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Master plan behind world's most powerful city

Master plan behind world's most powerful city

(CNN) — Washington, D.C., might not have the same cultural cachet as New York or Los Angeles, but the capital of the United States has something unsurpassed by any other city in the world. Power. Power pulses through the veins of this city, threads through its DNA. It shifts, constantly moving, from those who have […]

St Louis reopens updated Gateway Arch Museum

St Louis reopens updated Gateway Arch Museum

(CNN) — The Gateway Arch is arguably even more famous than its home of St. Louis, Missouri. The architectural marvel, which was built in 1965 and is still the highest arch in the world, has become one of the most recognizable symbols of the United States. And now, the arch just became more accessible than […]

The world's most relaxing places

The world's most relaxing places

(CNN) — The relentless pace of modern life means we all need a breather now and then. But that doesn’t have to mean splashing out on a luxury spa or travel to the Himalayas for a weeklong retreat. From city parks to airplane apartments and temples, here’s our pick of 16 of the most relaxing […]

The world's best 'secret' urban gardens

The world's best 'secret' urban gardens

(CNN) — From derelict train tracks turned scenic walkways, to rooftop treasures atop train stations, sometimes the best bits of cities are the bits that don’t feel like cities at all. Urban centers might be 24-hour hubs of activity, but often you just need some green space in the concrete jungle. “One of the things […]

Experience the world's largest waterfall cluster

Experience the world's largest waterfall cluster

(CNN) — Compared with its neighbors — Jiuzhaigou National Park in Sichuan and Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in Hunan — China’s Huangguoshu National Park is relatively off-the-radar for international travelers. Especially when you take into account it’s home to the world’s largest waterfall cluster. Located in Guizhou province, Huangguoshu became one of China’s first officially […]

The best things to do in San Luis Potosi, Mexico

The best things to do in San Luis Potosi, Mexico

San Luis Potosi, Mexico (CNN) — Riviera Maya? Already been. Mexico City? Too busy. The state of San Luis Potosi isn’t necessarily at the forefront of travelers’ minds when they think about visiting Mexico. But that’s about to change. San Luis Potosi and its biggest city/capital of the same name (although locals, who are known […]

Europe's friendliest, liveliest capital?

Europe's friendliest, liveliest capital?

(CNN) — When you travel to Dublin, it doesn’t take too long to figure out this is not the capital of a former far-flung empire like that of London, Madrid or Rome. While it lacks massive buildings and old monuments to past imperial grandeur, Dublin overflows with friendly, accessible charm in more human-scaled surroundings. It’s […]

Stay in a tiny hotel on Amsterdam's bridges

Stay in a tiny hotel on Amsterdam's bridges

(CNN) — There’s no better spot to watch the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam’s canals than the city’s bridges. And with new project SWEETs Hotel, Amsterdam-lovers can get one step closer to the water. This new initiative has transformed the tiny buildings dotted along the city’s bridges — known as bridge houses — into luxurious […]

The best things to do in San Francisco's Union Square

The best things to do in San Francisco's Union Square

(CNN) — San Francisco’s Union Square gets a bad rap. Though it’s where you’ll find the vast majority of the California city’s hotels and it enjoys the aesthetic advantage of a historic cable car trundling past, locals turn their noses up at mere mention of this palm-fringed public plaza in downtown’s heart. Blame the open-top […]

America's perfect vacation lake

America's perfect vacation lake

(CNN) — The world is full of flawless sandy beaches lining every salty ocean and sea. Far scarcer: lofty freshwater coasts drenched in California/Nevada sun, Sierra mountain imagery and blissfully blue snowmelt — furnished with enough volleyball nets, paddleboard outfitters, lakeside hiking trails, picturesque campgrounds, outdoor Shakespeare performances, surprise Scandinavian castles and nudist-friendly coves for […]