Around the World in 9 Board Games

Here’s what game night looks like from Egypt to Argentina.

All over the world, people crowd around the kitchen table in order to do battle with one another armed with nothing but some game pieces and a simple board. Throughout history and the world there have been countless mixing and remixing of these fundamental elements that result in unique gameplay of varying complexity. Whether victory comes from meticulous strategy or sheer luck, it’s clear that the impulse to best our nearest and dearest within the structure of a board game is a universal one.

The Single Best Thing to Do in Every Midwest State This Fall

These “flyover states” are worth driving through.

The Midwest has earned itself a reputation for being a bit vanilla. It’s a region of the U.S. known for casseroles and politeness, as well as cornfields and flat land that seemingly stretch on for days. But though the region is often known as one you drive through to get from one location to the next, the Midwest, its states, and the people who make it up are far from bland, and there is no better time to see it than in autumn. From late September through November, the Midwest is quintessential fall. Trees turn the perfect shade of auburn while pumpkin patches and fall festivals line the streets of small towns. For those looking to hit the road this fall and explore the wonders offered by a Midwest autumn, we found the perfect activity happening in each state. Whether you’re picking apples, drinking them, or exploring one of the world’s largest yard sales, a Midwest fall offers much to see and do.

The 15 Most-Scenic Bike Trails in America

Your Peloton’s got nothing on these bike trails across the country that feature majestic mountains, tropical beaches, fall foliage, and most importantly, freedom from the four walls you’ve been staring at for months.

Americans are getting back in the saddle—the bike saddle, that is. They’re retrieving mountain bikes and beach cruisers from the garage, folding numbers and fixies from the closet, and vintage 10-speeds from their parents’ house to take part in the pedal-powered pastime, one of a few that can be done socially and safely in every state while still following government quarantine guidelines. And if they didn’t have a set of wheels already, they’re buying them. According to the market research company, The NPD Group, U.S. cycling sales topped $1 billion for the first time in April 2020 and were up 63 percent in June compared to the same time last year. Alex Strickland, the spokesman for Adventure Cycling Association, credits the surge in the sport to an overwhelming need to feel free in isolated and anxious times. “We’re all looking for that feeling of self-determined travel and need to remember that the world is wide open and wonderful,” he says. “Cycling isn’t a cure for COVID-19, but it’s an antidote to so many of the challenges related to it. It’s socially distant, healthy, and a way to safely expand the bubbles we’re living in.” Simply put, bike rides are good for the soul (cycle), especially pretty ones. Because even in a pandemic, we’ve got standards and ain’t nobody got time to waste on mediocre scenery. Instead brake for the bucolic splendor, animal crossings, and history lessons found on the following 15 U.S. bike trails.

Drive-Thru Halloween: 10 Haunted Attractions That Are Adapting Their Scares for the COVID-19 Era

Even coronavirus can’t cancel Halloween…entirely.

Halloween is going to look very different this year. No crowded parties where you try to explain your costume over the sound of Thriller blaring from the speakers. Pumpkin carving sessions held over Zoom. And what is trick-or-treating but a perfectly calibrated super-spreader event? But that doesn’t mean one favorite tradition—haunted attractions—are entirely off the table. While some famous haunts, like Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights and Knott’s Scary Farm, are shuttering their creaking doors for the 2020 season, some attractions are pivoting to coronavirus-compliant formats. Across the country, haunted mainstays and new attractions alike are finding new ways to ensure that you still can still (safely!) have a scary good time this fall. Whether it’s with contactless drive-thru experiences, live-streaming events online, or taking every precaution possible, these 10 haunted attractions will be keeping the (socially distanced) thrills and chills coming.

Should You Take a Flight to Nowhere?

A travel fix for those missing the clouds, flights to nowhere take off and land at the same destination. But they are being criticized for being environmentally irresponsible.

The “Outlander” Guide to Scotland

The hit TV show features an array of stunning locations across the country.

Since it first hit television screens in 2014, Outlander has become one of TV’s biggest dramas. Based on the book series by Diana Gabaldon and set in 18th-century Scotland, the series has been consistently inspired by and filmed in locations across the country, from the suburbs of Edinburgh to the remote Western Isles. From prehistoric stone circles to medieval castles to majestic palaces, here is a selection of top Outlander locations for anyone looking to recreate the show’s magic (the ability to time travel not guaranteed).