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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. Explore its small towns and you’ll find flower-filled window boxes, charming homes and exquisite gardens.

Somewhere in Time: MacKinac Island

Hire a horse-drawn carriage and step back into the 19th century on Michigan's Mackinac Island.
Colorado is home to many hot springs, from small pools tucked deep in the mountains to large hot springs that are the centerpiece of the community. Photo by Colorado.com

7 Top Colorado Hot Springs

Colorado may be known for its skiing, but its numerous hot springs are a draw for many. Here are seven of our favorite Colorado hot springs.

Three Days in Krabi, Thailand: Sun and Island-Hopping

Krabi, Phuket’s less crowded cousin, is one of Thailand’s most famous beach destinations. Here's how you can make the most of your visit to Krabi, Thailand.
Dog sledding in Maine with Mahoosuc Guide Service Maine

Winter Wonder: Dog Sledding Adventure in Maine

An Australian traveler discovers the exhilaration of steering a team of huskies across a frozen lake in western Maine.
A view of Mirror Lake in Lake Placid, a community located in the Adirondacks of upstate New York .

Adirondack Adventure: What to See and Do in Lake Placid, NY

Lake Placid twice hosted the Olympics, and today this mountain town in the Adirondack Mountains of New York continues to draw visitors. Forbes Traveler named it one of America's prettiest towns, and it's easy to see why.
Český-Krumlov is a beautiful town in the South Bohemia region of the Czech Republic. photo by Czech Experience

Czech Republic: Life in Fairytale Country

While Prague is a must-see in the Czech Republic, don't miss the charming villages, towns and landscapes in the Bohemian and Moravia countryside.
A traditional thatched roof home on the island of Sylt in Germany. Photo by Janna Graber

Island-Hopping in Germany (Yes, Germany!)

Though Germany is better known for its beer culture and Bavarian villages, the quiet islands of Sylt and Rügen offer a different side of travel in Germany.
Harbor scene in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Photo by Michael Schuman

Boothbay Harbor: Authentic Maine

The town of Boothbay Harbor, Maine may be small, but it has a wealth of offerings for travelers who love the sea and small town coastal culture.
The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad follows a 64-mile route from Chama, NM to Antonito, Colorado. Photo by Benjamin Rader

Chugging into the Past: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad runs from Chama, NM to Antonito, CO. Riding this historic steam train in the San Juan Mountains is like riding into the past.
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.
Some 850 people call Churchill, Manitoba home. Photo by Janna Graber

Churchill, Manitoba: Small Arctic Town with a Big Heart

I had to come to Churchill to see the whales, but found something even better.
Travel American Samoa

American Samoa 101: An Island Introduction

Located 2,300 miles southwest of Hawaii, these volcanic islands are remote, but worth the trip.
Travel in Mauritania

On the Move in Mauritania: The Iron Ore Express

Amid thick desert dust, this Mauritanian train transports iron ore and provides small-town passengers with access to the outside world.

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