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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 @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the web #NGTRadar. Check back on the blog on Wednesdays for our Travel Lately roundup.

Referred to as Obama’s Katrina, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is officially the worst spill in U.S. history, and an environmental turned political disaster. This afternoon, under extreme pressure to act, President Obama made his most dramatic policy response yet: an announcement that the U.S. will suspend any attempts at exploratory drilling in the Arctic…

In an effort to compete with the ever-growing fleet of cheap buses that are cruising up and down the Northeast corridor, Amtrak has announced that it will begin featuring free Wi-Fi service on its Acela trains starting this March. It’s part of a larger five-year upgrade plan, Amtrak CEO Joseph Boardman said in a recent…

Inside Obama’s White House

As an intern trying to make the most of her summer in the capital, I’m always on the lookout for cool things to see and do. The Smithsonians? Check. Free concerts at the Kennedy Center? I’m there. I’m sure you can imagine my excitement when I was invited to tour the Holy Grail of D.C.…

Lynda Bird Johnson packs her camp trailer prior to her western trip. From the December, 1965 issue of National Geographic Magazine, by David Boyer/NGS. This weekend President Obama and the First Family are heading to Yellowstone and Grand Canyon National Parks, in part to promote this summer’s final fee-free weekend at over 100 parks that…

President Obama recently signed a bill that would create a trail from Montana’s Glacier National Park (above) to the Pacific Ocean at Washington’s Cape Alava. The 1,200-mile Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail is part of the “dream of a transcontinental pathway across America,” according to Ron Strickland, who proposed the Pacific Northwest Trail in 1970.…

Sites of Presidential Proportions

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President’s Day is fast approaching, and with our nation’s (and the world’s) newfound fascination with the Commander in Chief, there’s a heap of places you can put your presidential passions to educational use. Drive down Highway 288 South near Houston, Texas, and you can catch a glimpse of six presidents of gigantic proportions. The 18-…

The tanking international economy has led to a tourism downturn throughout the world, with the notable exception of Kenya, where safari operators are reporting brisk bookings following the November election of Barack Obama, whose father hailed from the town of Kogelo in the western part of the country. “We’ve seen a 12 percent increase since…

IT’s Guide to the Inauguration!

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Nearly four million people could descend on Washington, D.C., this January 20 for the inauguration. We’ve just launched the ultimate guide to the capital city and the big event, complete with practical tips,  44 must-see places, Traveler editors’ picks, where to get a taste of Obama’s native Hawaii, a D.C. photo gallery, and much, much…