With a laid back atmosphere, a near perfect climate and an abundance of new hotels, the Southern California city has practically perfected the combination of business and pleasure.
From Alberta to Utah, these North American getaways offer both majestic scenery and creature comforts.
From New Zealand to Kansas, see dramatic colours paint the horizon as the landscape transitions from day to night.
The first major thoroughfare to be built in the largest US state, the iconic Richardson Highway offers spectacular views in the summer and incredible danger come winter.
The Exxon oil spill of 1989 made the town of Valdez infamous, luring people to clean up one of world’s largest environmental disasters with the prospect of economic gain.
Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler heads to Alaska’s isolated Seward Peninsula to see salmon fight their way upriver and see Eskimo descendants preserve them for the long winter.