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The Hague can be a welcome, peaceful diversion from the nonstop energy (read crowds) of Amsterdam.
See stunning shots from around the world, and be sure to come back every day for a new image.
Good cocktails combine with spectacular views across rivers, cityscapes and oceans at these bird-level drinkeries.
Spanish village offers artists free board and lodging in return for sculptures.
Having banished the warlords and kick-started its economy, Uganda is re-establishing itself as a popular choice for travelers.
Two crocodiles and an octopus now call Dubai home. Is the UAE obsessed with exotic animals?
Polish photographer Patrycja Makowska takes incredible images of derelict buildings but refuses to divulge their location.
"Bridges to nowhere" to some, architectural icons and centers of entertainment for others; these jetties are worth visiting.
Cheap, useless gifts. We're all guilty. Here's how to avoid the most common pitfalls of souvenir buying.
Seeing the images of the mangled wreckage of an aircraft after a crash is difficult for any flight attendant.
It's been a tension-filled week for travelers used to flying safely around the world.
The age of neon lights is dying, experts say. Businesses are switching to cheaper, more energy-efficient LED bulbs for starters.
A former soldier plans to trek every country in the world, having been diagnosed with PTSD.
When the mutinous cries of "not another zen garden, mom!" ring out, it's time to hit up the Toei Kyoto Studio Park.
The Federal Aviation Administration removed its ban on U.S. passenger planes flying to and from Tel Aviv, Israel.
From Maastricht to Melbourne, these itineraries make bookish travelers look stylish.
A California homeowner's nightmare has become a cautionary tale for those who rent their homes to strangers.
Some call them a secret brotherhood, others refer to them as a spiritual mystery.
When your city has an unenviable reputation for insulting tourists, inviting hotel guests to pay what they want could be a risky move.
Ancient Roman bikinis, volcano-skiing and some of the sweetest desserts on Earth.
With factory tours and collections of stunning vintage prototypes, southern Germany is petrolhead paradise.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was only one of many commercial flights around the world that routine fly over conflict areas.
The Federal Aviation Administration extended its ban Wednesday on U.S. airlines' flights to and from Tel Aviv, Israel, for another 24 hours.
For centuries Italy has housed its convicts and political enemies on some of the myriad tiny islands that dot its stunning coastline.
It's Western Europe's second largest country, but it's the diversity of its people and passions that holds the key to understanding Spain's eternal appeal.
The Mississippi Delta is a storied region that sets the standard for all things Southern, good and bad.
From temples so gold they'll make your eyes water, to food you'll be longing for days after it hits your lips, Punjab is India at its colorful, lively best.
Copenhagen: not only the capital of the happiest country on Earth -- officially -- but also probably the center of the designer goods universe.
Not many cities evoke as many instant associations as Las Vegas.
Thousands of beer fans from all around the world gather at the 27th Oregon Brewers Festival.
Morocco's Red City is crammed with stunning gardens, shaded souks and steamy bath houses.
Hundreds of flight cancellations, blamed on military exercises, have trickled to the rail lines as travelers try to avoid delays.
The FAA says U.S. airlines are prohibited from flying to or from Israel's Ben Gurion Airport for up to 24 hours.
Don't be intimidated, says a local expert. Here's how to do China without the hassle.
The violence between Israel and Gaza has some travelers canceling or postponing trips.
Every tourist destination has a flip side, a season when prices go down and savvy, flexible travelers can score big savings.
Life in Joburg can be stressful. Luckily there are some exceedingly non-stressful places close by.
Hundreds of flights to and from eastern China were canceled or delayed Monday, but official reasons have been vague.
The costs of your airline travel will rise a little today, thanks to the federal government.
Coffee culture has spread across the globe. Here are its touchstone cities.
Following last week's MH17 disaster, Malaysia Airlines will offer full ticket refunds to travelers.
CNN's Ivan Watson pays homage to the city he's called home for the past 12 years.
Cinema loves portraying the lives of expats. Sometimes it gets it right. Sometimes it casts Nick Nolte as shirtless demigod.
In what is undoubtedly the world's "coolest" surf video, photographer Chris Burkhard endures freezing temperatures, blizzards and injury.
Iran has experienced a massive increase in tourists coming to country. Now the nation's capital is running out of hotel space.
For air travelers who like to gripe about being cramped in economy, here comes another warning that they've never had it so good.
India's Basunti retreat was made for unwinding.
Commercial airlines that usually cross eastern Ukraine are detouring from the conflicted region in light of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17's crash.
Where to pay homage to the cutest local celebrities you'll ever stalk.
Lois Pryce ignored naysayers and traveled 3,000 miles via motorcycle to discover the real Iran.
Meet the new car-plane hybrid that brings affordable recreational air travel to the masses.
