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Been there? Done that? So have we. That's why GoNOMAD researchers scout the ends of the earth in search of interesting, unusual and off-the-beaten-path destinations that offer a wide range of outdoor, cultural and alternative activities.

Our original Guides go beyond standard guidebook descriptions to bring you accurate information on places, unusual activities, attractions, alternatives, lodgings and happenings.

If you've got a suggestion about a place you think we should feature, please send the editor an email and we'll see what we can do. Check back here often, as we are adding new stories, features and guides every day.

Nelson, New Zealand: A Crafty, Artsy Coastal Community

Nelson, New Zealand: A Crafty, Artsy Coastal Community
Max Hartshorne visits Nelson, New Zealand and finds hundreds of artists, superb seaside dining and the glorious Abel Tasman National Park and the Kahurangi National Park

Offbeat Uruguay: A Country That Celebrates Individuality

Offbeat Uruguay: A Country That Celebrates Individuality
Uruguay: Ian Sumter visits Montevideo and Colonia in Uruguay and sees numerous pageants, parades and other celebrations of the country's individuality.

Salt Lake City Utah Charms from the Getgo

Salt Lake City Utah charms from the getgo.
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The Top Ten U.S. Tennis Resorts

The Top Ten U.S. Tennis Resorts
Roger Cox, the editor of Tennis Resorts Online, reviews the top ten tennis resorts in the United States, tennis vacations

A Visit to the Bavarian Alps: Christmas Markets and Pagan Spirits

A Visit to the Bavarian Alps: Christmas Markets and Pagan Spirits
Sony Stark goes to Germany and shops at the Christmas markets of Bavaria, goes boating on the Konigssee and meets the Kramperl, an evil spirits dating back to ancient times - bavaria in December

Dead Goat Polo: National Sport of Kyrgyzstan

Dead Goat Polo: National Sport of Kyrgyzstan
Dead Goat Polo: Sophie Ibbotson goes to the village of Ashu in Kyrgyzstan to watch a game of Kok Boru, Dead Goat Polo, the national sport of Kyrgyzstan.
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Holiday Getaways in Austria and Switzerland

Holiday Getaways in Austria and Switzerland
Sony Stark finds great skiing, fine dining and fairy-tale Christmas markets in Innsbruck, Austria, and Zurich, Switzerland.

Holiday Getaways in Austria and Switzerland - Page Two

Holiday Getaways in Austria and Switzerland - Page Two
Sony Stark finds great skiing, fine dining and fairy-tale Christmas markets in Innsbruck, Austria, and Zurich, Switzerland.

Shinugu Matsuri: A Little-Known Festival in Okinawa, Japan

Shinugu Matsuri: A Little-Known Festival in Okinawa, Japan
Okinawa Japan: Michael Lynch attends the Shinugu Matsuri a little-known festival in Okinawa, Japan.

The Lake Region of Chile: Temperate Rainforests and World-Class Volcanoes

The Lake Region of Chile: Temperate Rainforests and World-Class Volcanoes
Chile: Sony Stark travels to the Lake Region of Chile where she visits a Bavarian village, watches the traditional Cueca dancing and takes part in a sacred tree blessing ceremony, chile lake region

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A Visitor's Guide to the South Bronx

A Visitor's Guide to the South Bronx
Daniel Reynolds Riveiro writes a guide to the South Bronx, which he calls 'a slice of life unlike any in the world.'

Magnificent Maine: Hikes and Lobsters on Mount Desert Island

Magnificent Maine: Hikes and Lobsters on Mount Desert Island
Maine: Esha Samajpati and her husband Pinaki Chakraborty travel to Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island in Maine and enjoy the views from the summit of Mount Gorham.

Montgomery, Alabama: The South's Capital City

Montgomery, Alabama: The South's Capital City
Mongomery Alabama:Shady Hartshorne and Laurie Ellis travel to Montgomery, Alabama, where they visit the home of Martin Luther King and other memorials to the Civil Rights Movement, the Hank Williams M ...

