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- StumbleUpon. The Other Siberian Railroad. What You Need to Know to Travel the Alaska Highway. ROAD TRIP It pays to plan ahead if you're driving the Alaska Highway.

What You Need to Know to Travel the Alaska Highway

When the road opened in 1942, even military trucks did not always survive it. What you will see are snow-covered mountains, spruce forests, wildflowers, tundra and eagles, bears, caribou, moose and even the occasional bison grazing along the side of the road. “The Alaska Highway is the legendary road of the north,” Syd Cannings, a zoologist at the Yukon Conservation Data Center, writes in a coming book on the ecosystems the road crosses — among them the Rockies (and the Continental Divide), the Yukon River and the St. Elias Mountains (which include the highest peak in Canada). At its northern end, it enters Beringia, one of the few northern realms untouched for millions of years by glaciers.

When the road opened in 1942, even military trucks did not always survive it. Today, all of this can be enjoyed from the two-lane highway’s relative comfort and safety, but that is a relatively recent development. A $100 Weekend in Oslo. Slide Show A $100 Weekend in Oslo Tell people you’re off to spend the weekend in Oslo with $100 in your pocket, and the warnings start flowing.

A $100 Weekend in Oslo

Some came in the form of legitimate research like the UBS report that has ranked Oslo the world’s most expensive city for the last three years; others were shock-and-awe anecdotes, like “Food in Oslo is so expensive you can actually buy half a cucumber.” I’m not easily spooked. Seven previous $100 weekends in pricey places like Paris and Rio de Janeiro have shown me that such cities can be enjoyed, even on a pittance. Budget: $100, or 585 Norwegian kroner Friday Low budgets usually mean greasy meals. Exploring Norway’s Fjords by Car and Boat. Japan for the Uninvited. Seijogakuenmae, Japan Photo-Post. This is my image of Seiji.

Seijogakuenmae, Japan Photo-Post

A leafy suburb with trees overhanging the clean narrow roads. This area of town is peaceful and laid back but very well organized. TOKYO VR PROJECT! The Prettiest Town Weve Ever Visited: Lijiang Old Town. Ever heard of Lijiang?

The Prettiest Town Weve Ever Visited: Lijiang Old Town

It’s an old town in northern Yunnan, in what was once the Dali Kingdom, the fought-over hinterland between China and Tibet. Curved eave buildings topple up narrow alleys towards a Qing dynasty pagoda. Willows and flowers drip over its narrow canals, crossed by slender bridges. Fenhuan - One of the Ten Most Beautiful Towns in China. By Saif on March 12, 2011 Fenhuan considered one of the 10 most beautiful cities in China.

Fenhuan - One of the Ten Most Beautiful Towns in China

The city was founded during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Originally the town was inhabited by soldiers sent to subdue the local Miao people. Check out the pictures given below. 29 Photos. Japan Signs: Watch The Door. Don’t stick your hand in a star shaped hole?

Japan Signs: Watch The Door

Don’t shake hands with a star? Maybe not. It’s actually a warning sticker I saw on the door of a train in Tokyo and it means “Be careful when the doors open”. I have removed the English words on the image so we can learn to read the Japanese parts. Gochuui is a common word meaning be careful or be warned and is featured on many signs across Japan to warn or get the attention of the reader. 5 Steps To Ordering a Meal in Japan — zonjineko! Tunisia After the Revolution. The Most Desolate City on Earth: Gunkanjima, aka 'Battleship Island' - Neighborhoods. Of all the places to conduct a really wicked paintball match, Gunkanjima just about takes the cake.

The Most Desolate City on Earth: Gunkanjima, aka 'Battleship Island' - Neighborhoods

Utterly abandoned, the former coal-mining site stands like a rotten tooth jutting from the turbulent waters off Nagasaki. A formidable seawall protects a dense warren of empty factory buildings and crumbling apartments. Roofs have blown off or caved in and walls have sloughed off their skins, leaving the skeletal underpinning of buildings visible. Dark hallways and dangerous, twisting staircases abound in M.C. Escherian complexity, leading to ruined vistas with names like "Block 65" and the "Stairway to Hell.

