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The Local Charm of the General Store

Tucked in rural hamlets and along country roads, the American general store was a central part of daily life long before the arrival of the automobile. Farmers and locals gathered to load up on dry goods and share news with neighbors. Today, people wander the worn wood floors in search of timeless souvenirs.

Overnighter: Baker City, Oregon

Tucked between the Elkhorn and Wallowa mountains in northeastern Oregon, Baker City found form during an 1860s gold rush. Today, its Main Street is home to a strip of recently opened brewpubs, boutiques, and eateries, most of which are run by converts from Portland, California, and New York. That outsider influence—and old-timers who welcome change, and want to be a part of it—make the town of 10,000 well worth an overnight stop.

Travel Inspiration: Great New Reads

From Africa to the Oregon Trail, these four new #TripLit titles take you there.

The Last Best American Beach Towns

America does beaches extremely well, a point I didn’t begin to realize until my 20s, when I tried to sunbathe on a jam-packed stretch of Spanish shore. But too many of the towns along our coastlines have become charmless and generic. They feel like shopping malls with sand. Then there are those that shine. Here are seven of the best.

Streetcars, Desired

Streetcars are sometimes typecast as old-fashioned conveyances, but they’re making encore appearances in cities around the world.

The 10 Best BBQ Joints in America

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.

Ghost-Dodging in Portland

“Some people swear they’ve seen her,” Ben the bartender said.

“One guy described her in detail, down to the bows on her shoes. He said he saw her sitting right there, in that chair next to you,” he added pointing to my right. “Sometimes, if I feel an eerie presence around, I’ll leave that chair down when I put the others up for the night. Just in case.”

Hoppy Times at Chatoe Rogue

Smoke. Dirtoir. OREgasmic.

That’s just a smidgeon of what you’ll encounter at Chatoe Rogue, Oregon’s best-known brewing company’s tasting room and working hop farm in Independence, Oregon.

Tipi-cal Life in Oregon

“This is what we call the chicken tunnel,” Susanne said, pointing at a few plucky hens as they scuttled from their outdoor pen to their coop. “Two paths converged — the people one and the chicken one,” she said. “So we figured we could have them go over or under.” I laughed as I pictured a chicken bridge. She was giving me a tour of the grounds where she and her partner Ken run the Tipi Village Retreat in the verdant Marcola, Oregon, just a half hour northeast of Eugene.

Wherefore Art Thou, Ashland?

A Comic-Con for Shakespeare freaks. People out in the street dressed up as their favorite characters — Hamlet, Othello, Juliet, Puck — verbally jousting with lines from their respective plays. That’s what I expected to find when I arrived at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. I quickly learned that I had underestimated the operation.

The Radar: Slo-Mo Tokyo, Grab a Beer in Bend, 5 Secrets About Iceland

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. Photograph by Jean Philippe Schweitzer, My Shot

Hidden Beach Gems

Rainer Jenss recently traveled around the world with his wife and two sons and blogged about his experience here on Intelligent Travel.  We’re proud to announce that Rainer’s Jenss Family Travels was selected as one of the Top 25 Family Travel Blogs by Babble.com.  This is Part 1 of his report on some of the world’s best…