Where to see the best fall foliage across the country

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It’s not too late to leaf-peep!  (iStock)

Peak leaf-peeping season is almost over, but it’s not too late for those seeki…

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The 'Devil’s Swimming Pool' on the edge of Victoria Falls is for adrenaline junkies only

By Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure

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The Devil’s Swimming Pool is shallow natural pool atop Victoria Falls.  (Reuters)

Victoria Falls, without question…

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Moose hunter slams Facebook critics who called her 'disgusting'

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A hunter claims she’s received death threats for posting pictures from her Alaskan moose hunt on Facebook.  (iStock)

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Deer hunting tips: 6 ways to find a buck you already scared off


By Gerald Almy

Hope isn’t lost just yet. Get back that buck with these expert tips.  (iStock)

“That’s it. It’s all over,” I thought. The 4-year-old 10-point buck that I had scouted, photographed, and painstakingly …

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How to heat a camping shelter without an indoor fire


By Tim MacWelch
Published June 01, 2017

A fire lay isn’t appropriate for an indoor sleeping shelter.  (Tim MacWelch)

Nothing in the backcountry gives off heat like a roaring fire. That’s why our recent ancestors built…

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The world’s most unique underwater adventures

The world’s most unique underwater adventures

By Katie Rosenbrock Published August 26, 2015 Facebook570 Twitter0 Email Print Courtesy of diviac.travel Next For most, the depths of the ocean are shrouded in mystery. Few often venture below the surface of the deep blue sea, and even fewer have explored its far-reaching corners. Slideshow: 11 Totally Unique Underwater Adventures Around the World Heck, according to the National Ocean Service, in all of the research and exploration scientists have accomplished up to this point, still we’ve covered less than five percent of the entire ocean. In other words, to say there’s lots more exploring and discovering to be done is an enormous understatement. Luckily, though, even for the general public, there are lots of different ways to explore the underwater world. Whether in your own personal submarine or even a freestanding underwater oxygen bar (OK, so it’s not the ocean, but hey, it sure sounds fun) here’s a look at some of the most unique and exciting ways you can embark on an underwater adventure. 1. Cave Diving the Tulum Cenotes of Mexico Courtesy of diviac.travel Sandro Lonardi, a former dive instructor and current team member at diviac.travel says Mexico’s cenotes (or natural swimming holes that result from collapsed limestone bedrock) are “like a heaven for cave diving.” “[There are] kilometers and kilometers of underwater tunnels with incredible clear fresh water,” he said. 2. Museum of Subaqautic Art (MUSA) in Cancun, Mexico Jason deCaires Taylor Featuring hundreds of statues that serve as a reef home for fish and other underwater creatures, the Museum of Subaquatic Art (MUSA) is the world’s biggest underwater museum and a must-see for divers and snorkelers — and especially those who love art. The collection of sculptures was designed as a way to offset the overwhelming amount of tourists visiting the area’natural reefs and now serves as an exciting excursion that seamlessly combines underwater exploration and art. 3. Laucala Island DeepFlight Super Falcon Submarine in Fiji Courtesy of Laucala Island Guests of Laucala Island, a private island resort in Fiji, are invited to explore the deep blue sea in their very own submarines. The DeepFlight Super Falcon, a two-person, winged submarine, allows underwater explorers to navigate the depths of the South Pacific Ocean without ever getting wet. he adventure boasts unbelievable views of majestic coral reefs and vibrant tropical fish, and thanks to Super Falcon’s state of the art technology, divers are said to experience a sensation described as “flying through the ocean” with extraordinary speed, range and agility. 4. Ray of Hope Expeditions Ralph Wolf, courtesy of Andrea Marshall, Marine Megafauna Foundation Every year the Marine Megafauna Foundation launches international expeditions to some of the most notable manta ray aggregation sites in order to conduct field research....

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The best island beaches in Europe

