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GoNOMAD's Destinations and Travel Guides


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.

Inside Egypt: The Mummy, the Pyramids and Me

Inside Egypt: The Mummy, the Pyramids and Me
Egypt: Ed Wetschler overcomes his claustrophobia to climb through narrow passageways to the center of Khafre's pyramid in Egypt.

Tajikistan Photo Gallery

Tajikistan Photo Gallery
Tajikistan Gallery Photos by David Rich   Penjakent funeral   Kids in Rashnor Poyon     A yurt resta ...

Tajikistan: Following the Ancient Silk Road

Tajikistan: Following the Ancient Silk Road
Tajikstan: David Rich travels the ancient silk road through Tajikistan, along the border with Afghanistan into the Pamir Mountains.

Wandering through Wallonia

Wandering through Wallonia
Belgium: Belgian chocolate and Belgian Beer; Welcome to Wallonia, the French speaking Walloon region of Belgium.

France: The Champagne Region's Hidden Treasures

France: The Champagne Region's Hidden Treasures
Kent St. John visits the Champagne region of France and finds fine art and architecture and the finest food and wine in all the world.

Lowell, Massachusetts: History and Culture in the City of Kerouac

Lowell, Massachusetts: History and Culture in the City of Kerouac
Lowell, Massachusetts: Kaitlyn Silva presents a guide to Lowell, Massachusetts, with descriptions of its museums, historic sites and other cultural attractions.

Machu Picchu: An Ancient Treasure Threatened by Man and Nature

Machu Picchu: An Ancient Treasure Threatened by Man and Nature
Machu Picchu: David Rich visits the spectacular Incan ruins at Machu Picchu, and reports that the ancient site is threatened by earthquakes and heavy tourist traffic.

India: Surathkal Beach

India: Surathkal Beach
Surathkal Beach India: Mridula Dwivedi enjoyes a day at the beach with her husband Sesha at Surathkal Beach near Mangalore, India.

Zambia to Zanzibar: Train Ride to Paradise

Zambia to Zanzibar: Train Ride to Paradise
The Tazara Railway from Zambia to Dar es Salaam and then a ferry to Zanzibar where Jemima Price finds beautiful idyllic beaches and friendly locals.

Arizona Rocks, Part Three: Page and Lake Powell

Arizona Rocks, Part Three: Page and Lake Powell
In the third article in his series, 'Arizona Rocks,' Shady Hartshorne cruises Lake Powell on a houseboat, goes rafting in Glen Cayon and takes a tour of Antelope Canyon.

Armenia: Where East Meets West

Armenia: Where East Meets West
Armenia, on the border of Europe and Asia, is an ancient kingdom which has recently seen a wave of western-style development, including five-star hotels and moden highways.

Montevideo, Uruguay: Relaxed and Sociable

Montevideo, Uruguay: Relaxed and Sociable
Montevideo Uruguay: Dominic Degrazier writes a guide to the relaxed and friendly city of Montevideo, Uruguay.

Northwest Florida's Gulf Coast: Abundant Wildlife and Unspoiled Beauty

Northwest Florida's Gulf Coast: Abundant Wildlife and Unspoiled Beauty
Wendy Hammerle visits 'the other Florida' on the northwest Gulf Coast, and enjoys the quiet beauty, the abundant wildlife and the many recreational opportunities like kayaking and Yolo boarding.

Buzios, Brazil: A Family Adventure with Brigitte Bardot

Buzios, Brazil: A Family Adventure with Brigitte Bardot
Andrea Bailey visits the sun-drenched beaches of Buzios, Brazil with her husband and her baby.

A Whirlwind Tour of Taiwan

A Whirlwind Tour of Taiwan
Taiwan | Paul Shoul travels across Taiwan to Sun Moon Lake and Taroko National Park, and talks to prominent citizens about what it means to be Taiwanese.

Amherst, Massachusetts: The Quintessential New England College Town

Amherst, Massachusetts: The Quintessential New England College Town
Amherst, Massachusetts, the quintessential New England College town, once home to Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost.

Arizona Rocks, Part Two: Navajo Nation

Arizona Rocks, Part Two: Navajo Nation
Arizona, Navajo Nation: Shady Hartshorne writes about the spetacular scenery and the fascinating history of Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly in the Navaho Nation.

Arizona Rocks: The Grand Canyon by Air and Rail

Arizona Rocks: The Grand Canyon by Air and Rail
Shady Hartshorne gets a bird's eye view of the Grand Canyon from an Maverick helicopter and then takes a ride on the Grand Canyon Railway.

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Iran: A Day of Freedom in the Desert

Iran: A Day of Freedom in the Desert
Iran: A day of freedom in the desert | Max Hartshorne takes a tour of Dasht-E-Kavir, the desert lands near the holy city of Qom in Iran.

Kyrgyzstan: Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll

Kyrgyzstan: Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll
Kyrgyzstan: David Rich visits Kyrgyzstan and finds it to be a vanguard of Western permissiveness in the world of Islam.

