Andrew Nelson

of National Geographic Traveler

Andrew Nelson is a contributing editor at National Geographic Traveler magazine based in New Orleans. Follow his adventures in wanderlust on Twitter @andrewnelson.

10 Reasons to Love Downtown Dallas

Fifteen years ago, the initial in Dallas’s nickname—the Big D—stood for “Deserted.” After 5 p.m., office workers fled the downtown made famous by J.R. Ewing and his oil-pumping clan, leaving nary a soul among its high rises and freeways. Today J.R.’s iconic Dallas Stetson rests in Downtown‘s Old Red Museum, while hundreds of restaurants and a sparkling array of cultural…

Beyond the Quarter: The Perfect Day in New Orleans

The 21st century granted two of New Orleans’ historic 19th-century working-class neighborhoods a new lease on life: Faubourg Marigny and Bywater. Here, your guide to spending the perfect day in these downriver treasures.

Old Landmarks, New Life in Classic New Orleans

A decade after Hurricane Katrina, a new energy radiates from the Crescent City. Yet old standbys continue to bring a welcome sense of continuity and tradition to the heart of New Orleans. Here’s a look at what’s changed for the better and what happily remains the same in three classic NOLA neighborhoods.

 The New New Orleans

When Hurricane Katrina crashed through New Orleans’ man-made levees in 2005, critics and cynics alike predicted The End of the famously overexuberant city. But the locals dug out, rebuilt, and preserved, attracting a wave of newcomers who are helping propel the Crescent City to new creative heights. Here’s a guide to the new NOLA, and the people who make it shine.

Throwback Travel: Maine’s Lobster Kitsch

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Summer, 1952. Beauty contestants on the rock-ribbed Maine coast claw their way through a five-year-old summer celebration, the Rockland Lobster Festival. The combination of innocent self-promotion and melted butter seems just right for New England’s “Vacationland”—a slogan stamped on Maine’s license plates since 1936. The feast—now the Maine Lobster Festival—still draws thousands of fans each year. Here’s a brief look at the famous fete through a throwback lens.

A Local’s Guide to Saratoga Springs

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New York’s Spa City is no stranger to strangers. Saratoga Springs has welcomed visitors for three centuries, ever since the Algonquian people settled the area and the British erected a fort there at the end of the 17th century on the Hudson River’s western bank. Here’s how to make the most of your time in this stately summer stunner.

Off to the Races: Summer in Saratoga

New York’s horserace haven doesn’t gamble with change—it embraces tradition with giant hats and gin and tonics.

Throwback Travel: Camogli, Italy

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Summer, 1939. The sun shines on beachgoers in Camogli, an anchovy-shaped fishing port on the Italian Riviera located just southeast of Genoa. Less than a year later, Italy declared war on the Allies and invaded France. “The hand that held the dagger has struck it into the back of its neighbor,” President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously said of Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini’s decision. Several summers would pass before a day at the beach would again be a peaceful one.

Great Family Trips: New Orleans

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 Southern itinerary is all relative.

Throwback Travel: Yellowstone National Park

A look at the world’s first national park through a throwback travel lens.

Throwback Travel: New Orleans

Canal Street, 1952. Golden-age New Orleans. With roughly 600,000 residents, the city counted itself an urban heavyweight, and its grand boulevard reflected its muscle. Plotted as a shipping channel following the 1803 Louisiana Purchase, Canal Street held water in name only, becoming the demarcation line between the French Vieux Carré and New Orleans’s growing Anglophone neighborhoods. Part Times Square, part…

Throwback Travel: Sledding in Central Park

The time this photo of sledders in Central Park hit newsstands in National Geographic magazine: December 1960. Meanwhile, on Broadway, audiences applaud the new Lerner and Loewe musical Camelot, and newly elected John F. Kennedy prepares to assume the American presidency. Here are a few other interesting intersections.