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Small hotels with big personalities

Small hotels with big personalities

(CNN) — High up on a bluff in Appalachia, guests soak in a hot tub while watching the sun dip into the green valley below. Hang gliders soar through the surrounding skies, while trees rustle their way into evening. Guests, however, don’t only come to this tranquil resort for the views. They also come for […]

Dublin restaurants: Delicious food from fancy to rustic

Dublin restaurants: Delicious food from fancy to rustic

(CNN) — You may have heard the old reputation about food and drink in Dublin (and the rest of Ireland for that matter). The drink probably got the better end of the deal. Well, those days are long behind Dublin. Ireland’s capital city has had a dynamic restaurant scene for some time now, and the […]

Six reasons why it's cool to be a pilot

Six reasons why it's cool to be a pilot

(CNN) — The magic of flight has fascinated us for well over a century. There are those who are content to sit on the ground and watch aircraft soar overhead. Many of us are excited to be passengers, modern-day jetsetters who travel the globe. But for some, the passion for flight is overwhelming, and the […]

Meet the real-life Iron Man

Meet the real-life Iron Man

(CNN) — Richard Browning is ready for take off. He lights his engines, bends his knees, and the next minute he’s ascending into the air. He hovers, defying gravity, before he begins to fly up and down an ordinary London street. No, this isn’t a scene from a super hero book movie — this is […]

Inside India's first 'extreme adventure zone'

Inside India's first 'extreme adventure zone'

(CNN) — Below, the rushing Ganges River cuts through an open canyon and green trees blanket the hillsides. Amid the Himalayan scenery, a slow countdown cuts through the silence. “3, 2, 1 …” We’re standing at the edge of Jumpin Heights in northern India’s Uttarakhand. It’s said to be the highest permanent bungee platform in […]

Saranac Lake, New York's healing town

Saranac Lake, New York's healing town

(CNN) — Saranac Lake, nestled in the Adirondack Mountains in far upstate New York, started drawing visitors in the late 19th century. But they were looking for more than just a travel escape from crowded East Coast cities in the United States — many had tuberculosis, and in the days before antibiotics, the standard treatment […]

Mediterranean island where love was born

Mediterranean island where love was born

(CNN) — Aphrodite’s Rock jutting from the Mediterranean Sea along the coast of Paphos is probably the most iconic view in Cyprus. According to legend, this is where the goddess of love and beauty was born, before floating to shore on a clamshell. The sea stack is one of many outstanding natural attractions in the […]

California ghost town sells for $1.4 million

California ghost town sells for $1.4 million

(CNN) — It is possible to buy entire towns these days. A little over a month after a 19th century ghost town in California called Cerro Gordo went on sale, Brent Underwood bought it for $1.4 million, real estate agent Jake Rasmuson said. The asking price for Cerro Gordo is $925,000, according to a property […]

How to cycle around Taiwan in 12 days

How to cycle around Taiwan in 12 days

(CNN) — The policewoman switches on her patrol car siren and says “Let’s go.” A mechanical fault on my bicycle hardly seems justification for a police escort through downtown Chihshang to find a repair store. But Cycle Route No. 1 — a two-wheeled circumnavigation around the island of Taiwan — is not to be taken […]

Crazy rainbow lake suddenly appears in desert

Crazy rainbow lake suddenly appears in desert

(CNN) — Do not adjust your screen settings: the crazily vibrant colors of this lake in Australia are all natural. A rare flood has transformed the country’s Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre from an arid salty basin to a spectacular, watery oasis — a striking spectrum of colors, from aquamarine blue to rose pink and bright white. […]