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I Heart My Hometown: #PostcardProject

National Geographic Traveler features editor Amy Alipio recently asked our readers to weigh in on whether they thought the postcard was obsolete. The response was astounding. Seems the postcard isn’t the dying art (and travel tradition) we feared it was. In the past three months (and with a little help from the Postcrossing.com community), hundreds of rectangle-shaped missives—from Shanghai to Sheboygan—have flooded into Nat…

8 Under-the-Radar European Islands

Europe presents many reasons to hop off the storied continent.

Travels on the Run: Washington, D.C.

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.

Victoria Falls for Dummies

Victoria Falls is on almost everyone’s bucket list, but few people quite know the best way to experience it. On a recent trip to southern Africa, I saw it from every which way, so you don’t have to.

Local Favorites: Portland Microbreweries

Microbreweries are the antidote to every anemic, unsatisfying generic beer you’ve ever tasted. With a focus on quality and flavor, craft beer makers keep brewing traditions alive while constantly innovating and experimenting in their quest for the perfect taste. Portland, Oregon, is the epicenter of an American craft beer revolution, which began to take off…

World Calendar: Must-Attend Events in August

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 August.

Five Places to Celebrate Van Gogh’s Legacy

Want to observe the 125th anniversary of Vincent van Gogh’s untimely death? Here are five unusual places to experience the Postimpressionist painter’s legacy—minus the absinthe.

I Heart My City: He Said/She Said Denver

Kristin and Allen may have grown up in different states (she hails from the Chicago suburbs and he’s a native of Cincinnati, Ohio), but they adopted the same city as young adults: Denver. That’s where they met and had their first date (at iconic Denver diner Steuben’s). Now newlyweds who have been married for just over a year, the couple shares their unique he-said, she-said take on what to see and do in the Colorado capital they call home.

Choose Your Own Adventure: Machu Picchu

When I decided to visit Machu Picchu, I was so focused on getting to Peru that I kept delaying another important decision: Which route would I take to access the sacred site?

Shaolin Summer: In Search of Confucius

Their home life under stress, a mother and daughter find redemption—at a Chinese school for warriors.

A Local’s Guide to Saratoga Springs

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.

Peak Perfection: East Tyrol, Austria

Stressed with everyday life? Then follow the Austrian locals to the Virgental valley for some healthy, exhilarating, and relaxing hiking.