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The beauty of America’s 59 national parks, from the crystal clear waters of Glacier to the sharp silhouette of the Grand Tetons, is something you should experience firsthand–and this is the perfect time to do it. Why? It’s National Park Week. To pay homage to the amazing natural splendor of America’s best idea, we asked our Facebook community to share their favorite national park with us–and what makes it so special. Here’s what they had to say.

No matter how many journals I fill, photos I take, tweets I send, I find that oftentimes I “document” the wrong things.

Readers’ Rules of Packing

Last Friday’s “The 10 Rules of Packing” post got our readers (and our staffers) talking — on the blog, Facebook and Twitter — so we thought we’d publish a few additions to Aric S. Queen‘s original list. If you have anything to add (or beg to differ), toss in your two cents in the comments…

We here at National Geographic Travel & Cultures want to know which UNESCO World Heritage site you want to see featured in a new set of guides on NationalGeographic.com. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) protects and preserves cultural and natural sites around the world. This fall we plan to create coverage…

A 500-ft.-long inflatable water slide stretched the length of three city blocks in Grand Rapids, Michigan this past weekend, and thousands of eager young city dwellers lined up for free rides. NPR interviewed 21-year-old Rob Bliss, who masterminded the event. Bliss began organizing free fun in Grand Rapids in 2008, when his giant pillow fight…

Andrew Evans arrived alone in Bogotá in Colombia, but quickly found himself among friends. Follow Andrew’s Twitter feed @Bus2Antarctica and bookmark all of his blog posts here. It’s a very small world after all. I doubt any of the original polar explorers ran into old high school friends on their journeys but then again, Shackleton…