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Serengeti You can never have too many elephant photos. Photo by Christine Loomis

Photo Essay: Elephants at the Pool & Other Tales of...

In these stunning Serengeti photos, a traveler captures the incredible wildlife and natural beauty to be found in Serengeti National Park, the most popular national park in Tanzania.
A surface lava pool attracts visitors at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Flickr/Thomas Tunsch

Edge of the Abyss: Hawaii’s Drive-In Volcano

Madame Pele, the Hawaiian volcano goddess, attracts thousands of visitors daily to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Here's what to see and do in this popular national park in Hawaii.
Travel in Patagonia. The Paine River flowing from the Nordenskjöld Lake towards the Salto Grande iwaterfall within the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. Flickr/Jon Mould

Making Tracks in Chilean Patagonia

From sun-flamed towers of Torres del Paine to Punta Arenas, the gateway to southern Patagonia on the Straits of Magellan, traveling in Patagonia is filled with natural beauty, rich culture and adventure.
Real Journeys Cruise in Fiordland National Park. Photo by Real Journeys

New Zealand Adventure: Cruise in Fiordland National Park

Generations connect on a visit to Queenstown, New Zealand, and then an overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound in Fiordland National Park in New Zealand. Kayaking in Doubtful Sound is a highlight.
Safari in Kenya

How to Ditch the Safari Circuit and Do-It-Yourself in Kenya

Leaving buffets, fancy lodges, and vehicles with shock absorbers behind, we set off on a do-it-yourself safari.
Estes Park. Loch Lake. Photo by Linda Ballou

Estes Park, Colorado: In Search of a Rocky Mountain High

Guarded by the 14,000-foot peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, Colorado has been a mecca for travelers in search of clean air, abundant wildlife and beautiful alpine vistas.
Gorilla safari in Uganda - A silverback gorilla in Uganda

African Adventure: In Search of the Mountain Gorilla in Uganda

Fewer than a thousand mountain gorillas remain in the world. Here's where you can see them in the wild.
Canyonlands National Park, At sunset in Canyonlands, the sky almost looks like a painting. Flickr/John Fowler

Colorful Canyonlands: Utah’s Red Rock Desert

Hydrate. Then wait for the sunset. This is adventure in Utah's Canyonlands.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Michigan

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore: Unexpected Michigan

For a geologist, this place is probably some kind of paradise. For everyone else, it is a place that makes you scramble for your camera.
A Water-Thick Knee. Photo by Rebecca Redshaw

Birds 101: From My Backyard to Serengeti National Park

A traveler learns the art of bird watching in Serengeti National Park, which is the home to more than 1,100 species of birds.
Vacation in Kauai doesn't have to cost a fortune. Here's how you experience Kauai without breaking the bank.

Paradise on the Cheap: Budget Travel in Kauai

Kauai doesn't have to cost a fortune. Here's how to travel in Kauai, Hawaii's Garden Isle, on a budget.
A brown bear fishes for salmon in Alaska. Flickr/hristoph Strässler

Alaska Adventure: Exploring America’s 49th State

Glaciers, wildlife and snow-covered peaks, Alaska has them in spades. Here's what to see and do in Alaska, America's largest (and wildest) state.
Travel in Moab

A Weekend in Moab, Utah, USA

Red-walled canyons and towering sandstone formations make this tiny town a wonderland for outdoor enthusiasts.
Maui Travel - What to see and do on Maui

Hawaiian Road Trip: Exploring Maui by Car

Explore beaches, mountains and volcanoes all in one road trip on the island of Maui. Exploring this island of Hawaii is best done by car.

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