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National parks are like poems: arguably superfluous but in reality vital to humanity. Celebrate National Park Week (April 19 to 27) by visiting one near you.

In Amsterdam, paint the town orange for King’s Day—when the whole city turns out to toast the lord of the land.

After a fiery controversy over hot pepper fumes in 2013, the Huy Fong Sriracha factory, located 30 minutes outside of Los Angeles, cleaned up its act—as well as its air—and now fuels the condiment’s cult status with facility tours.

With the possible exception of fares, no aspect of air travel is more misunderstood than the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint. Christopher Elliott, Nat Geo Travel’s consumer advocacy guru and author of “How to Be the World’s Smartest Traveler,” busts the most common myths.

#NGTRadar: Travel Lately

Travel Lately—a roundup of the best new dispatches from the travel blogosphere—is a regular feature on Intelligent Travel every other Wednesday. You can play, too. Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTravel and tag your favorite travel stories #NGTRadar to help us find the crème de la crème on the Web.

After more than a decade of welcoming visitors to Las Vegas as a convention planner, you might think Jen Lee would tire of talking up her hometown. Not so. “There are always sights and experiences to explore and rediscover,” she says. Here are a few of her favorite things about Nevada’s city that never sleeps.

Over a decade ago, the film “Under the Tuscan Sun” tossed Italy’s Maremma region into the global tourism spotlight. For today’s thoughtful travelers, this fertile region offers authenticity and nature on a grand scale best sampled in spring, when the days are warm, the nights are cool, and the land is bursting with life renewed.

A northern extension of the Appalachian range, the White Mountains attract visitors with the highest and windiest peak in the Northeast—Mount Washington—and the oldest network of high-altitude huts in the nation.

Do you love America’s national parks? Join @NatGeoTravel this Friday, April 17, at 2 p.m. EDT for a Twitter chat with U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel and Nat Geo’s own parks guru, John Francis.

When you’re celebrating your tenth wedding anniversary, not every destination will do. Nat Geo’s director of digital marketing, Jennifer Wallace, and her husband were looking for “a truly amazing spring skiing destination” and they found it in Zermatt, Switzerland. Here are a few highlights from her trip, in her own words.

Looking for some travel inspiration? Our travel writing guru Don George sounds off on the latest and greatest #TripLit titles that will transport you from Laos to post-Soviet Europe.

At the end of the 20th century and in the wake of the Rwandan Civil War, a country lay dying, and people the world over wondered how Rwanda would or could recover, let alone welcome tourists again. But Praveen Moman did the unthinkable: He founded a safari company and invited Westerners to come.

Truth is stranger than fiction. Here are five travel factoids to help prove it.

The family vacation, like the concept of family itself, has evolved. Kids are traveling with grandma or a single parent or an indulgent uncle (or all three). However you define your kin, this Yucatán itinerary is all relative.

For 25 years, NASA’s orbiting Hubble telescope has beamed mesmerizing images of our universe. But Earth dwellers can get stellar celestial views, too. Here are three trip-worthy dark-sky havens in the United States.

Though Athens seems to live in the shadow of its long history, Dimitris Hall is on a mission to suss out city surprises, both new and old. Luckily for us, as he digs up new discoveries, he shares them with the world on the Spotted by Locals blog. Here are a few of his favorite things about the place he calls home.

The National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest has officially begun! The magazine will be awarding incredible prizes, so don’t miss your chance to win. Enter today > This year, we’re joining forces with Your Shot, Nat Geo’s award-winning photo-sharing community, to make the contest even more interactive. Check back to see if your photo is featured in one of our contest galleries,…

From fat farms to transformational centers, these three classic North American spas are coming of age. Here’s why. > Rancho La Puerta (Tecate, Mexico)  Claim to fame: Located just south of Mexico’s border with the United States and turning 75 in June, it’s North America’s oldest destination spa. Then: “$17.50 a week, bring your own tent.” Burt Lancaster…

Travel photographer and writer Erika Skogg (on Instagram @ErikaSkogg) spends most of the year guiding students on photography trips with National Geographic Expeditions. She recently returned from a journey through Peru, a trip she has been lucky enough to have done many times before, including a lengthy stop in Cusco. Here are some of the high points of her trip, in her own words.

More than 1,000 prehistoric paintings dot the newly inducted UNESCO site of Grotte Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc in southeastern France—and you will never see them because the landmark closed indefinitely to protect its 30,000-year-old artworks. But there’s another way to see some of the oldest cave paintings in the world.

Has the age of flying green arrived? Not quite.

Taken from National Geographic’s archives, this unpublished 1943 photo of a crowded streetcar in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, makes all other commutes look like a joyride.

Simple, yet with a strong sense of place. That’s what stood out about this image of Tibet’s historic Tashilhunpo Monastery that was submitted to Your Shot, National Geographic’s online photo community.

Nat Geo Travel associate producer Rebecca Davis recently returned from a trip to Ann Arbor, Michigan. What was intended to be a whirlwind visit with her newly transplanted sister quickly became a colorful culinary tour around one of the most charming college towns in America. Here are some of the high points of Becky’s trip in her own…

National Geographic Traveler editor at large Christopher Elliott is the magazine’s consumer advocate and ombudsman. Over the past 15 years he has helped countless readers fix their trips. Here’s his latest advice.