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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.

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…

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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.

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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.

The Best of Santa Monica

The Santa Monica Pier evokes nostalgia for me, but it’s the cross between urban culture and SoCal cool that keeps me coming back. Somehow, even on the hottest of days, there always seems to be a breeze that promises excitement.

The Radar: Travel Lately

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 on Wednesdays for our Travel Lately roundup.

Know Before You Go: Los Angeles

Traveling to an unfamiliar destination can be stressful and overwhelming. And while there are oodles of travel sites, books, and blogs to recommend the hottest new this or the cheapest that, there are few places to turn for practical information that will save you time, and keep you safe. That’s why there’s Know Before You Go.

Do you have Know Before You Go tips for your city? Share them in the comments section or use the #B4UGO hashtag and shout out @NatGeoTraveler on Twitter.

The Radar: Travel Lately

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 on Wednesdays for our Travel Lately round up.

Power to the People

Democratizing the internet, while paved with good intentions, often backfires. Trust me. It was only a year ago in New York City when I had to wade through people my own age tweeting “Down with corporate greed!” on their iPhones, while munching on $12 kale chips and moving to the beat of a drum circle headed up by Kanye West.

Photo Gallery: Very Venice Beach

There are few places that sum up L.A. quite like an area called “Venice.”

And this one isn’t sinking — it’s kept afloat by all manner of West Coast Weird.

Muralist For Good

There are people who find success, and are still not satisfied. Some of them work harder, make more money, and continue to fill their lives with tangibles — stuff. And then there are those who take a step back and think, “What am I doing for good?” Good thing L.A.-based artist Nichole Blackburn is one of the latter.

Shira Lazar is the host and executive producer of the interactive show and 24/7 news hub, “What’s Trending” (check out the live show Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. PST/1:00 p.m. EST), and good friends with the Good Traveler Aric S. Queen, who will be hitting L.A. later this week. Here are Shira’s picks for what to see and do in La La Land.

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July is National Ice Cream month in the U.S. and you can score a free scoop of the sweet stuff tonight at Omni Hotel properties across the country. Guests will be met with a free ice cream social from 4 to 6 p.m. today, complete with a make your own sundae bar. Sounds delicious. [Omni…

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Coney Island will open this summer with four new attractions including The Soarin’ Eagle, the first new coaster to built in New York City since the historic Cyclone in 1927. The new rides are part of the Coney Island Revitilization Plan.  [Brooklyn Nomad] The U.S. State Department lifted its travel warning to Egypt last week,…

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Do you want to see the video of how National Geographic Channel lifted a house with balloons?  Of course you do! Is it really possible to lift a house off the ground with helium balloons, like in the movie Up? National Geographic Channel’s new television series, “How Hard Can It Be?,” aimed to find out,…

Hooray for Hollywood

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The iconic sign that hovers over the Los Angeles landscape got its own Hollywood ending this week, when Hugh Hefner made a last minute $900,000 donation to save it. The 138 acres of parkland that surrounded the sign were owned by Chicago developers who were interested in building on the site, and for the past…

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Whenever I’m traveling, I’m eager to try the foods of a new place no matter where they’re served; seat me at a restaurant with white-linen tablecloths or an oilcloth-covered table in a plastic lawn chair, and I’ll eat whatever is in front of me. But my favorite kind of eating doesn’t involves seating at all,…

One of Hollywood’s most photographed stars could be on its way to becoming just another real estate selling point if a Chicago-based investment firm has its way. Cahuenga Peak’s 138 acres of unspoiled mountains, which stretch behind the postcard-ready Hollywood sign, hit the real estate market earlier this month for a cool $22 million—much to…

Strange Planet: Jurassic Lark

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Many of us here at IT were sad to hear about the demise of Blueprint magazine, but were heartened to learn that though the magazine is gone, their blog will live on. To that end, Bluelines introduced us to a fascinating museum that is now on our must-see list for our next visit to L.A.…

Coming to a Bar Near You

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Here at IT, we’re always up for a round of drinks at the end of the week. But when writer Kathryn O’Shea-Evans told us about Green Drinks, we knew we’d found drinking buddies for life: When you first hear the name “Green Drinks International,” it sounds like a society for appletini lovers, green tea enthusiasts,…