National Geographic Emerging Explorer Krithi Karanth may be diminutive, but her impact has been epic. Hear more about how this native daughter is revolutionizing India’s approach to wildlife conservation and get the inside scoop on her favorite place in the world–in her own words.
When New York City puts on its holiday charm, even the grumps among us can’t help but be enchanted. There’s just something about twinkly lights, sweet treats, and whiffs of roasted chestnuts that is universally appealing. Here’s my custom itinerary for a festive holiday crawl that will take you from Greenwich Village all the way to Central Park.
Landlocked, hidden behind the empty steppes of Kazakhstan and western China, and guarded by the dizzying peaks of the Tien Shan and Pamir ranges, Kyrgyzstan backs up its enigmatic reputation with formidable geography. But lately the nation’s veil has begun to lift. Here’s why this Central Asian country–whose allure is Silk Road heritage, not urban grandeur–is ready for take off.
In a city where more than half the residents commute by bike, cycling is a way to feel like a local. But before joining the estimated 40,000 cyclists who cross Queen Louise’s Bridge each day, review a few rules of the road. (And find out where you should stay and eat while you’re there, too.)
Caroline Eubanks has lived everywhere from Charleston to Sydney, but continually finds herself drawn back to her place of origin: Atlanta, Georgia. She shares her hometown pride on her blogs “Caroline in the City” and “This Is My South” and now she’s sharing some of her hard-won insider secrets with the Intelligent Travel community.
For Nat Geo Travel 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.
Marco Polo observed early versions of dogsledding during his travels through Asia in the 13th century. Today, the activity endures as an ideal way to experience untouched winter landscapes. Start planning your first dogsledding–or skijoring–adventure with these quick tips from National Geographic Young Explorer Sarah McNair-Landry.
Pervaded by a spirit of creativity, Nantes has dreamed up a range of resourceful ideas—from mechanical elephants and art walks to a 15th-century castle turned history museum and a warehouse converted into a hammam.
South Carolina’s Charleston offers a kid-pleasing combination of history and fun. Here’s a look at four ways to enjoy some quality family time in this charming Southern city.
Million-dollar art, imaginative hotels, and top chefs.
Laura Jankjewitz is a full-time engineering student with a passion for Asian culture–she’s even learning Chinese in hopes of studying abroad one day. But in the meantime, here are some of Laura’s favorite things about her home town, Stuttgart, Germany.
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 December.
Miami has a certain rep: the party vibe, the heat, the pricey booze. But the city Hannah Sampson of the Miami Herald likes to show off—the one that makes this tourist mecca a hometown—charms with quiet parks, cultural gems, Latin flair, and, of course, gorgeous water views. Here’s Hannah’s guide to the chill side of Miami.
I’ve always wanted to give mountain climbing a try. But then I’d start thinking about how risky it was, and how much suffering seemed to go with the sport. There was always a reason to put it off. But when my eldest son became old enough to start looking at colleges, I realized that this was the perfect chance to try something new together. And what better place to give it a go than Grand Teton?
Quick tips about how to get started on the Appalachian Trail from Jennifer Pharr Davis, who holds the speed record (46 days, 11 hours, and 20 minutes) for through-hiking the American treasure.
We asked our readers to fill us in on what we missed in our latest and greatest online feature, “Canada’s 50 Places of a Lifetime.” We received hundreds of submissions full of natural wonders, eclectic cityscapes, and scenic retreats. Here are ten destinations that our editors agree are worthy of an honorable mention (and a visit).
This year Slovakia’s second largest city steps out of the shadows as Europe’s eastern Capital of Culture while also feting 20 years of Slovak independence. See what’s happening in this up-and-coming hotspot.
I found myself in the Canadian countryside for the first time, poised to have a deeper, more authentic Québécois experience in the French-speaking Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region. Don’t worry if you don’t speak French; a love of nature seems to be a universal language there.
Seven score and ten years after President Lincoln delivered one of the greatest speeches in American history, Gettysburg thrives on a folksy combination of winsome landscapes and rural panache. Here’s a local’s guide to the “most famous small town in America” — both on and off the battlefield.
My family and I decided to go on a last minute trip at the end of this summer, and North Carolina met our criteria of minimal crowds and no flying. We drove south from NYC to the Outer Banks, then headed west all the way to the Appalachian Mountains. There, we found the highlight of our trip: Pisgah National Forest. Here’s why this wooded paradise provided the perfect backdrop to a classic family adventure.
Sofia native Ana Blagova spends her time running a small non-profit dedicated to promoting art in urban spaces and sharing her insider insight with the world as a Spotted By Locals contributor. Bulgaria’s capital city has been attracting more visitors each year, a trend Ana welcomes. As she says: “The more people, the more fun.” Here are some of Ana’s favorite things about her hometown.
In France’s Beaujolais, you’ll find an intoxicating blend of warmth and welcome, but, as writer Bruce Schoenfeld warns, “Don’t expect hospitality directors or gift shops at the wineries you visit.” Here’s an insider’s take on how to get the most out of your time in this delightful region.
Planning a family trip to the City by the Bay in the near future? Here’s a short-list of kid-friendly places and experiences in San Francisco.
For a relatively small city, Tel Aviv can sometimes feel like an overwhelming place, crowded with choices. The best way to get to know it is to focus on the small, independent places.