The best island beaches in Europe

By David Jeffreys Published July 17, 2015 Facebook30 Twitter233 Email Print iStock Next Looking for an exotic getaway just across the pond? This year’s Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards produced a fascinating list of top island beaches in Europe– from strands of sand in the North Sea to Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast. Find your new favorite island getaway. 1. Menorca, Spain iStock Quiet, unspoiled Menorca (the third Balearic Island on this list) is littered with postcard-perfect little beaches with some of the clearest, bluest water you’ll ever find. Cala Macarelleta is a favorite, surrounded by pine groves, cliffs, trails, and hidden coves—it’s certainly worth the hour-long drive west and south from Mahon. 2. Skiathos (Sporades), Greece Getty / Peter Cook Famed for its soft, round, white pebbles, Lalaria Beach is only accessible by boat from Skiathos town. There’s afternoon shade from the tall cliffs that back this tiny piece of paradise. Strong paddlers thrill to swim through dramatic outcrop arches (one underwater) at the southern end. 3. North Frisian Islands, Germany Sabine Lubenow Enormously wide beaches, endless sand dunes, wide open countryside, and charming villages draw summertime visitors to these islands facing the North Seas on the border with Denmark. Lesser-known Amrum has Europe’s widest beach, a perfect, 10-mile stretch of sand spanning the entire length of its western shore—from near-empty Nordspitze to a candy-striped lighthouse in Wittdün. 4. Ibiza, Spain iStock No visit to the party island of Ibiza would be complete without watching the sun set from Benirrás Beach, a 10-minute drive from San Miguel. Cap Bernat (locally known as “the hand of God”) is a dramatic rock formation, made even more so by the fading light and the island’s famed ‘Drum Down the Sun’ hippie beats on Sundays. 5. Thassos (North Aegean Islands), Greece Courtesy Municipality of Thassos For an unusual dip, visit the warm, natural pool of Giola at the southernmost tip of the island. It’s a 10-minute hike from the road, but well worth a stop if circumnavigating Thassos while exploring its 33 beaches (including nearby Astris and Psili Ammos). 6. Mallorca, Spain iStock When most people think of Mallorca, they usually imagine endless beach resorts filled with rowdy holiday makers (Magaluf in particular), but the largest of the Balearic Islands has more than a handful of idyllic places to swim and sun. Below the dramatic Tramuntana mountain range on the northwest coast is the chic pebble beach of Deia. It’s a bit of a hike from the main village, but gorgeous water and perfect lunch spots make this a winner. See more of Europe’s best island beaches. More from Conde Nast Traveler 50 Things to Do in Europe Before You Die Condé Nast Traveler’s Hot List 2015: The Best...

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World’s longest inflatable waterslide makes US debut

World’s longest inflatable waterslide makes US debut

Published July 15, 2015 FoxNews.com Facebook241 Twitter282 livefyre22 Email Print No end in sight: The world’s longest waterslide (YouTube/NJ.com) The world’s longest inflatable water slide was officially certified by Guinness World Records on Friday in Vernon, New Jersey. At 1,975 feet long—that’s over one-third of a mile—the extreme waterpark ride was brought over from New Zealand and reassembled on Mountain Creek’s ski slopes in Vernon, New Jersey, reports USA Today. With twenty 100-foot sections weighing in at 600 pounds each, its made of 10,000 feet of polyvinyl chloride, which is the same material used to make bounce houses. It takes over two hours to inflate the slide and about 1,000 gallons per hour to operate—the water is provided by Mountain Creek Resort’s Snowmaking System. Though there are no weight restrictions on the slide, it has not yet been approved by state Department of Community Affairs so the ride is not yet open to the public– and may never be. Action Park spokeswoman Lauren Scrudato told USA Today there is currently no timeline for when the waterslide will be state-certified due to the “lengthy process.” But for adventure seekers, Action Park does have more than 30 park attractions including rides including the Cliff Jumps, Tarzan Swings and Colorado Rapids River Ride.r A few special employees were granted permission to test out the World’s longest wateslide and filmed slippery trip, which can last up to 90 seconds. Originally posted...

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Sail away on a floating hotel suite

Sail away on a floating hotel suite

Published June 25, 2015 FoxNews.com Facebook74 Twitter146 livefyre1 Email Print The futuristic design allows for low impact on the surrounding environment. (Courtesy Salt & Water) Take a cruise or stay in a fancy hotel? Thanks to an innovative design from Serbian architecture and design firm Salt & Water, travelers of the future may not have to chose. The “Floating Hotel with Catamaran Apartments” — recently named a winner at the prestigious Millennium Yacht Design Awards in Italy–  allows passengers to enjoy the luxuries of a modern hotel with the adventure of floating down a river. Related Image Expand / Contract The catamarans dock at a floating hotel station. (Courtesy Salt & Water) The innovative design features a floating central base with multiple mini suites that can detach from the hotel dock to cruise to smaller waterways and rivers that can not be accessed by traditional ships and larger vessels. “The whole concept is designed with the possibility of customization, so we can design a dock and main floating construction to fulfill clients’ needs,” designer Svetlana Mojic told FoxNews.com via e-mail. Related Image Expand / Contract The interior of each suite can accommodate up to four passengers. (Courtesy Salt & Water)   “There is also the possibility of having smaller stations for charging batteries or emptying waste, so guests can enjoy longer autonomy cruising through  the smaller channels.” Each individual catamaran consists of an outdoor deck, interior family room, a bathroom, storage closets, and sleeping areas that can accommodate up to four passengers. Guests can take a dip off the deck or enjoy other water activities like fishing or tubing. Mojic says one of the most important aspects of the design is the ability to get in touch with nature. “The unusual shape was developed as a result of our intended goal to create a small vessel that can navigate slow speeds,” Mojic explained. “And with plenty of windows, you have uninterrupted view of the nature around.” Originally posted...

