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Reader Recs: Best Beer Cities

Harvest season brings fresh hops, but not every city in the world can boast an overflowing offering of craft beers and homegrown breweries. That’s why we tapped our Nat Geo Travel Facebook fans to share their favorite beer-drinking destinations. So crack open a cold one and find out which cities are tops for hops.

A Food Lover’s Guide to Maine

I straddle two worlds as an organic blueberry farmer and a travel editor, but these two realities pleasantly meet in the realm of farm-to-fork adventures—and there is no better place to be than Maine during harvest season. There are more than 400 organic farms and roughly 130 farmers markets in this rugged state I call home.…

Throwback Travel: Maine’s Lobster Kitsch

Summer, 1952. Beauty contestants on the rock-ribbed Maine coast claw their way through a five-year-old summer celebration, the Rockland Lobster Festival. The combination of innocent self-promotion and melted butter seems just right for New England’s “Vacationland”—a slogan stamped on Maine’s license plates since 1936. The feast—now the Maine Lobster Festival—still draws thousands of fans each year. Here’s a brief look at the famous fete through a throwback lens.

Adventure 101: Canoeing the Allagash

Take a page out of Henry David Thoreau’s book, and paddle on northern Maine’s remote Allagash River. “Here was traveling of the old heroic kind over the unaltered face of nature,” he wrote in “The Maine Woods,” his account of a series of mid-19th-century canoeing and hiking trips he took through the New England state’s largely uncharted woods.

How to Eat the World in America

The empty stomach is the ultimate travel icebreaker. Everyone eats, everyone loves food, and the less you know about what’s on offer in a place, the more people want to help you. Whether you live in the United States or are simply visiting, you don’t have to leave the country to get a taste of the…

I Heart My National Park: Acadia

The first national park east of the Mississippi, Acadia National Park comprises nearly 50,000 acres of rocky coastline in southern Maine. This glorious patchwork of parkland, private property, and seaside villages seasonally fills with what residents call “the summer people”—visitors getting their fill of the scenic splendor and serenity that Acadia has to offer in spades. Here’s an insider’s guide to New England’s crown jewel written by one of the park rangers that knows it best.

Deadline Alert: @NatGeoTravel Photo Contest

This year’s National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is winding down. So far, the entries have been surprising and stunning, but the winners are far from being chosen.

The June 30 deadline is fast approaching, but there’s still time to throw your hat in the ring. Here’s how to enter–and what you could win.

Sustainably Delicious: Maine Lobster

Generations of “lobsta” families form the backbone of villages dotting Maine’s rugged coast, where they haul traps in the cold Atlantic waters. The good news? The Marine Stewardship Council has certified Maine lobster as among only 10 percent of fisheries worldwide that are sustainable.

Travel Legends: Q + A With Paul Theroux

Paul Theroux has been charming readers–and rooting out surprising adventures in far-flung places–for more than half a century. Known for his fondness for train travel, love-hate relationship with Africa, and finesse with language, the veteran travel writer and novelist, now 73, continues to share his adventures with the world. When Theroux stopped by the Nat Geo offices last year, I had a chance to ask him about his thoughts on travel, his connection to his roots, and his advice for aspiring writers. This is what he had to say.

Blueberry Fields Forever

Each spring, Traveler Editor at Large Costas Chris tucks his passport away and turns into a blueberry farmer, tending the crop on a 40-acre organic farm in Maine. Call it his double life.

5 Green Winter Weekend Getaways

Costas Christ brings us five Friday-to-Monday getaways from Maine to Manhattan that deliver friendly service and great food along with a palpable commitment to caring for the environment.

Maineland Bound

By Amber Parcher A February trip to a coastal town in Maine sounds less like a vacation and more like a stunt of bravery. But this year’s warm New England winter opened up the doors for a weekend trip to one of the Pine Tree State’s most famous finger peninsulas and the 250-year-old bed and…