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Blood Falls and more natural oddities
Earth never stops surprising us. Every corner of the planet offers some sort of natural peculiarity with an explanation that makes us wish we'd studied harder in junior high Earth science class. Here are some favorites.
8 very old sites in the New World
When European explorers were planting their flags all over North and South America, they referred to the territory as the "New World." While the Americas might have been "new" to the Europeans, they weren't new on the world timeline. Here are some of our favorites.
15 amazing ancient ruins to explore
Ancient sites open your mind to just how old "old" can be and how sophisticated our ancient ancestors were in devising their artistic, engineering and construction methods. You'll never equate "ancient" with "primitive" again.
Never a typical night for police
Officer Jeanet Franklin works the shift from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. at Atlanta's airport, where there's never a dull moment.
A K-9 officer's duty
TSA canine handler Quatian Allen and her companion officer, Zera, scratch and sniff their way to a secure airport.
Area 51 spy jet pilots talk
An Area 51 spy jet mistaken for a UFO, a little-known story of historic airmanship and an inspiring flight to freedom: Check out these three aviation gems at Ohio's National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.
Spruce Goose's bizarre story
One of the biggest planes in the world hits a money snag. Here's the inside story of the amazingly bizarre "Spruce Goose."
From Hef's "Big Bunny" to jet icon
Hef owned one. Billions flew on them. But the plane that helped spur U.S. jet travel is done. Get ready to fly newer jets as airlines get rid of their oldies.
Ireland
Kevin Kane's love affair with Ireland began in 2000, when he and his then-fiancee piggybacked on a trip with his brothers and their wives.
Beaches
They're almost unbelievable. Impossible blues, electric greens, depths as clear as glass -- all bathed in blinding sunshine.
THIS is work?
Trips gone wrong
Dream trips
Imagine kicking back on a private island in the Bahamas where the staff caters to your every whim.
Penguins
Hankering to see some happy feet? Antarctica is far from your only option.
Otherworldly places
We can't visit Mars (yet), but our own planet's unique terrain presents plenty of landscapes with an out-of-this-world feel. Check out iReporters' otherworldly photos, which cover a lot of ground on Earth.
Nice, France
Nice, France, draws celebrities and tourists from all over the world -- for good reason. Check out iReporters' snapshots to see why.
Summer trips
We can't take every summer vacation we'd like to take, but CNN iReporters can certainly take us to some of those places. Here, iReporters share some of their summer travels and photos, which cover a lot of terrain.
Virgin Islands
The British and U.S. Virgin Islands offer crystal blue waters and beautifully serene escapes. iReporters shared their photos with us.
Paris
As Valentine's Day approaches, we explore all of Paris' glittering allure through the beautiful photos submitted by our iReporters.
Autumn color
Mark Collier grew up in the mountains of Vermont. Every autumn, he would see an influx of tourists flood his state to get a glimpse of the brilliant fall leaves. He didn't get what the big deal was, but he understands now.
London landmarks
London is brimming with historic and iconic sights that create perfect picture postcards. iReporters take us on their own personal tour of London's best with their photos.
Morocco
U.S. beachfront hotels under $200
Traveling to these beachfront towns for pleasure or work can cost a pretty penny, unless you pick the right lodgings. These spots are convenient to a morning jog on the beach, and they won't break the bank either.
Best Native American spots
Modern American Indian culture is thriving in galleries, powwows, film festivals and restaurants. Here are some of the best places in the United States to experience Native America.
The world's longest bridges
No river is too wide for the incredible feats of engineering that are the world's longest bridges. Would you dare to drive or hike across these gorgeous human-made and natural bridges?
Libraries are dying? Think again
Temples to the printed word still draw devotees despite an increasingly digital world. Check out 27 fascinating libraries in honor of National Library Week.
6 ways to experience Punjab
From temples so gold they'll make your eyes water, to food you'll be longing for days after it hits your lips, Punjab is India at its colorful, lively best.
Hong Kong in Lego form
In "Legography," Louis Vuitton-toting shoppers, a Big Yellow Duck and other iconic Hong Kong scenes are recreated in toy form.
World travelers' top 25 destinations
A quarter of the year has flown by, and it's time to plan a vacation. TripAdvisor's list of top destinations should help.
Amazing wave photos
Kenji Croman has broken bones, dislocated his shoulder and elbow, endured concussions and nearly drowned several times.
Bourdain on what he won't eat
Anthony Bourdain gives a sneak peek of the new season of "Parts Unknown," and dishes on what he won't eat.
15 best U.S. spots for kids
The 15 best attractions for kids all have something in common: they're fun for adults, too. The top 15 were announced Tuesday as part of Gogobot's Travelers' Favorites awards. See if your favorites were included.
Scotland's most spectacular castles
In the best fairy tales, there is always a castle: tall turrets, an intimidating moat and a breathtaking view. In Scotland, those imposing castles overlook deep lochs and tower over cities.
Ferris wheels around the world
The 550-foot-tall High Roller has finally opened on the Las Vegas Strip.
