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Make My Day: locals' tips for London and San Francisco

In the world's greatest cities, there need never be a dull moment. When it comes to finding things to do, the possibilities are practically endless — so which do you choose?<p>Inspired by our new Make My Day city guides, which help travellers mix and match brilliant ideas for mornings, afternoons and …

Louisiana, Three Ways: NOLA

A sign showing two crossed baguettes topped by a skull welcomes me to Killer Poboys, a <b>New Orleans</b> hole-in-the-wall known for its renegade version of Louisiana’s state sandwich, the po’ boy. The eatery is crammed into a back room of the Erin Rose, a pub sitting just a stumble up from the 24/7 party …

Budget Trips to Napa: Save Your Money for the Wine!

Stomp season may have commenced in September, but it's still prime harvest time in Napa. Despite the recent earthquake that rocked area hotels and wineries, most are up-and-running once again and where there's wine, there will be people (friendly ones, at that). This weekend in particular will be …

Napa Valley

These Gorgeous Chicago Landmarks Are Open To The Public For The First Time In Decades

Consider it the Super Bowl for architecture buffs.<p>Open House Chicago returns this weekend to give visitors from around the globe the rare opportunity to step inside some of the city's most treasured landmarks typically closed from public view.<p>The now-annual event run by the Chicago Architecture …

San Francisco's Happy Hours: A Traveler's Guide

<i>By Christine Tusher for Where</i><p>San Francisco is well-known for its culinary tradition, but locals also have a hard time saying "no" to a well-crafted cocktail ... especially when drinks are discounted. Here are 10 bars that put the "happy" in happy hour.<p><b>1. Two Sisters Bar and Books</b><p>This relaxed …

8 TV Show Spots You Should Visit In New York City

New York City is a entertainment lover's sandbox. Yes, there's Broadway and yes, Will Smith movies wreak havoc on the Brooklyn Bridge every now and then. But as we move about this city day in and day out, it's really the TV shows that we think about most.<p>So get your best tourist face on, and let's …

Best City for Fall: Chicago

If you're not thinking of Chicago as a fall destination, you are really missing out. Sure, leaf-peeping in New England, apple picking in Michigan and laughing at the rest of the country from California are all fine fall traditions that you should go ahead and try, but don't discount Chicago.<p>From …

California's other wine countries

Everybody knows the justifiably famous Napa and Sonoma Valleys. If you're looking to take the next step, venture into California’s less-famous wine regions, where family-owned wineries welcome novices and experts alike, and tasting fees are low to non-existent. Most of these well-hidden wine …

Celebrating the Open Road: Our Favorite Stops on an Iconic Road Trip

Black Tomato's co-founder Tom Marchant set off in search of an adventure along the I50, the U.S's Loneliest Road, embarking on an incredible drive that snakes through one of the most remote stretches of road in the Americas.<p>Arid and desolate, yet strikingly beautiful Tom"s road trip took him …

Chicago's best homegrown junk food

'Junk food' is often used as an insult, but in Chicago it's a celebrated art form. Known the world over for its gorgeous architecture, impressive museums, legendary sports teams, barely tolerable winters and cutting-edge cuisine, The Windy City is also home to some of the best guilty pleasure food …

10 Things You Don't Know About NYC (Even if You Live There!)

We found the wild, weird and wonderful not-so-known sights, sounds and flavors of The Big Apple! Even if you are a New Yorker -- we bet you don't know most of these!<p><b>There is a dirty rectangle on the ceiling of Grand Central Station.</b> When the ceiling of the main concourse was restored in 1994-98, a …

How to tip like a New Yorker

Tipping plays a small but pivotal role in so many NYC experiences, from ordering a drink at a bar to taking a taxi across town. Knowing when to tip and how much can seem like picking your way through a minefield in this service-oriented town. Before you set off for New York City (or anywhere else …

A perfect day in Toronto

Facing off against New York State, far across the slate-grey waters of Lake Ontario, Toronto walks the line between American cultural osmosis and staunch Canadian independence. Masters of this balancing act, Torontonians shift between both worlds with verve, tolerance and open-mindedness. Spend a …

12 New Restaurants From Your Favorite NYC Chefs

The bar at Gato. It's never this empty. Photo: Daniel Krieger / Courtesy of Gato.<p><i>By Pavia Rosati for Fathom</i> | <i>What's old is new again in NYC, as the city's favorite restaurateurs (Keith McNally, Bobby Flay, Daniel Humm) are behind the best new openings. New kids, watch your back.</i><p>NEW YORK CITY – New …

Dining Rooms

One perfect day: 24 hours in New York City - NYC travel

Twenty-four hours in New York is nowhere near enough, but if that’s all the time you’ve got, we’ve got a locally designed itinerary designed to help you make the most of every New York minute.<p>Morning<p><b>8am</b> – Start your day on the Upper West Side with a pilgrimage to the granddaddy of New York Jewish …

Road Trip: California's Pacific Coast Highway

Strap in and get ready for an exhilarating driving experience along this twisting, cliff-hugging route.<p>An exhilarating driving experience, this twisting, cliff-hugging, 123-mile (198-kilometer) route along the central California coast takes about five hours to complete at a leisurely pace. …

Free Things to Do in New Orleans

Perhaps best known for its annual (and often rowdy) Mardi Gras celebrations, New Orleans offers a unique blend of American, Spanish, and French culture that make the city enticing to visit year-round. But exploring the city's diverse architecture, music, and culinary scenes doesn't have to burn a …

Best Trips 2014

TravelBest Of<p>National Geographic Traveler presents the New Year's must-see places. From Argentina to Oz, the final lineup reflects what’s authentic, culturally rich, sustainably minded—and, of course, superlative in the world of travel today.

Vancouver

Nestled on <b>British Columbia's</b> coast, Canada’s third largest city is known for its rich cultural offerings and easy access to the sea and mountains—"Just a 20-minute drive takes you to landscapes seemingly untouched by humankind," says local award-winning designer and architect Omer Arbel. Here you …

Nashville: Music City U.S.A.

See trip details for Nashville, Tennessee, one of 30 suggested family trips from National Geographic.<p>Tennessee Guide<p>More Family Trips<p>You can’t go to Nashville without touring two of the city’s biggest attractions—the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame. In the former, learn …