10 Great Pleasure Hikes in the U.S.A.

Hiking is one outdoor activity that just about anyone old enough to walk can enjoy. Some trails, however, are more challenging than others. If you’re new to the world of hiking—or are a seasoned pro hoping to introduce the younger generation to the joys of walking in the woods—here are ten great places to start, from Florida to Washington State.

Hot and Cold in Minneapolis

There’s plenty to do in this Twin City, no matter the forecast.

Three American Cities Made for Running

These three urban enclaves offer above-average options for anyone who enjoys running in the great outdoors.

10 Great Science Museums in the U.S.A.

The average family doesn’t have high-powered microscopes or walk-in kaleidoscopes at home. Lucky for us, top science museums make such world-class resources—as well as educators who know how to break down abstract concepts in a way that everyone (even parents) can understand—available to the public. Here are ten spot-on science museums in cities across the United States.

Pacific Treasure: Pitcairn Islands

A remote archipelago in the Pacific Ocean anchors the world’s largest contiguous marine reserve.

10 Great Halloween Celebrations in the U.S.

Rather than fade into the history books, Halloween has only gained in popularity in the United States. Communities across the country mark the occasion with spirited parades, elaborate costumes, haunted tours, and other ghoulish rituals. From Hawaii to Delaware, these top celebrations will get the whole family into the spirit.

Britain’s Red Phone Booths Get Second Life

The United Kingdom’s signature red phone booths are still in demand, but not just for calls anymore.

Road Tripping Provence

Want to kick the family road trip up a notch? Head to southern France.

A Guide to Kid-Friendly Tokyo

National Geographic Traveler columnist Heather Greenwood Davis is the magazine’s family travel advocate, guru, and soothsayer. Here’s her guide to kid-friendly Tokyo, Japan.

Twitter Chat: How Travel Transforms Us

What would you do with one more day off? Join National Geographic’s resident family travel guru Heather Greenwood Davis (@greenwooddavis) for our monthly Twitter chat next Wednesday, July 15.

River Cruising With Kids: Three Reasons to Go

A river ship doesn’t have the climbing walls, play zones, or indoor skydiving activities that filigree ocean-going ships, which isn’t surprising, given that the median age on a river cruise ship is 55. So what was my young daughter doing sailing the Rhine one recent spring afternoon? Playing shuffleboard on the sun deck. And having a great time.

In Praise of the Imperfect Photograph

We take photography for granted now. We snap away on our cellphones and sort through them by the dozens, deleting the ones that aren’t worthy of a 16×9 canvas. We filter, crop, and manipulate, but in doing so it occurs to me that we are losing something.