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In 1888, two things I love were born: the National Geographic Society (obvious bias here) and the Hotel del Coronado. I realized the coincidence as I stood in the Del’s wood-paneled lobby, where, on the surface, little appears to have changed in the past 126 years except for the attire of the crowds passing through. But this American classic isn’t frozen in time.

When I know I’m going on a trip, I immediately start canvassing my network of friends around the world for advice about what to see and do. So when I heard I’d be heading to San Diego, I went straight to Nat Geo Travel’s digital director, Carolyn Fox, who grew up a few miles north of the city, in Del Mar. Here’s her idea of a perfect day in San Diego County–and what I found along the way as a visitor armed with her recommendations.

The next time you’re traveling through Southern California, think about making one of these fab mid-century modern pads your home base.

San Diego’s Balboa Park is a veritable universe unto itself. While everyone knows about the famous zoo tucked away in the 1,200-acre urban oasis, oodles of other attractions combine to make this a truly world-class destination. Here are 10 ways you can make the most of this natural and cultural wonderland with your kids.

The first official day of summer is on Friday (for the northern half of the world, at least), so we thought we’d kick it off right: with a special edition of I Heart My City.

After drying my gills in the desert, I decided it was time for some island fun. No, Max didn’t have a snorkel, and I wasn’t attempting to drive to Hawaii. I was simply heading over a bridge to a private Island in San Diego’s Mission Bay.

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.

Who doesn’t want to be a travel photographer and earn their keep by exploring the world and capturing its essence for the rest of us to see? I know I do.

I was lucky enough to sit in on one of Traveler’s photo seminars earlier this month, led by award-winning photographer Jim Richardson and the magazine’s senior photo editor Dan Westergren. Though Jim and Dan believe in the importance of technique, they stressed that “the secret is in how you look at the world, not in how you turn the dials on the camera.”

Here are a few of Jim and Dan’s tips on how to get into the right frame of mind when you’re making pictures.

As you know, Shannon Switzer, otherwise known as the Curious Traveler, just returned from an epic road trip around the American West. Though she’s happy to be back in her hometown of San Diego, she aims to keep her curiosity goggles on now that she’s back in familiar territory. Now, without further ado, these are a few of her favorite things.

Like many people, I find it much easier to be in a constant state of curiosity when I’m on the road, in new surroundings, than when I’m going about my daily routine. So, as I wound up my epic road trip adventure in Coronado on July 4th, I had to ask myself: How can I continue to be a curious traveler at home?

Well…I hope not. But it’s the driving force behind this blog, which all began on a sunny, blue-sky day at the end of April, when I got the call of a lifetime. Would I like to do a month-long road trip around the western U.S. for the Intelligent Travel blog? I blinked a few times until it registered, then tried to rein in the school-girl-excitement that threatened to burst my body at the seams. Yes! Yes. Yes, I would like to do that.

Curiosity. It’s why the first explorers set sail, why we built a rocket to the moon, and what moves each and every one of us to travel. The opposite of being curious is being bored, and we think being curious is a lot more fun. That’s why we’re sending Nat Geo Young Explorer and award-winning photojournalist Shannon Switzer on a quest to uncover off-the-beaten-path treasures as she wends her way around the American West this summer. The adventure begins Monday, June 4th. Follow Shannon’s journey here on the blog, on Twitter @CuriousTraveler, and on Instagram @ShannonSwitzer.

Ah, summer vacation. That three-month stretch with no school, no schedule, and plenty of time for family trips. The possibilities were endless back then, weren’t they, when visions of Disney World danced in your head, and the days seemed to last forever. Not every 12-year-old is as well-traveled as Reed Golomb – son of digital media vice…

Photos: Where You Went

Our readers boast impressive travel résumés, which is why every Friday we ask you the same question on Facebook: Where are you traveling this weekend? See photos of where YOU went, and get inspired to plan your next trip. Photos by readers like you. Upload your favorite travel photos with a caption to Your Shot/Travel at ngm.com/yourshot. Tag all…

Parks, gardens, boat rides, beaches—get the most out of the great outdoors without spending a cent. We’ve got a list of 20 free outdoor activities in the U.S. Get a sneak peek of the list below, then find all 20 online. Plus, we want to hear from you. Tell us about a free outdoor activity in your neighborhood.…

Coffee Vacations

Most of us have heard of cooking vacations–trips that involve traveling to an idyllic place and taking cooking classes from a local chef or school. Last spring, Elizabeth Berg made us envious (and hungry) when she wrote about attending a cooking school along Italy’s Amalfi Coast. I piggybacked on that story and blogged about cooking…

The Radar: 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 the next day for our daily roundup.

We all know the Big Apple is the dance capital of the U.S., if not the world. With unparalleled ballet companies like the American Ballet Theatre, contemporary legends like the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and that little place called Broadway, world class dancers and choreographers flock to Manhattan – and bring audiences with them.…

San Diego Segways with Kids

Last year, Rainer Jenss traveled around the world with his wife and two sons, and blogged about his experience here on Intelligent Travel. This year, he’s back with a new column that focuses on traveling with kids. One of the main motivators for choosing California as our spring break destination this year was the abundance…

Bike San Diego

In our March 2010 issue, Traveler contributor David Swanson counted San Diego among North America’s top bike-friendly cities. With SoCal as the first stop on my nine-day California road trip, I decided to put San Diego biking to the test. The result: sunburn and a sore behind, but also the discovery that biking is one…

Great Bike-Friendly Cities

Exploring North American cities by bike is only getting easier, thanks to the creation of more bike lanes, commuter-friendly policies, and a number of open street programs being introduced across the country. In the March issue of Traveler, writer David Swanson spotlights some of these steps taken in several cities. Boston’s hired a former Olympic…

This year, inspired by our “I Heart My City” series on Intelligent Travel, we’re reveling in the holiday season by asking our readers to share their favorite ways to celebrate in their cities. Today’s city-lover is travel writer Meaghan Clark, who gives us a glimpse of San Diego. What to share the things that make…

By: Ashley Thompson What do Charleston, S.C., San Diego, and New York have in common? They are all cities with these new-fangled things called jogging tours. Ladies and gentlemen, a new and improved way of sightseeing: City Running Tours. They’re more time-efficient than leisurely walking tours, and they’re a heck of a lot more eco-friendly…

IT’s Restaurant Weakness

IT likes to eat. When we can, we like to eat well. But if gourmet’s not an option we have no qualms admitting that we’ll eat our fill of pretty much whatever you put in front of us. The week before last, though, we were delighted to have the opportunity to eat gourmet food in…