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Historical Highlights of Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island has a rich history influenced by the gold rush and timber industry. Here are the three destinations that provide glimpses into its past.

A Primer on Mayan Civilization

The Mayan empire flourished between A.D. 250 and A.D. 900. Remnants of their large-scale construction projects can be seen in the Yucatan.

Grenada’s Ancient Rock Art

Grenada's rock art may not be well-protected or well-maintained, but it's still worth a visit. Here are five sites where you can see ancient petroglyphs.

Discovering Santa Barbara’s Storied Past

On a recent trip to Santa Barbara, we got a sense of the area's storied past by visiting its famous mission, a historic park and a maritime museum.

Video: A Trip Along the Nile Valley

We visited the classic sites of the Nile Valley to assess the situation in Egypt. Here are videos from Giza, Luxor and the Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Hotel.

Seeking the Real Count Dracula in Transylvania

For travelers fascinated by Dracula, there are a variety of locations that can be visited in Transylvania besides the most popular, Bran Castle.

Indelible Memory: Cookies and New Friends in Mălâncrav

Our editor visited Malancrav to see the 14th-century fortified church and its famous Gothic murals. What he found instead was much more special.

Exploring Unspoiled Transylvania

Culturally rich, peaceful and hospitable, Transylvania deserves to join the ranks of major European destinations. For now, it remains unspoiled.

5 Things to Do in St. Augustine, Florida

Known as the Nation's Oldest Port, St. Augustine, Florida, offers the visitor many things to do in this charming and atmospheric place.

Soaking Up Japan: A Tour of New and Classic Onsen Ryokan

Our editor visits Japan and stays at four of the country's famous onsen ryokan (hot-spring inns) in Tokyo, Takayama, Matsuyama and Hakone,

Three Monuments to Napoleon in His Birthplace

Napoleon Bonaparte was born in Ajaccio, Corsica, and the town remains proud of the famous general. Here are three monuments to him visitors should not miss.

Georgia: An Unpredictable but Exhilarating New Frontier in Travel

The extraordinary country of Georgia offers comfortable hotels and good restaurants, but travelers should expect them to be a little rough around the edges.

Indelible Memory: A Poignant Visit to Cape Town's Robben Island

Just across the turquoise South Atlantic from the luxe Silo Hotel, our editor contemplates an important part of South African history on Robben Island.

Indelible Memory: Touring a New Mexico Pueblo With a Local

Little has changed at Picaris Pueblo, a historic Native American settlement just south of Taos, and the best way to see it is through the eyes of a local.

Touring the New Mexico Pueblos

Discover the multilayered history and artistic traditions of the picturesque pueblos located in northern New Mexico between Santa Fe and Taos.

City Guide: New Orleans

Dive into this new guide to the vibrant coastal city of New Orleans, Louisiana. Find recommendations for where to eat, stay and more.

Evocative Ruins of Morocco

Southeastern Morocco has an unusually dense concentration of ruins — crumbling houses and ksour. Many will likely not survive the next 50 years.

'The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb': A Masterpiece Restored

“The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb” is considered a masterpiece of late medieval art. It is on display in Ghent’s St. Bavo’s Cathedral and worth viewing.

Visiting the Kigali Genocide Memorial

Travel can bring you face-to-face with some of the darkest periods of human history. A visit to Rwanda's Kigali Genocide Memorial is one such case.

The Best Guide in Matera, Italy

A local guide makes a visit to the ancient town of Matera, Italy, much more rewarding. The name everyone recommended was Francesco Foschino.

Indelible Memory: Wordsworth’s Suitcase

Finding kinship with William Wordsworth through a visit to Dove Cottage, in Grasmere, England, where the poet lived for eight years.

Visiting Hadrian’s Wall

At 73 miles long, Hadrian's Wall is the largest Roman structure in existence. The sight offers clues about those who built it more 2,000 years ago.

The Epic Grandeur of Castle Howard

With 145 rooms, Castle Howard is one of England’s largest stately homes and exceeds all others in terms of grandeur.

Three Exquisite Portland Gardens

Three of the finest gardens in the Pacific Northwest grow within a 15-minute drive of the skyscrapers of downtown Portland.

Sightseeing in Cusco: Sacsayhuaman and Coricancha — Without the Crowds

Cusco has two primary attractions: Sacsayhuaman and Coricancha. Here's how we managed to see them in solitude.

Lübeck and the European Museum of the Hanseatic League

The Europäisches Hansemuseum in Lübeck chronicles the story of the Hanseatic League, the trading partnership of the 12th through 15th centuries.

Schleswig’s Magnificent Schloss Gottorf

The tidy town of Schleswig has a quaint old quarter of colorful small houses and one of Germany's most impressive palaces: Schloss Gottorf.

How to Visit Machu Picchu

There are many ways to see Machu Picchu, but the best way is to stay at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, adjacent to the ruins.

The Best of Caravaggio in Rome

Italian Renaissance painters tend to go in and out of fashion. Caravaggio was forgotten after his death, but today his reputation seems to be at its zenith.

Bookshelf: Dordogne's Neanderthal History

Author Beebe Bahrami offers an excellent introduction to Dordogne’s Neanderthal history in her new book "Café Neandertal."

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