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Adventure 101: Rafting the Grand Canyon

Flowing 1,450 miles through the American West and northwest Mexico before ending at the Gulf of California, the Colorado River is the Southwest’s principal waterway. Its most scenic stretch cuts through—and helped shape—the Grand Canyon. Here’s what you need to know to plan your own epic rafting trip.

Reader Recs: Life-Changing Childhood Trips

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.

Adventure 101: Rafting the Salmon River

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“A river changes people, even if they’re not looking to change,” says Bill “Bronco” Bruchak. He should know, having guided on rivers since 1978, including 80 commercial trips down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River through the protected Frank Church–River of No Return Wilderness, in central Idaho. “White water makes you let go of…

Reader Recs: Favorite National Parks in the U.S.

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.

Nat Geo at 125: Travel Touchstones

In honor of 125 years of exploration and high adventure, here are four ways National Geographic has made a lasting mark on the world of travel.

The Idea: Mapping the Future

For digital nomads and even some Luddites, online maps are a ubiquitous tool.

Now Google is pushing deeper into the realm of virtual travel.

Painting the Painted Desert

While the chance to experience the sacred elegance of Northern Arizona’s Painted Desert is well worth a detour from the nearby Grand Canyon, there’s another incentive to visit: street art.

The Grand Canyon…from a Helicopter.

As you can tell from, ahem, Crashing a Space Station, I can’t pass up an adventure. Even if that adventure involves a helicopter, which happens to make the Top 5 List of Things That Frighten Me. But who could say no to a chance to fly over what’s considered one of the world’s wonders? Not this guy.

Spring Break Arizona, Part 2: Off the Beaten Path

There’s an axiom our family tries to live by when traveling that makes perfectly good sense in theory, but is often hard to stick to: “Less is More.” The idea is to spend more time in one location rather than rushing around from place to place trying to see and do it all. When adhered…

The Radar: Greening the Grand Canyon, 24 Hours in Glasgow, Cook in Your Hotel Room

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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.

The Radar: How to Tackle the Grand Canyon, Best Solo Travel Destinations, Slow Travel Fast

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The majority of visitors to Grand Canyon National Park enter via the South Rim, but the North Rim can provide an equally rewarding park experience. North or South? Here’s a break down of the pros and cons of both rims to help you decide. [Kaleidoscopic Wandering] Want to travel solo but not sure if you…

A Watery Lottery

If you’ve ever dreamed seeing the Grand Canyon as John Wesley Powell did in 1869–by rafting through its mile-deep inner gorge rowing your own boat–you have until February 23 to get your application in to Grand Canyon National Park for the yearly lottery for noncommercial 12- to 25-day river trips. Among whitewater rafters, this is…