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The Coolest Places on Earth

All Episodes 2014 - 2016

  • 2013-09-21T02:00:00+02:00
  • 20 mins
  • 19 hours, 40 mins
  • Documentary
The Coolest Places on Earth takes viewers on a journey of discovery to the most astonishing places on the planet - cities, festivals, landmarks, and jaw-dropping works of nature - exploring each location's history and culture, to discover why it deserves to be called one of the coolest places on earth!

60 episodes

We’ll go skydiving, jet boating, and bungee jumping in the adventure capital of the world, New Zealand. Pack lots of adrenaline. Then, we’ll check in, to check out some of the world’s most bizarre, extraordinary, and exotic hotels above ground and below. Plus, weigh anchor and hoist the mizzen! We’re going to clash with pirates and meet some ghosts in the most haunted city in America.

We’re taking you on a road trip up America’s Pacific coast from Los Angeles to Seattle and north to the rugged 49th state, Alaska. We’ll see stars in Hollywood and high above the Redwoods, rip some breakers, mush a team, hook salmon alongside some grizzlies and—“belay on”—scale some big walls. So grab your gear, your board, and your appetite, because where we’re going you’ll need the fuel.

1x03 What's Hot in Chile

  • 2014-01-11T06:00:00+01:00 — 20 mins

We’re taking a trip to the long country, Chile, the South American nation of extreme contrasts, like bone-dry deserts and luscious waterfalls, snowy mountains and simmering volcanoes, where modern life and ancient history blend and big cities are just minutes away from exotic warm islands and frosty getaways. Que Rico! Here we come!

We’re off to Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park to follow migrating wildebeests and track big cats. Then we’ll fly over and dive under Australia’s technicolor Great Barrier Reef. And last but not least, we’ll take a boat into the heart of the most diverse place on earth, the Amazon Rainforest. Next stop? Adventure.

1x05 America's National Parks

  • 2014-01-25T06:00:00+01:00 — 20 mins

We’re motoring across America on an epic outdoor adventure to explore its greatest National Parks. We’ll climb Yosemite’s El Cap, cheat on Yellowstone’s Old Faithful, and uncover the reason these stones are moving by themselves across Death Valley. We’ll duck under amber arches, drive through giant redwoods, and get as close as we can to all creatures big, bigger, and biggest.

We’re plotting a course for global adventure…exploring amazing places at the top of the world and at the bottom, from Iceland to the tip of Argentina and northern Canada to Tasmania. We’re talking latitude with attitude. Because where we’re going, we don’t need roads. We need ice breakers, bush planes, skis, and tough, tireless sled dogs.

Rule Britannia, cool Britannia. We’re crossing the English Channel to Great Britain, the land of castles and cathedrals, nobles and knights, Beefeaters, and Big Ben. Hop aboard the double-decker, and don’t forget your brolly!

We’re on the road to happiness. If you’re looking for an ocean of enjoyment and fun in the sun, we’ve got the keys…the Florida Keys, that is. Next, grab your parka. We’re taking you to one of the happiest countries on the planet. And, from the awesome castles of the Scottish Highlands to the stunning beaches and waterfalls of Croatia, we’re on a mission to escape the ordinary, and experience the extraordinary.

We’re on the road to ruins…ancient ruins that is. Breathtaking, mysterious, and in every way awesome. From the Great Pyramid of Giza to the Great Wall of China, and from grand temples to dramatic dwellings. We’re on a mission to find what’s still standing, and discover the wonders of centuries past. So hold on to your passports; we’re globetrotting through time to the world’s coolest ruins.

1x10 Australian Adventure

  • 2014-03-01T06:00:00+01:00 — 20 mins

We're heading down under to one of the coolest continents on earth...Australia! We'll go surfing and sunbathing on Sydney's amazing beaches, cross the legendary outback, and get to the bottom...and the top of Uluru. We'll also get an earful from the cockatoos on Kangaroo island. It's going to be a bonzer time!

If you’re craving big adventure, we’ve got just the ticket. Get ready to leap, soar, roll, and climb to impossible heights in New Zealand, the Land of the Long Clouds. It’s time to get into the zone, Kiwi style!

