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Roadside Dinosaurs Are Far From Extinct (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 7:00 AM

I have a soft spot for weird roadside dinosaurs. The bizarre tourist trap monsters always make me smile when I see them standing awkwardly along America's highways.

Even though, given my job as a science writer, I can be a bit of a pedant about the inaccuracies of aberrant...

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Inside New Orleans' Giant Music Box (VIDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2012 | 7:00 AM

Ah, the summer road trip. A classic pilgrimage for Jack Kerouac's and RV-driving Americans alike. If you're headed down south, New Orleans is a city you cannot skip past. Especially now that it's got an unbelievably strange and beautiful music box shantytown in its historic Bywater section of...

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Coming Soon: Your Vacation To The Moon

(2) Comments | Posted July 22, 2012 | 8:27 AM

Forty-three years ago, Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon. Nowadays, the idea of vacation on the moon is gaining traction with the American public.

In June of 1958, 11 years before the Apollo 11 landing, the popular Sunday comic strip "Closer Than We...

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5 Extreme Races For Travel-Hungry Crazy People (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2012 | 7:00 AM

As famed grand tours of summer such as the Tour de France roll through Europe on carbon frames and ultra-light wheels, a number of lesser-known, if more rigorous, races are also gearing up to go. They include cycling and foot races that take athletes through some of the...

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Smithsonian's Top 10 Travel Photos Of The Year (PHOTOS)

(4) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 7:00 AM

Our editors pored over more than 67,000 photographs, each one a postcard from a unique time and place for our annual photo contest. In our July/August 2012 issue that launched online Friday, we announced our winner, Jia Han Dong, 52, a shipping company manager from New...

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A Tour Of The World's Biggest Cruise Ship (VIDEO)

(23) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 7:00 AM

With 21 swimming pools, 24 restaurants and its own version of New York City's Central Park, this $1.5 billion cruise ship's 5,400 passengers should have plenty to do.

Royal Caribbean's "Oasis Of The Seas," the world's most massive luxury cruise liner, dwarfs the second-largest ship, the Queen...

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The Top 5 Five Spots That Will Make You Want To Scuba Dive (PHOTOS)

(3) Comments | Posted June 4, 2012 | 7:00 AM

I am not a Scuba-certified diver, and I may never be. Instead, I free dive and have been for about 13 years, mostly along the coast of California, and, most of the time, I have no interest in introducing tanks, tubes and pressure valves to the simple relationship I have...

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The World's Top 10 Treks (PHOTOS)

(60) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 7:00 AM

Foot travel has been the way of the wayfarer since men and women were still dragging their knuckles. The fact that people still opt to walk today, in the age of the wheel and the combustion engine, tells us there is something virtuous and irresistible in the plodding of one...

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