Morocco's Bougmez Valley: An Unspoiled Shangri-La

Morocco's Bougmez Valley: An Unspoiled Shangri-La
Morocco: Ann Banks travels far into the Atlas Mountains of Morocco to the Bougmez Valley where she tours a local shrine and visits a local weaving cooperative.

Provincetown, Massachusetts: Biking, Art and Open-Minded Culture

Provincetown, Massachusetts: Biking, Art and Open-Minded Culture
Lisa Linsley travels to Provincetown, at the very tip of Cape Cod, and finds great bike trails, unique inns, fine dining and a very open-minded culture.

Scenic Santa Fe: An Enchanted City Any Time of Year

Scenic Santa Fe: An Enchanted City Any Time of Year
Santa Fe, New Mexico, where we find a picturesque downtown of low-slung adobe buildings full of hip galleries, trendy boutiques and amazing museums.

Taxco: Mexico's Silver Capital Beckons

Taxco: Mexico's Silver Capital Beckons
Habeeb Salloum visits Taxco, the silver capital of Mexico, where he visits silver shops and factories and takes in the sights in this classic colonial town.

Minas Gerais, the Heart of Brazil

Minas Gerais, the Heart of Brazil
Minas Gerais, Brazil | Paul Shoul visits and enjoys the poetry, the music, the art, the architecture, the history, the cuisine, the nightlife, the natural wonders, the climate -- everything about this ...

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Bright Beach Gallery
Photos of Brighton Beach by Olga Volobuyeva.

Galveston, Texas: The Indomitable Island

Galveston, Texas: The Indomitable Island
Stephen Hartshorne visits Galveston Texas, where he meets a rockhopper pernguin, tours a historic mansion and finds all kinds of family fun.

Georgia, the Country: Where Wine Was First Invented

Georgia, the Country: Where Wine Was First Invented
Georgia, the Country: David Rich travels to Georgia, the country, where he visits ancient cave cities, churches and cathedrals and does some extensive sampling of deep purple Georgian wine.

Hidden Gems in South Central Idaho: A Pleasant Detour From the Ordinary

Hidden Gems in South Central Idaho: A Pleasant Detour From the Ordinary
South Central Idaho: Amanda J. Freerksen finds interesting roadside attractions in south central Idaho like the Shoshone Ice Caves and the Ketchum Ore Wagon Museum.

Hiking Mount Mansfield, Vermont's Highest Peak

Hiking Mount Mansfield, Vermont's Highest Peak
Mt. Mansfield, Vermont: Esha Samajpati and her husband Pinaki Chakraborty go hiking on Mt. Mansfield, Vermont's highest mountain - highest peak in vermont

Indonesia's Raja Ampat Islands: The Best Snorkeling in the World

Indonesia's Raja Ampat Islands: The Best Snorkeling in the World
Raja Ampat Indonesia snorkeling expedition: Larry Taylor and his wife Gail travel to the Raja Ampat Archipelago in Indonesia, where they go snorkeling aboard the Shakti, a traditional Indonesian sail ...

Iquique, Northern Chile: Arid Land of Stark Beauty

Iquique, Northern Chile: Arid Land of Stark Beauty
Iquique, Northern Chile | Max Hartshorne visits Iquique in Northern Chile and meets native peoples at 12,000 feet, discovers Iquique's amazing fish and produce markets and lives life in the Alto P ...

Malaysia: Viewing Our Cousins, the Orangutans

Malaysia: Viewing Our Cousins, the Orangutans
Malaysia: Michelle Perry takes a wildlife tour in the Kinabatangan River Wildlife Sanctuary in Malaysian Borneo, where she gets a rare sighting of orangutans in the wild as well as proboscis monkeys,  ...

Spooky Switzerland: Alien Nightmares and Mystical Savages

Spooky Switzerland: Alien Nightmares and Mystical Savages
Switzerland Gary Singh visits the Giger Museum in Gruyeres, Switzerland, dedicated to the work of H.R. Giger, who won an Oscar for designing the creatures in the 1980 film Alien.

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