" Richard Branson launches journeys to the centre of the Earth through Virgin Volcanic - News. Republic of Vanuatu Richard Branson launches journeys to the centre of the Earth through Virgin Volcanic.Academy Award winning actor Tom Hanks to join first expedition.

Richard Branson launches journeys to the centre of the Earth through Virgin Volcanic - News

Only 500 people have been to space, only three people have been to the bottom of the ocean, but no one has ever attempted to journey to the core of an active volcano. Until now. Using patented carbon-carbon materials pioneered for deep space exploration, Virgin is proud to announce a revolutionary new vehicle, VVS1, which will be capable of plunging three people into the molten lava core of an active volcano. 36 Hours - Cologne, Germany. 36 Hours in Vientiane, Laos. Now Is the Season for Japan.

India in One, Two or Three Weeks. Travel Tips - Cool Travel Destinations at WomansDay.com - Womans Day. Castles are already pretty impressive, even when they're not perched atop a mountain.

Travel Tips - Cool Travel Destinations at WomansDay.com - Womans Day

But put them at the edge of a cliff, and you've elevated their awe-inspiring beauty to a whole new level. Touting amazing architecture and great historical significance, these eight structures are sure to impress any traveler. Swallow’s Nest—Crimea, Ukraine Built out of wood in the late 19th century as the private quarters—and rumored love nest—for a retired Russian general, this romantic castle, situated on a 130-foot-tall cliff overlooking the Black Sea’s Ai-Todor cape, was modified to its current stone structure in 1912 by oil big-wig Baron von Steingel. Though threatened by an earthquake in later years, the landmark—which is surrounded by swallows and white-winged seagulls—now houses an Italian restaurant. Aragonese Castle—Ischia, Italy. Hike the United States' most stunning trails from the comfort of home. From the soaring heights of Denali (Mount McKinley) to surreal slot canyons chiseled below the earth's surface, the National Park System comprises some of the most stunning, superlative lands in the United States.

Hike the United States' most stunning trails from the comfort of home

To explore all of them would take an incredible amount of time and resources, but the new Nature Valley Trail View website is making it a little easier. View all Earlier this month, Nature Valley launched what it calls the first ever street-view-style national parks experience. - StumbleUpon. The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011 - StumbleUpon.

Every day at 5pm the Sifter posts the Picture of the Day. Below you will find a collection of the Sifter’s Top 50 from 2011. It’s hard to imagine the year is almost over, time seems to fly faster each successive year so it’s fun to take a moment and look back at the year that was. Click any of the pictures below to be taken to the individual post to learn more about the photographer and picture taken. Enjoy and stay sifty my friends! Thin Places, Where We Are Jolted Out of Old Ways of Seeing the World. Cambodia, in and Around Kep, Open but Undeveloped. Countries. Google Maps publishes aerial images of murder scene. Tuesday, 31st January 2012 by Alex Turnbull. A Guide To Getting Lost. Maps and directions are virtually worthless, as they have become ubiquitous.

But what about the incomparable sensation of being lost? Much harder to come by. That’s where this guide comes in. (Eventually taking you back to where you started.) Via Pop-Up City: From Waterfall To Lavafall: Yosemite's Fleeting Phenomenon : The Picture Show. If you head to Yosemite National Park this time of year and stop by Horsetail Fall at just the right time, you might see something spectacular: As the sun sinks low in the sky, the waterfall glows with streaks of gold and yellow — and it looks just like molten lava. Emergency and Disaster Information Service.

Nogales, Mexico - A Few Steps, and a Whole World Away. A SIMPLE painted sign on a wooden board — “To ” — was propped near the door in the fence, but it was the fence itself that fascinated me. Some masterpieces are unintentional, the result of a freakish accident or an explosive act of sheer weirdness, and the fence that divides Nogales, Ariz., from Nogales, Mexico, is one of them. 10 Most Terrifying Places on Earth.

Creepy There are places on this planet that are stranger than the most alien landscapes we have ever imagined. Places that make your skin crawl. Places that induce heavy breathing and paranoia, before anything has even happened. We walk the dark, dusty steps of old castles and houses. We roam the halls of asylums and tunnels, hoping to glimpse something otherworldly.