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Roman ruins with the Acropolis in the background.

You may not find it in the guidebooks, but the place to begin a tour of Athens isn’t the Acropolis—where the incredible Parthenon overlooks the city below—but on a hill just across from it that you won’t be able to pronounce, Pnyx. It was there that the Athenians gathered to cast their votes beginning in 507 B.C, thus making it the birthplace of democracy.

Alanya Castle's Red Tower is a favorite stop for visitors to explore and enjoy the view of the city.

Just over an hour flight from Istanbul, Turkey’s Alanya offers the beachside beauty of the Mediterranean, the historical wonder and architecture of medieval times, and the affordable accommodations of a lesser-known tourist destination. 

A brontosaurus at the Prehistoric Museum in Cabazon, Calif.

In the early twentieth century, the automobile was more than just a way to get from here to there. Driving was a recreational pastime.

As early as the 1920s, Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company, championed the Sunday drive by encouraging Americans to hit the road, preferably in their new Ford motor cars, and see the beauty of their great nation.

The panoramic view from Castillo San Guisto.

Tucked into a tiny pocket of land between the Adriatic Sea and Slovenia is the harbor town of Trieste, Italy, a bustling, year-round destination for travelers from Eastern Europe and beyond. In the summer, swimmers and boats fill the sea. In the winter, people shop, explore, and enjoy Trieste’s unique cultural heritage. 

There are many wonderful examples of medieval and Renaissance architecture in Verona, Italy.

Situated along the Adage River midway between Milan and Venice, Verona is the perfect destination for those looking to explore the cuisine and culture of Italy’s northern region.

Its ancient city center is so packed with buildings and monuments dating back to medieval and Renaissance times, UNESCO named it a World Heritage Site.  

Main stage area at the Shack Up Inn, Clarksdale, Miss.

Much of today’s music has its roots in the blues. And one of the broadest and deepest roots you’ll find is in the South along the Mississippi Blues Trail. 

Memphis nightlife.

There’s a story that Bob Dylan once interrupted a tour of the Sun Studio in Memphis, Tenn., went over to the very spot where Elvis grabbed his $1 guitar and played his heart out to land a record contract, and kissed the ground. You might not feel quite as moved as Dylan did when you visit the studio, but it’s one of the few historic sites that probably influenced your own personal history.

Photo of a small wooden room propped among trees, reachable by a precarious swing bridge.

Thanks to cell phones, apps, and good old-fashioned ingenuity, the nation is moving from a service economy to a sharing or “gig” economy. That means instead of a taxi, people now take Uber—an app that connects riders with independent drivers. And when it comes to lodging, people are skipping the local Hilton in favor of staying in someone’s home thanks to Airbnb.

KoKo Cabins in Bocas del Toro.

An isthmus uniquely positioned to connect continents and oceans, Panama is a lively and evolving passage for trade and tourists, and a biodiversity-rich destination. Six nights is enough for a taste of Panama City (old and new), a dip in the Caribbean waters of Bocas del Toro, and encounters with natural wonders throughout.