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Planning the perfect trip to Sequoia National Park

Planning the perfect trip to Sequoia National Park

(CNN) — Quick — what’s the largest living thing in the world? And, no, we’re not counting organisms like that 2-mile-wide fungus colony in eastern Oregon. The honor goes to the giant sequoia — the “god of the woods” to conservationist John Muir — and the best place to see it is in Sequoia National […]

The ultimate app for airplane passengers?

The ultimate app for airplane passengers?

(CNN) — Picture the scene: You’re on board a flight, and the view out of the window is stunning. You spot towering mountains and glistening blue lakes. You snap an Instagram photo, but when it comes to selecting a location tag, you realize you’ve no idea where you are. That’s where new airplane app Inflighto […]

Sand bathing in southern Japan

Sand bathing in southern Japan

(CNN) — Forget the ocean. In Ibusuki, a beachside city on Kyushu Island in Japan’s subtropical south, it’s all about the sand. Not the dark color of the sandy granules or even the length or width of the beaches, but rather the intense infusion of minerals from volcanic hot springs along the coast. The black […]

A five-star resort — for horses

A five-star resort — for horses

(CNN) — Did the last hotel you stayed in have a swimming pool, beauty parlor, gymnasium, personal trainers, maternity unit and en suite performance arenas? Of course it didn’t. Which means in Qatar there are horses probably enjoying better facilities than you. At Al Shaqab, a vast horseshoe-shaped complex on the outskirts of the Qatari […]

Mexico's best barefoot beach

Mexico's best barefoot beach

(CNN) — Isla Holbox is a small, slender island just north of Mexico‘s Yucatan peninsula in the Gulf of Mexico. Mexicans have long been in the know about this laid-back, go-everywhere-in-flip-flops getaway, but the news of Holbox’s beauty and ease of living has started to get out. Though it’s in the state of Quintana Roo […]

How to fly with your dog — safely

How to fly with your dog — safely

(CNN) — Traveling anywhere by plane for a dog owner once meant a painful farewell, but thanks to a surge in the number of pet-friendly hotels and airlines, more people are taking their faithful friend with them when they fly. But cases involving tragedy and confusion when transporting animals have raised questions over the best […]

Highest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere

Highest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere

Los Angeles (CNN) — The InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown opened in 2017 in the sleek and sparkling Wilshire Grand Center, bringing a notable new landmark to the city: Spire 73. The outdoor bar and cocktail lounge is located far above L.A. on the hotel’s 73rd floor, making it the highest open-air bar in the Western […]

India by train — with dogs? One couple shares their story

India by train — with dogs? One couple shares their story

(CNN) — It’s a cool November morning, and my husband and I are waiting at a crowded railway station in New Delhi, India, about to set off on yet another journey with our furry travel companions, Marco-polo and Tigress. Now accustomed to train travel, the dogs are eager to board the first car they see. […]

Arctic gets world's first energy-positive hotel

Arctic gets world's first energy-positive hotel

(CNN) — When approaching the Helgeland coastline, in northern Norway, you can’t miss the Svartisen glacier spilling down the side of Almlifjellet mountain. Below, the gin-clear Holandsfjorden fjord — an extension of the Norwegian Sea — reflects the blue-toned mountain like a mirror. It’s in this unspoiled environment that you’ll find Svart, which aims to […]

10 of the best medieval walled cities

10 of the best medieval walled cities

(CNN) — For history buffs, photographers and anyone who’s ever said “Wow!” there’s nothing quite like the sight of a medieval walled city approached from a distance. Then there are the explorations within, tours of castles, walks along the walls and shops and restaurants in medieval squares. Many cities still have their medieval walls predominantly […]