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#NGTRadar: Travel Lately

The Radar—the latest and best from the travel blogosphere—is a regular feature on Intelligent Travel every other Wednesday. You can play, too. Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTravel and tag your favorite travel stories #NGTRadar to help us find the crème de la crème on the Web. Here are our newest picks.

Central Park is the ultimate Manhattan playground. Here’s where to go and what to do in this 843-acre family-friendly wonderland.

Nearly a century after Langston Hughes and Billie Holiday turned Manhattan’s cultural landscape upside down, Harlem is again seeing rebirth.

I Heart My City (in the Spring)

Spring is upon us (at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere), and we’re embracing it with open arms by highlighting seasonal must-dos from our amazing I Heart My City community.

A Valley for All Seasons

On a recent road trip, a friend remarked that the Hudson Valley carries us through the seasons, and that each one draws us back for a different purpose. Promises of the perfect “fall” day may have drawn me here in the first place, but I now return for the quaint shops, historical treasures, and sophisticated dining. There’s always something new to discover.

In the land of the free and the home of the brave, nothing tickles the taste buds quite like barbecue. BBQ capitals like Kansas City and Memphis are well represented on our list, but America’s love affair with smoked meat is quite clearly a national preoccupation.

Traditional Japanese Bliss (in NYC)

Why is it that with each passing year, it seems to get more and more difficult to think of a cool gift idea for my wife’s birthday? Maybe it’s because in 2008, we spent her special day walking around Kyoto, Japan in traditional kimonos and stayed over at an authentic 19th-century ryokan. So, there I was, having a drink at the Kitano Hotel in New York City, plum out of bright ideas, when I learned that the property had a special tatami suite that offered guests what it was calling authentic Japanese culture and hospitality.

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 for our roundups.

“Thomas Jefferson said Lake George is, without comparison, the most beautiful water he ever saw.” I was on board The Morgan, a replica of a 19th-century touring boat, listening as bartender Dan Blanchard peppered our cruise with historic factoids. I have always been fascinated with Jefferson, so the statement gave me pause.

The most beautiful water he ever saw?

By Denver Nicks — The traveling spirit tends to seek out unfamiliar, untrammeled places, so, as a denizen of New York who sees the Empire State Building almost daily, I wasn’t sure what to make of my invitation to take a “behind the scenes” tour. But I had never seen it like this.

Trying Out the Finger Lakes

The weekend before Memorial Day, I successfully completed a triathlon that had me swimming, biking, and running in continual succession. Afterwards, my wife and two sons greeting me with enthusiastic acknowledgement, to which I responded that the whole family was going to do the Finger Lakes triathlon the following weekend. They seemed less than thrilled.…

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Manhattan’s hyper-competitive luxury hotels are always trying to outdo each other. But they’ve been taking it to a new level lately. How else would you describe a museum-quality art collection, a 3D movie theater, or the finest indoor pool this side of Central Park? At the Peninsula New York, that’s what hotel guests find when…

Welcome back city-lovers, to another Wednesday edition of I Heart My City. This week’s insider guide to Brooklyn, New York was submitted by Annemarie Dooling, Community Editor at Huffington Post Travel and travel writer behind the Frill Seeker Diary. Browse Annemarie’s favorite spots in her hometown, then tell us what you love about Brooklyn in…

Samantha Brown’s New York

Travel Channel’s Samantha Brown relates part of her travel philosophy to me over breakfast at Perch Café near her home in Park Slope, Brooklyn.  “People cultivate the soul of a city.  Spend time with them and the place comes to life in a different way than just checking off the top things to do,” she…

In the spirit of the hyper-local, Daisann McLane gives you a personal guided day tour of her super-walkable neighborhood. All the following sights, eats and activities are within a 15 minute walk of her nearest subway station, the Q/B stop at 7th Avenue, Brooklyn.

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French New York

By Megan Snedden Some may say New York City lacks the necessary Francophile accoutrements to be considered Parisian. Instead of rues there are avenues, geometric high rises dominate the skyline, and there’s the constant hustle and bustle paired with the hum of subway trains rumbling below. Since Marie Delecourt—author of the blog Paris in New…

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Miss the fireworks last night? Don’t fret, there are plenty of other spectacular light shows to catch later this year. Matador rounds up 10 “off season” firework shows including Japan’s Miyajima-on-the-Sea display that dazzles on August 14th. [Matador] At New York’s Hall of Science kids visit free for the month of July with the purchase…

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Nothing says “family travel” better than deep dish pizza. Chicago is the perfect summer destination for families: visit a museum, ride the Ferris wheel on Navy Pier, or take in a baseball game. Away.com has your complete family guide to the city including what to see and where to stay. [Away.com] Don’t let soaring summer…

We [Heart] NYC Songlines

In researching an upcoming project on the Big Apple, I stumbled upon editor and writer Jim Naureckas‘s New York City Songlines, a website packed with factual curiosities about Manhattan’s streets and sites. Naureckas has grafted his passion for NYC history onto the Australian Aboriginal concept of Songlines, songs used by Aborigines to navigate their homeland…

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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,…

By Frank DiCesare Rising gas prices may cause many to curtail their road trips this year. But one group of car enthusiasts is putting petrol costs aside for an adventure more than 100 years in the making. On the morning of April 14, six racing teams met in Times Square to begin the World Race…

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Looking for a venue in which to share your travel adventures with the world? The Nomading Film Festival is currently accepting submissions. The inaugural festival, aimed at travelers who film, not filmmakers who travel, was founded by four friends determined to create a venue where “entertaining, educating, beautiful, and authentic” experiences could be shared, acknowledged and awarded. If that’s not enticing enough, the grand prize is a trip for two to India.

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Before blogs and social media, the self-recording of thoughts and ideas happened on the page of a journal. Margie Goldsmith takes a look at a new exhibition, where the secret lives of literary and artistic greats are revealed. Oprah keeps a diary. So does Nicole Kidman, Richard Branson, Renee Zellwegger, and Alicia Keys. Charlotte Brontë…