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Looking for an escape from the turmoil of urban existence? Many waterfront cities have island havens where nature beckons, just a quick step across a bridge or a short ferry ride away. Here are ten worth seeing.

Costas Christ brings us five Friday-to-Monday getaways from Maine to Manhattan that deliver friendly service and great food along with a palpable commitment to caring for the environment.

Last week, our Food Fridays story was all about the Cuban sandwich and its roots in Tampa, Florida. Inspired by the idea of the “signature sandwich,” we started itching for more. We asked you to share the sandwich that makes your city sing, and you answered (and made us drool a little). Without further ado, here are 15 local favorites from around the world.

Who doesn’t want to be a travel photographer and earn their keep by exploring the world and capturing its essence for the rest of us to see? I know I do.

I was lucky enough to sit in on one of Traveler’s photo seminars earlier this month, led by award-winning photographer Jim Richardson and the magazine’s senior photo editor Dan Westergren. Though Jim and Dan believe in the importance of technique, they stressed that “the secret is in how you look at the world, not in how you turn the dials on the camera.”

Here are a few of Jim and Dan’s tips on how to get into the right frame of mind when you’re making pictures.

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The Radar: The 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.

This spring brings the War of 1812 bicentennial to life in a most audacious way: with the kind of sailing ships that made the war a test of nerves for a young, unproven navy and civilian privateers. One way to relive that chapter in history is to head for the water. The Navy has collaborated with Operation Sail, the group that rounded up dozens of ghostly tall ships for the U.S. bicentennial in 1976, to arrange similar spectacles in U.S. cities this year.

Ah, summer vacation. That three-month stretch with no school, no schedule, and plenty of time for family trips. The possibilities were endless back then, weren’t they, when visions of Disney World danced in your head, and the days seemed to last forever. Not every 12-year-old is as well-traveled as Reed Golomb – son of digital media vice…

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It looks like Boston might have some competition when it comes to the most authentic place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. While it’s difficult to dispute Beantown’s popularity as a favorite destination for travelers in search of a loud and proud place to celebrate, new Census data shows that it might not be as Irish…

I Heart My City: Matt’s Boston

Before he became “Nomadic Matt,” traveling all around the world and documenting his travels online, Matt Kepnes lived in Boston, Massachusetts. Here’s his take on the best that Beantown has to offer. Follow him on Twitter. Boston is My City The first place I take a visitor from out of town is on the Freedom…

Max Grinnell knows his way around a city. The “urbanologist” has wandered on foot through Chicago, Boston, and Baltimore, and his book 24 Great Walks in Chicago guides readers through the Windy City’s most colorful neighborhoods. Grinnell spoke with Intelligent Travel about what makes him hit the pavement: Karen Carmichael: How does walking change how…

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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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Feel the beat with these top music and dance events across the U.S. Did we mention they’re free? Get a sneak peek of the list below, then find all 20 online. Plus, we want to hear from you. Tell us about your favorite (and free!) music or dance event. Daily Kennedy Center Concerts Washington, D.C. Every single…

Interested in trying a new sport or activity? You can give it a go without shelling out big bucks. Below, preview our list of 10 free adventure activities in the U.S., then visit us online for the full lineup: Poison Spider Bicycles’ Spring Thaw Moab, Utah Mountain bike fans know Moab as one of the world’s top…

I Heart My Snowy City

We’re not quite done with summer yet, but here at Traveler we’re already thinking of cold and snow. We’re wondering what cities best embrace the winter season–those places that go all out to celebrate the snow, revel in the cold, get ecstatic about ice. Send us your vote for best winter city and why (one…

Senior editor Norie Quintos and her son visited Boston recently to check out the college scene.   I’ve entered a new life and travel phase: campus tourism. While I sometimes feel as if my college years were not that long ago, my growing grocery bill and my children’s growing shoe sizes remind me that it’s…

Great Bike-Friendly Cities

Exploring North American cities by bike is only getting easier, thanks to the creation of more bike lanes, commuter-friendly policies, and a number of open street programs being introduced across the country. In the March issue of Traveler, writer David Swanson spotlights some of these steps taken in several cities. Boston’s hired a former Olympic…

Eat Ethical

So what resources do you have if you’re not a vegetarian, but you still care about the backstory behind your beef? TravelMuse tips us off to EatHumane.org, a new guide put out by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), which lists over 150 restaurants in 15 U.S. cities that source humanely-raised meat…

Boston Marathon 2009 at the halfway point coming up to the intersection of Route 16 and 128, by Paul Keleher I’m going to go out on a limb and say it: Today is the best day of the year to be in Boston. Patriots’ Day, aka Marathon Monday, is an official state holiday, a day…

We’d like to welcome Traveler Intern Giovanna Palatucci, who is getting her sea legs on the blog with this, her first post.  Picture this: cows grazing on Beacon Hill, burlesque theaters in Government Center, and waves crashing at the Old State House doorstep. Certainly this is not what Boston looks like today. As modern architecture…

Dine Baby Dine

We at Intelligent Travel love Restaurant Week. The concept: Dine on a fixed-price, three-course lunch or dinner to sample a variety of cuisines at a fraction of the cost. Some restaurants let you select items from their full menu, others offer limited menu choices (check the website to see full menus) or specially prepared menus.…

Whenever I travel back to Boston (my hometown), I’m lucky enough to be taken out by my friend who works as an event planner in the city. The best part of her job — at least in my opinion — is that she is required to be in the know about pretty much every restaurant…

Beantown is Greentown

I went to college in Boston, and the city still holds a special place in my heart. From biking along the Charles River to wandering through Beacon Hill, going back always feels a bit like going home. So I was excited to hear that since I’ve left town, the city has been upping its eco-cred.…

Can We See the Menu, Please?

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For years now, we bloggers have been enthusiastic fans of the website MenuPages.com. The site has a very simple premise: It provides relatively up-to-date, plain text, on-screen and pdf versions of restaurant menus in New York City, D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, L.A.and San Francisco. The site is a boon when the restaurant you’re thinking of…