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National Geographic Traveler

National Geographic Traveler Oct-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.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Frequency:
Back issues only
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in this issue

1 min.
the lure of the grand hotel

Downton Abbey fans may soon abandon their Anglophilia and fall in love with fin de siècle New York. Downton creator Julian Fellowes is penning a miniseries set during the late 19th century, when money multiplied in the hands of American industrialists and the wealthy embraced travel. The hotel boom that resulted originated in New York City, with the Astors feuding to outdo one another. Thanks to preservation efforts at grande dame hotels, you can experience the glamour of their heyday, albeit with 21st-century comfort. Choose from the Knickerbocker (John Jacob Astor IV), St. Regis (same Astor), Plaza, and Peninsula (formerly Gotham) hotels. Mark Twain’s disdain for the pageantry of the period may have labeled the Gilded Age. But with their endurance, these original “ladies” have the last word.…

1 min.
stocked with nostalgia

“When people walk in the door, their pace always seems to slow,” says Sheri Moretz, official historian of the original, 132-year-old Mast General Store in tiny Valle Crucis, North Carolina. Tucked in rural hamlets and along country roads, the American general store was a central part of daily life long before the arrival of the automobile. Farmers and locals gathered to load up on dry goods and share news with neighbors. Today, people wander the worn wood floors in search of timeless souvenirs. Some of these Americana institutions have turned into post offi ces and museums listed on the National Register of Historic Places, while others entice patrons by adding bakeries, delis, and live music. Texas’s Gruene General Store lures visitors with its Norman Rockwell-style soda fountain, five-cent coffee, and penny…

2 min.
mr. iron stomach

Television host, author, and former executive chef Anthony Bourdain has licked his plate clean all over the world, from soup dumplings in Shanghai to piranhas in Peru. The New York City native’s CNN show, Parts Unknown, headed to locales such as South Korea, Madagascar, and Scotland during its fifth season this year. Bourdain’s busy in his hometown, too: He plans to open an Asian-style hawker market in Manhattan early next year. WHAT’S THE WORLD’S MOST UNDERRATED SPOT? Montevideo, in Uruguay, which is to a great extent undiscovered. Everyone from Argentina knows how cool it is because they fill the place up during the season, but other than them, the rest of the world has yet to catch on. It’s a very laid-back place, the people are really nice, the beaches are…

1 min.
the batik mystique

A map of Indonesia could be stitched from swatches of batik. From its regional origins in central Java, where creams and browns dominate, to coastal sultanates, where international trade inspired bright colors, batik is the fabric of an evolving nation. “It’s made and used in almost every part of the country,” says Benny Gratha, a curator at the Museum Tekstil Jakarta. “It’s a symbol of our identity.” Visible in everyday clothing as well as in pillowcases and iPad covers, the textile technique uses a painstaking wax-dyeing process; artists dot designs by hand or use a copper stamp. National Batik Day (October 2) marks this UNESCO-listed art form with festivals and exhibitions in Jakarta, Surakarta, Yogyakarta, and Pekalongan. KARLSTURY/SHUTTERSTOCK, DE AGOSTINI/L.…

2 min.
hot and cold in minneapolis

This month, sustainability experts come together to brainstorm ideas to combat global warming during MN2015, an international summit held in Minneapolis, Minnesota—a place long famous for its extreme climate. Here are some of the best ways to hurry up and embrace the Midwestern city’s soupy summers and snow-globe-style winters—while we still have seasons. SUMMER Bring a picnic to Lake Harriet’s band shell, which hosts concerts—jazz, alt-country, big band, you name it—on most summer days, and movies just after sunset on weekends. For prime people-watching and oysters on the half shell, head to Sea Salt Eatery in Minneapolis’s 167-acre Minnehaha Park, home to the 53-foot Minnehaha Falls. In Minneapolis’s sister city of St. Paul, located right across the Mississippi River, you don’t have to be a baseball fan to appreciate the indie-league…

1 min.
color in motion

Hindu pilgrims form a swirl of color in the streets of Pandharpur during a yatra, or religious procession. “Every year, thousands of devotees walk dozens of miles to this Indian holy town southeast of Mumbai to pay homage to the deity Vithoba, a regional incarnation of the god Vishnu,” says Arvind Ramteke, a photographer based in Mumbai. “Here they flow around a shrine dedicated to the god Hanuman, who often is portrayed as a blue monkey, on their way through town to the Vithoba Temple, where they will honor representations of Vithoba and other deities.” “A number of things grabbed me in this image,” says Traveler director of photography Dan Westergren, “including the vivid hues and sense of motion. The blurring makes the pilgrims look like a river of people, their…