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Dubai opens world's tallest hotel

Dubai opens world's tallest hotel

(CNN) — The world’s tallest hotel has officially opened its doors in Dubai — scaling the clouds and towering above the city below. The Gevora Hotel is a new offering in the UAE hotspot’s financial district — topping out at an incredible 356 meters high (1,168 feet). Travelers with a head for heights will know […]

What passenger planes might look like in 2068

What passenger planes might look like in 2068

(CNN) — If time travelers from 1968 found themselves in an airport today, there might be plenty of changes that surprise them. But the planes would look reassuringly familiar. While there have been vast improvements in materials, engines and avionics — helping 2017 become the safest year in aviation history — commercial aircraft remain structurally […]

A guide to South Korea ski culture

A guide to South Korea ski culture

PyeongChang, South Korea (CNN) — Korean hip-hop music blasts from the speakers as snowboarders, decked out in neon from head to toe, cruise by on a slope as busy and bustling as a street in downtown Seoul. It’s midnight. The slopes are still open and the music’s still blaring. This is skiing South Korean-style: fast, […]

14 best places to celebrate Lunar New Year

14 best places to celebrate Lunar New Year

(CNN) — Want to strut your stuff in the Year of the Dog? If you’re in Hong Kong — or Vietnam, South Korea or anywhere else in the world with a Chinese diaspora — it’s time to don that tacky red jacket, gamble until you lose and eat till you burst. Yes, it’s the Lunar […]

Tracking down real-life movie and TV locations

Tracking down real-life movie and TV locations

(CNN) — Ever ogled the spectacular scenery of “Star Wars” and wished you could be transported to a galaxy far, far away? Or have the time of your life watching “Dirty Dancing” — and fantasize about your own summer at Kellerman’s resort? Film fan Andrea David takes these dreams one step further — she travels […]

World's most beautiful beachfront hotels

World's most beautiful beachfront hotels

But some are, quite simply, more beautiful than others. Whether you’re after a glitzy, all-inclusive resort or a low-key island hideaway, we’ve picked 21 of the world’s most stunning. Situated on the island of Koh Kood — just off the coast of Bangkok — Soneva Kiri is one of Thailand’s most luxurious and exclusive beachfront […]

Strange snorkeling spots

Strange snorkeling spots

Not so fast. Featuring a variety of strange features and creatures from the deep, these bizarre and beautiful snorkel spots will have you thinking about the water now — and all winter long. It’s a surreal sight. Every year in late summer and early autumn, a half million salmon make their way from the big […]

From swanky oceanfront resorts to redwood-lined camping shores, the Golden State's 840 miles of coastline offer beaches for everyone

From swanky oceanfront resorts to redwood-lined camping shores, the Golden State's 840 miles of coastline offer beaches for everyone

The state’s 840 miles of coastline offer something for everyone, from Orange County’s swanky oceanfront resorts to the campsites on Humboldt County’s redwood-lined beaches. Nothing says “I’m not from here” like frolicking in the ocean in sopping shorts and a transparent T-shirt. Boardwalk gift shops have swimsuits for sale. Less expensive options (and a better […]

Mooncakes: Full of flavor … and calories!

Mooncakes: Full of flavor … and calories!

Every year on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar, Chinese and other Asian cultures celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. Mooncakes are as important to festivities as turkey is to Thanksgiving and latkes are to Hanukah. While Thanksgiving celebrations were first recorded in the US as far back as 1607, historians say […]

Can Jordan's 'Indiana Jones' city of Petra survive?

Can Jordan's 'Indiana Jones' city of Petra survive?

“We are a very quiet country,” says Waleed Hyasat, who guides tourists around Petra. “But unfortunately we have some very noisy neighbors.” At the turn of the new millennium Petra was receiving more than 700,000 visitors a year but the 21st century has been a turbulent time in the Middle East and nowadays the average […]