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Traveling at a young age can be a transformative experience that leads to a lifetime of wanderlust. To celebrate the power of travel (and perhaps inspire a few parents out there), we asked our @NatGeoTravel Facebook fans to tell us about trips that made a lasting impression on them during their early years.

America does beaches extremely well, a point I didn’t begin to realize until my 20s, when I tried to sunbathe on a jam-packed stretch of Spanish shore. But too many of the towns along our coastlines have become charmless and generic. They feel like shopping malls with sand. Then there are those that shine. Here are seven of the best.

After spending five days in and around St. Pete, I felt something mildly addicting about the whole place. Beyond the dreamy beaches I found a stiletto-free, thinking-person’s Florida where glassblowing is art, shuffleboard is cool, mid-century modern lives, local craft beer trumps $15 cocktails, and the sun shines an average of 361 days a year.

Joel Sartore is, among other things, a lifelong Nebraskan, an Eagle Scout, and a veteran photographer for National Geographic magazine. He’s also someone who cares deeply about the fate of our planet, and the species that depend on it, including us. Here’s a look at the world and all that’s in it through Joel Sartore’s unique lens.

I set off from Miami without an agenda. I was headed south to Key West on the famous Overseas Highway and wanted to let serendipity lead the way. With only a short amount of time on my hands, I didn’t want to be saddled with an endless list of to-dos. Here’s what I found on my…

The Miami of today may not look like any place my grandparents would recognize–at least from the outside. But Magic City’s big heart and carousing spirit are here to stay.

“Have a seat by the window; it’s better to watch the wildlife that way,” the host at Osteria del Teatro said with a wink as he led me to a table with a view. Before long, I was enjoying the show–a parade of people streaming toward Washington Avenue, one of the most happening thoroughfares in Miami’s…

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The Spirit of Innovation, one of Goodyear’s four “aerial ambassadors,” rises and descends dozens of times a week, cruising above the Florida coastline at 1,500 feet. It’s unmistakable. It’s amusing. And, to some, it’s an obsession.

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I Heart My City: Sonia’s Miami

Sonia Gil is host and co-creator of Sonia’s Travels, the weekly web show that cracks the code behind peoples and cultures around world. Winner of the 2012 People’s Voice Webby Award for “best web personality,” Sonia has been hailed as the “next Bourdain.” A biologist by training and beach lover by choice, she speaks five languages and has lived abroad in China, France, and Venezuela. Here are her favorite things about living in Miami.

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…

St. George Island, Fla., is in the middle of nowhere. And that’s the way they like it. Why else would they call this area, along the northeastern part of Florida’s panhandle, the “forgotten” coast? It is remote, undeveloped and, at this time of year, no one’s here. Oh, wait. I should have said, no tourists.…

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Our readers boast impressive travel résumés. That’s why we ask you the same question on Facebook every Friday: Where are you traveling this weekend? See photos of where you — or readers like you — went, and get inspired to plan your next trip. Want to share your photos with the National Geographic community? Upload your favorites…

Our tandem kayaks slid quietly into the shallow waters of Palma Sola Bay, and with a wave, our handler bid us farewell. Now, this would seem like a perfectly normal “bon voyage” for two solo adventurers setting out on a five-mile trek through the mangrove flats of Robinson Preserve, but there were five of us,…

Too far from Orlando’s theme parks and not nearly as sexy as the Kennedy Space Center,  St. Augustine is one of Florida’s forgotten destinations.  What’s it got worth seeing? Lots of history. We’ve been taking the family to the nation’s oldest continuously occupied city of European origin since they were babies and, yes, we chose…

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Florida’s newest theme park looks kind of familiar. Some of the attractions, from the Island in the Sky elevator that offers a panoramic view of this quiet part of the Sunshine State, to the rickety wooden roller coaster called Triple Hurricane, remind you of a place you experienced long ago. The Southern belles, looking as…

I Heart My City: JD’s Miami

Video producer and longtime travel blogger JD Andrews has visited over 70 countries across 6 continents always with a camera in hand. Although he’s frequently on the road out documenting the world, he calls Miami, Florida home. Here are JD’s insider tips to the seaside city. Miami is My City The first place I take a visitor…

Visiting an art museum may not be at the top of your “to do” list if you’re a four-year-old. But when a docent at the newly-opened Dalí Museum in St. Peterburg, Florida, invited my three kids — ages 4, 6, and 8 — to participate in a scavenger hunt on a recent Sunday afternoon, their…

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Patty Hodapp delves into the diverse ecology of the Florida Keys. The largest living coral reef in the United States exists as backbone to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, a 2,800-square-nautical-mile ecosystem that surrounds the 126-mile island chain of the Florida Keys. This reef is home to a diverse group of plants and animals…

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National Geographic Traveler columnist Christopher Elliott recently visited Northwest Florida with his family. This is the second of two reports. Here’s the first. You can’t build a sand dune. Not a real one. You can try, says our guide, Snookie Parrish. “You can pile the sand, but when a big storm hits – whoosh,” she…

National Geographic Traveler columnist Christopher Elliott recently visited Northwest Florida with his family. This is the first of two reports.   Seaside, Florida, is the kind of destination that can be enjoyed year-round with your family. But some seasons are easier than others. For about nine months, when this master-planned community in Florida’s Panhandle enjoys…

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A Greenpeace marine biologist’s hands are covered in oil after surveying the mouth of the Mississippi River last week. According to an article this morning in USA Today, TripAdvisor has recently analyzed its search data for activities, restaurants, and accommodations in the Gulf Coast area and found that they have been searched significantly less in…

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Sara Zeglin, associate producer for Digital Media for National Geographic Kids, is just back from a trip to the Florida Keys, where she had the chance to explore Dry Tortugas, one of the country’s least visited national parks. I’m not ashamed to say it–I’m in love with the national parks. I have one of those…