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Can smartphone apps replace real-life tour guides? Sometimes.

Our National Parks by National Geographic iPad/iPhone app has been getting rave reviews from users all over the world, and just took top honors at the Apple Design Awards. In this free app, we showcased the 20 most popular national parks in the U.S. — from Joshua Tree to the Everglades and Acadia to Zion. Now we need your help to decide which ones we should add next.

The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the Web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups.

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The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the Web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back the next day for our daily roundup.

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The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the Web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back the next day for our daily roundup.

Travel Tech: Leaf Peeping App

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In search of the most vivid autumn leaves? You won’t miss out on this year’s colorful fall foliage thanks to the new Leaf Peepr app from Yankee magazine. The free app features a color-coded map of the U.S., with each color indicating the stage of the foliage: Green, Turning, Moderate, Peak, Fading, Gone. The map…

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The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the web #ngtradar. Check back the next day for our daily roundup.

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The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the web #ngtradar. Check back the next day for our daily roundup.

Travel Tech: Shop Local

Let’s be honest. We’re all guilty of having purchased at least one tacky tourist souvenir during our travels. I bet you have an I ‘heart’ New York t-shirt, shot glass from Vegas, or Miami keychain buried somewhere in the back of your closet. Why is it, if our goal when traveling is to have authentic,…

It’s a familiar story. You show up to the airport to catch a flight home only to discover the flight has been canceled and you’re stranded for another day. The airport hotel looks unappealing and you don’t know anyone nearby with a couch to crash on. There are plenty of hotel booking sites out there,…

By Ellen Barone Returning home with artistic travel photos once meant lugging along a few thousand dollars worth of camera equipment or hours spent on the computer in post-production processing. But then, came the iPhone. Now, from vintage to groovy, pop art to panoramic, whatever your imagination craves, there’s an app to help create stylistic…

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Explore the globe with Nat Geo Mobile‘s new app for iPad: The World by National Geographic. This digital atlas–packed with map views, country information, photos, and flags–will have you ditching your clunky globe for this robust, interactive version. The new app (available on iTunes, $3.99) combines the novelty of a spinning globe with the functionality of…

Following on the heels of our popular “Dreams of Burma” app that we launched last month, today we announce the release of another brand new photo app, “Above France.” Our new app takes you on a spectacular aerial journey across the country in over 2,000 photos, interactive maps, slideshows, and wallpapers.

Put aside your smart phone and spend your vacation off the grid at an Amish Bed & Breakfast. B&Bs in Pennsylvania Dutch country offer a glimpse into the Amish way of life, bringing visitors farm-fresh foods, trips to auction-style “mud sale” fundraisers, and the chance to learn about and connect with the “Plain People” and…

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New York. Seychelles. Tuscany. Sahara. Angkor. Mesa Verde. What do all of these place have in common? They helped make up our “50 Places of a Lifetime” chosen in 1999 for a special edition of our print magazine. We update and reintroduce them to you today in a new iPad app, 50 Places of a Lifetime: The…

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It’s National Library Week. Celebrate with a visit to one of the country’s great libraries, like the Library of Congress, which offers guided tours Monday-Saturday of its nearly 838 miles of shelves holding over 33 million books and other printed materials.