Eiffel Tower celebrates 125 years
It's an ironclad celebration of freedom: The Eiffel Tower is 125 years old. Christiane Amanpour has the story.
The densest place on earth
Picture a colossal empire of little houses stacked on top of each other. Visualize them connected by staircases snaking under dangling wires, through corridors so dark even police were rumored to be afraid of them.
And the world's best airport is ...
Singapore Changi Airport has been crowned the best in the world for the second year in a row at the World Airport Awards, announced Wednesday in Barcelona, Spain.
9 intriguing hotel traditions
Lots of hotels have traditions. But the rituals at the U.S. lodgings we've listed here stand out above the crowd in our book, for either their quirkiness or sheer longevity. We think you'll want to join in on the fun.
America's best spring drives
Views out the car window look brightest in spring, when the landscape bursts with wildflowers. See for yourself on America's best spring drives.
8 irresistible indoor hotel pools
When it comes to hotel pools, striking décor, luxury amenities and stunning settings mean many indoor swimming holes can now challenge even the most glamorous outdoor pools.
Cherry blossom time!
The National Cherry Blossom Festival starts in Washington on Thursday. The festival kicks off on the first day of spring, as always, but peak bloom is predicted to be later this season because of the brutal winter.
The world's best beach is ...
These are some of the world's best beaches, as picked from a year's worth of TripAdvisor traveler reviews. Check to see if their picks match up with your favorites.
50 ways to be a daredevil
These life-affirming activities will get that toeing-the-cliff-edge buzz shooting through your body. So will the sharks and crocs.
8 hotels that like to play games
From swimming pool slides and oversized LEGO stations to Plinko walls and Wii consoles, hotels all over the world have committed to having fun.
11 best ways to experience Hawaii
Who doesn't imagine packing up and relocating to America's tropical wonderland? Before you flee the mainland, try to experience the islands like a true Hawaiian to see whether you have what it takes to handle all that paradise.
Beaches that will make you drool
They're almost unbelievable. Impossible blues, electric greens, depths as clear as glass -- all bathed in blinding sunshine.
10 record-setting natural wonders
The natural wonders of the United States are beckoning to us as the country thaws out. Tallest, highest, hottest: Here are 10 record-setting sites.
Most popular U.S. national parks
The National Park Service saw fewer visitors last year because of the government shutdown, but millions of people still visited their most popular parks, parkways and recreation areas. See how your favorites ranked.
Coolest underground wonders
Man-made or natural, incredible underground attractions exist right beneath your feet.
World's 'first airport' largely unknown
Some say this deserted little patch of Midwestern dirt was the first airport in the world. Others point to Maryland or Washington state. So, who's right?
Jets born in mammoth building
Sprawled out before us sits the world's biggest building by volume. They make airliners here. Big ones. Go behind the scenes to see what they're building.
In defense of all-inclusives
We see your nose turning up at the notion of booking an all-inclusive resort in Mexico or Jamaica or the Bahamas. Don't rule it out so quickly.
Cruisers' choice: Best cruise ships
Never mind those pesky norovirus outbreaks on cruise ships earlier this year. And who wants to hear more unappetizing details from the first Carnival Triumph "poop cruise" trial?
Hot chicken, chocolate: 11 tasty trips
Does your stomach rumble when you're making travel plans? If so, we've got food festivals that'll satisfy.
Eyesore or photographer's dream?
Whether through societal disruption, financial crises or just neglect, the world is full of buildings lost to time and the elements. But what fuels the fascination with exploring them?
Proof that winter's not so bad
Between bouts of ice and snow, epic highway nightmares and tens of thousands of canceled flights lie moments of crisp beauty and invigorating outdoorsiness. We invited iReporters to share the ways they embrace winter. Turns out there's lots of beauty out there worth experiencing if you're wearing enough layers.
America's best winter drives
Check out the season's cold-weather beauty from the comfort of your car on these top winter drives. Bundle up and you can step out to explore a quiet natural wonderland in winter.
Harry Potter's new park
A fire-breathing dragon, self-stirring cauldrons and dancing skeletons. These are the things Muggle dreams are made of.
What's in an airport name?
You know the airport names: Hartsfield-Jackson. O'Hare. Logan. Lambert. But, all too often, they're just names. What about the people these American airports are named for?
The longest flight in the world
Climbers conquer Everest. Runners have the marathon. Master globe-trotters ride Singapore Airlines Flight 21 -- the world's longest nonstop. Pilots and travelers offer tips on the "ultralonghaul."
U.S. seaside hotels under $200
When Cristina Behrens travels to Santa Barbara, CA, to see clients, she likes to stay somewhere that's convenient for meetings and—almost more important—convenient to a morning jog on the beach.
World's best pizza not in Italy
Australian pizza is now officially the best in the world.
Best Native American spots
Modern American Indian culture is thriving in galleries, powwows, film festivals and restaurants. Here are some of the best places in the United States to experience Native America.
The world's longest bridges
No river is too wide for the incredible feats of engineering that are the world's longest bridges.
