13 Unusual Road Signs from Around the World

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Driving in other countries can be challenging. Whether the steering wheel is on the opposite side of the car, you're driving on the "wrong" side of the street, or the road signs and their meanings are perplexing, it's easy to get confused. Here are few unusual road signs—and explanations of what they mean—from around the world.

1. Steep Cliff Road Sign // Argentina

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No, cars don't have a tendency to levitate in Argentina. This road sign is meant to remind drivers to be cautious about their speeds on an upcoming hill.

2. Llama Crossing Road Sign // Bolivia

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When you're driving in Bolivia and other countries in South America, you should be on the lookout for llamas crossing the road. We hear they spit.

3. Blind Hill Road Sign // Iceland

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Listen up, Iceland! That exclamation point is meant to draw your attention to the upcoming blindhæð, or "blind hill," where you can't see if anyone is coming toward you from the other side.

4. Hedgehog Road Sign // United Kingdom

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Make sure you have the strongest tires possible if you're driving through the UK and miss this road sign—it warns motorists that spiky but adorable hedgehogs are in the vicinity. Or better yet, drive extra carefully and avoid running over these little guys altogether.

5. Sled Crossing Road Sign // Greenland

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In a country with very few roads and a lot of ice, dogsleds are one of the best ways to get around. This sign in Greenland alerts drivers that there could be sleds ahead.

6. Oryx Crossing Road Sign // Southern Africa

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We know that an oryx, a type of African antelope, will attack a drone. We don't know if it will attack your car. Just to be safe, heed these road signs found in several southern African countries.

7. Prohibited Conveyance Road Sign // Israel

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This looks like it could be a landing spot in your favorite board game, but it's actually an Israeli road sign letting drivers know what modes of transportation aren't allowed in this area.

8. Dead End Sign // Germany

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This German sign does not indicate the top of a pogo stick, or that there is a bike tire pump nearby. The red line at the top of the white line on this road sign actually represents a dead end street.

9. No Overtaking Road Sign // Russia

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Despite what you might think, red cars don't have special priority on this road. This Russian sign tells drivers that the roadway is a two-way road, and the different colors mean no overtaking or passing.

10. Kangaroo Crossing Road Sign // Australia

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Australia is full of cute wildlife that wants to kill you, so watch out when you're driving on the country's highways. There could be a homicidal kangaroo eyeing your Honda.

11. Battlefield Sign // United Kingdom

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As much as you might want this one to mean "swords, next left," it really means there's a famous battlefield site up ahead. Like in the United States, brown road signs in the U.K. indicate tourist attractions and historical sites.

12. Coastal Path Sign // Ireland

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Yes, it resembles Homer Simpson's hair, but this Irish road sign indicates the Wild Atlantic Way, a 1550-mile walking path along the island's scenic west coast.

13. Camel Crossing Road Sign // Israel

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In the U.S., you might find signs for speed bumps. In Israel, you find signs for bumps in the animals crossing the road.

10 Rad Gifts for Hikers

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The popularity of bird-watching, camping, and hiking has skyrocketed this year. Whether your gift recipients are weekend warriors or seasoned dirtbags, they'll appreciate these tools and gear for getting most out of their hiking experience.

1. Stanley Nesting Two-Cup Cookset; $14

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Stanley’s compact and lightweight cookset includes a 20-ounce stainless steel pot with a locking handle, a vented lid, and two insulated 10-ounce tumblers. It’s the perfect size for brewing hot coffee, rehydrating soup, or boiling water while out on the trail with a buddy. And as some hardcore backpackers note in their Amazon reviews, your favorite hiker can take the tumblers out and stuff the pot with a camp stove, matches, and other necessities to make good use of space in their pack.

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2. Osprey Sirrus and Stratos 24-Liter Hiking Packs; $140

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Osprey’s packs are designed with trail-tested details to maximize comfort and ease of use. The Sirrus pack (pictured) is sized for women, while the Stratos fits men’s proportions. Both include an internal sleeve for a hydration reservoir, exterior mesh and hipbelt pockets, an attachment for carrying trekking poles, and a built-in rain cover.

