Land of Fire opens up to visitors

(CNN) — Azerbaijan is the land of mountains and mud volcanoes, multiculturalism and mugham music. Straddling East and West, it blends dramatic landscapes with a people and culture that reflect its fascinating location at the crossroads of Turkey, Russia and Iran. For the past few years, neighboring Georgia has been the South Caucasian country to visit, meaning Azerbaijan has remained largely off the travel radar. But with a new and

The best cruises for family travel

(CNN) — Looking for a fun-filled cruise that the entire clan can get on board with? Pleasing pint-sized passengers and their parents is the name of the travel game for these 10 cruise lines that cater to kids (and kids at heart). Boasting child-friendly activities (Jumbo water slides! Ropes courses! Ice-cream parties!) and age-specific kids’ clubs, brand-name partnerships like LEGO and Dr. Seuss, family-designed cabins, dedicated youth staff and itineraries

21 of the world’s most beautiful beachfront hotels

(CNN) — From Australia to the Caribbean, there’s no shortage of beautiful beachfront hotels around the world from which to choose. But some are, quite simply, more beautiful than others. Whether you’re after a glitzy, all-inclusive resort or a low-key island hideaway, we’ve picked 21 of the world’s most stunning places to stay: 1. Soneva Kiri (Koh Kood, Thailand) The Soneva resort has an open-air cinema set above a lagoon.

The tiny French Caribbean islands you’ve never heard of

Le Gosier, Guadeloupe (CNN) — Seen from above, the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe look like the emerald wings of a butterfly. Located within the lower crescent of the Caribbean archipelago between the islands of Montserrat and Dominica, these twin islands and a smaller cluster of satellite islets don’t just offer intrepid travelers spectacular white sand beaches. They also have waterfalls, mountainous rainforests and cultural institutions dedicated to the islands’

The best things to do in Oaxaca, Mexico

(CNN) — Between its mountains and its beaches, the state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico is a treasure trove of beautiful views and outdoor activities. But thanks to its capital and some of its lesser-known villages, it’s also an art and food destination. The country is deeply steeped in traditions stemming from the country’s 16 indigenous groups as well as its Spanish colonial past. It’s these traditions that make it

The Pioneer Woman’s Oklahoma hotel is already booked solid

(CNN) — Ree Drummond, known as The Pioneer Woman to her blog readers and viewers of her Food Network show of the same name, has opened a boutique hotel in her hometown of Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Fans who missed an early chance to book a reservation will have to wait a while to check it out. The Boarding House, an eight-room hotel described on its website as “cowboy luxury,” was fully

Soak it all in: 10 hotel bathtubs with jaw-dropping views

(CNN) — A deep-soaker tub — complete with candles and bubbles and a nice glass of wine — is perhaps the truest hotel indulgence. The one thing that can make your stay even better? A sweeping view of something beautiful, so you can luxuriate in steamy satisfaction while soaking it all in. Here are some of the world’s very best bathtubs with a view: Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour (Sydney) Courtesy

#NationalParkWeek 16 national park treasures hurricanes couldn’t take down

Editor’s Note — To mark US National Park Week, CNN Travel is featuring several stories about the country’s national parks, seashores, historic sites and more. St. Marys, Georgia (CNN) — Before Hurricane Irma ever made landfall at the waterfront town of St. Marys, Georgia, in September, local officials and US National Park Service employees did everything they could to batten down the hatches. They activated their emergency response plans, working

Your next pilot may not be a human

Editor’s Note — The views expressed in this commentary are solely those of the writer. CNN is showcasing the work of The Conversation, a collaboration between journalists and academics to provide news analysis and commentary. The content is produced solely by The Conversation. (CNN) — Would you get on a plane that didn’t have a human pilot in the cockpit? Half of air travelers surveyed in 2017 said they would

Mars experience opens in the Wadi Rum desert

(CNN) — “Vast, echoing and God-like.” That is how T.E. Lawrence, the British archaeologist and army officer who inspired the 1962 film “Lawrence of Arabia,” described Wadi Rum. As you approach the wind-swept mountains that fiercely jut out of the burnt orange sand in Jordan’s largest desert, it’s easy to see what he meant. The landscape here is like something from another world. So it’s perhaps no surprise that a