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Ranked: The 10 Best Island Beaches Around the World

By David Jefferys, CNTraveler.com<p>Beach season is officially here, and though there are many amazing shorelines to explore, our readers are partial to island beaches. Here are their ranked favorites in countries across the globe.<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>International Island Beaches<p><i>More from Condé Nast …

Beaches

Escape the concrete jungle: pockets of the past in modern Seoul

Concrete. Glass. Steel. That’s the common perception of Seoul. And when you consider the damage done to the city during the Korean War, followed by its rapid industrialisation, it’s not surprising that the first thing you notice about the South Korean capital is its modernity.<p>Quiet alley in Seoul's …

What to Do in Hong Kong

Travelers keep two kinds of lists: the bucket list and the “wanted” list. <b>Hong Kong</b> should be on both, particularly when traveling with children.<p>The striking contrast of the city’s modern skyline against the lush greenery of Victoria Peak certainly qualifies as a see-before-you-die spectacle, while …

The world's best high teas

Sipping tea in rarefied surroundings is a simple treat that can turn a fun city break into something truly memorable. High (or afternoon) tea, involving delicate cakes, buttery scones and the occasional glass of bubbly, is an English tradition dating back to the 1840s. So it’s unsurprising that the …

National Geographic Travel

Delightful Dublin

Take the Plunge: 11 Swimming Holes Around the World

Lounging poolside is one thing, but nothing beats the childlike allure of splashing around in a swimming hole. The lake near your parent's home may top your typical list, but there are plenty of other swimming holes around the world that will capture your heart.<p>So, pack your swimsuit (and a sense …

Swimwear

22 Stunning Pictures That Will Make You Want To Visit Brazil

Twelve cities all over Brazil are hosting the World Cup matches, which will continue through July 13: Manaus, Fortaleza, Rio de Janeiro, Natal, Recife, Salvador, Brasilia, Cuiaba, Belo Horizonte, Sao Paulo, Curitiba, and Porto Alegre.<p>But Brazil is home to much more than just the World Cup host …

The World's 10 Best Castles

Formidable stone bulwarks and soaring medieval keeps, romantic palaces and regal mansion homes that ooze with opulence from every nook and cranny; the castles of the world are so varied in their appearance and character that finding the best ones can be a daunting task for any traveler. Amidst the …

European Travel

America's Best Towns for July 4th (PHOTOS)

The Tillery family has vacationed in Boulder, Colorado, every summer since 1998. Pat Tillery, a native of Poulsbo, WA, says all three generations love to "see the mountains, walk the trails, and stroll along Boulder Creek. It's idyllic."<p>They particularly love coming here for the 4th of July -- and …

New Jersey

San Francisco, California

Pacific Coast

See photos of the U.S. Pacific Coast (including California, Oregon, and Washington) in this photo gallery from National Geographic.

Canada’s 50 Places of a Lifetime

Top 10 Whale and Dolphin Viewings

Visit great mammals of the sea in their summer getaways.<p>From the National Geographic book <i>Four Seasons of Travel</i><p><b>Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park, Quebec, Canada</b> <br>www.quebecmaritime.ca <br>The meeting point of the St. Lawrence River and the Atlantic Ocean is a safe haven for large marine life. In …

Photography & Travel Product Reviews

A curious albatross on Campbell Island, New Zealand. See more standout submissions to the 2014 Traveler Photo Contest: http://on.natgeo.com/1lCd4HX #TPC2014 Photograph by Roberto Isotti/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

National Geographic Travel

Cobb Salad

Man, do I love a Cobb Salad! My mom used to order them at restaurants when I was younger, and I knew I had truly become a grown-up when I started …

Savory Wild Mushroom Soup

<i>Jenny is in perpetual search for easy, weeknight recipes to attempt to feed her family. When they balk, she just eats more.</i><p><i>Today: Jenny makes a case for soup in the summer.</i><p>Don’t get mad at me because I am asking you to make soup in the summer because:<p>1. It is not that hot this week.<br>2. Mushrooms are …

The Hanoi Street That Has A Train Track Through It

Most of the time, railroad tracks are expertly marked, warning passersby to keep a look out for oncoming trains, but what if you the tracks were literally steps from your front door?<p>So is the case for many in Hanoi. Amidst a busy city street, people live and work alongside the railroad tracks found …

Photography & Travel Product Reviews

Where to Find -- or Avoid -- the World's Most Expensive Luxury Hotels

Who doesn't want to stay at the very best of the best when traveling? Five-star luxury hotels are a world apart. The linen seems crisper, the service simultaneously more discreet and attentive, the accommodations that little bit more pampering.<p>But you pay for what you get.<p>A room at the Ritz-Carlton …

Insider Tips for Visiting Yosemite National Park

When Abraham Lincoln created the Yosemite Grant in 1864, it marked the first time the federal government ever set aside a piece of land for …

National Parks