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3. Yeti Rambler 18-Ounce Bottle; $48

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Nothing beats ice-cold water after a summer hike or a sip of hot tea during a winter walk. The Yeti Rambler can serve up both: Beverages can stay hot or cold for hours thanks to its insulated construction, and its steel body (in a variety of colors) is basically indestructible. It will add weight to your hiker's pack, though—for a lighter-weight, non-insulated option, the tried-and-true Camelbak Chute water bottle is incredibly sturdy and leakproof.

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4. Mappinners Greatest 100 Hikes of the National Parks Scratch-Off Poster; $30

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The perfect gift for park baggers in your life (or yourself), this 16-inch-by-20-inch poster features epic hikes like Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park and Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Once the hike is complete, you can scratch off the gold foil to reveal an illustration of the park.

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5. National Geographic Adventure Edition Road Atlas; $19

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Hikers can use this brand-new, updated road atlas to plan their next adventure. In addition to comprehensive maps of all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico, they'll get National Geographic’s top 100 outdoor destinations, useful details about the most popular national parks, and points on the maps noting off-the-beaten-path places to explore.  

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6. Adventure Medical Kits Hiker First-Aid Kit; $25

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This handy 67-piece kit is stuffed with all the things you hope your hiker will never need in the wilderness. Not only does it contain supplies for pain, cuts and scrapes, burns, and blisters (every hiker’s nemesis!), the items are organized clearly in the bag to make it easy to find tweezers or an alcohol wipe in an emergency.

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7. Hiker Hunger Ultralight Trekking Poles; $70

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Trekking poles will help increase your hiker's balance and stability and reduce strain on their lower body by distributing it to their arms and shoulders. This pair is made of carbon fiber, a super-strong and lightweight material. From the sweat-absorbing cork handles to the selection of pole tips for different terrain, these poles answer every need on the trail. 

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8. Leatherman Signal Camping Multitool; $120

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What can’t this multitool do? This gadget contains 19 hiking-friendly tools in a 4.5-inch package, including pliers, screwdrivers, bottle opener, saw, knife, hammer, wire cutter, and even an emergency whistle.

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9. RAVPower Power Bank; $24

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Don’t let your hiker get caught off the grid with a dead phone. They can charge RAVPower’s compact power bank before they head out on the trail, and then use it to quickly juice up a phone or tablet when the batteries get low. Its 3-inch-by-5-inch profile won’t take up much room in a pack or purse.

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10. Pack of Four Indestructible Field Books; $14

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Neither rain, nor snow, nor hail will be a match for these waterproof, tearproof 3.5-inch-by-5.5-inch notebooks. Your hiker can stick one in their pocket along with a regular pen or pencil to record details of their hike or brainstorm their next viral Tweet.

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The 10 Most Visited National Parks in 2019

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The U.S. National Park System comprises more than 400 sites, 62 of which are national parks. Within the parks, visitors can explore forests, deserts, volcanoes, and more. But even with the diversity the National Park System has to offer, many visitors find themselves going to the same iconic parks year after year. To see the most-visited national parks in 2019, check out the list below.

This list comes from recreational visitation data gathered by the National Park Service. It doesn't include national monuments, parkways, or similar units—just the sites with the official "national park" designation.

The Great Smoky Mountains tops the list with roughly 12.5 million visits last year. Stretching across five counties in North Carolina and Tennessee, it's less than a day's drive away for one-third of the U.S. population. The accessibility plus the free admission and gorgeous mountain scenery help make it the country's most popular national park.

It's followed by Arizona's Grand Canyon National Park, which saw 5.97 million visits in 2019 to witness its world-famous views. Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park takes third place with 4.7 million visits, and Utah's Zion National Park takes fourth with 4.5 million. Read on for the full top 10.

The National Park Service was established just over a century ago, and it's amassed a fascinating history. Here are some more facts about the United States's national parks.

  1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  2. Grand Canyon National Park
  3. Rocky Mountain National Park
  4. Zion National Park
  5. Yosemite National Park
  6. Yellowstone National Park
  7. Acadia National Park
  8. Grand Teton National Park
  9. Olympic National Park
  10. Glacier National Park