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National Geographic Traveler

National Geographic Traveler April/May 2017

National Geographic Traveler is the world's most widely read travel magazine. With captivating storytelling and beautiful you-are-there photography, National Geographic Traveler brings you the world’s best destinations. Experience the same high-quality articles and breathtaking photography contained in the print edition.

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United States
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English
Editor:
National Geographic Society
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editor’s note by george!

Epic journeys begin with a single step. In this issue we’re celebrating the power of travel to inspire, inform, and transform us all, whether we’re taking a small stride into the lavender fields of Provence or a giant leap to the glaciers and peaks of Torres del Paine in Chile’s Patagonia. Adventure is all around us, and sometimes all it takes to appreciate it is the pluck to explore a new path and the daring to dream of faraway places. With this issue we’re excited to launch ARTISTS ON EXPEDITION, a series of creative narratives that reveal how our geographic journeys are also odysseys of the imagination. In our debut edition, illustrator Christoph Niemann heads to Norway’s Svalbard Islands, sketchbook in hand, to create a travelogue that captures the beauty…

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top 10 arkansas adventures

Looking for family fun? One-of-a-kind art and culture? Wilderness inspiration? Take your pick! Arkansas lets you plan a great getaway with something to excite everyone. Mix and match these top experiences to build your own amazing trip to The Natural State. 1 HIT THE TRAIL Everything from leisurely loop trails to challenging wilderness treks await on the Ouachita National Recreation Trail, in Petit Jean State Park, and at Upper Buffalo Wilderness Area. 2 DISCOVER THE PAST Travel through history on the Arkansas Heritage Trails: Butterfield, Civil War, Southwest, and Trail of Tears. You can access all four of these driving routes in Little Rock where you can also visit the Clinton Presidential Center and Little Rock Central High School—pivotal in public school integration. 3 WATCH FOR WILDLIFE Vast natural areas are home to more than 300…

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explorer’s guide mount kilimanjaro

Climb Like an Expert In 2015 Nat Geo Emerging Explorer Wasfia Nazreen finished a four-year quest to climb the Seven Summits, the highest peaks on each continent. Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, is one of the more accessible summits, as it doesn’t require technical skills or training. Try these tips for a successful Kilimanjaro hike. 1 Photo Ready Cold weather means a frozen phone battery. Pack a small camera that can handle frigid temps (and warm a backup battery in an interior pocket) so you don’t miss any Instagramworthy sunrises. 2 Must-Haves Trekking poles will help support your weight, and they’re essential for descending from the summit without slipping and sliding all the way down. Also, use water purification tablets to stay hydrated with fresh water along the way. 3 Get Some Air Sleeping with your tent slightly…

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road trip

Miles: 79 ● Days on the Road: 3 ● Best Snack Stop: Waimea Canyon Lookout fruit stand ● Best Indoor Attraction: Kokee Museum Lush Kauai, known as the Garden Isle, is the oldest of the main Hawaiian Islands. This verdant gem packs a ton of tropical punch into its 552 square miles. Beyond the resorts, you’ll find a massive inland canyon, ancient Hawaiian sites, waterfalls that trickle down neon green mountains, sleepy former plantation towns, golden sand beaches, and more than a few wild chickens, which act as the island’s unofficial mascots. Many of the local attractions are family-friendly. Kauai’s horseshoe-shaped route (a gap on the west side accommodates the wild Napali coast) can be tackled in a day but is best when stretched out over a long weekend.…

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road trip kauai

STOP 1 Nature First Head straight for the hills early in the morning: The Kalalau Lookout, above a northwestern valley along the undulating Napali coast, is best before the afternoon fogs settle in. After exploring the coast’s 17 miles of jungle green sea cliffs, savor a hearty local-style meal at the Kokee Lodge Restaurant. Order the loco moco, a fried-egg–topped hamburger smothered in gravy over rice, to fuel up for the Waimea Canyon, the wild, red chasm dubbed the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” STOP 2 Check In to a Sweet Suite The islands’ sugar plantation heyday from the late 1800s to the mid-1900s is credited with sparking Hawaii’s modern cultural mix. At Waimea Plantation Cottages, on the former seaside grounds of a sugar mill, restored workers’ homes—some more than a century old—serve as bungalow-style…

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mini guide

“ Bangkok straddles like no other metropolis the boundary between acrid and sweet, soft and hard, sacred and profane. ” —Tom Robbins, Villa Incognito Bangkok is two-faced. At once serene and spicy, frenzied yet romantic, Thailand’s capital is the best of both worlds. The golden tiles of the temples wink eternal, the steam from Chinatown hawkers’ woks carry the peppery scents of fragrant herbs, and down alleys the twisted arms of aged banyan trees wrap the gates of rickety wooden homes. At the same time, baristas hand over lattes made with Thai coffee beans. Bitters and Bénédictine line the back bar at cocktail joints. And when the faded teak doors of the shophouses roll open in the early morning, you’ll find tables stocked by independent, young designers. Bangkok is unlike any…