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Dive Into the Wildlife-Rich Waters of the Galápagos

Discover the “living laboratory” that inspired the work of Charles Darwin.<p>The Galápagos Islands are located 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) from the South American mainland but a world apart from anywhere else on Earth. The archipelago and its surrounding waters, located where three ocean currents …

Travel Photography

Journey Across Canada by Train

Riding the rails from Toronto to Vancouver is a once-in-a-lifetime smorgasbord of scenery.<p>I’m an introvert. A real rather-do-anything-than-make-small-talk introvert, not just someone who prefers TV to cocktail parties. So what am I doing having breakfast with three strangers—and enjoying it?<p>Blame …

Trains

Mesmerizing Video Shows Swimming Feather Star

The marine invertebrate, which is known as a living fossil, was filmed in Thailand.<p>Beauty gets better with age, and these sea animals are mesmerizing proof.<p>Feather stars are a type of marine invertebrate with featherlike arms that radiate from a central body. They date back about 200 million years, …

A Planet With Brains? The Peril And Potential Of Self-Aware Geological Change

Recent years have seen a vigorous debate over whether or not we have entered a new epoch of geologic time, the "Anthropocene," characterized by humanity as a new geologic force.<p>Much of this has centered over when this age began. Three candidates for this include: an "Early Anthropocene" many …

Climate Change

Definitive Proof That No Place in the World Does Christmas as Well as London

Prepare to be stunned.<p>If you were under the impression that we are more than a little obsessed with Christmas, then you would be right. And while we, of course, ooh and aah over the Christmas offerings in the U.S., we're here today to say something that might be a little controversial: We think …

Beautiful Budapest

European Travel

How the Parks of Tomorrow Will Be Different

America’s most special places will always be beautiful, but a warming climate forces us to accept that they can’t be frozen in time.<p><b>Assateague Island National Seashore,</b> which sits on a 37-mile-long sliver of land just off the coast of Maryland and Virginia, is gradually shuffling west. Over …

National Parks

World's Best Stargazing Sites

Explore seven incredible destinations for sky-watchers, from the top of a crater to a star-studded desert sky.<p>Today most city skies are free of stars. About 80 percent of North Americans live under light-polluted skies, not dark enough to see the Milky Way. But a growing number of preserved dark …

National Parks

7 Ancient Sites Some People Think Were Built by Aliens

These spots might not have been crafted by extraterrestrials, but that doesn’t mean they’re not out of this world.<p>Planet Earth is home to some spectacular relics from bygone eras, constructions that seem to defy the technological capabilities of their time either because they’re too big, too heavy, …

Archaeology

Tourists Could Destroy Venice—If Floods Don't First

Residents are abandoning the city, which is in danger of becoming an overpriced theme park.<p>Floods were once the greatest threat to Venice. That danger has not receded, but the tsunami of tourists pouring into the city could cause greater harm, argues Salvatore Settis in his new book, <i>If Venice Dies</i>. …

What You Need to Know About London’s Escaped Gorilla

The silverback Kumbuka slipped his keepers, calling to mind the recent death of Harambe in Ohio.<p>London was thrown into a brief panic today after an adult silverback gorilla escaped from the city's zoo. On social media, people in London and beyond pleaded that the gorilla be spared, hoping to avoid …

11 Daring Dishes to Eat

Here's a roundup of some of the most adventurous foods you'll find throughout the world.<p>The world is vast, as is its palate. Here are a few of the stranger menu items that will gross you out, intrigue you, or possibly impress you with humanity’s ingenious ability to find food in the most unlikely …

10 National Parks You Didn't Know You Should Visit

You may not have heard about some of these national parks, but they are definitely worth the trip.<p>While the spotlight burns bright on America’s most famous national parks, many lesser known beauties are quietly doing what they do best: protecting some of the world’s most unspoiled scenery. For …

