Gary Meyer

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Amazon's giant biodome approved for the streets of Seattle

The 'unique structure' will form part of Amazon's new campus<p>Amazon has gained initial approval for its plan to build a huge greenhouse in the middle of Seattle. The proposal has three transparent domes intersecting to form a five-story complex that will contain offices, dining areas, and retail …

Incredible Underwater Park in Austria

Grner See (Green Lake) is a lake in Styria, Austria known for its shimmering, emerald-green hue and its fluctuating depth throughout the year, at times leaving a park completely submerged in it. Being that the water for the lake is provided mainly by runoff from the surrounding karst mountains, it …

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A Visionary Ranch Helps Conserve Nebraska's Grasslands

On a trip to Namibia organized by WWF, Sarah Sortum learned how to help enable her family’s ranch in Nebraska to support the next generation. From …

Bringing the Bison Home

The Oglala Sioux Tribe is making history in the northwest corner of South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The tribe, part of the Oglala …

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The Benefit of No Expectations

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>Quick! What’s the best travel movie ever? <i>Before Sunrise</i>, <i>Roman Holiday</i>, um <i>The Beach</i>?<p>My favorite is probably <i>Yes Man</i>, a mostly forgettable 2008 film in which a troubled Jim Carrey vows to say “yes” to everything. But it warrants mention for the scene where he and Zooey …

The Temptation of Punta de Mita

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>I hold three squirming baby turtles, about 12 hours old, in my hands, at sunset on a private beach in Punta de Mita, Mexico.<p>They are a dark, smoky gray color, and touching them feels like running my hands over rough sandpaper. After I carefully place them on the sand, I …

Patagonian Corals Expedition 2013: Rainforests of the Ocean

Cars. Moving fast and slow. Horns blaring at one another as we cruise down the Carretera Austral. Lights, lots of them. The smell of street vendors selling food items. Elevator music playing bad covers at the hotel. The sounds and smells of the end of an expedition, a return to civilization and the …

Glamping With the Family

“Let’s go camping!”<p>For some, this could be the most dreaded vacation request to come out of a child’s mouth. For others, it’s music to the ears.<p>If you’re intrigued by the idea of reconnecting with nature, but cringe at the thought of sleeping on the ground with nothing but a thin tent between you …

A Montana Love Story

It was the longest train journey she had ever been on—36 hours from Minneapolis all the way to Montana. With a year of college under her belt, Minnesota gal Anita Mescher boarded The Great Northern Railroad in the morning and by lunch the next day, she had arrived in the high plains town of …

Real Life Cowboys & American Indians

Like any American child, I used to play “Cowboys & Indians” with notable frequency, especially in the summer months, where backyards became my imagined western wilderness and my brothers and I could act out centuries of cultural incompatibility between the opposing sides.<p>Even today, childhood play …

The New All-Inclusive Resort

We expect a sense of thoughtful construction and attention to detail to pervade a luxury resort. But on Nicaragua’s Pacific coast, not far from the surfer town of San Juan del Sur, Morgan’s Rock has concerns that go way beyond the fluff factors of thread count and pool temperature.<p>Sure, the subdued …

Photo Tips From Santa Fe

I just returned from one of National Geographic’s photo workshops in Santa Fe, and wanted to share a few tips I think could help all photographers, amateur and professional alike.<p>Spending a week with longtime National Geographic photographer, Joe McNally, who led the workshop, was a dream. Joe is …

Sweetgrass Speaks For Her

TravelTraveler Magazine<p>Purple lightning rips the heavens from top to bottom, tearing the sky in two. Before I finish counting “one”, a wave of thunder punches down, shaking the land with a terrific rumble.<p>The windshield wipers beat furiously on the glass, but not fast enough. The rain falls like a …

American Legend: Coast to Coast by Train

You don’t really know a train until you’ve slept on one.<p>And I don’t mean a half-hour doze between Philly and Baltimore but the real deal: a bunk in a berth, a sliding door with a latch lock, and those WWII-style knobs to turn off your reading light.<p>And when you’ve really settled into a train that’s …

Hiking the John Muir Trail: Going Out to Go In

“I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” ~ John Muir<p>Drawing wild-eyed wanderers and scruffy-haired men from around the world, the 211-mile John Muir Trail has a reputation of immeasurable proportions. Making its way …

Why You Should Visit Arizona In the Summer

It’s no secret that Arizona is hot in the summer, as I learned growing up in Scottsdale. But I don’t want you to think that it’s always 115 degrees. Usually, the temperature hovers in the much more comfortable 100°-105° range. “Comfortable?!” my friends ask. “You’re crazy! That kind of heat isn’t …

The Icon: Mount Rushmore

A state project that became a masterpiece, Mount Rushmore was conceived in the early 1920s by state historian Doane Robinson to draw tourists to South Dakota.<p>After hearing about a project to chisel the Confederate leaders on the face of Stone Mountain in Georgia, Robinson wrote the sculptor, Gutzon …

The Ecolodges of the Future

When I became editor of <i>National Geographic Traveler</i> magazine 15 years ago, the word “ecolodge” suggested places that were so pared down and dutiful that many travelers were regarding them as the domain of the backpacker — all basic furnishings and uninspired food. Therefore it is astonishing to see …

Three Modern Travel Writing Classics

While I’ve met a few modern-day nomads in my travels, most of us can’t be on the road all the time. So how can we keep our wanderlust satiated in those stretches between journeys? We can escape into a really good book that brings a far-off place to us.<p>Here are three extraordinary travel narratives …

Lessons From the Holy Land

Growing up Palestinian in Jerusalem, National Geographic Emerging Explorer <b>Aziz Abu Sarah</b> carried onions to repel the effects of tear gas and—after his brother died from prison beatings—stones to throw at Israeli soldiers. When he was 18, taking a Hebrew class with Jewish students reset his path …

Puerto Rico: (U.S.) Passports Optional

In his latest book, <i>100 Places That Will Change Your Child’s Life</i>, <i>Traveler</i> magazine’s editor in chief Keith Bellows proclaims that the passport is the new diploma — that a child who learns to travel will travel to learn.<p>The sad reality is that only about a third of all Americans have passports. …

Preserve the Parks: Grand Teton Wildlife Migration

TravelTraveler Magazine<p>I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again—the freedom to travel is the greatest freedom of all.<p>Most of us take it for granted—we walk, drive, fly and ride wherever we please. Sometimes a road gets blocked for construction, or a flight gets cancelled—perhaps we get annoyed and …

A Nest In The West

Every second of travel comes down to a decision—to stop and get out of the car, or to carry on, foot pressed hard on the pedal, to the destination we first had in mind.<p>I was doing fifty when I saw the small cabin at the edge of the road, prim and square, with windows like eyes that watched the …

10 Things You Never Knew About UTAH

TravelDigital Nomad<p>With 5 iconic National Parks (Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion), Utah ranks third among states with National Parks (California has 9, Alaska, 8). In addition, Utah has 7 National Monuments (Cedar Breaks, Natural Bridges, Dinosaur, Rainbow Bridge, Grand …

Wild and Wonderful: Estes Park

You don’t have to dig too deeply into a top news story these days to figure out the impact it might have on the traveling public. The Arab Spring and mall shootings in Nairobi are two obvious examples.<p>Last weekend, I would witness the effect two recent front-page events are having on travel: The …

Autumn in Grand Teton National Park

It snowed on the night I arrived in Grand Teton.<p>The next morning, on the last day of September, the wall of mountains simply disappeared into whiteness, and as I hiked through the sagebrush, my face tingling with falling drops of ice, I sent this tweet:<p><i>big snowstorm overhead/ mountains melt into</i> …