Jessica Via

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National Geographic Travel

10 Best Beaches in Costa Rica Worth a Visit

Here is my pick for the best beaches in Costa Rica, a country that will always stick in my mind (and heart) as one of my favorite places in the …

Fairy Tale Attractions to See with Kids in Europe

Hercules monument on the Fairy Tale Route (Photo Credit: MalteRuhnke via WikiMedia)<p>Travel through time and explore a fairy tale world stretching from Snow White to Harry Potter. Try learning to ride a broomstick, see the original Little Mermaid and discover Snow White's home deep in a German forest.<p>…

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Why I Fell in Love With Florence

Often when traveling, I've heard that the most unexpected, unplanned moments turn out to be the best ones.<p>That's exactly what happened when I decided on a whim to take the train from Pisa into Florence for four days. What happened next was my heart was laid out on a silver platter for what came to …


A well-earned shot of the Wave, a sandstone rock formation in Arizona. See more recent submissions to the 2014 National Geographic Photo Contest: Photo by Takashi Nakagawa

National Geographic Travel

Here Are The Top Places You Need To Visit In The US, According To Pinterest Users

Since then, users have created 4 million Place Boards and uploaded over 1 billion Place pins into the system.<p>Thanks to that data, Pinterest was able to put together a list of the top 20 most popular places in the US that everyone should try to visit.

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National Geographic Travel

A Guide to Exploring the Amazon

<b>Discover which Amazon gateway to travel from for wildlife sightings, a tribal journey or luxury river cruising.</b><p><b>Evoking images of verdant rainforest, isolated tribes and abundant wildlife, the Amazon brings out the intrepid traveller in many of us. But, as this huge wilderness spans across nine</b> …

South America

Enchanted Isle: Puerto Rico

If <b>Puerto Rico</b> isn’t on your radar, it’s time to readjust. The Caribbean’s most convenient destination—especially for Americans, who don’t need a passport to get there—is also one of its most interesting.<p>An unincorporated U.S. territory since the end of the Spanish-American War, Puerto Rico …

The Traditional Japanese City Where Americans Go to Unplug

The Japanese city of Kyoto is having a great year for tourism, in part thanks to travelers from the U.S. who are willing to travel for several days …

National Geographic Travel

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Here is an easy and excellent tutorial to realize this creative and original “pendant table“ made from an irregular piece …

Why Mega-Cities Are Mega-Awesome: 8 Bustling Metropolises We Love

An old fable tells the tale of the city mouse and the country mouse (or the city oyster and the country oyster in our case -- we know, it's a bit of a stretch). The story ends with a precautionary warning: cities are crowded, dangerous, and unsavory. But, here at Oyster, we've never met a city we …

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Nat Geo Staff Picks: America’s Best Beach Towns

Is there a magic formula for the perfect beach town? No, but America could offer up more than a few candidates if they were doling out the title.<p><b>Here are just a few of them, recommended by Nat Geo Travel staffers:</b><p><b>Cannon Beach, Oregon:</b> “At only an hour-and-a-half drive away, Cannon Beach was an easy …

6 Ways to Hack Your Travel

<i>Our Saavy Traveler series for tips and tricks to travel like an expert.</i><p>Travel can be tricky. There's a lot to plan -- where to stay? what to see? what to eat? -- and everything costs money. Lots of it. Even the most frugal individual can find themselves (and their wallets) overwhelmed by something …

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National Geographic Travel

Geology Gone Wild in America’s National Parks

America’s national parks are showcases of extraordinary geological phenomena. While some of them are famous, others are unsung, unexplained, or just plain strange. But, to be sure, all of them spur the imagination, helping us to appreciate the forces that have shaped the nation and its parks.<p><b>Here</b> …

Arizona: Hike Mount Humphreys

<b>Enjoy unfettered views from 12,633 feet after hiking to the top of the tallest peak in Arizona.</b> <b><br>What Is It?</b> A moderately strenuous nine-mile round-trip hike to the apex of Arizona, a peak deemed sacred by many southwestern tribes. The Mount Humphreys Trail, located just 14.5 miles outside of …