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National Geographic Traveler

National Geographic Traveler Aug-15 - Sep-15

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
Idioma:
English
Editor:
National Geographic Society
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wish you were here

ARE POSTCARDS OBSOLETE? Features editor Amy Alipio pondered this in a March Intelligent Travel blog post. With the ease of Instagram and Facebook, who still writes and mails a postcard? A lot of our readers, it turns out. Within a month of the post, more than 250 pieces of snail mail landed at Traveler. The postcards—some hand-painted, some created using the sender’s own photos—came from all over the world, from Mauritius to Mars, Pennsylvania. All conveyed a similar message: In this digital age, postcards connect in a uniquely personal way. USE #POSTCARDPROJECT ON TWITTER AND INSTAGRAM TO SHARE SOME OF YOUR OWN.…

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the world in your backyard

Italy in Boston For a few days in late August, Boston’s Italian North End neighborhood honors St. Anthony with a ten-hour procession of his statue and a feast of cannoli, arancini (rice balls), and zeppole. Cuba in Tampa Cuba may have started to open its doors, but you can still experience Havana in Tampa’s Cuban quarter, Ybor City. Wander down Seventh Avenue for Cuban sandwiches and hand-rolled cigars. Brazil in Seattle For a one-day celebration of all things Brazilian, Seattle’s BrasilFest—held this year on August 16—brings high-kicking capoeira, shake-it samba, grilled meats, and pão de queijo (cheesy rolls). CHECK OUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC’S ABROAD AT HOME, IN STORES NOW. MATT CONTI FOR ST. ANTHONY’S SOCIETY (STATUE),…

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pete mcbride

Above and Beyond My favorite shot ever is the cover image of my book [The Colorado River], which is an aerial of a double oxbow in Canyonlands National Park. Not only is the site a magical place, but I was able to capture it from my father’s single-engine plane while he piloted at sunrise. Peak Experience Working inside the Khumbu Icefall on the Nepalese side of Mount Everest was full of surprises, such as the beauty of the mountain and the generosity of the human spirit. But the depth of ambition and ego in others was alarming. It was a journey into extremes—physically and emotionally. All the Right Moves I recently did a source-to-sea Ganges River trip and spent a morning learning dance moves from a professional Bollywood choreographer who happened to be staying in…

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capturing natural light

“Light is the single most important element in photography. The trick is to use it in a startling way. I like photographing at the edge of light, when sunrise and sunset can produce such extreme colors. Both of these images were made in equatorial parts of the world where those transition times and hues are fast and fleeting. I photographed the U Bein Bridge, in Myanmar, just after sunset. The moving bicycles, tree limbs, bold yellow, and silhouette show how light, color, action, and pattern can combine in one instant to make an image unique. The fishing nets in Cochin, India, were also photographed at sunset. In this case, that little blue sail against the orange sky became the special punctuation that I needed to set the image apart. You can’t plan…

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virginia’s capital of charm

RICHMOND ZIPS AWAY from its sleepy southern past with a blend of modern culture and cuisine. In September, professional cyclists will race in the UCI Road World Championships along the same streets and James River-skirting trail that lure leisure cyclists (rent wheels from Riverside Outfitters). The food scene goes “beyond ‘where can I get crab cakes?’ to noodle houses, pie shops, and breweries,” says Maureen Egan of Real Richmond Food Tours. Try Blue Bee Cider or L’Opossum’s South-meets-France bistro fare (ham escargot biscuits, lavender grits). For visual feasts, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts boasts a collection of 21st-century art from around the world. Quirky Carytown hosts bookstores, outdoor cafés, and vintage clothing boutiques.…

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biking in america

SOUTH CAROLINA SWAMP RABBIT TRAIL Opened in 2009, the 18.7-mile Greenville Health System trail in the foothills of upstate South Carolina winds from Greenville’s downtown along the Reedy River to the small town of Travelers Rest. Formerly an old railbed, the multiuse greenway is beloved by residents, including Tour de France veteran cyclist George Hincapie. Grab a sandwich and scone to go at the trailside Swamp Rabbit Café & Grocery, and picnic on the leafy Furman University campus near the end of the route. PENNSYLVANIA, MARYLAND GREAT ALLEGHENY PASSAGE More than 35 years in the making, the 150-mile GAP opened in 2013, linking the onetime rail route between downtown Pittsburgh and Cumberland, Maryland, with a nearly level crushed limestone path. Pedal past forests, farms, and parks, crossing the Eastern Continental Divide and the Mason-Dixon Line.…