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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!

A typical Acoma Pueblo house Photo by Claudia Carbone

Acoma Pueblo: Living History of Ancient Culture in New Mexico

Atop a sun-baked mesa in New Mexico sits the “oldest continuously inhabited” community in North America. The Acoma Pueblo have lived here for more than 1,000 years, and some 300 mud-brick and sandstone structures with no electricity or running water are still used today.
A silverback gazes over his family in the jungles of Rwanda. Photo by Volcanoes Safaris

Volcanoes Safaris: Gorilla Trekking in Uganda and Rwanda

Volcanoes Safaris offers gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda and Rwanda. Guests stay in luxury lodges near the great ape parks in the Virunga Mountains.
Franconia has a long history of wine making. Photo by FrankenTourimus/FWL/Hub

Exploring Franconian Wine Country: Germany’s Best-Kept Secret

While Germany may be known for beer, in Franconia, a region of Bavaria, wine heritage runs deep. Vineyards cover the hills and countryside, and wine cellars are a favorite place to meet. Take a tour through Franconian Wine Country and explore this unique region in Germany for yourself.
The small towns and back roads in Brittany, France, offer cultural and culinary delights around every corner. Photo by Rich Grant

Traveling Down the Backroads of Brittany

The wilds of Brittany are different from the rest of France. Brittany has its own language, music and culinary traditions. Its coast is rugged and rocky, yet Brittany is spectacularly beautiful. Explore its small towns and you’ll find flower-filled window boxes, charming homes and exquisite gardens.
Horseback riding at Palisade Ranch is only one of the many activities offered at Gateway Canyons Adventure Center. Photo: Liana Moore

Gateway Canyons: Luxury Oasis in Colorado

One of the best kept secrets in the American Southwest, Gateway Canyons Resort is a luxury oasis in the middle-of-nowhere, Colorado. Created by John Hendricks, the founder of the Discovery Channel, the resort is surrounded by canyons on all sides and is well worth the visit.
Joe Batt's Arm, Fogo Island, Newfoundland. Photo by Flickr/Timothy Neesam

Escape to Fogo Island: Newfoundland, Canada

In the far reaches of the North Atlantic, Newfoundland offers travelers a quiet escape into nature. Even better, you can stay in luxury at an inn on stilts, the Fogo Island Inn.
Easter Island. Flickr/henrykkcheung

Soul-Searching on Easter Island

Raw and natural, Easter Island is also remote and isolated enough to do some serious soul-searching.
Travel in the Seychelles. The Seychelles is known for its beautiful beaches.

The Seychelles: More Than Just a Honeymoon Paradise

Although its known for its beautiful beaches, Seychelles offers much more, from jungle adventures to local markets, good food and a rich culture. Here's what to see and do in the Seychelles.
On the Pinadari Glacier Trek in the Himalayas. Photo by Dan Gowanlock

Pindari Glacier Trek: Simplicity in the Himalayas

The Pindari Glacier Trek covers 58 miles of steep terrain in the Kumoan Himalayan region in Uttaranchal, India. Offering spectacular views of the high peaks of Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot, the trek draws travelers seeking a challenge, peaceful silence and natural beauty.
Evening light fades in the Queen Charlotte Islands. Flickr/Dale Simonson

Land of Giants: Canada’s Queen Charlotte Islands

Kayaks and canoes provide the only access to many parts of Canada's remote Queen Charlotte Islands in British Columbia. From ancient forests to hidden bays, exploring the Queen Charlotte Islands is an unforgettable experience.
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.
A sign warning those who enter the Paris catacombs. Photo by Clare Radcliffe Thorne

Underground Paris: Exploring the Catacombs

A mother-daughter trip to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower and dine near the Champs Elysees takes an unexpected turn when they head underground into the city's historic catacombs.
Traveling in Bermuda

Bermuda by Scooter: Two for the Road

Only 21 miles long, this Caribbean island is best explored by scooter — and it's a ride you won't soon forget.
Tips for Western Australia road trip

Western Australia Road Trip: Pros and Cons

Road tripping in Western Australia means freedom -- and the possibility of breaking down miles from help. Here's what you'll need to know when traveling in Western Australia.

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