Napili Sunset Resort, West Maui.

World's 10 Best Beachfront Hotels

Check into one of these affordable beachfront hotels, where your room is literally steps from the sand in Fiji, Thailand, the Caribbean, and other beach destinations.
Oak Alley Plantation, Vacherie, Louisiana

Louisiana's Most Glorious Antebellum Mansions

Rich in history both grim and grand, Louisiana's mansions are national treasures. The excesses and ethics of the distant past are on display at these handsome survivors, each one an architectural gem with a story to tell.
Books reach to the rafters on rickety shelves inside Shakespeare and Company, an acclaimed English-language bookstore in Paris

A Tour of Literary Paris: Where Famous Writers Lived and Worked

Follow in the footsteps of famous writers in the Latin Quarter, the Marais, Montmartre, and Montparnasse.
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Ashford Castle, County Mayo. Photo: Courtesy of The Leading Hotels of the World

Ireland's Most Historic Castle Hotels

Each of these eight castle hotels in Ireland has been restored to its former glory. Check in for an authentic history lesson while relaxing in comfort.
A statue of Queen Boadicea near Big Ben.

11 Exceptional London Experiences

When you get sick of chasing the royal wedding carriage, step into one of these top London sights.
Inverlochy Castle Hotel in Fort William, Scotland. Photo courtesy Inverlochy Castle Hotel

Scotland's Most Charming Castle Hotels

Live like royalty for a night at one of these Scottish castle hotels and manor houses.
Finds from the Mediterranean Sea and Albufera lagoon abound at Valencia's expansive Mercado Central.

Valencia's Coastal Cuisine: Spanish Cooking at its Best

Get a taste of Spain's Mediterranean coast with these six culinary adventures in Valencia.
Dock and crystal clear waters in Cancun, Mexico

The Very Best of the Yucatan Peninsula

The best places to visit, the best hotels and restaurants, plus must-see, one-of-a-kind experiences on the Yucatan Peninsula and Tabasco and Chiapas.
The Sydney Opera House reflected in a puddle during a summer sunrise.

Best of Sydney: 15 Favorite Moments

From the harbor to the beaches of Manly, here's what to love about Australia's biggest city.
Montmartre, Paris.

Paris Walking Tour: Insider's Guide to Montmartre

Even though bohemian Montmartre is a tourist destination, there are still ways to explore this Paris neighborhood like a local.
The Paris Opera, designed by Charles Garnier as a "monument to art, to luxury, to pleasure."

Affordable Opera Options in Paris

You can find affordable ways to listen to arias by visiting one of these Paris bars and restaurants.
A glimpse into the facility at Rhode School of Cuisine, Marrakech. Photo: Courtesy Rhode School of Cuisine

Cooking Schools and Culinary Vacations: 9 Top Cities

Learn how to make a chocolate soufflé in France, pasta in Italy, and more classics at these top cooking schools around the world.
Alnwick Castle

5 Trips Inspired By Best-Selling Novelists

Literary tours inspired by J.K. Rowling, Elizabeth Gilbert, Steig Larsson, Stephenie Meyer, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
The iconic Flatiron Building in New York City.

New York City's Flatiron District: On the Rise

New hotels and restaurants are popping up in New York City's Flatiron District. Here's a closer look at the top restaurants and the best places to stay.
French cooking class.

Cooking Classes Abroad: Travel for Taste

Learn how to replicate your favorite meals by enrolling in cooking classes in Paris, Barcelona, Florence, and seven other cities around the world.
First-class train seats in a "quiet car" aboard a TGV train to Paris.

Iconic European Rail Journeys

From Scandinavia to Rome: These 10 trips show the full reach of the European rail system.
Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales.

Caribbean's Best: 10 Favorite Moments

Dance in Anguilla's beach bars, relax on a secluded beach in Antigua, and find more Caribbean island adventures and experiences.
Horse Guards.

Best of Royal London for Free

There cannot be a city in the world with more free things to do than London. Here are eight of our favorite free picks for your royal fix.
Hikers moving up Ayers Rock in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia.

Exploring Oprah's Australia on Your Own Dime

From cuddling koalas to climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge, here's how to follow in the talk-show queen's footsteps -- without a royal budget.
The Christkindlesmarkt at Marktplatz Nürnberg, Germany.

10 Spectacular Holiday Markets Around the World

What to buy and eat at the best holiday markets in Austria, Canada, England, Germany, Spain, and other countries around the world.
Find your own magic carpet at Bazar Ben Allal in the carpet souk, Criée Berbere.

Best of Marrakech: 13 Favorite Moments

From the medina's medieval jigsaw to Hivernage's hedonistic clubs, Marrakech has a spirit that's impossible to bottle.
Neptune is the central figure in Rome's Trevi Fountain, the construction of which took 30 years.

On Location in Italy, India, and Bali

Visit the gelateria and pizzeria made famous by the movie version of Eat, Pray, Love (out on DVD on Nov. 23), plus find more ways to experience India and Bali.
Room at the Jupiter Hotel in Portland, OR

9 Vintage-Inspired Hotels

Check in to a bit of the past at one of these nine vintage-inspired hotels in the U.S., Jamaica, and the Czech Republic.
Many of the mummified corpses in the Catacombe dei Cappuccini remain fully clothed centuries after death.

Catacombs and Tombs: 9 Final Resting Places

Come face to face with your humanity at these nine catacombs, tombs, and ossuaries in Italy, Cambodia, the Balkans, and more.
La Piazzetta shows its best side after the day-trippers have left Capri town.

The 6 Most Scenic Spots in Italy

From the north to the south, here are six places where the visual splendor of Italy can't be matched.