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Throwback Travel: Budapest’s Bathing Beauty

Geothermal and glorious, Budapest’s Gellért Baths opened in 1918, the year that marked the end of World War I and the Austro-Hungarian Empire’s collapse. Here are a few memorable takeaways from the soak of a century.

Join @NatGeoTravel this Thursday for a live Twitter chat with Traveler features editor Amy Alipio (@amytravels), who will be revealing the magazine’s much anticipated Best of the World list for the first time. Find out National Geographic’s take on the 20 must-visit destinations of 2015—and add your own two cents about where travelers should set their sights in the new year by using #BestoftheWorld.

Louisiana, Three Ways: Atchafalaya Swamp

I’m in Killer Poboys to meet with Charles Chamberlain, a Ph.D. in American history and local History Man. Ten years a historian at the Louisiana State Museum before setting up his own company, Historia, to provide outsiders with insights into the Pelican State, Chamberlain knows Louisiana. He’s just the guy, I figure, to explain why Louisiana is so different, even a…

Louisiana, Three Ways: Creole Country

The river town of Natchitoches dates back to 1714, when French traders paddling up the Red River from the Mississippi put down roots here, making it the oldest permanent settlement in the entire 828,000-square-mile Louisiana Purchase. It immediately impresses me as a downsize version of New Orleans’ Royal Street, with its filigreed iron balconies, antiques stores, and art galleries.

Louisiana, Three Ways: NOLA

Homegrown, unique, and thoroughly wonderful, Louisiana has a character all its own. “[It] is another country,” local historian Charles Chamberlain says. “But you better see it soon; who knows how long it’s going to last.” By the time Thomas Jefferson bought the land from Napoleon in that 1803 geopolitical fire sale, he explains, this French colony was well populated with French and Spanish immigrants, refugees from Haiti, and Congolese slaves, all of whom had seeded the land with their cultures, foods, and traditions. Here’s a look at New Orleans.

The Icon: Egypt’s Great Sphinx

The crouching lion with a man’s head was ancient when Cleopatra gazed upon it in 47 B.C. It retains its allure to the powerful, as world leaders from Napoleon to Barack Obama have trekked to Giza to contemplate the same view that captivated the queen of the Nile.

NOLA Like a Local

“Eat Local” may be a national trend, but in steamy, dreamy New Orleans the focus is on local living. The Crescent City is fiercely devoted to its homegrown traditions–be they culinary, musical, cultural, or otherwise. Though some of our habits and haunts–like gumbo, go-cups, and the French Quarter–are famous the world over, others remain a bit more elusive to visitors. Here are just a few of them.

Ohio’s city of seven hills is on the way up. New riverfront parks and neighborhood comebacks are revitalizing Cincinnati’s urban core—a mix of industrial grit and Victorian ornamentation that wags call “sauerbraten Gothic.”

Michelangelo’s frescoes, painted in bright colors to be visible from the floor, took four years, tormenting the artist, who penned a poem complaining of his aching spine. Completing the ceiling in 1512, he returned 24 years later to paint the “Last Judgment” on the altar wall. Here are a few more fun facts about this High Renaissance masterpiece.

The Icon: Mount Rushmore

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Mount Rushmore was conceived in the early 1920s by historian Doane Robinson to draw tourists to South Dakota. Today, nearly three million visitors come each year to ogle the massive busts, each as tall as a six-story building. Here are some fun facts about the national masterpiece.

The billowing Sydney Opera House was a gamble when it started. Literally. Costs were estimated at $7 million, but the building’s final price tag came to $102 million. And the construction, estimated to take four years when it began in 1959, took 14. Read on for more fun facts about this iconic concert hall.

Curious about Cuba? This issue’s cover story, written by James Vlahos, will satisfy your craving by taking you deep inside this Caribbean hot spot and the salsa music (and dancing!) that has helped define its unique flavor over the years. Also in this issue: Far from flagging, Andrew Nelson shows how Detroit is motorin’ into…

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Staffers Krista Rossow and Susanne Hackett are in New Orleans with writer Andrew Nelson this week. Below they check in with us bright and early on Mardi Gras morning. It’s Mardi Gras in New Orleans this morning and the city is awaking to clear skies and King Cake, the iconic, high-sugar carb cake that fuels…

Andy Tweets Miami: Success!

Opting to spend this past weekend in Miami as a Thanksgiving-day orphan, our writer Andrew Nelson thrust himself upon the city’s Twitter-savvy classes to help him get around. The result? A resounding success, as witnessed by this camera-phone pic of this impromptu Tweet-up at Scotty’s Landing in Coconut Grove. Andrew was very lucky to find…

While the bulk of us will be lounging around in pj’s, basting in post-turkey tryptophan-induced lethargy, our intrepid travel writer Andrew Nelson will be hitting the streets of Miami armed only with his BlackBerry. Andrew’s plan is to rely on the Twitterverse to help him navigate the city this weekend, so it’s up to you…

Update from Far West Texas

Contributing Editor Andrew Nelson is back from a visit to his former digs in West Texas, and uncovered a slate of fun new hotspots. You can follow all of Andrew’s many travels on Twitter at @andrewnelson. True to their contrarian nature, the isolated communities of Far West Texas–Marfa, Alpine, Sanderson and Marathon–seem to march in…

A Nightclub with a Worldview

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Our intrepid contributing editor Andrew Nelson is just back from a trip to Turkey, and he sends us this report from the 360 Istanbul Restaurant, a nightclub with its own worldview. With jaw-dropping vistas of two continents, the Golden Horn and enormous, illuminated mosques, the club/restaurant 360 Istanbul (Istiklal Caddesi Misir Apt. No. 311 K.…