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Romancing the rails on Amtrak's Crescent

Romancing the rails on Amtrak's Crescent

Aboard the Amtrak Crescent (CNN) — Enthusiasm. It’s not terribly widespread among the traveling masses gearing up for the getting-there part of their journey. Yet it’s a little after 8 a.m. on a Saturday, and travelers gathered at the Atlanta Amtrak station are eager — excited even — about starting their trip. The people arriving […]

Emeril Lagasse's New Orleans must-dos

Emeril Lagasse's New Orleans must-dos

(CNN) — Call him “Mr. Bam,” the “Elvis of TV chefs” or simply Emeril, this forerunner of “New New Orleans” cuisine has a name that precedes him. As one of the first hosts on the original Food Network line-up, Emeril Lagasse not only put the Big Easy on the map — he elevated the role […]

Places to visit in October: 5 great travel ideas

Places to visit in October: 5 great travel ideas

(CNN) — Sandwiched between that last blast of Labor Day madness in September and the upcoming winter holiday rush, October can give travelers a chance to enjoy their destinations with lighter crowds, less stress and lower prices. And then there’s the weather. In most places, this Goldilocks of months isn’t too hot or too cold […]

Bathing in Baku: How to hammam like a local

Bathing in Baku: How to hammam like a local

Editor’s Note — Editor’s Note — CNN Travel’s series often carry sponsorship originating from the countries and regions we profile. However, CNN retains full editorial control over all of its reports. Read the policy. (CNN) — A place for cleansing and contemplation, for relaxation and conversation. Azerbaijan‘s old hammam culture may have waned in recent […]

The island where the end of the world began

The island where the end of the world began

(CNN) — The island of Patmos, sitting under perfect blue skies in the eastern reaches of the Aegean sea, may look like a typical vacation destination in Greece, but it isn’t. It’s where the end of the world began. Not that you’d guess that, strolling down the winding path in the center of the island, […]

Awesome prototype planes: 1949 to now

Awesome prototype planes: 1949 to now

(CNN) — Aircraft manufacturers have produced some magnificent planes throughout aviation’s history, and while many have ruled the skies, some have barely left the ground. In fact, there have been a number of fascinating aviation projects that were canceled for political, financial and technical reasons. On some occasions, designers just came up against the inexorable […]

Norway's Arctic beach hotspot

Norway's Arctic beach hotspot

(CNN) — Northern Norway may not spring instantly to mind for those planning a beach vacation. Yet the golden sands of the remote Lofoten Islands draw photographers, surfers and backpackers from the world over. A road trip along the narrow roads of Norway’s Lofoten Islands inevitably takes hours longer than planned. Around every bend there’s […]

Spectacular photos taken hanging out of a helicopter

Spectacular photos taken hanging out of a helicopter

(CNN) — Seeing the world from above is always a thrilling experience — even if it’s just from an airplane window. So imagine how photographer Jin-Woo Prensena feels hanging out of a helicopter. The daredevil lensman takes spectacular shots of the world from above — suspended in the air, often more than 7,500 feet above […]

National parks that make you go 'wow'

National parks that make you go 'wow'

(CNN) — The first time Rob Decker visited a national park, he was 6. Yosemite National Park, with its towering sequoias, crystalline lakes and rugged Sierra Nevada mountains, already held both historical and personal significance for Decker: His grandparents had honeymooned there 40 years earlier. The trip was the beginning of what would become a […]

11 Fiji resorts worth crossing the Pacific for

11 Fiji resorts worth crossing the Pacific for

(CNN) — As a 333-island nation in the South Pacific Ocean, Fiji is synonymous with clear waters, technicolor coral reefs and celebrity hideaways. And with its multitude of private island retreats and overwater bungalows strewn across the archipelago, Fiji also happens to be one of the most romantic destinations in the world. Whether celebrating a […]