Proving they're what's really important, the world's best pastry shops have survived survived sieges, revolutions and World War II.
London to New York is the world's busiest route. Airlines will go to any length to get a piece of the action.
Built at a cost of $442.2 million, Universal Studios Japan hopes its new attraction will bring in $55 billion over 10 years.
Cathay Pacific wins world's airliner of the year title
Brazil's government calls the World Cup a triumph for the country's tourism industry.
The gateway to Morocco's Atlas Mountains is becoming a photographer's paradise -- but capturing it on camera isn't easy.
Strong storms and heavy rain hampered travel from North Carolina to Maine on Tuesday.
Imagine sipping Argentina's finest wines with the snowcapped Andes in the distance. Sailing the fjords of Finland while the midnight sun shines down. Or taking in a live opera under the stars in the high desert of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The road was melting.
TripAdvisor releases new rankings for best water parks and amusement parks
Architect Rem Koolhaas says most new buildings look the same. This is what he suggests we do about it.
If Greek island hopping is the dream, then Greek ferry timetables are usually the reality.
Time's running out on Tokyo's grand Hotel Okura, a hotel that glorifies the design and service of 1960s Japan.
A United Airlines flight that was forced to land on remote Midway Island after pilots detected an odor experienced a mechanical issue, the airline says.
A man who took a dangerous selfie during the running of the bulls in Pamplona is now sought by police.
This month, a young aviatrix will honor the woman she was named after by flying the same route made legendary in 1937.
CNN picked eight spots around the country to (safely) explore the scary ways of U.S. outlaws.
As part of a scheme to encourage reading, 50 benches designed in the style of popular novels or kids' stories have been scattered around London.
Once described as "sterile," the birth city of the iconic Singapore Sling is experiencing a cocktail renaissance.
Tired of sun-bleached, postcard-ready surf spots? There are different ways to carve waves.
A United Airlines airliner flying from Honolulu to Guam was diverted to Midway Island because of a reported electrical smell in the cabin or cockpit.
Spokeswoman: An American Airlines airplane from London was diverted to Tulsa, where it sat because that airport didn't have Customs agents on hand.
To all the locals who have been hoarding the following beaches, please forgive us.
Passengers are used to paying for check-in baggage or priority boarding but one airport in Venezuela is now charging for the ultimate hidden extra -- air.
When no one wanted to build the world's tallest and fastest water slide, Jeff Henry built it himself.
As the Channel Tunnel marks its 20th anniversary, we look at other underground connections that push engineering limits.
A new report says "vertical seats" could allow more passengers onto a plane and cut ticket costs. Is it worth it?
Southeast Asia's darker tourist attractions supply insight and shivers in equal doses.
A Chicago man who just co-authored a book on how to run with the bulls in Pamplona was gored in the right thigh on Wednesday and underwent surgery in hospital, two friends with him in Pamplona told CNN.
Boiling, disappearing, Pepto-Bismol pink: The water's anything but fine at these strange lakes from Trinidad to Thailand.
Following cycling's toughest race as it explores northern European battlefields to mark a century since WWI.
More airlines are teaming up with world-class chefs, hoping to solve that ultimate aviation problem: how to serve a top rate meal in the air.
Some domestic airline passengers will be asked to turn on electronic devices under new security measures.
Adam Ritchie, a Domino's Pizza manager in Cheyenne, Wyoming, said he'd never received a call like the one he got Monday night.
The debut model of the new fuel-efficient aircraft makes for a head-turning spectacle.
By distance, the running of the bulls course in Pamplona is pretty short: just 850 meters, or half a mile.
Gumball 3000 2014. Once a year, a motley crew of superstars in supercars carve out an impossible, hedonistic adventure.
An apparent near miss between two aircraft that was captured on video at Barcelona Airport has prompted an investigation by Spanish aviation authorities.
With its timeless traders and medicine men, the red city's Jemaa el Fna square seems caught in a Twilight Zone.
Pinoy pride is evident in these diverse new drinks that champion the country's flavors -- and even the odd landmark.
In honor of National Kissing Day, TravelZoo has released a list of the world's top 10 romantic movie locations.
The Farnborough airshow attracts exhibitors and visitors from all around the world and is at the heart of developments in the aviation industry.
It's a sure sign of vacation when even your daily shower feels indulgent and comes with scenic views.
Nine of the most acceptable and enjoyable ways to wet yourself this summer.
It's 100 years since a "flying boat" made the first scheduled commercial flight. Here's how times have changed.
Volkswagen ended Kombi production last year, but the spirit of adventure and resourcefulness that endowed the vehicles lives on in Uganda.
Of course you don't really need that Gucci trunk that converts into a deluxe shower, but wouldn't it be cool?
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