The North of England: Where the British Go on Holiday

The North of England: Where the British Go on Holiday
The North of England | GoNOMAD Editor Max Hartshorne and his son Sam go hiking, biking, canoeing and pubbing in the North of England.
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A Visit to the 71 Ranch

A Visit to the 71 Ranch
A gallery of photos by Stephen Hartshorne of his visit to the 71 Ranch in Elko County, Nevada.

Bartlesville, Okalahoma: A Unique American Destination

Bartlesville, Okalahoma: A Unique American Destination
Kent St. John visits Bartelsville, Oklahoma, the home of America's first oil barons and finds a wealth of historical and cultural attractions.

Colombia: Hiking to the Lost City of Teyuan

Colombia: Hiking to the Lost City of Teyuan
Colombia: Dominic Degrazier hikes the long and dangerous path through the mountains of Colombia to the Lost City of Teyuan, with the help of his trusty guide Edwin.

Elko County, Nevada: Where the Skies Are Not Cloudy All Day

Elko County, Nevada: Where the Skies Are Not Cloudy All Day
GoNOMAD Associate Editor Stephen Hartshorne visits Elko County, Nevada, and rides the range with a real-life cowboy.

Forget Machu Picchu, Dive Into Lima

Forget Machu Picchu, Dive Into Lima
Forget Machu Picchu, Dive into Lima.

Pulau Bumbun, Malaysia: The Island I Carry With Me

Pulau Bumbun, Malaysia: The Island I Carry With Me
Malaysia: Alice Driver writes about her month-long homestay on Palau Bumbun, a small island in Malaysia.

Quebec: A City for All Seasons

Quebec: A City for All Seasons
Quebec City: details about its many festivals, attractions and recreational opportunities.

Sardegna, A Prized Gem of an Island

Sardegna, A Prized Gem of an Island
Sardinia: Richard Frisbie visits Sardegna, off the coast of Italy's Tuscany province to find great wines, rosted piglets, delicious cheeses and a 7000-year-old culture.

Saskatchewan: Grasslands National Park

Saskatchewan: Grasslands National Park
GoNOMAD Travel Writer Habeeb Salloum visits the town in Saskatchewan where he grew up and finds that it has been restored to its original state as part of Grasslands National Park.

Alderley Edge, England: Witches and Wizards and Mystical Goings-On

Alderley Edge, England: Witches and Wizards and Mystical Goings-On
Norman A. Rubin writes about Aderley Edge an escarpment above the Cheshire Plain in England which has been associated with King Arthur and the Wizard Merlin.

Grand Junction, Colorado: Western Charm and Mountain Splendor

Grand Junction, Colorado: Western Charm and Mountain Splendor
Grand Junction, Colorado: Marjorie Asturias-Lochlaer offers a destination guide to Grand Junction, Colorado.

Senegal: Smiling with the Diola in Western Casamance

Senegal: Smiling with the Diola in Western Casamance
Senegal: Federico Arrizabalaga Sandoval visits Casamance in Senegal where he finds unspoiled beaches, friendly villagers, and a welcome escape from the fast pace of modern life.

Tawang, India: History and Romance at 13,000 Feet

Tawang, India: History and Romance at 13,000 Feet
A sea of clouds and snow in the mountains above Tawang - photos by Lakshmi Sarath Tawang, India: History and Romance at 13,000 Feet By Lakshmi Sarath Driving to the remote part o ...

Utah: Revitalized Salt Lake City is Vibrant, Even Hip (Really!)

Utah: Revitalized Salt Lake City is Vibrant, Even Hip (Really!)
Salt Lake City Utah: Jessica Powley Hayden writes a guide to Salt Lake City and the surrounding area that includes all kinds of outdoor recreation and even some hip nightlife.

Vancouver, BC: Slow Food and Fast Sightseeing

Vancouver, BC: Slow Food and Fast Sightseeing
Vancouver, British Columbia: Tim Leffel tours Vancouver, British Columbia and Vancouver Island with his wife and daughter.

Chengdu, China: Open for Business

Chengdu, China: Open for Business
Chengdu, China: Lucy Corne takes a trip to Chengdu in western China where she eats fiery soup made from chickens' feet, sings a Mdaonna tune at the Science Museum and meets a bunch of adorable pandas.

Connecticut's Quiet Corner: Lots to See and Do

Connecticut's Quiet Corner: Lots to See and Do
Jessica Courtney takes a trip to Connecticut's quiet corner where she is pampered at a spa, takes a ride in a hot air balloon, tours a local vineyard, and visits an alpaca farm.

Donaldsonville, Louisiana: A Road Trip Back in Time

Donaldsonville, Louisiana: A Road Trip Back in Time
Donaldson, Lousiana: Kelly Westhoff reports on the many attractions of Donaldson, Louisiana.

El Salvador: Mayan Ruins and Scenic Landscapes

El Salvador: Mayan Ruins and Scenic Landscapes
El Salvador: Habeeb Salloum visits El Salvador and tours scenic landscapes and ancient Mayan ruins.
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