1x12 The World's Coolest Landmarks

  • 2014-03-15T05:00:00+01:00 — 20 mins

We’re looking for landmarks in all of the right places! From New York, to Neuschwanstein, to the Kremlin, and the White House. So if you’re “leaning” toward adventure, get your passports ready because we’ve got our eye out for 20 of the world’s most celebrated landmarks!

1x13 The Coolest American Cities

  • 2014-03-22T05:00:00+01:00 — 20 mins

Bright lights...big cities. We’re going cross-country to discover America the beautiful, and some of its coolest cities. From sea to shining sea, we’re celebrating what makes these big cities uniquely American...and cool.

1x14 The Great Outdoors

  • 2014-03-29T05:00:00+01:00 — 20 mins

We’re camping out, diving in, and falling over. It’s all about the great outdoors. From the coolest places to camp, to the awe and mystery under the sea; we’re taking you into the heart of the great outdoors!

Strap your boots and grab your pack because we’re hiking some of the best and longest trails in the world. We’re taking you from the icy tundra of Norway, to one of the driest place on Earth, all in search of the perfect place to gaze at the wonders of the night sky!

1x16 Northern Europe: From Iceland to Norway

  • 2014-04-12T06:00:00+02:00 — 20 mins

We’re heading to colder climes where we’ll cross frosty fjords in Iceland, clash with mighty Vikings in Norway, and find out why there’s nothing green in Greenland.

1x17 The Magic of Eastern and Central Canada

  • 2014-04-19T06:00:00+02:00 — 20 mins

Get ready to see The Great White North like you’ve never seen it before. We’re hiking, skiing, and snowmobiling our way across Eastern and Central Canada, checking out the best of what these regions have to offer.

We check out the wonders and wilds of Western Canada and the Territories, from the man-made heights of Vancouver skyscrapers to the majestic peaks of Banff National Park.

1x19 The Coolest Endurance Races

  • 2014-05-03T06:00:00+02:00 — 20 mins

Grab your running shoes, pump up your tires, and get ready to face some of the most intense endurance races on the planet! Coolest Places travels across the globe to find out what makes these competitions so tough and what makes these athletes crazy enough to compete.

1x20 Land of the Rising Sun

  • 2014-05-10T06:00:00+02:00 — 20 mins

We travel across the globe to the capital of the Land of the Rising Sun – Tokyo, Japan. We’ll dive into the city, check out the sights and figure out just what makes so many people want to live here, the most populous metropolitan area in the world.

1x21 Aloha Hawaii

  • 2014-05-17T06:00:00+02:00 — 20 mins

The surf’s up and the sun’s out as we head to the Aloha State – Hawaii! Get ready to see the best sights of Hawaii’s four biggest islands, from the gnarly waves of the North Shore to the beautiful jungles of Kauai, backdrop to dozens of Hollywood blockbusters. Hang ten!

1x22 Ten of the Coolest Places on Earth

  • 2014-05-24T06:00:00+02:00 — 20 mins

Get ready to experience some of the most memorable travel destinations in the world as we look back on the best of Season 1. From the bottom of the Great Barrier Reef to the top of the Empire State building, we’ll take a look at what makes Earth so cool.

2x01 Even More of the Coolest Endurance Races

  • Season Premiere

    2014-09-15T06:00:00+02:00 — 20 mins

We travel to the craziest endurance races on the planet. From the Tundra of the Polar Circle, to the most active Volcano in Chile, we’ll see what makes these races so wild, and why the athletes keep coming back.

2x02 Coolest Caves, Vistas, and Natural Wonders

  • 2014-09-22T06:00:00+02:00 — 20 mins

We climb into the world’s coolest caves, see the most beautiful vistas, and discover the most dazzling natural wonders on the planet.

We visit the world’s coolest buildings, including three of the tallest structures in the world, check out the most incredible public art, and see the most amazing public parks, including some dazzling treetops in Singapore.

2x04 Coolest Travel Facts and Figures

  • 2014-10-06T06:00:00+02:00 — 20 mins

Whether you’re hiking, snorkeling, or eating out, it pays to know where to go, how to get there, and what to bring. Get the facts, figures, and tips you’ll need to make your next trip perfect.