9 Brain Exercises to Keep You Productive and Happy

Feeling gloomy or burned out? These mental exercises can help you stay focused.<p>Originally published by <b>Gretchen Rubin</b> on LinkedIn: Try These Surprising and Intriguing Brain Exercises<p>Dorothea Brande was an American writer and editor, well known for her books <i>Wake Up and Live</i> and <i>Becoming a Writer</i> (a …

These Colorful Propaganda Maps Fueled 20th-Century Wars

Maps made to persuade the public during times of conflict can be beautiful, terrifying, funny, and informative.<p>Maps often have hidden agendas, conveyed through subtle choices made by the cartographer. That is not the case for these maps.<p>The maps—which are currently in an exhibition called “War Map” …

Secrets of the World’s 38 Species of Wild Cats

Changing Planet<p>© Emmanuel Keller, courtesy of Bloomsbury Publishing.<p>Perhaps the most popular pet on Earth, the family cat is a beloved member of countless households. Millions of others abandoned or strayed are flourishing independently outdoors, where they may pose serious threats to birds and …

Wildlife

National Geographic Travel

Travel

10 NATIONAL PARKS YOU DIDN'T KNOW YOU SHOULD VISIT by National Geographic (@NatGeo)

•<p>Gates of the Arctic, Alaska<p>Located entirely above the Arctic Circle, Gates of the Arctic is one of America’s least visited national parks. Just …

National Parks

Just Back: Queenstown, New Zealand

National Geographic Creative photographer <b>Jill Schneider</b> (on Instagram @jillhsphotography) teaches travel photography to high school students as a National Geographic Student Expeditions trip leader. She recently returned from <b>Queenstown</b>, a resort town on New Zealand’s South Island known as the …

Watch Bubbling Alaska Lakes Catch on Fire

Seeping methane is driving a global warming feedback loop.<p>Some Arctic lakes are starting to look like witches' cauldrons.<p>The above video shows an increasingly common site in northern latitudes. As global warming heats these areas up, the frozen ground is melting. And when permafrost turns from …

Soar Above One of the Most Awe-Inspiring Waterfalls on Earth

Victoria Falls is among the most impressive natural wonders in the world.<p>This legendary waterfall is among the biggest, and most awe-inspiring, on the planet.<p>The Zambezi River is more than 1.25 miles (2 kilometers) wide when it cascades over the lip of a large basalt plateau and plunges as much as …

Travel Photography

Perfect Paradise: Phuket

This December marks the tenth anniversary of the devastating tsunami that struck Southeast Asia. But <b>Phuket</b>, Thailand’s largest island, refuses to be defined by the tragedy. On a recent visit there, I discovered what makes this beach retreat so special and why, a decade after enduring one of the …

Top 10 U.S. National Park Landmarks

National Parks

National Geographic Travel

Travel

Colorful Cape Town

Travel Photography

10 Best Backpacking Trips in U.S. Parks

This year the National Park Service (NPS) celebrates its 100th birthday. Over the past century, the agency has protected and managed a system that has grown to now include 59 parks in 27 states and ranges from famed summer-vacation destination icons like Yellowstone and Yosemite to the remote 8.4 …

National Parks

Island Getaways

See photos of top island getaways (including Bali, Maui, Lord Howe Island, and more) in this travel photo gallery from National Geographic.

Travel Photography

A trailer car adventure through 59 US national parks

This year sees celebrations across the US to mark the centenary of the National Park Service. To pay homage to this great organisation, Jonathan Irish and Stefanie Payne are visiting every national park in an Airstream trailer. Here, Jonathan shares some of the highlights so far.<p>March 5<p>Death Valley …

10 Best Campgrounds in the Parks

There are few better traditions in the United States than taking to the road and pulling into a national park campground for a few nights of adventure. Of course, the parks can be crowded, so the best spots to pitch a tent are off the beaten trail, where they immerse you a bit deeper into the …

National Parks

The world's greatest walking trails

Hiking