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About Intelligent Travel

Cultural, Authentic & Sustainable: This is your brain on travel. We showcase the essence of place, what's unique and original, and what locals cherish most about where they live. And we highlight places, practices, and people that are on the front lines of sustainable travel--travel that preserves places' essential uniqueness for future generations.

Our mission is rooted in what the National Geographic Society stands for: inspiring people to care about the planet. Traveler and Intelligent Travel also want you to experience and enjoy the planet. We want to help you journey with greater sensitivity to the impact your trip has on a place and its inhabitants.

Sometimes we celebrate, sometimes we criticize. But we always try to heighten awareness about what's really important about travel: finding great places, experiencing them fully, and leaving them no worse for your visit.

Email: intelligenttravel at ngs dot org

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.

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…

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.

Just Back: Santiago, Chile

National Geographic Traveler associate editor Susan O’Keefe always thought of Santiago, Chile, as a prelude to skiing in the Andes or hiking through Patagonia. But on a recent trip she was taken in by the city’s grand colonial architecture, wide boulevards, and charming neighborhoods. Here are some of the high points of Susan’s trip, in her own words.

World Calendar: Must-Attend July Events

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in July.

Big Cities, Great Escapes

When it’s just too darn hot, these are the go-to getaways for city dwellers around the world.

Vacation Like a Beach Boy

Tides have come and gone since the Beach Boys formed in 1961. But Brian Wilson, architect of the band’s signature sound, endures. So crank up “California Girls” (50 years old in 2015) and explore the Pacific coastal stretch from Los Angeles to Del Mar in the barefoot steps of the quintessential boys of summer.

Lopez Island by Bike

Lopez Island’s position in the rain shadow (that’s Pacific Northwest-speak for sunnier than Seattle), relatively flat terrain, and a rep for friendly locals—yes, they’re waving at you, perfect stranger—make it ideal for cycling. So ditch the car on the mainland, hop a ferry or seaplane, and take a spin on two wheels. Here’s how to do it.

Celebrate the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge

Stonehenge has long drawn pilgrims on sacred days. A recently opened visitors center has transformed the tradition for the summer solstice (on June 21 this year, though the date varies). It’s one of the few occasions when people are allowed to stand inside the circle.

Just Back: Napa Valley

Navigating California’s Napa Valley and its profusion of fine restaurants and upper-crust wineries can be intimidating. Thankfully, National Geographic’s Andrew Coleman (on Instagram @awc007) is a repeat visitor to the oenophile wonderland and can offer fresh insight gleaned from his latest tour. Here are some of the high points of Andrew’s trip, in his own words.

Great Family Trips: Mammoth Lakes

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 California itinerary is all relative.

@NatGeoTravel Twitter Chat: Photo Tips

Calling all photography enthusiasts: Join @NatGeoTravel this Thursday, June 18, at 1 p.m. ET for a Twitter chat with National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson.