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The Most Beautiful, Otherworldly Places Across the Himalayan Mountains

Spanning from Pakistan in the west to Bhutan in the east, the mighty Himalayan range includes the highest mountains in the world, diverse cultures, and otherworldly landscapes.

The Himalayan mountain range contains many of the highest mountains in the world, but aside from a handful of very popular trekking trails—including Nepal’s Everest Base Camp trek—they remain remote, hidden, and quite inaccessible. Spanning from Pakistan in the west to Bhutan in the east and stretching through parts of India, Nepal, and Tibet, the Himalayan chain encompasses sub-ranges such as the Karakoram and Zanskar ranges, themselves containing formidable mountains. Even more “accessible” and frequently visited parts of the Himalaya, such as Ladakh and Himachal Pradesh in India, or the aforementioned Everest region of Nepal, take quite some effort and time to reach from the major cities of their respective countries, let alone other parts of the world. The Himalaya is inhabited by Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and other minority religions of various cultures and traditions, and the landscapes aren’t anything near uniform, either: India’s Ladakh and Nepal’s Mustang are dry, barren, and windy, while the valleys of Bhutan and Kathmandu are lush and green, with high rainfall. One could spend a lifetime traveling just the Himalayas and still barely scratch the surface. But, if you don’t have that long, here are 12 of the most beautiful, otherworldly places in the Himalayan Mountains.

26 Ultimate Things to Do in Playa del Carmen

Consider this your greatest-hits list of the best Playa del Carmen has to offer.

Swinging yet serene, Playa del Carmen is the not-so-secret antidote to Cancun. The Mayan Riviera is the coast with the most and Playa del Carmen is its most eclectic destination. Combining rich Mayan culture, culinary diversity, year-round warmth, otherworldly subterranean swimming pools, and a gorgeous beach or two, this city might just blow you out of the water. Previously known as Xaman-Ha or “waters of the north” in Maya, Playa del Carmen was named for Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Cancun’s patron saint. What was once a sleepy fishing village is now a cosmopolitan city in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo where many come to meet the world. To be able to say you’ve visited this Mayan Riviera gem, tick the following scintillating experiences off your list.

Beyond Sunscreen: 8 Things to Equip Yourself in the Battle Against the Sun’s Relentless Rays

You remembered your sunscreen, but what else should you have in your sun-protection arsenal?

We all know that, at this point, sunscreen is as essential to your day-in, day-out skincare routine as cleanser and moisturizer. So let’s presume that if you’re planning to spend a day hiking, sunbathing, or just spending any time outdoors that you’ve got the sunscreen thing figured out. But why stop at a swipe or two of Coppertone? There’s a whole slew of items that are worth having in your anti-sun arsenal. So no matter what form your sun-worshipping takes, you can make sure you and your skin are well protected.

20 Ultimate Things to Do in Los Angeles

The best of Los Angeles in 2021.

Maybe you’re flying in to surprise your college BFF, or you want a quick vacation, or you’re debating whether or not to make the big move and want to scope out the scene. Whatever your reason, you’re coming to Los Angeles. Yes, there’s Hollywood, goat yoga, and green juice for miles, but L.A. is so much more than its woo-woo side. It’s home to a widely diverse population, sprawls for miles across beachscapes and cityscapes, and is more unique, weird, and wonderful than one would expect. This list is a rundown of our favorite sights and sounds worth experiencing firsthand (from a local, we promise).

10 Reasons This Might Be America’s Best Lake

There are several contenders, but Lake Powell is the best of the best. Here’s why.

America is home to a glut of amazing lakes. Tahoe, Crater, Flathead, and Havasu just to name a few. But in terms of sheer adventure, nothing beats Lake Powell for its houseboats, water-skiing, cliff jumping, swimming, boat-hiking, extra elbow room, and limitless exploration. Here’s what makes Lake Powell the most fun-loving body of water in the country.