French cooking class.

Cooking Classes Abroad: Travel for Taste

Learn how to replicate your favorite meals by enrolling in cooking classes in Paris, Barcelona, Florence, and seven other cities around the world.
First-class train seats in a "quiet car" aboard a TGV train to Paris.

Iconic European Rail Journeys

From Scandinavia to Rome: These 10 trips show the full reach of the European rail system.

10 Top Travel Twitterers

Our flying expert shares the handles of his go-to people for travel advice on Twitter.com
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Books reach to the rafters on rickety shelves inside Shakespeare and Company, an acclaimed English-language bookstore in Paris

A Tour of Literary Paris: Where Famous Writers Lived and Worked

Follow in the footsteps of famous writers in the Latin Quarter, the Marais, Montmartre, and Montparnasse.
Hikers moving up Ayers Rock in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia.

Exploring Oprah's Australia on Your Own Dime

From cuddling koalas to climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge, here's how to follow in the talk-show queen's footsteps -- without a royal budget.
Find your own magic carpet at Bazar Ben Allal in the carpet souk, Criée Berbere.

Best of Marrakech: 13 Favorite Moments

From the medina's medieval jigsaw to Hivernage's hedonistic clubs, Marrakech has a spirit that's impossible to bottle.
Lahaina, Hawaii (Maui)

Cliff Diving and Cliff Jumping: 9 Peak Places

Oceans, lakes, and rivers around the world where you can go over the edge.
Pictured, "Today" show co-hosts: Al Roker, Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira, Ann Curry, Hoda Kotb. Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC

New York City TV Tapings: How to Get a Seat

What you need to know to see Roker, Stewart, Ray, and other TV stars during your next trip to New York City.
Kim Kardashian on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC

Los Angeles TV Tapings: Behind the Scenes

Headed to L.A.? Find out how you can step off the street and into your favorite show.
People rushing through the terminal at the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport

8 Airport Survival Tips for the Holidays

Follow this advice from our highest flyer and you just may get through the airport this winter without going crazy.
Evening view of the Tower of London, seen from across the River Thames.

The Royal River: Life Along the Thames

What the River Thames lacks in length, it makes up for in history and pageantry.
Many of the mummified corpses in the Catacombe dei Cappuccini remain fully clothed centuries after death.

Catacombs and Tombs: 9 Final Resting Places

Come face to face with your humanity at these nine catacombs, tombs, and ossuaries in Italy, Cambodia, the Balkans, and more.
A view of the Placa, the main street of the Croat city of Dubrovnik. Also visible is the Franciscan Monastery

The World's Most Walkable Cities

From Paris to Melbourne, put on your most comfortable pair of shoes and explore the 10 most pedestrian-friendly cities around the world.
Skydiving over Interlaken, Switzerland.

9 Skydiving Adventures: Thrills on High

See the world from up above in nine stunning destinations from Guam to Switzerland.
Portland's favorite slogan.

The Weird and Wonderful in Portland, OR

Is Portland still the quirky, offbeat city it claims to be? We take a guided tour on the wild side.
Colorado River

Top 10 Whitewater River Rafting Destinations

Dip your paddle in the rushing water at any one of these 10 rivers and your workaday worries will rapidly disappear.
A view from the Cathedral of Notre Dame

The World's 10 Most Divine Cities

Head to Rome, Moscow, Paris, Tokyo, and six other cities for some of the world's most beautiful churches, temples, synagogues, and mosques.
The pace of life is a little slower in Italy's deep south; here, the coast near Taormina, Sicily.

Sicily's Best Beaches

Sicily has more sandy beaches and dramatic coastline than almost any other region of Italy. Here are 6 beaches not to miss.
One ideal alternative hike to the classic Inca Trail is the <strong>Mountain Lodges of Peru</strong> or MLPtrek (tel. <strong>011/511-421-7777</strong>; <strong><a href="http://www.mountainlodgesofperu.com" target="_blank">www.mountainlodgesofperu.com</a></strong>), which gives hikers a feel for the Inca Trail without being quite so rough. This new hike follows a string of ancient Inca roads and mule trails for about 40-miles eastward to Machu Picchu (versus the western-bound route of the classic trail), and hikers following this route stay in four comfortable Mountain Lodges along the way. You can book directly with Mountain Lodges of Peru; a number of leading adventure travel operators also offer the trip, throwing in private tours and airfare for a bit more money. <strong>Backroads</strong> (tel. <strong>800/GO-ACTIVE</strong>; <strong><a href="http://www.backroads.com" target="_blank">www.backroads.com</a></strong>) is one highly recommended MLP operator. It's known for both its personal service and its dedication to small group sizes; this photo shows half of an average group setting off on a hike.

Hiking to Machu Picchu

When the classic Inca Trail gets booked up there are thankfully other ways to hike to Machu Picchu.
Wine bottles stacked at the Cascina Monsignore Farm

Exploring Italy's Piedmont Region

Piedmont offers a little bit of everything: Culinary delights, outdoor activities galore, a bounty of natural beauty, and history.
Las Vegas New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve Celebrations Around the World

Details and photographs of New Year's Eve festivals and events in Berlin, Rio, London, Sydney, Vegas, and more cities.
Street vendors in the Palermo Soho area of Buenos Aires.

World's Best Cities for Bargain Shopping

Where to buy clothes, jewelry, shoes, electronics, and more in Florence, Shanghai, Bueno Aires, and seven other cities.
Strings of lebkuchen (gingerbread necklaces) make perfect souvenirs.

10 Oktoberfest Traditions

Oktoberfest is more than just beer. Raise a glass to these 10 traditions that draw travelers to Munich every fall.
Map of Provence

The Art Lover's Tour of Provence

Provence and the Cote de Azure helped change the art world. Here's how to plot a course through its most impressive milestones.