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By Stephen Garrett | “Not all those who wander are lost.” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

6 Accessible (and Amazing) Places to See the Southern Lights

Photo courtesy of Ben via FlickrThere’s no doubt the Northern Lights are one of the world’s most beautiful natural phenomena. Numerous travel experts …

New Zealand

Get a sneak peek of Gaudi’s spectacular Casa Vicens before it opens to the public in autumn

Casa Vicens, the first house designed by renowned architect Antoni Gaudi, will open to the public in Barcelona this autumn.<p>The UNESCO World Heritage Site has undergone three years of extensive renovations in preparation for the re-opening as a museum instead of a private residence. The house is …

Spain

Top tips on visiting US national parks from a couple who made it to ALL 59 last year

To commemorate the centennial anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service last year, Stefanie Payne and Jonathan Irish spent 52 weeks visiting all 59 parks in one epic adventure.<p>The couple, who documented their journey on The Greatest American Road Trip, also aimed to inspire fellow travelers to …

National Parks

30 iconic American hotel bars everyone should have a drink at

Once a watering hole of last resort filled with business travelers and tourists, the hotel bar is back with a vengeance.<p>All the major hospitality groups are filling their portfolios with new projects inside buzzy and beloved hotels. Hoteliers, too, are answering the bar-hopping public's call: …

Must-see sights on China’s Silk Road

<i>Lonely Planet produced this article for</i> <i>China Tourism. All editorial views are those of Lonely Planet alone and reflect our policy of editorial independence and impartiality.</i><p>The unmoving landscapes of the Silk Road have enchanted travellers for millennia. Sights along the route have lasted down …

China

10 Of The Best Wilderness Resorts In The World

10 Of The Best Wilderness Resorts In The World<p>In "Accommodation"<p>Near the top of Western Australia sits the Ningaloo Reef. This reef is incredible, …

Not just noodles: culinary adventures in northern Kyūshū

The quality of the gastronomic offerings in Japan’s southern island of Kyūshū could keep a food-focused traveller satisfied for decades. The culinary scene here is diverse and always comes with a story – an nth-generation recipe, a centuries-old technique, a tea-bearing monk – making the experience …

Tokyo

25 places you should visit before they disappear forever

Earth is home to incredibly beautiful natural sites. But because of climate change and human carelessness, some of them are in danger of disappearing in the next 100 years — or even sooner.<p>From Patagonia's glaciers to Africa's Congo Basin, these threatened natural wonders span the globe.<p>Keep …

Climate

10 New UNESCO World Heritage Sites For Your Travel List

Start planning a trip to these world wonders.<p>Top 5: New World Heritage Sites to Add to Your Travel List Start planning a trip to these world wonders. Learn more in <b>"10 New UNESCO World Heritage Sites For Your Travel List"</b> from National Geographic Travel.<p>This past week, UNESCO updated its eclectic …

Archaeology

Graffiti Meets Oil Painting in Stunningly Realistic Murals - Creators

Combining graffiti techniques with detailed oil painting, London-based street artist Ant Carver creates expressive, gestural murals using a rainbow palette of spray paints. An exploration into alternative approaches to street art, Carver's process involves filling out facial contours with various …

Artists

10 top tips from our Bangkok correspondent

Thailand’s capital is a labyrinth of great bars and restaurants to refuel in after, perhaps, Thai boxing, a river island cycle, or wakeboarding. From fresh mangoes with coconut sauce to acoustic karaoke … it’s all on the menu<p><b>Cycling and craft beer</b><p><b>Ko Kret</b> is on the edge of the capital but it’s the …

Travel

Bangkok’s famous street food is here to stay after ban on vendors is reversed

Foodies of the world rejoice; Bangkok’s incredible street food is here to stay after authorities decided to reverse their decision to clear the streets of vendors.<p>The street food ban, which was announced earlier this week by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, was met with unanimous dismay …

Bangkok

Saudi Arabia’s silent desert city

Madain Saleh isn’t as well-known as Petra, but the Nabateans’ second-largest city played a crucial role in their mysterious empire.<p>As always, our Saudia Airline flight from Riyadh to Medina started with prayer.<p>“Ladies and gentlemen,” the flight attendant said over the intercom. “The text that you …

