New research reveals how Australia and other nations play politics with World Heritage sites; Misha Ketchell; The Conversation

National governments are using political lobbying and empty symbolic efforts to stave off an “in danger” listing for their World Heritage sites.

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Bring The World’s Most Treasured Attractions To Your Living Room With Xplorit’s Virtual Tours; Jared Ranahan; Forbes

Pristine natural beauty and world-class museums and theme parks are just a click away.

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The Most Gorgeous Waterfall in Every State; Tina Donvito; Reader’s Digest

Ready to add 50 entries to your travel bucket list? These top waterfalls around the country are totally list-worthy…

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4 Incredible World Heritage Sites in America; Carson Bear; National Trust for Historic Preservation

Celebrate World Heritage Day, and check out four of our favorite World Heritage Sites in the U.S.

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If you love active holidays, you’ll never want to leave California’s Yosemite; Emma Ledger; Sun

WHEN you think of California, you might conjure up images of superstars, sun-soaked beaches and Hollywood’s famous hills. It’s easy to forget that the Golden State is also home to Yosemite, one of …

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2 killed in Yosemite fell 800 feet from overlook; AP

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The Latest on 2 people who fell to their deaths from a popular overlook in Yosemite National Park (all times local): 2:00 p.m. A Yosemite National Park official says two people killed after falling from a popular overlook plunged about 800 feet (245 meters) in very steep terrain. Park spokeswoman Jamie Richards said Friday park rangers rappelled and climbed the granite wall under the Taft Point overlook and reached the bodies after working on to find them Thursday. A California Highway Patrol helicopter also assisted them.

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Can you guess the most Instagrammed tourist attractions in the US?; Andrea Smith; Lonely Planet

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Travelling Across The USA By Train: A 15D Journey From East Coast To West Coast; Abdul Asyraf; TripZilla

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Journey through all six cities in USA by train – from New York City all the way to San Francisco!

All aboard! Travelling from coast to coast across the USA by train is one of the greatest travel experiences one can have in their lifetime. It’s the best mode of transport to glimpse into the real Americana and explore the USA with a different perspective; away from the glitzy city lights and touristy usuals.

Train travel is not the first option that comes to mind for trips across USA. But did you know that the country has an excellent rail network operated by Amtrak, which will take you from coast to coast via a variety of routes? To help you get started on this 3,400 mile journey, here’s a simple 15D itinerary. This itinerary will take you through six stunning cities that’ll compel you to live the American Dream!

Here’s an overview of the cities you’ll be visiting: New York > Chicago > Denver > Salt Lake City > San Francisco > Los Angeles

Day 1 to 3: New York City

Statue of Liberty & Brooklyn Bridge

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Yosemite National Park-UNESCO World Heritage Site; Corinne Vail; Reflections Enroute

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Can you believe that I’ve been married to a native Californian for over 25 years; we visit the state at least every other year, and I had never been to Yosemite National Park?! John Muir, Ansel Adams, my cousin’s kids, and over 3 million people per year…it seems everyone has made it to the US’ premier national park before I did. And to top it all, UNESCO had inscribed Yosemite National Park on the World Heritage List due to its exceptional natural and scenic beauty. Why hadn’t we been? But I finally made it and it didn’t disappoint!

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Even though Jim grew up in northern California, he never made it to this spectacular park. You would think this would make it even more likely that we would go together or later with our kids.

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Century-old pictures of Yosemite National Park illustrate its beauty; Forrest Hanson; Daily Mail

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William (1876-1956) and Grace (1878-1957) McCarthy had no children and devoted their free time to traveling across North America – including stops at California’s Yosemite Valley

  • William and Grace McCarthy took 2,998 photos of road trips across North America between 1905 and 1938
  • The couple made trips to Yosemite National Park in 1917 and 1935 and photographed its pristine state
  • Photos show their car underneath a hollowed-out Giant Sequoia and the freedom of the park before railings and nets were installed
  • Their photography collection has been made available online by the California State Archives 

A California couple traveled far and wide in their Studebaker sedan in the early 1900s and, in the process, took nearly 3,000 photographs documenting their adventures.

Between 1905 and 1938, William and Grace McCarthy took 2,998 photos of their travels, including iconic California landmarks such Yosemite National Park, which is remaining open despite the government’s shutdown at 12.01am on Saturday.

Photos show their car underneath a hollowed-out Giant Sequoia and the freedom of the park before railings and nets were installed – an effort to keep people safe that nonetheless is a man-made addition to a pristine natural environment.

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10 Instagram-Perfect Places You Must Add To Your Winter Bucket List; Sonalika Debnath; Tripoto

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These ten destinations are a montage of surreal, cinematic landscapes. Some mountains are carpeted with alpine meadows. The others, dusted with snow. Some lakes are impossibly blue, some jewel-toned and changing colours, keeping in sync with the sun. In some towns, the glaciers glisten in the morning and in some the night skies are etched with a dancing curtain of lights. And each one of these panoramas are an Instagrammer’s ultimate utopia.

Come, let’s delve into these breathtaking lands that’ll have you rethinking your next travel plan.

#Bern – 1,082,440 photos

Switzerland’s capital city is a slice of paradise enwrapped by snow-dusted mountains. Bern’s Unesco World Heritage-listed Old Town, traversed by cobblestoned alleyways, make for some of the most memorable walking trails.

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10 Magnificent National Parks To See Around The World; Adrian Chew; Trip101

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Time for a nature and wildlife outing. Do you like to see animals? Experience them in a unique way? If your answer is yes, then it’s time to pack your stuff and book your trip to visit some of the magnificent national parks around the world. You will get to see a Komodo dragon, glaciers and other flora and fauna while on your vacation.

1. Skaftafell National Park in Iceland

Although Iceland is super cold as it is surrounded by ice, the country also has summer season and you can see sunlight too. This is one of the most beautiful national parks in the world. Besides, the glaciers, as well as the flora and fauna in Skaftafell National Park, are totally magical and amazing.

In 2008, the national park became part of Vatnajokull National Park, which is another popular attraction in Iceland.

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The 5 Best Lodges in Yosemite; Anne Olivia Bauso; Oyster.com

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Every year, millions of visitors trek out to the eastern edge of central California to see the splendor that is Yosemite National Park. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Yosemite is famous for its towering waterfalls, majestic granite cliffs, giant sequoia trees, scenic canyons, and wide-ranging wildlife. The summits El Capitan and Half Dome are among Yosemite’s most popular sites, but there is so much more to discover. (Nearly 750,000 acres, actually.) And exploration methods in Yosemite — hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing, driving, river rafting, horseback riding, rock climbing — are nearly as vast as the national park itself.

What better way to end a day packed with outdoor activities than to soak in a saltwater hot tub, snack on fireside s’mores, or simply watch the sunset from your cabin deck? Here are the best places to stay for your great California adventure in America’s third-oldest national park.

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