Hugging Australia’s northeastern coast like a necklace, the Great Barrier Reef stretches some 1,400-plus miles brimming with marine diversity; it’s the largest coral reef system in the world. You don’t have to travel halfway around the world to discover some of the reef’s secrets and surprises. Here are seven surprising facts. Continue Reading →
Even in Italy, a nation filled with wonders from antiquity, Venice stands out as a city that defies time. Still, global travelers who make the pilgrimage to this UNESCO World Heritage city are often unaware of the mysteries, milestones and curiosities that compose the Venetian fabric. Here are seven little-known facts about Venice, starting with its nickname of the Most Serene Republic. Continue Reading →
From May 1804 to September 1806, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led the Corps of Discovery on a remarkable expedition that covered more than 8,000 miles, starting near St. Louis and trekking west to the Pacific coast. When the 45 members of the original party embarked, the United States was less than 30 years old.
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Gold! The California Gold Rush conjures images of grizzled prospectors with pickaxes, booming cities that sprouted from nothing, and pans where swirling dirt dissolves into sparkling riches. Continue Reading →
Yellowstone became the world’s first national park in 1872, signed into law by Ulysses S. Grant. With miles of backcountry trails and hidden hot springs and waterfalls, it’s a land of majesty and mystery, where bison still roam and Old Faithful still erupts on schedule. Continue Reading →