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Encompassing 1,441 square miles of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, Olympic National Park invites visitors to explore three distinct ecosystems: subalpine forest and wildflower meadow; temperate forest; and the rugged Pacific shore. Because of the park’s relatively unspoiled condition and outstanding scenery, the United Nations has declared Olympic both an international biosphere reserve and a World Heritage site. Here’s a look at the wild wonderland from someone who knows and loves it best.

Travel photography is, on the surface, a very simple endeavor. Go to a faraway place, stand in front of something you can’t see at home, and take a picture. What’s so hard about that? Well, that may well be the recipe for generations of boring family albums. Find out how to up your photography game when you’re exploring the world by joining @NatGeoTravel’s Dan Westergren for a live photo workshop at 1 p.m. ET on Thursday, October 2.

Washington, D.C.’s National Gallery of Art is an awesome trove, but approaching it requires planning. Most of the gallery’s art is not on display at any one time, of course, but some spectacular pieces always are, and they provide the best starting point. Here are ten must-see works recommended by curator Eric Denker.

Hoping to witness democracy in action in D.C.? Head to Union Market, a new seat of culinary power northeast of the U.S. Capitol that’s as much of a throwback as it is progressive. Here in an up-and-coming neighborhood known as NoMA, what was once a gloomy warehouse has been transformed into a bright gathering place.

The Radar: Travel Lately

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 with #NGTRadar. Check back on the blog each Wednesday for our Travel Lately roundup.

Photographers, charge your batteries and clear your memory cards! The cherry blossoms are in peak bloom along the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C., and we know you’re dying to get that perfect shot.

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

Get a sneak peek inside National Geographic Traveler’s epic, year-end issue.

#TripLit: Catching up with T.C. Boyle

The 12th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival took place last weekend, and boy was it a doozy. For two days the National Mall teemed with crazed fans overwrought by the sheer amount of writing talent massed in one place. One of the chiefs of that mighty literary army was prolific writer and character extraordinaire T.C. Boyle. Intelligent Travel caught up with him sipping a Diet Coke in the media tent where he held forth on travel and writing, cures for the slump that comes in the middle of a big project, his new book, and his admiration for big cats.

#TripLit: Andrew McCarthy Interview

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Traveling to an unfamiliar destination can be stressful and overwhelming — and while there are oodles of travel sites, books, and blogs to recommend the hottest new this or the cheapest that, there are few places to turn for practical information that will save you time, and keep you safe. That’s why we’re kicking off a new series on the blog called Know Before You Go.

Do you have Know Before You Go tips for your city? Share them in the comments section or use the #B4UGO hashtag and shout out @NatGeoTraveler on Twitter.

Since it’s America’s birthday today, we thought it would be fitting to publish a special edition of I Heart My City to celebrate the best things about the nation’s capital and National Geographic’s home city. Here’s a mash-up of our favorite things about living in “the District.”

I am not a coffee drinker. I usually prefer the leaf over the bean. But when I crossed from Bainbridge Island to Seattle via the ferry, I was very damp and very cold. Seattle was damp and cold too, which meant there was only one thing to do. When in Rome, right?

Photos: Olympic Vistas

When I finally reunited with the coast after leaving Portland, the weather went from hot and dry to wet and soggy. The trend continued as I made my way toward Olympic National Park, which gets an average of 150 inches (380 cm) of rain each year. Here are a few photos that capture my quick hop through the Olympic Peninsula.

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.”

Bellows Unmasked

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One of the most vivid, spontaneous American painters of the early 20th century, George Bellows, chronicled in bold strokes both the interior and exterior life of New York City. His best known oils are probably his boxing scenes – “Club Night,” “Stag at Sharkey’s,” and “Both Members of the Club” – all part of a literal treasure trove of Bellows’s work that just opened at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

The most famous depiction today of a wave may be Hokusai’s block print, “The Great Wave off Kanagawa.” Not only is it a beautiful, stylized evocation of the sea’s power but also a layered testament to the illusion of solidity (Mount Fuji poking up in the background) and human frailty (those poor fishermen cowering in their…

By Jennifer Pocock, former assistant researcher at National Geographic Traveler magazine. The peak cherry tree bloom has already come and gone, carpeting the sidewalks of America’s capital city with a layer of pink and white petals. For the Japanese, this blossoming is a metaphor for life: a brief and brilliant burst, followed by a certain fall. Yet…

The five-week National Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off today, and Washington D.C. is in full bloom. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Tokyo’s gift of 3,000 cherry trees to the U.S. capital, and the festival will be bigger and better to celebrate the centennial in style, featuring scores of events and activities that highlight Japanese culture. Susan O’Keefe,…

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The 20th anniversary of D.C.’s Environmental Film Festival is underway (March 13-25) and shouldn’t be missed, in part because there’s nothing quite like it. This assemblage of films from around the world makes the urgency of climate change both real and provocative, and provides a running history of the environmental movement itself. Symbolically, Washington’s cherry…

Hello city-lovers! Today we’re exploring our own backyard with an I Heart My City guide to Washington, D.C. Today’s tour comes courtesy of travel blogger Matt Long, Editor-in-Chief and creator of LandLopers.com. Get Matt’s insider’s take on the nation’s capital, then tell us what you love about D.C. in the comments section below. Plus, for more great travel…

I Heart My City: Charyn’s Seattle

In June 2010, food, travel, and lifestyle journalist Charyn Pfeuffer swapped her BlackBerry for a backpack to volunteer with 12 community projects in 12 countries over 12 months. After volunteering more than 900 hours for her Global Citizen Project, she’s back home in Seattle, Washington, to share all things food, travel, and volunteering. In another Wednesday edition…

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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.

Take in the sights, smells, and sounds of the bustling streets of Beijing the traditional way—by bicycle. The traffic may be wild, but you’ll find plenty of bike lanes, few hills, and sights to see. Here are some bike tips and places to stop in the city. [BBC] Offering the ideal mix of fun activities,…

When it comes to seeing the sites in our nation’s capital, I consider myself a true Washingtonian. After spending four years here as a G.W. undergrad (go Colonials!) and nearly two years as a nine-to-five adult, I have most of the D.C. essentials crossed off my to-do list. Lincoln Memorial, check. Bike the Capital Crescent…