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Off-the-Beaten Path Travel

Off-the-Beaten Path Travel

Sometime the best travel vacations are found in destinations that are far from the beaten path. We've collected the best articles on travel in small towns, tiny villages, rural countryside and in Mother Nature. Enjoy!

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Video: 25-Day Solo Hike through Iceland

When filmmaker Klara Harden set off on a solo pilgrimage through Iceland, she never imagined the wild beauty she would encounter.
Bike touring in Maine

Bike Touring in Coastal Maine

Maine has been named the second most bike-friendly state in America -- and for good reason. A bike tour is a fantastic way to explore the coast of Maine.

Cruising the Rivers of France on an Inflatable Raft

River cruising is popular in France, but when your mode of transportation is a raft, it's a different way to see the French countryside.
Travel in Zanzibar Island

Island of Spice: R&R in Zanzibar

Celebrate African-style island life just off the coast of Tanzania.
Small ship cruise in Alaska

Intimate Alaskan Cruise: Small Ship, Big Land

What's the best cruise in Alaska? This cozy cruise offers glimpses of glaciers, wildlife and non-touristy Alaska.
Skeletons of Sedlec. Flickr/michael 7601

The Skeletons of Sedlec: A Sacred Gallery of Art

Crowns, scepters and chandeliers are just a few works of art created with surprising materials in this unusual gallery.
Travel in Panama

Humor: Jaguar Stalking in Panama

Traveling in Panama? It's best to keep an eye out for jaguars when exploring the jungles.
Ngo Dong River, Vietnam

Rowing Through Rice Fields in Vietnam

One of the best ways to explore Vietnam’s tranquil Tam Coc region is by rowboat.
Travel in Alaska

Grizzly Dreams: Alaska’s Katmai National Park

Want to see bears in the wild? Alaska should be on your bucket list.
In Yunnan, the rice terraces are practical and beautiful. Photo by FLICKR/The rice terraces in Yunnan catch the light. Photo by FLICKR/ Hoang Giang Hai

Exploring Yunnan: A Different Side of China

Though often overlooked, visitors to Yunnan experience a different side of China.
Hot air balloon ride in China

Adrift Over China: Sights From a Hot Air Balloon

Experience Yangshuo, in China’s southern province of Guangxi, from a unique vantage point – just don’t forget to look down!

Wall Space: China’s Great Wall Without the Crowds

Can you keep a secret? Learn where the crowds are, and are not, all along the Great Wall of China.
Visitors can stop wherever they want if they are not with a group.

Western Australia Road Trip: Pros and Cons

Road tripping in Western Australia means freedom -- and the possibility of breaking down miles from help.
Fort Jefferson can be seen in the distance from the beach at Loggerhead Key.

Hidden Florida: Adventure in the Dry Tortugas

A national treasure awaits those who stray from the standard Florida getaway.