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Adventure 101: Ice Climbing in Ouray

Chatter about the world’s top ice climbing spots will always circle back to Ouray, a sleepy town in southwestern Colorado where more than 20 years ago, a few visionary climbers started teasing streams of water down the walls of a steep, shadowy gorge. Since then Ouray Ice Park has blossomed into an ice climber’s dream-come-true,…

The Straight Dope on Denver’s Marijuana Laws

National Geographic Traveler editor at large Christopher Elliott is the magazine’s consumer advocate and ombudsman. Over the past 15 years he has helped countless readers fix their trips. Here’s his latest advice.

Full Steam Ahead: Downtown Denver

At the beginning of the 20th century, Denver’s Union Station hummed with the brisk comings and goings of a capital on the rise. In the summer of 2014, the landmark reclaimed its place as a transit and social hub for the city.

#NGTRadar: Travel Lately

The Radar—the latest and best from the travel blogosphere—is a regular feature on Intelligent Travel every other Wednesday. You can play, too. Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTravel and tag your favorite travel stories #NGTRadar to help us find the crème de la crème on the Web. Here are our newest picks.

I Heart My City: Kieran’s Breckenridge

Kieran Cain hails from Denver, Colorado, but made the choice to relocate “up the hill” to Breckenridge, where he makes his living as the marketing director for Breckenridge Ski Resort, and couldn’t be happier. Here are a few of Kieran’s favorite things about the town he now calls home.

Turn a New Leaf on Fall with the Kids

When it comes to fall foliage drives, New England gets all the attention – some of it undeserved. And if you’re traveling with children who are easily distracted (like we are), a simple trip along Vermont’s winding roads just won’t cut it. A never-ending chorus of “oohs” and “ahhs” from the adults will only reinforce your kids’ belief that foliage tours are for fuddy-duddies. That’s why we turned our sights on the great American West.

The Radar: Hike the World, America’s New National Monument, Islamic Art at the Louvre

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.

Rocky Mountain Blitz

When it comes to places that give you a feeling of discovery, America’s national parks top the list. But Rocky Mountain National Park took that vibe to the max last month when it hosted a BioBlitz within its borders.

Hiking Colorado Springs

By Jo Dickison In Colorado Springs you don’t have to go outside the city to hike some outstanding natural areas.  Here are three stunning parks within the city limits. There’s a reason they call it Garden of the Gods. One of the best known parks in Colorado, the Garden has 13 peaks, stunning red rock pinnacles, and…

Colorado With Kids: Adventures in Snow Country

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It’s easy to get lost in Vail. It’s just as easy to find yourself in Keystone. Here’s how to get turned upside-down at Colorado’s largest mountain resort: Take your whole family skiing, and just try to stay together. My four-year-old daughter, for example, is a timid skier compared with her brother, a kindergartner. He left…

Dead Poets Remembrance Day

This Thursday, October 7th, poetry-lovers across the country will gather for the first annual Dead Poets Remembrance Day, a unique opportunity to meet at the graves of American poets and read their verse aloud. Walter Skold, founder of the Dead Poets Society of America, developed the idea for the holiday after taking a 15,000 mile…

Volunteering in the Ghost Town of Ashcroft, Colorado

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In no way am I a handywoman, but here I am with a Philips screwdriver removing rusty screws from an old boardwalk. I’m also huffing and puffing because the altitude is 9,500 feet high in Ashcroft, a ghost town near Aspen, Colorado.  Right now I could be shopping or hanging out at the hotel’s pool…