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The World’s Largest Marine Reserve

Notorious as the vicinity from which Amelia Earhart made her final distress calls, the equatorial Pacific between Hawaii and Fiji is becoming a little safer—at least for marine life.

Thursday: ‘Best of the World’ Twitter Chat

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.

Celebrating Armistice Day ‘In Flanders Fields’

A hundred years have passed since the outbreak of World War I, a milestone vividly felt in the western Belgian town of Ypres, which endured some of the conflict’s fiercest fighting. On Armistice Day (November 11), thousands will crowd the streets, monuments, and cemeteries of this textile town turned shrine to the fallen.

Meet the Editor: Amy Alipio

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Amy Alipio is an associate editor–and in-house #TripLit guru–at National Geographic Traveler magazine. Here are a few fun facts about this erudite explorer.

How We Chose the Best of the World 2014

This month National Geographic Traveler announced 2014’s must-see places in the annual Best of the World feature. From Argentina to Oz, the final lineup reflects what’s authentic, culturally rich, and sustainably minded. Discover what makes these destinations worthy of a visit—and how they ended up on the list.

Best of the World: Nantes, France

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Pervaded by a spirit of creativity, Nantes has dreamed up a range of resourceful ideas—from mechanical elephants and art walks to a 15th-century castle turned history museum and a warehouse converted into a hammam.

China’s Stone Temple Pilots

A Buddha carved into rock at the Yungang Grottoes has looked over the bleak plains of northern China for more than 1,500 years. Pilgrims journey to this UNESCO World Heritage site through the gateway city of Datong, a former imperial capital turned soot-stained coal city. But those industrial scars are fading.

Inside the Issue: Hot Off the Presses

Get a sneak peek inside National Geographic Traveler’s epic, year-end issue.

I Heart My City: Christine’s Pittsburgh

In the November/December issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine, now on newsstands, our editors recommend 20 must-see destinations for 2012. One of the top cities to visit next year:  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Why Pittsburgh, you ask? Well, travel writer Christine O’Toole nominated Steel City for “its natural setting that rivals Lisbon and San Francisco, a wealth of…