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America's perfect vacation lake

America's perfect vacation lake

(CNN) — The world is full of flawless sandy beaches lining every salty ocean and sea. Far scarcer: lofty freshwater coasts drenched in California/Nevada sun, Sierra mountain imagery and blissfully blue snowmelt — furnished with enough volleyball nets, paddleboard outfitters, lakeside hiking trails, picturesque campgrounds, outdoor Shakespeare performances, surprise Scandinavian castles and nudist-friendly coves for […]

London eateries with bird's-eye views

London eateries with bird's-eye views

(CNN) — This Thursday in London, “haute cuisine” will be taken to a whole new level. The global pop-up dining experience Dinner in the Sky is back for 2018, and will be strapping groups of diners around a table and hoisting them 100 feet up in the air by crane. From July 5 to 15, […]

The world's best 'secret' urban gardens

The world's best 'secret' urban gardens

(CNN) — From derelict train tracks turned scenic walkways, to rooftop treasures atop train stations, sometimes the best bits of cities are the bits that don’t feel like cities at all. Urban centers might be 24-hour hubs of activity, but often you just need some green space in the concrete jungle. “One of the things […]

13 of the best things to do in Colombia

13 of the best things to do in Colombia

(CNN) — Tourism to Colombia has grown exponentially, with thousands more people flocking to the South American destination in recent years after decades of it being practically off limits thanks to a long, drawn-out civil war. However, the number of tourists to Colombia is still relatively small compared with its more visited neighbors Peru and […]

Why are these cities color-coded?

Why are these cities color-coded?

(CNN) — India’s northern region of Rajasthan is most often associated with its royal palaces, mighty forts and flashes of color — three shades in particular. Scattered across the desert territory, there’s the “Pink City” of Jaipur, the “Blue City” of Jodhpur and the “Gold City” of Jaisalmer — each with its own story. “Rajasthan […]

These 600 cats have a better life than you

These 600 cats have a better life than you

Lana’i, Hawaii (CNN) — Running water. Fresh food. Endless cuddles. Welcome to the Lana’i Cat Sanctuary, where nearly 600 cats of all shapes and sizes have a home in Hawaii for the rest of their lives. “Our motto here is ‘every cat has a plan and every cat matters,’” explains the cat sanctuary Executive Director […]

Bold, brilliant and beautiful: A look at Iranian women

Bold, brilliant and beautiful: A look at Iranian women

(CNN) — Bronx-born photojournalist Randy H. Goodman says her journey to and interest in Iran happened kind of by accident. The year was 1979, the US Embassy in Tehran was under siege, and Goodman, who had studied politics and not photography, jumped at the opportunity to travel to a nation in the midst of revolution. […]

Crude oil bath 'cures disease'

Crude oil bath 'cures disease'

(CNN) — Ever since the world’s first oil well was dug here back in 1847, Azerbaijan has been making the most of its plentiful stocks of “black gold.” More than 170 years later, Azeri Light crude oil is still the country’s most valuable resource. But in the little town of Naftalan, 320 kilometers west of […]

World's safest place to visit revealed

World's safest place to visit revealed

(CNN) — Sun, sea and sand are all great things to consider when planning a trip, but so is staying out of trouble. Which is why a newly published survey which rates destinations for their perceived safety might be of interest. It asked citizens of 142 countries about their confidence in local policing, feelings of […]

14 terrifying suspension bridges

14 terrifying suspension bridges

(CNN) — It’s just physics. Friendly civil engineering. Take a load bearing deck held by vertical suspender cables attached to larger main support lines anchored by a pair of towers and the ground — and presto. Suspension bridge. Easy as that. Until you’re pulling up to one of these magnificent monsters. Then all science and […]