10 Best National Parks to See in the Fall

National Parks are amazing to see year-round, but some shine brightest during the autumn months, when fewer tourists and changing fall leaves make for a truly incredible outdoor experience.

If you love hiking, fishing, camping, and driving through the most beautiful spots in America and don’t mind the crisp autumn air, a visit to one of these 10 National Parks could be the perfect Fall Getaway:

1. Yosemite National Park in California

National Parks are beautiful in fall, like Yosemite National Park in California

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10 Reasons You Need to Visit Montenegro

Looking for a European escape with all the “wow,” but none of the crowds? It might be time to visit Montenegro.

If the last time you even thought about this small Balkan country was during a geography exam, you’re not alone. Most tourists completely miss the mountains, churches, fortified cities, and beautiful beaches that dot this tiny country on the Adriatic Sea. If a more affordable and less crowded European vacation sounds like a good fit for you, make sure to check out these 10 Reasons You Need to Visit Montenegro:

1. Old Town Kotor is everything you expect from Europe, minus the tourists!

Old Town Kotor, Montenegro

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5 Great Ideas for Labor Day Weekend 2015

Labor Day Weekend 2015 is right around the corner, and you don’t want to let the last long weekend of summer pass you by, do you? This could be your last chance to get out and enjoy the good weather, treat yourself to a getaway, or indulge in the things that make summer great, so don’t drop the ball on Labor Day Weekend 2015.

Thankfully, our users have shared tens of thousands of beautiful photos from around the world during our photo contests like #Roadtrip and #WeekendGetaway, so you’ll never be without ideas and inspiration for travels near and far. To help get you started with planning for this weekend, we’ve put together a list of 5 Great Ideas for Labor Day Weekend 2015:

1. Go for a hike

Great hikes can be found anywhere. From easy alpine walks to major backpacking adventures, you’re destined to find an awesome hike near you with our list of more than 5,200 awesome #Hiking locations around the world.

O'Hara Lake Hiking Labor Day Weekend 2015

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17 Spots to Hit on the Ultimate California Road Trip

As the most populous state in the U.S., California offers visitors a lot more than just Disneyland and the Hollywood sign. Many of California’s most incredible spots fall along its 800+ mile long coast, facing the majestic Pacific Ocean. Luckily for us, much of this coastline is hugged closely by the fabled California State Route 1, also known as the Pacific Coast Highway, creating a superb setting for the Ultimate California Road Trip.

While there are hundreds of sites you could see and dozens of routes you can take on your own California Road Trip, here are 17 of our favorite California Road Trip destinations to see this summer along California’s beautiful coast:

1. McWay Falls at the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park near Monterey, California

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15 of the Most Isolated Monasteries in the World

Some of the world’s most incredible places of worship and spiritual study are also some of the most difficult to access. Most of the time, this was intentional in the design of the complex.

Whether perched on a cliff, hidden in high mountains, or built into the side of rock formations, these monasteries, temples and abbeys were designed to isolate and test the dedication of the monks and nuns who inhabit them, bringing them closer to God in a place of peace.

Though some of these ancient monasteries are no longer in use, all of them make for fascinating travel destinations, especially for those interested in religion, architecture, history and geology. If that sounds like you, read on for 15 of the world’s most isolated monasteries:

 

1. The incredible Greek Orthodox monasteries of Meteora, Greece

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2. The ninth-century Sevanavank Monastery on Lake Sevan in Armenia

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3. The fifth-century Hanging Temple in Datong, China

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4. The Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa in Amorgos, Greece

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5. The 1st-century BC Monastery at Petra in Jordan

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6. The Taktsang Palphug Monastery (aka “Tiger’s Nest) in Paro, Bhutan

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7. The 16th-century Blagaj Tekke in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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8. The 1st-century Saint Catherine’s Monastery at the base of Mount Sinai in Egypt

Trover photo by Betina Winsig Hansen

 

9. Sanctuary of Madonna della Corona in Spiazzi, Italy

Trover photo by Paige Spee

 

10. Kye Monastery in the Spiti Valley of India

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11. The fourth-century Greek Orthodox Sumela Monastery in Maçka, Turkey

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12. The sixth-century St. George’s Monastery in Wadi Qelt, Israel

Trover photo by Adina Troper Dayan

 

13. Santa Maria of Montserrat Abbey in Catalonia, Spain

Trover photo by Tom Stahl

 

14. Basarbovo Monastery in Basarbovo, Bulgaria

 

15. Ypapanti Monastery in Kalambaka, Greece

Trover photo by Allan Tipon

 

How’s that for some monastic inspiration? To see more of the world’s most isolated monasteries, check out the full list here, and don’t forget to share your own isolated discoveries on Trover!