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Florida’s Secret Manatee Retreat

Spot rare, gentle manatees at play on their annual winter vacation in Florida’s Blue Spring State Park.

Stargazing in Europe’s First Dark-Sky Preserve

Watch stars glitter and meteors blaze against the black canvas of Europe’s first dark-sky preserve.

Ten Ways to Go Local in Greenville

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As Katie Knorovsky pointed out in a feature she wrote for Traveler magazine, the citizens of Greenville, in the northwest corner of South Carolina, are working hard to make Greenville “the most beautiful and livable city in America.” Here are ten ways to do like the locals do in this Southern belle.

The Best of Intelligent Travel

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We publish new articles and stories all the time on Intelligent Travel, but there are a few that really got your attention last year. In case you missed them, here are the 15 most popular posts of 2015.

I Heart My City: Camilla’s Versailles

British national Camilla Gash (on Instagram @summerisntover) was infected with the global travel bug at an early age, having spent time in America, England, Cyprus, Sri Lanka, and Ghana during her adolescent years. Now a student of French at the University of Bristol, Camilla recently spent a year in Versailles—a city she describes “a magical and majestic place that combines history, beauty, and…

Travel Lens: Don George’s World

From climbing Kilimanjaro and contemplating the magic of Uluru to exploring the jungles of Cambodia and the backcountry temples of Shikoku, legendary travel writer and editor Don George has seen the better part of our planet. Here’s a look at the world and all that’s in it through his unique lens.

Australia’s Coolest Wine Region: Yarra Valley

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Australia’s Yarra Valley, about an hour’s drive northeast of Melbourne, is famous for its cool-climate varietals and features everything you might want in a wine region: generously poured glasses, farm-to-table meals, and gorgeous vistas that seem to go on without end.

Upon the Beach in Sunny Mozambique

A son embarks on a wistful voyage of discovery to far isles where his parents honeymooned.

France’s Truffle Hunting Capital: Périgord

Search alongside experts, both human and animal, for precious, perfumed truffles in France’s earthy, secretive southwestern corner.

@NatGeoTravel Staff Bucket List: 2016

The staff at National Geographic Travel is continually criss-crossing the globe to uncover the best and the brightest places, but we have travel wish lists just like everyone else. Here’s where we want to go in 2016 and why.

China’s Magical World of Ice and Snow

Wander among glittering castles and pagodas at the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival, which takes place in January and February. The residents of China’s most northeastern province, bordering Siberian Russia, brighten the long, harsh winter by carving fantastical sculptures from blocks of ice pulled from the Songhua River to create a frigid fairyland of epic proportions.

Where to See the Smallest Penguins on Earth

Given the popularity of the nightly penguin parade on Phillip Island, about a two-hour drive southeast of Melbourne, I was worried about a theme-park vibe. But when I saw the first group of penguins come waddling out of the ocean, determined and adorable, I drew a giddy breath. It was just plain awesome.