2x05 Adventure in Austria

  • 2014-10-13T06:00:00+02:00 — 20 mins

Get ready to scale the Alps and cut across the Blue Danube. In Austria, we’ll pay a visit to Vienna, investigate some of the best Alpine skiing, and see how a “salt castle” could become one the most beautiful cities in Europe.

2x06 Coolest Motorized Races

  • 2014-10-20T06:00:00+02:00 — 20 mins

We're traveling around the world in search of the most intense, most dangerous, and most entertaining motorized races. We bushwhack through the rainforest in Malaysia, rip around the Isle of Man, race up Pike's Peak in Colorado, and harness the power of the sun in Australia.

2x07 Coolest Small Countries

  • 2014-10-27T05:00:00+01:00 — 20 mins

Some of the smallest countries in the world are the coolest. We travel the world and explore the tiny and amazing countries of Luxembourg, Lichtenstein, Grenada, Vatican City, San Marino, Monaco, and Swaziland.

2x08 Coolest Caribbean Islands

  • 2014-11-03T06:00:00+01:00 — 20 mins

Get ready for the ultimate Caribbean vacation. We island hop to some of the best beaches, resorts, and island villages in the world, sail across turquoise waters, soak up the sun on white sand beaches, and hike inland to climb waterfalls, cliff jump, and eat delicious local fare.

2x09 Coolest Cayman Islands Vacation

  • 2015-01-24T06:00:00+01:00 — 20 mins

Trips to Little Cayman, Cayman Brac and Grand Cayman. Activities include shipwreck diving.

A tour of Central Europe includes skiing in the Swiss Alps; taking in the scenery of Midi-Pyrenees; visiting the top spots in Paris; and getting a taste of the local flavor in Belgium.

2x11 The Coolest Islands on Earth

  • 2015-02-07T06:00:00+01:00 — 20 mins

The South Pacific; Easter Island; Kangaroo Island; Mackinac Island; Maui.

2x12 Coolest Scandinavian Adventure

  • 2015-02-14T06:00:00+01:00 — 20 mins

A Scandinavian excursion includes skiing and fishing in Finland; giving adventure sports a whirl in Sweden; taking in the sights in Norway; biking in Denmark; and exploring the Faroe Islands.

2x13 Coolest Places: Off the Beaten Path

  • 2015-02-21T06:00:00+01:00 — 20 mins

A scuba dive in Madagascar; a hot-air-balloon ride in Myanmar; and visits to Florida's Dry Tortugas National Park, South Dakota's Badlands National Park and California's Death Valley National Park. Also: goat racing in Trinidad and Tobago.

2x14 Coolest Road Trips on Earth

  • 2015-02-28T06:00:00+01:00 — 20 mins

Driving around New Zealand's North Island; history and culture in England; a tour of the American West; honoring a famous sailboat race on the Great Lakes.

2x15 Coolest Malta Adventure

  • 2015-04-18T06:00:00+02:00 — 20 mins

Malta: a classic car race; deep-sea fishing; diving for shipwrecks; a tour through medieval times; food festivals for all tastes.

2x16 Coolest Scotland Vacation

  • 2015-04-25T06:00:00+02:00 — 20 mins

Scotland: mountain biking; white-water rapids; touring famous castles; vibrant cities; beaches; golfing.

2x17 Exotic Central and South America

  • 2015-05-02T06:00:00+02:00 — 20 mins

Ancient ruins in Belize; blue glaciers in Argentina; enjoying Aruba; what is really hot about Chile.

2x18 Living Well in Latvia

  • 2015-05-09T06:00:00+02:00 — 20 mins

The Baltic Sea region of Northern Europe; medieval castles; spas; the cultural elite; festivals.

2x19 Adventures in Thailand

  • 2015-05-15T06:00:00+02:00 — 20 mins

Where the rain forest meets the beach; elephants; harnessing the wind and surf; shopping from a river boat; one of the longest zip lines in the world.

