The ornate black gates to the Poison Garden warn visitors of the deadly plants that grow within.

Step Inside the World's Most Dangerous Garden (If You Dare)

The Poison Garden at England's Alnwick Garden is beautiful—and filled with plants that can kill you

Revelers celebrating Oktoberfest Brisbane

Best Places to Celebrate Oktoberfest Other Than Munich

If drinking beer and eating schnitzel alongside 6 million people doesn't appeal to you, here are places to celebrate while avoiding Munich's crowds

Dale William Nichols. American, 1904-1995. McCormick Reaper, circa 1945. Oil on canvas.

Impressionism Into Modernism: Crafting America's Unique Style of Art

After the Civil War, Americans became more interested in European art—and creating a kind of art completely their own

Blue crabs crawl inside a bushel on a boat off the coast of the Smith Island town of Tylerton, Maryland.

In 100 Years, Maryland's Crab Cakes Might Be Shrimp Cakes

Rising temperatures and a more acidic ocean may spell trouble for the Chesapeake Bay's iconic crabs, oysters and fish

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Pemaquid Peninsula, Maine

Maine's Most Interesting Lighthouses

Shipwrecks, poetry and alien encounters: The lighthouses dotting Maine's coast pack a double punch of beauty and history

Khufu Pyramid at Giza.

Google Street View Brings Egypt's Pyramids To A Computer Near You

From ancient citadels to the Great Sphinx, you can now explore Egypt's wonders in the digital world

Artist Roman Muradov's interpretation of a scene from Tolstoy's Anna Karenina for Google Doodle.

Google Doodle Honors the Genius of Leo Tolstoy

On what would be his 186th birthday, see the author's famous works digitally brought to life

"Micro Island Isolation | Middle Velma Lake" by Christian Arballo

Explore 50 Wilderness Areas Across America

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, explore 50 different wilderness areas around the country

Annecy is known as the Venice of Savoie, a region in France.

10 Historic Canal Towns to Visit That Aren't Venice

Venice might be the most famous town to feature picturesque waterways, but beautiful canals can be found all over the globe

Revelers are splattered with tomatoes during the yearly La Tomatina festival in Bunol, Spain.

Photos from La Tomatina, the World's Biggest Food Fight

On the last Wednesday of August each year, a small Spanish town erupts into a food fight featuring tomato-throwing

Pink Sands Beach, Harbour Island, The Bahamas

The World's Most Colorful Beaches

From green sand to glass, here are some of the most eye-popping beaches around the world

The Napa Valley may be beautiful, but its fertile soil is a double-edged sword.

Why Earthquakes Make Napa Wine Taste So Good

The soil that makes Napa Valley grapes so special also makes the region vulnerable to earthquakes

A Carpet of 750,000 Flowers Blooms in Belgium

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Turkish workers' migrating to Belgium, a colorful flower carpet has bloomed in Brussels

A photo of a whale shark, taken by a visitor during a Ceviche Tour swim in Isla Mujeres.

Save the Sharks By Swimming With Them

Ecotourism is helping promote shark conservation around the world—while also boosting local economies.

The beaches on the banks of the Seine are known as the "Paris Plage" or "Paris Beach" (this photo shows the beaches in 2013).

Paris Brings the Beach to the Banks of the Seine

During the summer months, the French capital usually empties out, but the city is hoping to reverse the trend with these urban oases

Air travel is potentially a huge contributor to an individual's carbon footprint. Are offsets a viable answer?

Can Eco-Conscious Travelers Do Anything To Fly Green?

Buying carbon offsets won't stop global warming, but if you're traveling, it's your best individual option for reducing your carbon footprint

A pig appears to enjoy a refreshing bath.

From Panting to Pooping, 8 Weird Ways Animals Keep Cool

While you (and horses) are busy sweating buckets, some animals have evolved bizarre ways to keep cool

The art installation "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red" marking the anniversary of the World War One is seen at the Tower of London July 28, 2014.

For WWI Anniversary, the Tower of London Has Become Surrounded by a Sea of Poppies

888,246 red ceramic flowers encircle the landmark structure in remembrance of fallen soldiers

The maze is constructed out of glossy maple plywood.

The Winding History of the Maze

Love the idea of getting lost in crooked pathways? Check out the National Building Museum's summer installation

A variety of neomexicanus, a varietal of hops native to the American Southwest.

In Search of the Great American Beer

Once considered unfit for brewing, wild American hops are making their solo debut on the beer market. Will it change the way we think of American beer?

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