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The scariest water slide ever may be in Texas

The scariest water slide ever may be in Texas

Published June 24, 2015 FoxNews.com Facebook261 Twitter79 livefyre21 Email Print The Royal Flush has a 100-ft drop that sends riders high into the air before splashing into a 15-ft deep pool. (TouTube ROUND III MEDIA) Next Summer is all about water-filled thrills, but this mega slide may be one of the craziest we’ve ever seen. The Royal Flush in Waco, Texas’s BSR Cable Park has only been opened a few weeks but a viral video showing riders being launched into the air has already racked up over six million views. “It’s new for the summer,” park General Manager Royal Wiseman toldMySanAntonio.com.“It was built over the winter and finished in April.” The slide has three heights for thrill seekers of different speeds. There’s a kiddie slide, which ends with a gentle splash in the water. But the biggest slide features a 100-ft drop that sends riders up high enough to attempt flips and tricks before splashing into a 15-ft deep pool. Riders of the Royal Flush are required to wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket and no one under six is allowed to ride. Entry to BSR Cable Park is $10 and the special slide is an additional $15—but you can ride it all day. If being tossed into the air isn’t your thing, the water park also features a lazy river and wake boarding.   Originally posted...

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Awesome American summer vacations to book now

Awesome American summer vacations to book now

Published April 17, 2015 Budget Travel Facebook30 Twitter213 Email Print Fishing in the upper Madison River in Yellowstone National Park. (AP Photo) Budget Travelers know it’s possible to have an amazing summer vacation without breaking the bank. Here, we’ve rounded up world-class, affordable beaches, national parks, mountains, and big-city blowouts—all within the continental U.S. Yellowstone National Park Yellowstone National Park, covering parts of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, is best known for the Old Faithful geyser, which won’t disappoint with its spectacular display, Yellowstone is also home to 1,000 miles of hiking trails, 67 species of mammals (including bears, moose, and, thanks to a successful reintroduction in 1995, more than 300 wolves), and ranger programs such as walks, hikes, and campfire programs that can help you get the most out of this crown jewel of the national park system. Yellowstone is a wildly popular national park, but you can find a wide range of lodgings, including some with budget-minded rates, at yellowstonenationalparklodges.com. Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with its miles of sand, wildly popular boardwalk, charter fishing expeditions, and Ripley’s Aquarium (where you can get nose-to-nose with sharks), will keep you busy while the sun shines, and its world-class eateries roll out an irresistible southern-style welcome with local micro-brews, seafood buffets, and oceanfront tables. The sun rising over Myrtle Beach is a sight few travelers can forget. Families love the array of activities and friendly atmosphere at this oceanside escape. We love Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts for their great locations and rates. Great Smoky Mountains National Park America’s most popular national park, a major theme park, and miles of trails and streams for a reasonable price? Yep. Head to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in North Carolina and Tennessee, for fishing, hiking, and scenic drives like the six-mile Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. While you’re visiting the Great Smoky Mountains, don’t forget to spend at least one day at 150-acre Dollywood for authentic Tennessee music, food, and, of course, thrill rides such as the Wild Eagle, Mystery Mine, and River Rush roller coaster. The Park Vista DoubleTree in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, provides good access to both the national park and Dollywood, and features two restaurants, an indoor pool, and mountain views (doubletree3.hilton.com). Related Image Expand / Contract “Cloud Gate,” also known as “The Bean,” is a popular free attraction at Chicago’s Millennium Park. (AP Photo) Chicago A major American city that is as affordable as it is friendly, Chicago welcomes visitors from every corner of the world with its second-to-none theater, improv comedy such as Second City, blues venues such as House of Blues, and its rollicking Navy Pier along Lake Michigan. Chicago’s unparalleled Art Institute museum (where you’ll find Edward...

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