6 ways to experience Punjab
From temples so gold they'll make your eyes water, to food you'll be longing for days after it hits your lips, Punjab is India at its colorful, lively best.
MH370: Underwater vessel almost done with second dive
An underwater vessel searching for traces of the lost Malaysian jet is expected to complete its second dive Wednesday after the first attempt ended prematurely.
Milan: 7 things to know before you go
You could be forgiven for thinking that Italy's second city is all about fashion and finance.
Aviation geeks set on solving Malaysia mystery
Have you ever been in a heated debate with someone and said this?
This plane 'flies forever' without a drop of fuel
Flight pioneers Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg have unveiled a sun-powered plane that will attempt the first round-the-world solar flight.
World's best pizza not in Italy
Australian pizza is now officially the best in the world.
Don't make these stupid travel mistakes
Threatening an airline on Twitter is a terrible idea.
6 ways to celebrate Shakespeare's 450th birthday
Go to the theater? Visit his hometown? Drink like an Elizabethan? Six ways to propose a birthday toast to the bard.
Travel photos we wish we'd taken
Each day, CNN producers select a user-submitted photo to be our Travel Photo of the Day. Click through the gallery above to see stunning shots from around the world, and be sure to come back every day for a new image. Have a gorgeous travel photo of your own to share? Submit it for the gallery at CNN iReport!
15 hidden ski resorts
The best known winter sports resorts have become that for a reason. Here are the young upstarts hoping to become the Whistlers and Aspens of tomorrow.
World's spectacular hotel lobbies
From a sprawling room with panoramic ocean views to an open-air entryway modeled after a Thai temple, these stunning hotel lobbies really roll out the red carpet.
Best affordable island hotels
These island hotels make it a breeze to indulge in a beach vacation—without blowing your travel budget.
8 great Caribbean hotel perks
The Caribbean is a big place.
7 cool industrial-chic hotels
From humble to high-design, 7 converted buildings that breathe new life into the old. These are places to check out in the new year.
Sleeping with the fish
Cool Swedish-designed room has three levels of incredible views
America's favorite family hotels
Name an activity that kids might dream up for their perfect vacation and Florida's Ponte Vedra Inn & Club probably has it. They can join lawn games and craft classes, improve a tennis or golf swing, take a horse ride along the private beach, and learn a captain's secrets for catching flounder.
8 elegant U.S. mansion hotels
Ever dreamed of living in a grand house with 30-foot ceilings, a fireplace in every room and a backyard so big you need a map to find your way around? For the cost of a night's stay you can.
Gatsby glam: 8 grand estates
Take a heady trip back to Jazz Age opulence with a photo tour of Long Island's Gold Coast, a wealthy retreat near New York City where F. Scott Fitzgerald set "The Great Gatsby."
'Downton' in America: 6 big estates
Few of us can imagine living the opulent "Downton Abbey" lives of the fictional Crawley family at the turn of the 20th century.
11 things to know about Tokyo
From sedate gardens to boisterous robot cabarets, here's the vital knowledge you'll need before hitting the Japanese capital.
10 things to know about Colombia
Stereotypes should be swept aside before visiting this South American wonder. Today's Colombia is much more than the Escobar legacy.
10 things to know about Sicily
Sicily has beautiful black-sand beaches, a volcano to ski on and desserts to satisfy the sweetest tooth. Plus 8,000 mummified citizens in the catacombs of Palermo, to keep you awake at night.
Eat Like a Local: Share your picks
Hungry travelers are seeking authentic culinary experiences at home and abroad.
Picture perfect Northern lights
iReporter Malcolm Park captures the beauty of the northern lights in time lapse over Ontario, Canada.
Travel Photo of the Day
Each day, CNN producers select a user-submitted photo to be our Travel Photo of the Day. Click through the gallery above to see stunning shots from around the world, and be sure to come back every day for a new image. Have a gorgeous travel photo of your own to share? Submit it for the gallery at CNN iReport!
The journey that inspired you
You sent us photos of a journey you had taken to another country, where you were inspired by a different culture.
7 secret Caribbean islands
The Caribbean is a near-perfect destination, especially when it's arctic cold at home. There's just one problem: Everyone you know wants to go there.
Harry Potter's new park
A fire-breathing dragon, self-stirring cauldrons and dancing skeletons. These are the things Muggle dreams are made of.
World's 100 best ski runs
Our panel of pros tells you where to ski. Or at least where they do.
10 trips to change a kid's life
Want to spot dolphins in Florida, peer over the edge of the Grand Canyon or dig for bits of history near an Irish castle? These are all trips that can change the way your child (and maybe you) see the world.
Amsterdam: What's legal?
You may have noticed an interesting reaction when you tell people you're traveling to Amsterdam -- that curious look, that knowing half-smile. "Amsterdam," they say with a mischievous grin, "lucky you!"
Five spectacular art fair cities
If you're of the opinion that the only thing better than viewing great art is owning it, put these destinations on your travel itinerary.
World's 7 most remote islands
Leave the snorkels and beach towels at home if you dare visit these forbidding islands.

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