2x20 The Coolest Sports on Earth

  • 2015-05-23T06:00:00+02:00 — 20 mins

Biking, sledding, swatting, running, shooting, paddling, driving and surfing through the most adventurous, offbeat and extreme sports on Earth.

3x01 Coolest Ireland Vacation

  • Season Premiere

    2015-09-14T06:00:00+02:00 — 20 mins

A visit to Ireland includes stops in Dublin and along the Wild Atlantic Way. Among the activities featured: biking, paddling, hiking, climbing and dancing.

3x02 Off the Beaten Path: The Mediterranean

  • 2015-09-21T06:00:00+02:00 — 20 mins

Exploring some unconventional places to tour in the Mediterranean.

3x03 Discovering New Caledonia

  • 2015-09-28T06:00:00+02:00 — 20 mins

A visit to islands in the South Pacific known as New Caledonia. Included: snorkeling, sailing, kayaking and relaxing.

3x04 Trickiest Travel Trivia

  • 2015-10-05T06:00:00+02:00 — 20 mins

A journey across the globe in search of answers to travel trivia.

3x05 Coolest Boat Races

  • 2015-10-26T05:00:00+01:00 — 20 mins

Outrageous races on the water.

3x06 Coolest Craziest Extreme Sports

  • 2015-11-02T06:00:00+01:00 — 20 mins

Exploring some radical versions of extreme sports, including kiteboarding in the snow; swimming with sharks; playing volleyball with one's feet; fishing while wakeboarding; and playing hockey underwater.

3x07 Coolest Road Trips: Alaska & Canada

  • 2015-11-09T06:00:00+01:00 — 20 mins

A road trip on the Alaska-Canadian Highway includes stops at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve and Kluane National Park and Reserve.

3x08 A Mexico Getaway

  • 2015-11-16T06:00:00+01:00 — 20 mins

A tour of Mexico includes popular destinations such as Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta, as well as some lesser-known spots.

3x09 Coolest European Cities

  • 2016-01-25T06:00:00+01:00 — 20 mins

Lesser-known cities in Europe are toured.

3x10 Coolest Mountain Escapes

  • 2016-02-01T06:00:00+01:00 — 20 mins

Top-notch ski resorts and mountain retreats are visited. Included: Whistler, British Columbia, Canada; Colorado's Telluride Ski Resort; and the Swiss Alps of Switzerland.

3x11 Best Beach Getaways

  • 2016-02-08T06:00:00+01:00 — 20 mins

A tour of beaches in the Bahamas, the South Pacific and the coasts of North and South America. Included: sunbathing, snorkeling and surfing.

3x12 The Classic Mediterranean Cruise

  • 2016-02-16T06:00:00+01:00 — 20 mins

An exotic cruise includes stops in Spain, France and Greece after passing through the Straits of Gibraltar.

3x13 Coolest Animal Lover Vacations

  • 2016-02-22T06:00:00+01:00 — 20 mins

Vacations for animal enthusiasts are spotlighted, including safaris, zoos and underwater explorations.

3x14 Coolest Ecotourism Trips

  • 2016-04-18T06:00:00+02:00 — 20 mins

The top spots for conservation lovers and ecotourism enthusiasts are spotlighted.

3x15 Off the Beaten Path 3: The American Southwest

  • 2016-04-25T06:00:00+02:00 — 20 mins

Highlights of a tour of lesser-known parts of the American Southwest include gunfight contests, small-town fairs and an engineless aerial tour. Also: learning about the art of the cowboy boot.

3x16 Coolest Water Adventures

  • 2016-05-02T06:00:00+02:00 — 20 mins

Fun water activities include riding an antique schooner on Lake Michigan and taking a cruise around the Greek Islands.

3x17 Wild & Wacky America

  • 2016-05-09T06:00:00+02:00 — 20 mins

Exploring America's quirky side. Included: barrel rides over Niagara Falls and ghosts tours in the Deep South.

3x18 Coolest Seasonal Wonders

  • 2016-05-16T06:00:00+02:00 — 20 mins

Exploring limited-time seasonal wonders. Included: an echo on a lake in Alaska; a hike through Michigan ice caves; and an enormous flower bloom in an incredibly dry place.