Travel & Adventure News

Fall foliage delights leaf-peeping tourists, but how does the change in color benefit trees? As scientists explain, there is a reason for the season.

October 8, 2004

SpaceShipOne, the world's first privately built manned spacecraft, completed its third round-trip journey to space today, laying claim to the ten-million-dollar (U.S.) Ansari X Prize.

October 4, 2004

This September things suddenly got interesting for reenactors retracing the route of Lewis and Clark up the Missouri: Reliving the journey also meant reliving conflicts with the Sioux Indians.

October 4, 2004

The Cook Islands receive more tourists per capita than any other South Pacific destination. Now authorities are revamping their tourism strategy to focus on preservation.

October 1, 2004

Despite a record hurricane season, many Florida hot spots are relatively unscathed. And tourist bureaus, hotels, and others are pulling out all the stops to lure travelers back.

October 1, 2004

SpaceShipOne, the first privately built, manned vehicle to reach space, roared to space and back again this morning from a launch site in California's Mojave desert.

September 29, 2004

In this week's TravelWatch column: A small experiment in Armenia shows how easy it is to turn an urban dead zone into an appealing, living place.

Updated September 17, 2004

From the wetlands out front to the undulating exterior, the new National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., is built on native ideas. Includes photo gallery.

Updated September 24, 2004

Hurricane Ivan roared into the Gulf Coast near Mobile, Alabama, early this morning with peak winds exceeding 125 miles an hour (200 kilometers an hour).

September 16, 2004

Traveler magazine's geotourism editor says the military dictators of Burma (Myanmar) are defacing medieval Buddhist temples at one of Asia's greatest archaeological sites.

Updated September 3, 2004

Aron Ralston, the climber who spent five days pinned beneath a boulder in a Utah canyon last year, reflects on his lifesaving self-amputation.

August 30, 2004

To shed light on the sex lives of rosy-finches, North America's highest-breeding birds, researchers clip on crampons and get climbing.

August 24, 2004

In this TravelWatch column, National Geographic Traveler's geotourism editor examines a stewardship program that keeps Maine's ocean islands untrampled.

Updated August 20, 2004

Conservationists say the survival of Mongolia's fabled taimen salmon may depend on an unusual ecotourism venture involving Western anglers.

August 19, 2004

A consortium of nonprofits aim to restore sections of the Inca High Road, the 500-year-old route that linked the Inca Empire from present-day Colombia to central Chile.

August 17, 2004

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