Europe’s Rising Star: Bordeaux

Visitors once just glanced over this UNESCO-listed city’s stately 18th-century squares and harmonious architecture before heading out of town. Now there are plenty of reasons to linger in Bordeaux.

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.

I Heart My City: Sandra’s Lisbon

Sandra Henriques Gajjar, founder of the Tripper cultural travel blog and author of the Lisbon Travel Guide for Urban Explorers, may have been born and raised in the Azores (one of Portugal’s two autonomous regions), but she has spent most of her life in Lisbon. Here’s her insider guide to the Portuguese capital.

Just Back: Queenstown, New Zealand

National Geographic Creative photographer Jill Schneider (on Instagram @jillhsphotography) teaches travel photography to high school students as a National Geographic Student Expeditions trip leader. She recently returned from Queenstown, a resort town on New Zealand’s South Island known as the “Adventure Capital of the World.” Here are some of the highlights from Jill’s trip, in her own words: Biggest selling…

Travels on the Run: Carmel-by-the-Sea

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.

Italy Beyond the Bucket List

You’ve gondola-ed Venice, climbed the hills of Rome, bicycled Tuscany, shopped Milan, art-walked Florence—that’s pretty much it for Italy, right? Not by a long shot. Just look at the map. Italy’s a boot, not a shoe, and there are lots of treasures to be discovered down around the ankle and heel, in Southern Italy. Here’s a look at five bucket-list worthy destinations in the regions of Basilicata, Puglia, and Campania.

8 Adventures in Wonderland

Don’t just see the world, seize it. From swimming with whale sharks in Baja California to horseback riding across Mongolia, these eight wild adventures turn vacations into calls to action.

Australia’s Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is one of the only scenic drives in the world that can claim a mix of rugged scenery, some of Earth’s tallest trees, sea stacks of towering rock, and surfers. But marsupial wildlife as prebreakfast comic relief? Well played, Australia.

Just Back: Burgundy

Senior Travel Books Editor Barbara A. Noe visited the Burgundy region of France as part of research for the upcoming National Geographic book “Romantic Journeys of a Lifetime.” Here are some of the high points of her trip, in her own words.

I Heart My City (in the Fall)

Autumn is kicking into full swing (for the northern half of the world, at least), so we thought we’d celebrate the season with a special edition of I Heart My City. Here are 20 fall must-dos from I Heart contributors in 20 cities around the world.

I Heart My Island: Grenada

Jadine Hinds has been free diving and spear fishing in the waters surrounding Grenada since she was seven years old. These days the native islander indulges her love of the ocean as a PADI dive master, but that doesn’t mean her enthusiasm for the Caribbean destination she calls home is confined to the aquatic. She has plenty of land-based intel to share. Here’s a look at the “Island of Spice” through Jadine’s local lens.

I Heart My City: Laura’s Barcelona

For local tour guide Laura Coch, Barcelona has it all: “This city has a bit of everything,” she says. “Great weather, history, culture, food, architecture, and shopping; the sea and the mountains; and, of course, very nice people.” Here are a few of her favorite things about the place she’s proud to call home.