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Living Legends: The Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans

I’m sitting in a cluttered workshop in New Orleans’ Central City neighborhood. Surrounding me are plastic containers filled with beads and rhinestones of about every hue imaginable, elaborate feather headdresses, glue guns, oversize spools of thread, and fluffy lime-green tufts that suggest a Muppet has exploded. Along the back wall hang spectacular suits from Mardi Gras past, including a cobalt-blue beauty…

Reader Recs: 10 Quirky Museums Around the World

Think all museums are dusty and stodgy? Think again. We asked our Nat Geo Travel Facebook fans to share quirky museums from their travels, and their responses included displays of mummies, tow trucks, and much more. Without further ado, here we present ten off-beat museums worth traveling for.

The Best of Intelligent Travel

We publish new articles and stories all the time on Intelligent Travel, but there are a few that really got your attention last year. In case you missed them, here are the 15 most popular posts of 2015.

10 Great Halloween Celebrations in the U.S.

Rather than fade into the history books, Halloween has only gained in popularity in the United States. Communities across the country mark the occasion with spirited parades, elaborate costumes, haunted tours, and other ghoulish rituals. From Hawaii to Delaware, these top celebrations will get the whole family into the spirit.

Beyond the Quarter: The Perfect Day in New Orleans

The 21st century granted two of New Orleans’ historic 19th-century working-class neighborhoods a new lease on life: Faubourg Marigny and Bywater. Here, your guide to spending the perfect day in these downriver treasures.

Instant Connoisseur: Raw Oysters

Oysters improve water quality by acting as filters. And, when coupled with the fact that they lack central nervous systems, the bivalves pass the test for even the most ethically minded eaters. Need more incentive? Scientists say Casanova, who allegedly downed 50 a day, was right about that aphrodisiac thing.

Travel With a Twist: The World in Cocktails

Can’t afford a plane ticket? Toast these world-class destinations through their signature cocktails.

Family-Friendly America: 8 Places to Add to Your List

Each spring, thousands of bloggers and entrepreneurs flock to the Mom 2.0 Summit for a weekend of workshops and networking. This year, I joined in on the fun to see what this travel-savvy group had to recommend when it came to outstanding kid-friendly destinations in the United States. Here are eight places all across America to consider adding to your family-travel bucket list.

Great Family Trips: New Orleans

The family vacation, like the concept of family itself, has evolved. Kids are traveling with grandma or a single parent or an indulgent uncle (or all three). However you define your kin, this Southern itinerary is all relative.

Local Flavor: Bananas Foster in the Big Easy

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Bananas Foster was invented at Brennan’s of New Orleans in 1951. After the restaurant’s 2013 closure and expansive refurbishing, the flammable, rum-soaked dessert will once again light up the French Quarter.

Reader Recs: Bucket List 2015

A new year calls for new additions to travel to-do lists. To get inspired, we asked our Nat Geo Travel Facebook fans to share their picks for 2015’s must-visit destinations.

Louisiana, Three Ways: Atchafalaya Swamp

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I’m in Killer Poboys to meet with Charles Chamberlain, a Ph.D. in American history and local History Man. Ten years a historian at the Louisiana State Museum before setting up his own company, Historia, to provide outsiders with insights into the Pelican State, Chamberlain knows Louisiana. He’s just the guy, I figure, to explain why Louisiana is so different, even a…