Archaeology

Colorful Karnaval Costumes Show the Vibrant Spirit of Haiti

Haiti's largest annual celebration puts the spirit of the island on display.<p>For Haiti, celebration is a catharsis.<p>And the biggest catharsis takes place during the country's annual Karnaval celebrations, held during the weeks leading up to Mardi Gras.<p>Just as Mardi Gras in the U.S. has been uniquely …

Giving the Gift of Travel: 10 Unforgettable Trips

Looking for the perfect trip to take with someone special? We've got the list for you.<p>The gift of travel lingers long after the holiday lights are packed away. The staff at National Geographic Expeditions selected some of their favorite trips around the globe, including visiting ancient cave …

Top 10 Things to Do in Mexico City

Follow the footsteps of the Aztecs, admire the brushstrokes of Frida Kahlo, and experience centuries-old traditions during Day of the Dead.<p>Built on the ruins of the ancient Aztec city of Tenochtitlan, Mexico City is one of the oldest and largest cities in the Americas. Colonial architecture, iconic …

5 Must-Do Activities in Malta

This Mediterranean nation is packed with stunning beaches, historic towns, and ancient archaeology. Here are the five ways to explore it all.<p>Malta is a small island country, but its modest size only adds to its potential as the perfect spot for adventure lovers and history buffs. It’s easy to dig …

Wadi Rum

This magical ecosystem in the Jordanian desert features sweeping red sand dunes and towering sandstone arches.<p><b>Location</b>: Jordan <b><br>Year Designated</b>: 2011 <b><br>Category</b>: Natural/Cultural <b><br>Criteria</b>: (iii)(v)(vii)<b>Reason for Designation</b>: Jordan’s red-rock wilderness is an extraordinary patch of desert biome. Stone …

Striking Photos of Cultural Fashions You Have to See

These vibrant cultures were slaying their fashion game long before the runway was invented.<p>Most global fashions aren’t fads. They arise from centuries of tradition and don’t go out of vogue when the seasons change: the bold beadwork of the Maasai in the Serengeti, the endless folds of a bright blue …

Kayak Among White-Tipped Reef Sharks in the Galápagos

“I made my first trip to the Galápagos in 1966 when I was 16,” says Lindblad Expedition’s president, Sven-Olof Lindblad, whose late father, Lars, pioneered outfitted expeditions to remote destinations. The trip obviously made a lasting impression. “It’s unlike any other adventure vacation on …

Travel

Is Kythira the perfect Greek island?

Andrew Bostock has spent much of his life living in and writing guidebooks on Greece but in Kythira – with its gorges, waterfalls and perfect beaches – he’s finally found the idyll he has always dreamed of<p>In my 30-year hunt to find the perfect Greek island, I’ve visited around 40 of them – but my …

Travel

10 Insanely cool Caribbean Travel Adventures you must try

When planning your next travel adventure to the Caribbean, try and venture out and do something you have never done before, whether it be hiking up a …

Caribbean

Skip the Isles and Athens: 3 New Ways to Do Greece This Spring

A far cry from the traffic of Athens and the high season island tourism, Northern Greece is noteworthy year-round for its diverse landscapes, ancient history, and innumerable activities both hedonistic and adventurous. The continuous flux of immigrants from Eastern Europe and the Middle East into …

Europe

11 Most Beautiful Coastal Cities in the World

Credit: bigstock.com<p>SHARE<p>Venice, Italy (Hotel Prices & Photos)<p>Venice is known as a “floating city” because it was actually built upon islands in the …

Europe

81 Captivating Travel Photographs From Around the World

In advance of our upcoming 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest, see a gallery of last year's top contributions.<p>As <i>National Geographic</i> prepares to announce its 2017 Travel Photographer of the Year contest, see some of our favorite entries from the 2016 contest.<p>Winners …

Photography

Your Shot: Strange Terrains

Explorers Enter Heart of Africa With Fat Bikes and Scuba Gear

A new phase of exploration targets the wilderness of the Okavango region.<p>Three teams of explorers set off into the wilderness in the heart of Africa Monday, on a major new push to survey more of the Okavango River Basin—part of which is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the planet’s last …

Ecosystems

7 Cities to See Powerful Street Art

Graffiti, murals, vandalism—street art takes on various names, but one thing that rings true across the world is the cultural relevance behind these works of art.<p>Street art is a city's outdoor museum. Not just attractive to look at, it often functions as a gateway into the underlying social, …

Street Art