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Norway will cut through an island in tribute to massacre victims

How do you adequately craft a memorial for one of the worst days in a country's modern history? That's the question that was posed to architects and artists as part of a competition for a dual-site memorial commemorating the attacks in Norway on July 22nd, 2011. On that day, 77 people were killed, …

Are Museums Overrated?

I’ve been to Paris three times and never once put a foot inside the Louvre. I skipped the Colosseum in Rome and gave only 10 minutes to the Hermitage during the entire five weeks I spent in St. Petersburg.<p>I’m sorry if this is disappointing. But I’m not sorry at all.<p>Too often, we travelers let good …

25 Impossibly Beautiful Wedding Locations In Hawaii

Why even bother getting married anywhere else?

Weddings

I Heart My City: Beth’s Hong Kong

Native Chicagoan <b>Beth Williams</b> caught the travel bug after spending half a year in Japan during college. After graduation, she missed Asia so much she just had to go back. A gig teaching English brought her to <b>Hong Kong</b>, where she’s lived for the past two years. Armed with her camera and …

Shoot stunning vacation photographs

We all love vacation. It's a time to relax and enjoy the things we love most. For many, that means lying around doing nothing, or perhaps reading a …

Landscape Photography

No Humans Were Harmed (or Employed) in the Making of This Sushi

High-speed conveyor belts, tablet-ordering, not a waiter in sight. Your nigiri has never been fresher.<p>If you work in the food service industry, this might be the stuff of nightmares. Well, raw fish and nightmares.<p>Because there is, in Tokyo, a restaurant that has done away almost completely with the …

Hōkūle‘a – Getting Ready for the Voyage of a Lifetime

Changing Planet<p>Last May, I wrote about the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s plan to sail around the world on the storied Hawaiian voyaging canoe, Hōkūle‘a. What’s even more incredible than the sail plan is that this voyage – which spans 5 years – will be done almost entirely using traditional …

I Heart My City: Nat Geo’s Washington, D.C.

Since it’s America’s birthday today, we thought it would be fitting to publish a special edition of I Heart My City to celebrate the best things about the nation’s capital and National Geographic’s home city.<p>There’s a little-engine-that-could we like to call “Team Lady” here at <i>Traveler —</i> otherwise …

I Heart My City: Jessica’s Barcelona

Travel and lifestyle writer <b>Jessica Benavides Canepa</b> has been living in Barcelona for two years, but is going to be spending the next year of her life traveling around China and writing about her experiences. To bid <i>adéu siau</i> to the city she’s come to love, she sent Intelligent Travel her top picks …

Kenilworth Park Aquatic Gardens (U.S. National Park Service)

Ranger Program<p>Join a park ranger daily to discover the exotic and natural beauty at the only aquatic garden preserved by National Park …

National Parks

I Heart My City (in the Spring)

There’s still a chill in the air here in Washington, D.C., but the days are getting longer, the cherry blossoms are starting to pop, and residents are beginning to shed those cumbersome winter coats. Spring is upon us (at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere), and we’re embracing it …

I Heart My City: Liz’s Bilbao

<b>Liz P.</b> recently moved back to the Midwest after spending two years teaching English in Bilbao, Spain. What was a random placement in the Basque Country turned her into a Bilbao enthusiast (see Liz en España for proof) and, now that she’s stateside, she spends most of her time telling people why …

I Heart My City: Audrey’s Seoul

<b>Audrey Bergner</b> was born in Canada, raised in Argentina, and inexplicably found herself living in Seoul. During her time there she mastered the art of singing at a <i>noraebang</i>, reading <i>hangul</i>, and grilling pork belly at the table. Here are a few of Audrey’s favorite things about the South Korean …

Are Filters the Answer?

<b>Reader Question:</b> Are lens filters still necessary for digital photography? Are there filters that National Geographic photographers use to make their pictures look better?<p><b>My Answer:</b> Most National Geographic photographers don’t use filters to define the look of their pictures. In fact, it used to be …

Top 10 Museums and Galleries

Experience fine art at one of the top ten museums and galleries in the world.<p>From the National Geographic book <i>The 10 Best of Everything</i><p><b>Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.</b> <br>The Smithsonian is the world’s largest research and museum complex, with 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological …

Museums

Best Beach Adventures

See photos of beach adventures (including biking in Hawaii, diving in Thailand, and surfing in Micronesia) in this travel photo gallery from National Geographic.

Travel Photography

Happiness Hot Spots

See photos of happiness hot spots, including Denmark, Singapore, Mexico, and California, from the new book Thrive by Dan Buettner, from National Geographic.

Travel Photography

Chinatown in Honolulu

An enclave of 19th- and 20th-century facades near downtown Honolulu, <b>Chinatown</b> turned gritty in the 1960s. But the markets, herbalists, and lei shops never lost their bustle, and a new wave of hot spots is bringing in a fashionable crowd. “After dark,” says local artist Cheyne Gallarde, “the …

A Local’s Guide to Honolulu

Just past the gleaming high-rises of Hawaii’s capital, in traditional neighborhoods such as Chinatown and Kakaako, locals keep the heart of aloha beating in Honolulu’s art-filled galleries and island-themed bars.<p><b>Here’s the best this tropical haven has to offer:</b><p><b>Where to Stay</b><p>The recently renovated …