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My City: Mickey Rapkin’s L.A.

I came to think of Los Angeles as the magic place—a city where beautiful people from our movie screens and television sets ran wild. Or at least ran errands. There was Marisa Tomei at the Echo Park Craft Fair on a Saturday morning. There was “Sulu” from the new Star Trek films weightlifting at my…

10 Great Pleasure Hikes in the U.S.A.

Hiking is one outdoor activity that just about anyone old enough to walk can enjoy. Some trails, however, are more challenging than others. If you’re new to the world of hiking—or are a seasoned pro hoping to introduce the younger generation to the joys of walking in the woods—here are ten great places to start, from Florida to Washington State.

Boutique Hotels in Classic College Towns

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The summer break is winding down, which only means one thing: School is back in session. From moving day to parents weekend, this roster of grade-A boutique hotels has you covered.

The Scoop on L.A. Food Trucks

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Before he kept the Traveler office on task, staffer Kevin Kunitake earned his chops on a Los Angeles, California, food truck. Here, he gives pro advice for these meals on wheels.

Your Shot Photo of the Month: Freeze Frame

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Shepard Fairey’s Favorite Street Art Cities

Artist and graphic design activist Shepard Fairey gets his best inspiration from Hong Kong’s mix of Chinese and Western signage, iconography, and architecture. We asked him to point out other cities that go the extra mile to support their urban arts communities. Here are three.

A Taste of Everywhere in L.A.

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I enjoy eating out in L.A. more than any other city in the world. That’s a bold statement, especially coming from a New Yorker, but the combination of superior produce grown in a Mediterranean climate, fresh (and inexpensive) sushi, comfort food at Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles, and authentic Mexican cuisine spilling over the border holds…

#NGTRadar: Travel Lately

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The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTravel and tag your favorite travel stories with #NGTRadar. Check back on the blog each Wednesday for our Travel Lately roundup.

The City of Angels by Bike

L.A. is defined by choked traffic and smog, a car-centric place that inspires a headache in people even before they get behind the wheel, right? That’s exactly why the city decided to show locals and tourists alike that there’s another way to explore the City of Angels.

The Radar: Travel Lately

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The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTravel and tag your favorite travel stories with #NGTRadar. Check back on the blog each Wednesday for our Travel Lately roundup.

The Tastiest Healthy Restaurants in L.A.

When I’m in L.A., the epicenter of healthy eating, the heaping plates of chopped salads and veggies, fresh sushi, and soups make my cravings for New York pizza and bagels disappear. Whether your idea of healthy is sweet potato fries with a turkey burger, or a raw kale salad with avocado and chia seeds, you’re guaranteed to find something worth writing home about at any of these restaurants…

The Forgotten Zoo

Towards the end of my Curious Traveler road trip last summer, I promised myself I’d spend more time exploring my own backyard. So when I learned that my friend had been hired as a bird keeper at the L.A. Zoo, I jumped at the chance to hit her up for a behind-the-scenes tour.