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Finding Peace in 21st-Century Kyoto

When travelers arrive in Kyoto for the first time, they often are confused and disappointed. Expecting a place that exudes timeless elegance and peace, they instead find a thoroughly modern city of traffic-clogged streets and blocky concrete buildings. Looking at their faces, you know what they’re thinking, “Where’s Kyoto?”

River Cruising With Kids: Three Reasons to Go

A river ship doesn’t have the climbing walls, play zones, or indoor skydiving activities that filigree ocean-going ships. Which isn’t surprising given that the median age on a river cruise ship is 55. So what was a nine-year-old doing sailing the Rhine one recent spring afternoon? Playing shuffleboard on the sun deck. And having a great time.

Vintage Florida: St. Petersburg

Sunscreen? What’s that? These 1929 barefoot beach lovers, a pick from the National Geographic Society archives, smile at an old-school tanning booth (or solarium) in St. Petersburg, Florida, taking full advantage of the Sunshine State’s most abundant natural resource. As if the ladies needed any help. The Gulf Coast city boasts an average of some 361 days…

Just Back: Isle of Man

Nat Geo travel books editor Larry Porges crossed a destination off his bucket list this summer when he traveled to the Isle of Man, located smack-dab between the islands of Ireland and Great Britain in the middle of the Irish Sea. The co-author of the “London Book of Lists” has had a long fascination with the self-governing British Crown dependency and its Celtic, English, and Viking roots. Here’s why.

The Local Beat in Buenos Aires

Argentina’s debonair capital hums round the clock, from morning coffee to late night tango. Here’s an inside look at what to do, eat, and buy in the city.

Reader Recs: Long Weekend Getaways

It can be difficult to find time for a long trip, but that shouldn’t keep you from exploring the world. Take a break from reality (and an excuse to use up one of those vacation days) with a three-day getaway. Here are a few suggestions from our Nat Geo Travel Facebook fans to inspire your weekend wanderlust.

Your Shot Photo of the Month: Freeze Frame

Want National Geographic to highlight your photograph? Join our Your Shot community and participate in upcoming hashtag challenges for a chance to appear in “Traveler” magazine and Intelligent Travel.

Travels on the Run: Marseille

For National Geographic Books Senior Editor Barbara A. Noe, going on a run is the best way to get oriented in a new city, and a great way to take in the sights. So lace up your sneaks and read on to get Barbara’s tips on where to run in some of the world’s greatest places—and what to see along the way.

American Glamping: Three Great Finds

Lodge in nature without sacrificing comfort. > Treehouse Point B&B (Fall City, Washington) Backdrop: The western foothills of the Cascade Mountains, beside the Raging River. Best for: Couples seeking lofty hideaways and Wi-Fi–free nights. Creature comforts: Six hand-built wooden tree houses with quilt-covered beds, large windows, and porches; breakfast of eggs, homemade granola, breads, and fresh…

I Heart My City: Peggy’s Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach native Peggy Sijswerda can remember when her hometown was a sleepy little city covered in cornfields. Today, acting as editor and publisher of two regional magazines keeps Peggy more than busy, but she still makes time to enjoy all this coastal gem has to offer—”amazing history, beaches, boating, swimming, and seriously tasty seafood” chief among them. Here are a few of her favorite things about the city she’s proud to call home.

Video: The Best of Quebec City

Fresh from being on assignment in Quebec City, I thought I’d make a list of some of my favorite finds. I also realize that while I had a full week to explore the city, not everyone is blessed with that much time. That’s why I put together a video itinerary outlining my idea of the perfect day in the French Canadian cultural capital.

The Movie Geek’s Guide to Wellington

The landscapes of New Zealand’s North Island hold cinematic cachet. “The Piano” starred a black-sand surf beach in Auckland’s Waitakere Ranges; Kiwi Andrew Adamson transformed nearby Woodhill Forest into a witch’s camp in “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe;” and Hollywood tapped Mount Taranaki in “The Last Samurai.” But when time is limited, Wellington provides ample sites, lore, and glimpses behind the scenes of a robust local film industry. Here’s a brief guide to the hot spots movie nerds should hit in the Kiwi capital.