From the coastlines of Europe to remote Kodiak Island, Alaska, here are five of our favorite stories to help you explore the world from your comfort of your screen.

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, in northeast Paris, is an urban oasis with lush hills, a Roman-style temple, and water views from almost every area of the park.CreditAlex Cretey-Systermans for The New York Times

On the Water: 10 Favorite Places on European Rivers, Lakes and Coastlines

The rugged coast of northern Italy, a vintage British pleasure pier, winding Norwegian fjords and a jewel box of a lake district in the Croatian countryside: Our writers share their favorite watery places in Europe.

Two lodges used for smoking fish and drying meat were illuminated by the northern lights, near the site of the prophet Eht’se Ayah’s home.CreditChristopher Miller for The New York Times

Guardians of a Vast Lake, and a Refuge for Humanity

Great Bear Lake in Canada is the first Unesco Biosphere Reserve led by an indigenous community. They guard it as if it were the last hope for humanity. They may have a point.

Cierro Pajas on Floreana, one of the Galápagos Islands.CreditFederico Rios Escobar for The New York Times

In the Footsteps of Charles Darwin

A land-based vacation in the Galápagos offers snorkeling, cave exploration, mountain hikes, tortoises and, sometimes, a little mystery.

The Kodiak Island coast.CreditChristopher Miller for The New York Times

130 Miles, 8 Days, 1 Spellbound Photographer on Kodiak Island

How an epic hiking and packrafting trip on Kodiak Island connected us to the earth and our collective past.

Stars appear over a glacial stream in Switzerland’s Lauterbrunnen Valley.CreditStephen Hiltner/The New York Times

Looking for the Sublime? It’s in This Swiss Valley

A hiking trip through a glacial ravine crowded with waterfalls and enclosed by sheer cliff faces is just about as breathtaking as it sounds.

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