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Seven magnificant stargazing destinations


Stargazing is something we do every day, almost without thinking about it, and yet it’s also one of the most transcendent experiences in the world, an activity that enables us to gaze into the reaches of space and the wonders of the universe. Here are seven of the world’s most magnificent stargazing destinations.

Seven intriguing attractions for baseball fans

Field of Dreams site

If you’re a baseball aficionado, it might be time to explore the sport at a few intriguing but under-the-radar destinations. Here are seven less well-known places where you can experience the history and wonder of baseball.

Seven ancient Indian ruins in Mexico


The Americas are strewn with the ruins of ancient Indian civilizations. Here are seven Indian ruins in Mexico worth visiting.

Seven space-themed museums

Space Shuttle Challenger

If you’re fascinated by space travel, then it may be time for you to explore some of these intriguing space-related destinations that are scattered across the United States.

Seven travel-worthy independent bookstores

Elliott Bay Books in Seattle

Do you love bookstores? Do you enjoy wandering the aisles, fingering the titles that line the shelves, breathing in the scent of new books, and looking for unfamiliar treasures? Then you’ll enjoy this look at some of America’s most interesting independent bookstores.

Seven stunning fall foliage drives

Vermont fall foliage

October is peak leaf-peeping season. It’s when the maple trees of New England burst into color, the aspens of Colorado turn the Rockies golden, and hordes of camera-toting tourists swarm the back roads of popular foliage locations from North Carolina to Oregon. Here are seven stunning fall foliage drives for you to enjoy.

The Mayan world of Central America

Tikal ruins in Guatemala

Now that you’ve explored the northern Mayan lands of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, it’s time to tackle some of the remarkable ruins left behind by the Mayans in Central America. While Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are separate countries, a glance at a map will show you how these sites once fit neatly into the Mayan world alongside southeastern Mexico.

Seven fantastic sunrise and sunset experiences

Phnom Bakheng temple sunset

Notice that the title of this piece is not “seven fantastic places to see a sunrise and sunset.” That’s because you can see the sun rise and set in countless beautiful locations around the globe. But where is it that you can have the most extraordinary experiences with a sunset or sunrise?

In the footsteps of the Mayans on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula

Chichen Itza

The Mayan culture that reached its peak in the late first millennium had not only a written language, but also very impressive architecture and well-developed systems of math and astronomy. The cities of the Mayan world stretched across much of what is now southeastern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador.

Ancient ruins tour of the Americas: from Aztecs to Zapotecs in Mexico

Tula Mexico

The Americas are awash in the ruins of ancient civilizations. So if you’re looking for a career break journey with a theme, one option to consider is an “ancient ruins tour of the Americas.” Although some of the Mayan sites on the Yucatan Peninsula are justly famous, they only scratch the surface of the Indian ruins that are scattered throughout Mexico.

Seven great U.S. hiking trails – in the middle of the city

Central Park

There is no shortage of great hiking trails in North America, from day strolls along coastlines to extended treks through mountain paths. But what many people don’t consider are the equally remarkable walking trails that exist within cities.

Explore Australia by train

Sydney Australia

Australia is a vast land and a two-week vacation just doesn’t cut it if you’re intent on truly experiencing the place. But a few months during a career break? Now you’re talking. And if you have the time, it’d be a shame to fly from destination to destination and miss the true majesty of the continent. Luckily, Australia has an excellent train system and some of the most famous and breathtaking rail journeys in the world.

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