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National Geographic Traveler

National Geographic Traveler Aug-14 Sep-14

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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excellence has its awards

IN THE 1980s, ECOTOURISM—driven by a deep conservation and environmental ethic—focused on remote jungle lodges, nature treks, and the like. It was well-meaning and maybe appropriate to the time, but dwelled on the fringes of a largely uninterested mainstream travel industry. At Traveler we observed this and felt a broader approach, around sustainable tourism, would prove a more powerful force to improve travelers’ interactions with the planet and push the entire industry to take notice. Our own sustainabletravel initiatives promoted cultural and natural preservation as well as the thoughtful involvement of travelers and local communities in caring for destinations. In 2002, Traveler conceived and launched the World Legacy Awards to recognize work in the field, in partnership with Conservation International. We were ahead of our time; there wasn’t much support…

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JANELLE NANOS WRITER, “EXPLORERS CLUB,” PAGE 48 HOME: I live in Cambridge, a mile from Harvard Square. As a convergence of great minds, the Boston area is an endless source for stories. RUNNER’S HIGH: I’m an editor for Boston Magazine, and the office is only a few blocks from the finish line of the Boston Marathon. I had been down there just an hour before the blasts went off in 2013. So when I got the chance to run the race this year, it seemed I didn’t have a choice, though training here means weeks of long, freezing winter runs along the Charles River. On race day, I got choked up at the sight of the Citgo sign; the finish line was a spectacular celebration of the strength of a city. LOVE NOTES: I…

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solidarity in motion

IN “OVER THERE” (May 2014), writer Ceil Miller Bouchet traveled to Lorraine, France, to pay homage to its World War I heritage and discover the lasting effects on this borderland. That theme of remembrance struck a chord with retired soldier Mary Dassau of Hope Mills, N.C., who shared her tradition to commemorate France’s sacrifices in another world war, in another corner of the country, at the International Military Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Dassau explained: “This pilgrimage is attended by thousands of soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, police officers, and firefighters from more than 35 countries. It is a wonderful, spiritual experience, as well as being a lot of fun. This year will mark my seventh trip.” TRIP ADVISING Our annual roundup of the world’s top guided trips always stokes wanderlust, and “50 Tours of…

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a montana for all seasons

Anyone who thinks the Big Sky state is all dude ranches and geysers has probably never gone on a llama trek, hunted for huckleberries, or helped polish off a 50-foot-long strawberry shortcake there . Find those and other insider favorites at “Where the Locals Go: Montana,” a digital hub of photo galleries, editor picks, and reader suggestions on how best to explore this vast state year-round. Follow National Geographic photographers as they capture the changing of seasons at OnAssignment.NationalGeographic.com. NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC.COM/LOCAL-MONTANA EXPEDITIONS BON VOYAGE, BON APPÉTIT: CULINARY TRIPS WITH BITE Feed your travel appetite on new farm-to-table trips by National Geographic Expeditions. Travelers dig into the world’s richest food heritages on “Joys of the Italian Table” and “Tastes of Provence and the Riviera,” whether exploring a produce market in Italy (left) or taking a cooking…

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circling back to the cyclades

AS A NEW generation of Greeks reclaim their heritage, they’re looking past overtouristed islands like Mykonos to quiet stunners such as Ios. Reachable only by boat (including a daily ferry from Santorini), this 42-squaremile island in the Cyclades archipelago largely retains its traditional way of life. Shepherds guide flocks through the fertile valley of Epano Kampos and along mountain footpaths. Its oldest archaeological site, Skarkos, dates from the third millennium B.C., and the 16th-century monastery of Pyrgos sits below the island’s highest peak. Dirt tracks lead to more than two dozen pristine beaches, which veteran philhellenes call some of the finest strands in the Aegean . “We saw what happened to other Greek islands transformed by overdevelopment. We’re determined to save Ios from that fate,” says Vassiliki Petridou, president of…

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full steam ahead for downtown denver

AT THE BEGINNING of the 20th century, Denver’s Union Station hummed with the brisk comings and goings of a capital on the rise. This summer the landmark reclaims its place as a transit and social hub for the city. Part of a nineblock, $500 million face-lift, the renovated beaux arts depot signals the 21st-century arrival of Lower Downtown (“LoDo”), an urban success story that began in the 1980s when the Oxford Hotel reopened and start-up Wynkoop Brewing Company took a chance on the onetime red-light district. Today’s Union Station pays homage to that frontier spirit as a showcase for Colorado craftsmanship, with 400-plus artworks and local beer taps, pouring behind the original ticket counter at the Terminal Bar. Elsewhere at the depot, rising chefs show influences from near and far:…