Twitter Chat: Best Winter Trips

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and that means one thing: planning your holiday and winter travels. Get the scoop on the best places to visit this season—and weigh in with your own tips and plans—by joining @NatGeoTravel for our next Twitter chat, on Thursday, December 3.

My City: Mickey Rapkin’s L.A.

I came to think of Los Angeles as the magic place—a city where beautiful people from our movie screens and television sets ran wild. Or at least ran errands. There was Marisa Tomei at the Echo Park Craft Fair on a Saturday morning. There was “Sulu” from the new Star Trek films weightlifting at my…

How to Get Lost On Purpose

For every city you’ve heard about, there’s another waiting for you to discover it; but in a sea full of travel deals and Must-See lists, it can be difficult to discover the smaller destination fish. So how do you find those spots that will wow you without risking a vacation where you come back disappointed? You prepare yourself to get lost. Here are five tips to help you on your way.

National Treasures: America’s Best Idea

More than 400 sites make up the U.S. National Park Service, which celebrates its 100th birthday in 2016. But here’s what just might be overshadowed in the hubbub: the parks themselves, particularly the lesser known ones. A new National Geographic book pays homage to them all.

Mendoza’s Malbec Magic

Mendoza lies in the heart of Argentina’s wine country, a vast, lush land of grapevines stretching into the shadows of the majestic Andes. Here’s why you should book your ticket there now, when wine harvest festivals are in full swing.

I Heart My City: Sabina’s Baku, Azerbaijan

“The world should heart my city because Baku embraces Jewish communities, Orthodox and [Roman] Catholic churches, [and] international visitors,” local Sabina Yadullayeva says, “while being a modern Muslim city where the East meets the West.” Here are a few of her favorite things about the Azerbaijani capital she’s proud to call home.

Why Locals Love Fort Worth

Eager to uncover authentic Fort Worth, I embarked on my visit by enlisting in-the-know residents as my guides to the best in what to do, see, and eat. Here’s what locals love about the cowboys-and-culture city they proudly call home.

On Location: Five Scene-Stealing ‘Star Wars’ Sets

They may not be in a galaxy far, far away, but exotic locales such as the soaring sand dunes of Abu Dhabi and Iceland’s bubbling calderas help give Star Wars: The Force Awakens—which hits theaters in December—an otherworldly spirit similar to the original trilogy’s.

Ten Ways to Go Local in Bulgaria

As Andrew Nelson writes in a recent feature story he wrote for Traveler magazine, Bulgaria is a whirlpool of civilizations. “Everyone, it seems, has come [here]. The Thracians, with their gold. Rome, with its legions. The Asiatic Bulgars, the country’s namesake. Also Huns, Slavs, Jews, Turks, with their many traditions.” Here are ten ways to do like the locals do in this Balkan beauty.

Your Shot of the Month: Brazil’s Salto Corumbá

This long-exposure image of Salto Corumbá, a breathtaking waterfall located near the geographic center of Brazil, represents the first-ever member-submitted magazine cover in National Geographic history. Victor Lima’s winning photograph was one of more than 34,000 entries to a Your Shot assignment calling on members to submit photos of their “best place” to correspond with Traveler’s flagship “Best of the World” feature. Here’s a look at the stunning winning image, and the man who captured it.

10 Foodie Favorites in Fort Worth

Texas sibling cities Dallas and Fort Worth, known collectively as DFW, are connected by broad highways. Smaller Fort Worth, located approximately 30 miles west of “the big D,” is for-locals-by-locals, genuinely friendly, and not too worried about what other people think. These quirks are evident in the city’s culinary offerings, as well. Here are ten foodie favorites worth traveling for.

Brilliant: Top Ten Yorkshire Experiences

From the North York Moors to the wild east coast of northern England, Yorkshire offers some of the most dramatic landscapes in the British Isles. Here are the top 10 things to experience in this historic county.