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National Geographic Traveler Nov-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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oh, the places we’ll go

THIS NOVEMBER 2000 IMAGE of sailors in New York is one of my favorite photos to appear in Traveler. It’s by the late Theo Westenberger, the first woman to shoot covers for Newsweek and Sports Illustrated, who worked with me long before I arrived in Traveler’s offices in 1998. The shot captures the essence of what I would come to expect in these pages after I received my first subscription issue 30 years ago, in 1984. Billed as “an educational travel resource,” Traveler broke new ground with its arresting photography, essential travel information, and stories by such celebrated writers as Edward Abbey and Mordecai Richler. In his written introduction, National Geographic Society president and former National Geographic editor Gilbert M. Grosvenor said that he wanted Traveler to “inspire members to…

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’round the world in 30 years

WHEN THIS MAGAZINE launched in 1984, the world looked much different. And so did travel magazines. Yet some 6,500 of our charter subscribers have remained loyal since the very beginning. After three decades of reading our travel stories, some of those long-timers shared their adventures and insights from over the years: THE BIG CHEESE “I remember my thrill on receiving that first issue,” wrote Donald Berger of Hollywood, Fla. “Propelled by an article on Wisconsin cheese country, I took off from upstate New York and drove directly to Baumgartner’s Cheese Store and Tavern in Monroe for ‘the best cheese sandwich in the world’ and a beer, and the start of my NGT travels. I have used your articles as guides often, with great results. But some of what I found most useful…

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brisbane makes a splash down under

IN BRISBANE’S PEDESTRIAN-FRIENDLY urban center, the cackle of a kookaburra is more common than a car horn. But don’t let the subtropical city’s laid-back impression fool you. The G20 chose the jacaranda-scented metropolis as host of the November 2014 summit, and Lonely Planet recently named it Australia’s Hippest City. WALK THIS WAY Explore the newly renovated 20-mile Riverwalk along the serpentine Brisbane River on foot or bike-share wheels. Path highlights include the Queensland Art Gallery, the Gallery of Modern Art, and the restaurant precinct at Eagle Street Pier, where you can take in the view of Story Bridge with Aussie-inspired tapas on the open-air deck of Chef Matt Moran’s Riverbar. PARK IT HERE Kick back like a local at South Bank Parklands. The lush, 42-acre site of the 1988 World…

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marbled maidens strike a pose

THE CARYATIDS, A CLIQUE OF STATUESQUE LADIES that once supported the roof of the Acropolis’s Erechtheion, stand more beautiful than ever after a three-year makeover. The ancient treasures were restored using technology developed by the Acropolis Museum in Athens. Working on-site, scientists applied infrared and ultraviolet lasers to peel off layers of grime without damaging the caryatids’ intricate hairstyles and elegantly draped attire. RADIANT RELICS Through digital reconstructions based on 3-D scanning, scientists also revealed how the Parthenon frieze originally looked: decorated with copper attachments and pigmented with lapis and cinnabar. The multicolored relief—found in the Acropolis compound—depicts a procession honoring Athena, the patron goddess of the Greek capital. EARLY BIRDS The museum restaurant serves breakfast with a Greek flair: iced tea with saffron, lemon, and spearmint and pancakes topped…

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revolutionary roads in south korea

BYCYCLES HAVE LONG BEEN the quickest way to navigate the traffic-choked streets of Seoul. But far from a last resort, cycling has become a national pastime throughout South Korea. Since 2010, the country has built more than 1,000 miles of paved cycling routes and plans to create a network of paths along its four main rivers. REINVENTING THE WHEEL Pedal pushers can take in a varied landscape— roughly 70 percent of this nation consists of forest, rivers, lakes, and mountains—as well as experience some of the world’s most advanced cycling infrastructure. Bike-only highways tunnel through mountains and over rivers; bike repair shops, restrooms, and picnic sites line the paths; and special traffic lights assist urban crossings. COURSE OF ACTION On a 37-mile stretch of the Nakdong River Bike Path, cyclists…

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the south pacific sings a new tune

NOTORIOUS AS THE VICINITY from which Amelia Earhart made her final distress calls, the equatorial Pacific between Hawaii and Fiji is becoming a little safer—at least for marine life. President Obama’s proposal to add a new protected area larger than the size of Alaska to the existing Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (PRIMNM) would make it the world’s largest sanctuary on land or sea. The seven volcanic reef atolls and islands of the PRIMNM remain uninhabited and— luckily for the endangered sea turtles, rare melon-headed whales, and pristine corals—visited only by permit. GROUP MENTALITY The neighboring isles of Palau, Kiribati, and the Cooks will also enlarge protected areas around their shores, totaling, along with the expanded PRIMNM site, reserves larger than Greenland. HOW TO EXPLORE The Nature Conservancy regulates…