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101 Reasons to Travel Now: Outdoor Oases

We've scoured the globe in search of hidden gems to experience around the world. Experience the wonders of the natural world, whether on land or sea.

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A humpback whale breaches near Maui, Hawaii.


From the October 2015 issue of Traveler magazine

Reasons to Travel Now: 25-33

25. FLOWER POWER:

The night-blooming cereus opens up for just one evening a year, usually between late May and late July. Arizona’s Tohono Chul Park, in Tucson, holds the country’s largest collection of the cacti.

26. KOH BULON:

That idyllic untrampled Thai beach you’ve been dreaming of? This is it.

27. THE JOYS OF CAMPING:

No need to go anywhere exotic. The simple freedom of being in a tent makes for a multisensory journey of its own: rain pattering on the roof, the view out the flap, the woodsy smoke of a campfire.

28. WAKE UP IN NEW MEXICO:

D. H. Lawrence, writing in 1928, pretty much summed it up: “The moment I saw the brilliant, proud morning shine high up over the deserts of Santa Fe, something stood still in my soul.”

29. YELLOW MOUNTAIN:

Jagged, cloud-kissed peaks helped eastern China’s Huangshan range launch a thousand artworks. Either board a cable car or tackle a challenging daylong hike to the top of the western steps.

30. NATIONAL PARK YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF:

About 110 miles east of El Paso, the little-visited Guadalupe Mountains park encompasses a rare alpine habitat with elk and mountain lions, a fossilized reef, and the highest mountain in Texas.

31. WHALES ON MAUI:

From January to April, watch whales sans the expensive boat tours by parking yourself on the shores of the Au‘Au Channel. The humpback hangout makes spotting easy.

32. SUPER SONICS:

Snorkelers in the turquoise waters around Salt Cay, in Turks and Caicos, can hear the plaintive songs of thousands of humpback whales from January to April.

33. BATHING IN MUD:

Just outside Argentina’s top wine region, the Termas Cacheuta resort overflows with both mud and mineral baths.

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