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National Geographic Traveler October 2013

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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HANNAH SAMPSON WRITER, MY CITY: MIAMI HOME BASE: I’m a Miami native and lifelong resident of South Florida, and I’m on the staff of the Miami Herald. MIAMI VICE: Local ice cream shops are my kryptonite. I frequent the Frieze Ice Cream Factory, a familyowned shop by the Art Deco District in Miami Beach. I get coconut—and sometimes I add a scoop of key lime pie. THE SUN ALSO SETS: People who move away talk about missing the Miami skies, which are almost always stunningly blue but can also be violent and stormy and, at sunset, riotously colorful. My secret spot for watching the spectacle is a vacant lot on Biscayne Bay, with a path to the water’s edge. For a view that’s less secluded, people pull over on the bridge connecting Palm…

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editor’s note

A New Chapter in Travel FOR 125 YEARS the National Geographic Society has been front and center in the world of exploration. Following on the heels of pioneers such as Hiram Bingham in Peru and Jane Goodall in Tanzania are travelers like you and me. Traveler magazine came along in 1984 and celebrates its 30th anniversary beginning in December. I’ve edited the magazine for 16 of those years—and it’s extraordinary to see how we’ve kept pace with the dramatic changes in how, where, and why we all travel (see “The Traveler 50,” on page 79). This issue debuts a complete redesign that puts the shine on what we do best—you-are-there photography, personal storytelling, deep culture, insider authority. Traveler also now becomes part of National Geographic Travel, a new enterprise that combines…

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inside national geographic travel

READ I T, DO I T Travel With Us to Antarctica On page 98, writer Kenneth Brower journeys to the southernmost continent aboard the ship National Geographic Explorer. Led by a team of expert naturalists, you can re-create his voyage on a guided trip with National Geographic Expeditions. Cross the Drake Passage, kayak among icebergs (and penguins), witness up-close cameos by whales, hike up peaks and across ice fields for soaring views, visit historic Port Lockroy, and become immersed in the booming cries of thousands of gentoo penguins. NATIONALGEOGRAPHICEXPEDITIONS.COM/ANTARCTICA THE YELLOW BORDER STILL LIGHTS UP A ROOM —AND NOW MOBILE DEVICES, TOO Since 1888, National Geographic has connected with the public in myriad ways—in person, in print, and, increasingly, digitally, such as the new City Guides for iPhone and iPad (available for download at the…

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trail of elephant tears

TALK TO US E-mail: travel_ Twitter: @NatGeoTravel Instagram: @NatGeoTravel Facebook: National Geographic Travel Letters: Travel Talk Editor, National Geographic Traveler, 1145 17th St. N.W. Washington, DC 20036-4688 Include address and daytime telephone number. Letters we publish may be excerpted or edited. Subscriber 1-800-NGS-LINE (647-5463) READERS JUMPED to action over Costas Christ’s column about the recent rise of elephant poaching in Africa (Tales From the Frontier, June/July 2013), voicing their disapproval of ivory consumption by China and the Catholic Church with letters to officials. “I thought the days of these massacres were behind us,” wrote Kent Kraemer of Toronto, Ontario. “Let’s hope articles such as yours will raise awareness to 1980s levels, so that governments will once again rally to protect wild elephant herds. I have become involved in ocean conservation, particularly regarding the plight of the world’s…

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arkansas ozarks

Arkansas Ozarks Alice Walton once purchased $20 million of art by phone in one day—while on a horse. Bentonville: The Bilbao of the Ozarks? MILLION-DOLLAR ART, IMAGINATIVE hotels, and top chefs. The 2011 opening of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art cued a cultural shift, bringing Walmart heiress Alice Walton’s unrivaled collection (Gilbert Stuart’s “George Washington,” Norman Rockwell’s “Rosie the Riveter”) to this northwest Arkansas town better known as the birthplace of the big-box empire. “Historically, art communities started with artists, then galleries, then—maybe—world-class museums,” says local artist and curator Dayton Castleman, explaining how Bentonville has turned that model on its head. Near Crystal Bridges, 21c Museum Hotel’s art gallery captivates passersby 24 hours a day (à la chandeliers in wigs), while native chef Matthew McClure (a James Beard winner) preps…

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datong, china

East of Datong, the Hanging Temple has clung to a cliff since the fifth century. Northern China’s Stone Temple Pilots A BUDDHA CARVED into rock at the Yungang Grottoes has looked over the bleak plains of northern China for more than 1,500 years. This seated, 82-foot-tall figure (above) stands out among the 51,000 Buddhist statues enshrined here in a honey comb of stone grottoes built in the fifth to sixth centuries. Pilgrims journey to this UNESCO World Heritage site in Shanxi Province through the gateway city of Datong, a former imperial capital turned soot-stained coal city. But those industrial scars are fading. This fall, the local government finishes a five-year rebuilding of the Ming-era city walls, largely stripped down to their earthen foundations over time. Within the new walls, elegant Phoenix Pavilion…