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The 20 Best Day Hikes in America's National Parks

Summer is a time for family vacations, outdoor exploration, and simply having fun in the longer, warmer days. If your plans for the summer ahead …

Exploring Chile's Atacama Desert

Barren yet beautiful, Chile's Atacama Desert is an alluring world of sand and rock.<p>It’s there as soon as I emerge from El Loa Airport—a vision so colossal that I find myself taking an unconscious step backwards, as if this will somehow help me to fit the entire thing into my field of vision. …

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Hike Through 7 European Countries on this Epic Trail

The Via Dinarica is poised to become one of the world’s top trekking destinations.<p>Twenty years ago, the Balkans seemed an unlikely spot to go trekking. Torn apart by bitter conflict, Yugoslavia painfully splintered, and borders between the new republics were better known for acrimonious rifts than …

Hiking

Top 5 Places to Visit in Peru

Let’s get to it: Peru is the place to be.<p>Peru is a destination that begs to be explored. In this vast and storied land, ancient, colonial, and modern traditions meld together for an unforgettable cultural experience. No matter the type of traveler—history buff, adventurer, or foodie—Peru offers a …

South America

The 6 Most Beautiful Road Trips in South Africa

Do you know how much time you spend in a car per day? According to a Harvard Health Watch study, the average American spends 101 minutes per day …

Sip Your Way Through Colombia’s Coffee Towns

A new coffee destination bears fruit in the country’s north.<p>Something is brewing in the small Colombian town of Minca. It smells of caramel, bark, charcoal, and chocolate. The source? Coffee beans, fresh from backyard roasters, their sharp burnt odor cutting through the humid tropical haze.<p>Here in …

South America

Miles from Nowhere in Patagonia

After hours of steep bushwhacking through spiny Calafate bushes in Chilean Patagonia, I cursed as another thorn impaled my leg. I was tired and hungry, my heavy wet feet squishing in boots that were soggy from crossing multiple bogs. My guide, Fernando, was 30 feet ahead—too far for me to follow …

South America

Muy Tranquilo Baja – Top 5 Camp Spots

Sixty-six days and 5,000 kilometres on the Baja and we didn’t encounter a single corrupt cop, anything resembling a bandido or even a mildly …

Mendoza’s Malbec Magic

<b>Mendoza</b> lies in the heart of Argentina‘s wine country, a vast, lush land of grapevines stretching into the shadows of the majestic Andes.<p>> When to go:<p>December through March coincides with the harvest season, when the fields and the celebrations of horticultural bounty are at their most …

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Botswana: the rewards of self-drive safaris

Botswana may have a reputation as the most exclusive safari destination in Africa, but it does offer an incredibly tempting alternative to the fly-in, upmarket-tented-camp experience: the more budget-friendly self-drive safari.<p>Botswana is made for road (and road-less) trips – it is big-sky country, …

Just Back: Santiago, Chile

<i>National Geographic Traveler</i> associate editor <b>Susan O’Keefe</b> (on Twitter @sokeefetrav and Instagram @susanokeefe) always thought of <b>Santiago, Chile</b>, as a prelude to skiing in the Andes or hiking through Patagonia. But on a recent trip she was taken in by the city’s grand colonial architecture, wide …

South America

Camping in Argentina’s remote wilderness is unbelievable. These photos explain.

Argentina has many campgrounds but the beauty is that you don’t need to depend on them. Boondocking is allowed and very common indeed. The most …

Hiking

Reader Recs: World’s Best Hiking Trails

Eager to spend some time in the great outdoors?<p>We asked our Nat Geo Travel Facebook fans to share their favorite trails, and their responses will have you lacing up your hiking boots before you know it.<p>Don’t believe us? Read on:<p>We kick things off in Badlands National Park with a kid-friendly …

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The Local Beat in Buenos Aires

Visitors to <b>Buenos Aires</b> invariably fall in love with it and want to stay forever, but locals would rather be in Spain, Italy, or anywhere else. At least so say the lyrics of the song “Puerto Madero,” written in Spanglish by half Argentine, half American musician Kevin Johansen, about one of the …

Argentina

Yosemite National Park's Best Hikes

From secret hikes to date hikes to cave hikes, San Francisco holds its own pretty well in the hiking department. Yosemite though? Yosemite owns the …

National Parks

The 10 Best Hiking Trails in America's National Parks

Each year, the American Hiking Society celebrates National Trails Day on the first Saturday in June. On that day, thousands of people across the …

A City Guide to Windhoek, Namibia

By College Tourist - Author - Kate Hiller, Ohio University<p><b>Two weeks in Windhoek: a whirlwind and mostly-walkable tour in and around Namibia's capital city.</b><p>Where is Windhoek anyway?<p>Windhoek (also known as Windhuk) is the capital city of Namibia, which is situated just north of South Africa on the …

Utah by Dirt: The Ultimate Adventure Road Trip

<b>Follow along as we chase dirt trails, ride the red-water rapids of the Colorado River, and explore hidden canyons in Escalante on our Utah by Dirt adventure. Follow along with the hashtag #UTbyDirt.</b><p>The looming sandstone towers obscured the entire northern skyline from where we had parked and were …

Adventure Travel

What Locals Love About Cape Town

I fell in love with <b>Cape Town</b> at first visit, on the Tree Canopy walkway at Kirstenbosch National Botanic Garden.<p>For Sarah Khan, a former New Yorker who moved to Cape Town and married a local, it’s all about the views. “Biases aside, it’s just the most beautiful city in the world,” she says. “Even …

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Where to find the Algarve's best beaches

The coast of the Algarve in southern Portugal is a seemingly endless series of some of Europe’s finest beaches. They are seriously spectacular stretches of sand: the climate and atmosphere are Mediterranean, but this is the Atlantic so good waves and watersports are available alongside more sedate, …

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Just Back: San Miguel de Allende

Travel photographer and National Geographic Student Expeditions leader <b>Jill Schneider</b> (on Instagram @jillhsphotography) just got back from a trip to the charming colonial town of <b>San Miguel de Allende, Mexico</b>, with two of her best friends.<p>Here are some of the highlights from her adventure, in her own …

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How To Travel Full Time While Working On The Road (Includes Q&A With A Veteran Of 9 Years)

<i>Today’s article includes a Q&A with Nora Dunn, a Canadian who sold everything (including a busy financial planning practice) in 2006 to embrace her</i> …

Bicycle Touring

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