellent outdoor attractions year-round, including skiing at Cypress Mountain, walking through Stanley Park, and visiting the city’s beaches. Read about the numerous things to do in this lovely city, popular areas such as Gastown and Chinatown, and where to find the best hotels in Vancouver.
Nashville is known as Music City, and with the Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame, and CMA Music Festival here, it’s hard to disagree. However, this Tennessee city has excellent museums, restaurants, and other attractions—there’s plenty to do here, even if you’re not a country fan. Read about the city’s hotels, tours, and fascinating history.
The Renaissance art in Florence is legendary, and many visitors come just to see Michelangelo’s David and famous works at the Uffizi Gallery, but the city also has enough shopping, restaurants, and wine tours to keep anyone busy. Read about the best things to do, boutique hotels, and the fascinating local history.
Madrid has an array of attractions to suit all travelers, including museums such as the Prado, fine restaurants, and the famous Real Madrid soccer team. Find out about hotels, things to do, and where to find the best tapas in the Spanish capital, as well as the city’s fascinating history.
Venice boasts some Italy’s most romantic attractions, including gondola rides and the Piazza San Marco, but its excellent shopping, restaurants, and history make it popular among all types of travelers. Read about flights, hotels, and events such as the Venice Film Festival, as well as the nearby destinations of Padua and Murano.