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See the US only locals know

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Last week, US President Barack Obama pitched the United States as the next travel hotspot – so we went in search of some of the country’s charming, quirky and lesser-known sights.
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Sleep in Kim Jong-il’s bed

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In North Korea’s Mt Chilbo Homestay, guests can mix with locals and wander the grounds under the watchful eye of “Dear Leader’s” portraits. Just stay within the electric fence.
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To Montreal, with Google as a guide

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Bicycling through upstate New York and into Canada is not for the faint of heart – but the sweat is rewarded with historical re-enactments, tiny towns and splendid scenery.
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Localites

A stunning (and disturbing) exhibit

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A new San Francisco collection of giant sea life sculptures is not quite what it seems.
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Our favourite images of the week

We’ve handpicked some of the most incredible travel photos from around the world, including Kathmandu’s colourful puja rituals and a breathtakingly beautiful pink beach in New Zealand.


Fictional Footsteps

In Alpine villages, Hobbits lurk

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With jagged peaks, glacial grottoes and fertile dells of wildflowers, it was Switzerland’s epic landscape – not New Zealand – that inspired JRR Tolkien.
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Explore a land of rough-and-tumble herdsmen


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