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This Map Shows the Best and Worst Cities for Baseball Fans

The personal finance site Wallet Hub has published a survey ranking cities that are the most fun for fans of professional or college baseball. The …

Jersey City

The 25 best skylines in the world (ranked!)

The international building database Emporis attempts to quantify skylines by looking at the number and height of buildings in the world's major cities. The result is an ever-changing ranking of the world's most impressive cityscapes.<p>To rank skylines, Emporis looks at completed skyscrapers (40 …

Skyscrapers

A First Timer's Guide to Great American Backpacking Treks

<i>Trekking through America’s vast wilderness provides a chance to strip down to basics, cast off distractions and reconnect with nature and ourselves.</i> …

The Titanic - Futility - History

Robertson’s novel features a ship, the Titan, ‘..which was the largest craft afloat and the greatest of the works of men’. No expense was spared on …

Titanic

ESPN

Madden ratings are serious business for NFL players and fans alike. FiveThirtyEight's Walt Hickey had the game's developers generate his personal …

I lived in Europe for 5 years — these are the places I tell all my friends to visit

But it usually makes for an experience that exposes you to something new and leaves an impression for years after.<p>I was lucky enough to live in Zurich, Switzerland, for five years when I was younger. Because of its central location in Europe, Zurich made it easy to explore the rest of the continent.<p>…

European Travel

National Geographic Travel

The FBI's Top Secret Plan to Defend Alaska from Communists

Life in Alaska is dominated by three factors: the state's size, remoteness, and climate. During the 1950s, in the icy heart of the Cold War, that presented the FBI and military officials with a serious problem: If Soviet troops crossed the Bering Strait and invaded Alaska, who would be there to …

Snowshoeing

National Geographic Travel

Top 5 Apps for Outdoor Enthusiasts

When we go outside, it’s often to get away from it all – but that doesn’t mean that technology doesn’t have its place in the[Read More...]The post …

Outdoors

Explanations to 13 jokes only smart people understand

Redditors took turns sharing their favorite intellectual jokes that require a certain specialized knowledge to understand. We've gathered our favorites here, and provided a quick explanation for each.<p><i>(An earlier version of this post was written by Dylan Love and has been updated.)</i>

Jokes

National Geographic Travel

5 American Cities You Should Visit In 2015

In 2014, Minneapolis, Kansas City and Richmond were the coolest place to be. But with a new year brings a new set of cities to add to your bucket list. Luckily, we've found some surprising spots Americans are trekking to most, courtesy of Hotels.com's Hotel Price Index.<p>Whether it's a small-ish town …

American Cities

National Geographic Travel

Basketball

Hiking - Congaree National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

Hiking at Congaree<p>Hiking the park's many trails lets you get up close and personal with Congaree National Park. Whether you are looking for a short …

15 amazing adventures for 2015

10 Great National Parks You’ve Never Heard Of

Tucked away in Colorado’s southwestern corner, the sheer scale of this 48-mile-long canyon takes most visitors by surprise. Sculpted by the Gunnison …

The Fantastic Four Trailer: Meet the Next Generation of Superheroes

Think the Avengers and the X-Men are the only superhero teams worth caring about? There's a new gang in town—and, well, they might look a lot like an old gang from about 10 years ago, but we swear things are different this time.<p>This summer’s <i>The Fantastic Four</i> movie, which just unveiled its first …

Comics
Travel

New outdoor gear preps you for nature’s nastiness

SALT LAKE CITY — Mother Nature’s got a million ways to make your life miserable. Luckily, the outdoor industry is filled with innovators, entrepreneurs and inspired inventors working incessantly to make your adventures more epic and less stressful.<p>The sheer number of companies hawking advanced …

Salt Lake City

@NatGeoTravel Staff Bucket List: 2015

The staff at National Geographic Travel is continually criss-crossing the globe to uncover the best and the brightest places, but we have travel wish lists just like everyone else.<p><b>Here’s where we want to go in 2015 and why:</b><p><b>> Philippines</b><p>“I can’t get the Philippines out of my mind. This archipelago …

Watch every shot of Klay Thompson's record-breaking 37-point quarter

Klay Thompson had a nice little first half. Then the third quarter started and Klay ignited, flames engulfing his person from head to toe. Here's all of it:<p>He started the period with 13 points and ended it with FIFTY points. This may honestly be the densest hot streak in the history of professional …

Basketball

A photographic journey through the Torres del Paine, Patagonia

The first leg of the trail is reached by crossing Lago Pehoé, a lake of such vibrant turquoise that people crowd the stern of the catamaran I stand …

Hiking

Best Of The Best... 'Top Gear' Of The Year

It’s the end of 2014, and as is our annual traditional it is a time to look back at the best gear we tested this year. Of the hundreds of products …

Best U.S. Hiking Cities

<b>Get Hiking:</b> This popular four-mile hike has a large measure of challenge (3,700 vertical feet of climbing) with an equal payoff (views of Mount Rainier, Seattle, and the Olympics on a clear day). The journey isn’t so bad either: Along the way, hikers pass classic Pacific Northwest conifer and fir …