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It’s a new year and, with it, new trips to plan. As you mull over which places you’d like to tick off your travel bucket list in 2014, consider these brief but compelling reasons why you should visit 20 of the world’s cities from the people who know and love them best.

“Everyone on this train has borderline Asperger’s,” a self-described “double dork” announces somewhere in America. It’s a joke. Except no one disagrees. The speaker is Travis Korte, a data scientist/policy analyst who resembles Christian Bale with gentler features. He’s talking about his fellow passengers — a group of 24 creative, enviably sharp, and decidedly quirky youngsters — and their rail journey across the U.S. with the Millennial Trains Project.

Today, cities are sprouting some of the most innovative green projects in the world, redefining a sustainable future for urban dwellers — and attracting travelers, too.

Here are just a few examples.

The Radar: Travel Lately

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 with #NGTRadar. Check back on the blog each Wednesday for our Travel Lately roundup.

I Heart My City: Lizz’s Chicago

Lizz Riggs hails from the Southern United States, but there’s no city that stands out to her more than Chicago: “I love the comfort of the food, all of the beautiful and scenic places to run, the welcoming ambiance you can feel in your bones when you step off the plane, and, of course, some of my favorite breweries in America.” Check out her recommendations for the best things to do and see in the Windy City, then add your own.

The chocolate chip cookie is about as American as it gets. Urban Insider Annie Fitzsimmons got the scoop from local luminaries around the U.S. on the must-eat cookies in their cities.

Deep-Dish Chicago

Chicago’s deep-dish pizza—a manly pie, thick enough to lose your car keys in—has more to do with the city’s hearty meat-and-potatoes past than its stylish, locavore present. But Chicago’s love for its deep dish hasn’t dimmed, and neither has the local debate over the best version of the behemoth. Here’s how to choose from the contenders.

Imagine walking 2,000 miles in three months – that’s nearly the distance of a marathon each day – through hot deserts and sticky humidity, with horribly blistered feet, and heavy packs.

Then imagine enduring that with a stubborn goat.

Photos: Where You Went

Around and around we go. Our jet-setting friends on Facebook continue to amaze us with their weekend travel plans. Here’s a taste of the places you and your fellow gallivanters have visited lately.

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…

Looking to add a dash of culture to your life? We’ve rounded up a great list of 10 free arts and culture events across the U.S. Get a sneak peek of the list below, then find all 10 online. Plus, we want to hear from you. Tell us about another free arts and culture event in the comments section below.

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.

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…

Learn the ABC’s of Thai cuisine from Som Tam to Larb Moo, then discover where in Bangkok to sample these traditional dishes. [Go Backpacking] History, culture, art, and a floating hotel. Don’t miss out on these five great activities in Prague. [The Lost Girls] Explore Chicago’s diverse south side. Learn about the history of the…

Hello, city-lovers! Today we head over to Chicago, where Joseph Hernandez, managing editor for Go Galavanting tells us why he loves the Windy City. Want to see your city on IT? Copy and paste our list of fill-in-the-blank questions into an e-mail, fill in your answers, and send your responses to IntelligentTravel@ngs.org. Chicago is My City The…

Nothing says “family travel” better than deep dish pizza. Chicago is the perfect summer destination for families: visit a museum, ride the Ferris wheel on Navy Pier, or take in a baseball game. Away.com has your complete family guide to the city including what to see and where to stay. [Away.com] Don’t let soaring summer…

The Chicago Architecture Foundation is adding new tours this spring, rounding out its growing roster to a total of 85 city tours. Try the new Vice to Nice tour, a look at the transformation of Chicago’s South Loop where the buildings reveal stories of colorful politicians and reformers. Or try the Synagogues By Bus tour, modeled after the popular Churches By Bus tour, which explores Jewish history, traditions, and architecture.

Road Trip: Summer Concerts

Traveler intern Daniel Bortz plans the ultimate summer road trip, cruising across the country in search of some of America’s best music festivals. Music lovers know there’s nothing better than a live concert on a cool summer night. And while many artists tour year-round, the summer months give bands and listeners alike a time to…

The city of Chicago put itself on the map last month when it announced an official partnership with Foursquare, the GPS-enabled game that lets its users “check-in” at sites across the country. Now visitors to the Windy City can earn Chicago-themed badges, like the on-location “Bueller Badge” for visiting sites from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,…

Speaking Easy: The Violet Hour, Chicago

One of a number of popular speakeasy-themed bars sprouting up across the nation, Chicago’s The Violet Hour just may be the best. (Don’t believe us? just ask these guys.) Toby Maloney–the über-bartender of New York’s Milk & Honey fame–has gathered a team of fellow bartenders who see mixing as equal parts science and art. The…

One of my favorite things to do when I arrive in a new place is go to the highest point, it helps me get my bearings and lays out the landscape in front of me like a huge buffet table that I’m eager to dig into. But I do admit to the occasional bout of…

Hunter Braithwaite visited the Buckminster Fuller exhibit at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, and says the he “started off thinking that this guy was a genius, then shifted to kook, then settled on a mix of the two.” You can determine for yourself by checking out the exhibit, on display through June 21st. In…

Rent a Bike Now

So much city, so little time: like lots of air travelers, I’m often forced to shoehorn my sightseeing into a few hours of leisure and a few square blocks. That’s when I get homesick for my trusty purple Schwinn, which hardly ever fits in the overhead bin. But I do tote a laptop, and that…

Hello city-lovers! Today’s city of choice is Chicago, and it comes at the hands of Traci and Jeff Dybdahl. Jeff is an attorney, Traci a PhD student, and they love exploring their (relatively) new city together. Still haven’t sent in your own city suggestions? Easy enough. Just complete our list of fill-in-the-blank questions then copy…

By: Ashley Thompson What do Charleston, S.C., San Diego, and New York have in common? They are all cities with these new-fangled things called jogging tours. Ladies and gentlemen, a new and improved way of sightseeing: City Running Tours. They’re more time-efficient than leisurely walking tours, and they’re a heck of a lot more eco-friendly…