Welcome to the Heart of the Continent!
Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Ontario offer epic outdoor adventures and authentic cultural experiences in a region steeped in natural beauty and rich history. Through the Heart of the Continent Geotourism Program, National Geographic has partnered with local organizations, businesses, and individuals to map and showcase the most authentic places to go and things to see and do here. This website provides you a comprehensive local guide to the best of the region, documented by the people who call this place home.
So, if you are planning a trip here, or just want to know more about this fascinating region, take some time to explore the Interactive Guide, save places as Trip Ideas, and combine them into Trip Plans. If you live here and think we're missing a unique and authentic place, be sure to Sign Up and nominate it!
The Mississippi River, ancient and constantly brand new, curves, loops and squiggles its way through the heart of our land. On its roughly 2,400-mile journey from northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, it touches ten states and grows from a fragile stream into a river of heart-stopping dimension and power. From the deeply carved valley of the Upper River, through the rolling hills of the Midwest, through the unbroken flatness of the Delta, to the marshy lowlands of Louisiana, the Mississippi courses through astonishing diversity in both landscapes and cultures.
Welcome to this grand tour of the Mississippi River corridor. Whether you are looking for a great day trip or the sojourn of a lifetime, you’ll find it here. Choose a region that intrigues you and click on the interactive map to reveal all that it offers. Follow the links to make your reservations now or wish, dream and save it to your My Trip Ideas folder, then create a Trip Plan. You just might find that planning your Mississippi River adventure is almost as much fun as taking it!
~ Gayle Harper, Missouri-based travel writer and photographer
If you live here, we invite you to sign up and recommend historic, cultural and natural landmarks; events, attractions and activities; businesses, artisans and storytellers and legends that capture the region’s unique character, heritage and beauty.
The Bay Islands is a Caribbean archipelago made up of three main islands, Utila, Roatan, and Guanaja and a few lesser islands and cays located off the north coast of Honduras. These islands have been blessed with stunning natural scenery, highlighted by idyllic beaches, tropical hillsides, mangrove forests, as well as quaint little towns and villages that are home to a fascinating mixture of diverse cultures and nationalities. Apart from these unique attributes, each island offers a varied assortment of amenities and adventures for all tastes and budgets, featuring some of the best diving in the world by virtue of their position within the largest reef formation in the western hemisphere – the Mesoamerican Reef.
Welcome to the Tennessee River Valley
Explore the range of experiences to be found in this spectacular geologically diverse valley sometimes called the “Great Lakes of the South.” From white water to flat water paddling; from bouldering to wildflower hikes; from wakeboarding to sailing, from bass fishing to fly fishing; from antiquing to live music, there is an adventure waiting to be discovered by you.
Find authentic places to go and things to do in this region that is rich in natural and cultural heritage. Discover the heritage of the Cherokee, Civil War, and African Americans told through the stories of people and place. All of the listings on this site have been nominated by local people who know the region best and offer visitors the most unique, fun, and interesting experiences. Check out the featured Trip Plans for inspiration.
If you live here, sign-up and share your local knowledge and nominate places and events that offer visitors the most authentic, fun, and interesting experiences that our incredible region has to offer.
Midway between Manhattan and Montreal, this inter-connected waterway shaped the destiny of the United States and Canada. By bike, foot, boat, train or car, Lakes to Locks Passage provides access to charming cities, rural landscapes and Adirondack hamlets. Through all four seasons, you can travel through numerous historic, natural, cultural and recreational experiences along the scenic waterway that links upstate New York to southern Quebec. Click here to see a map of the byway corridor, and click here to sign up to receive our bi-monthly e-newsletter.
Welcome to our home. Explore 25 million acres of timeless traditions, local culture, events, and world-class adventures from Lava Beds National Monument to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Use our Sierra Nevada travel planning map and the Free Mobile App to guide you through a breathtaking landscape that shapes our lives and unforgettable vacations.
Get off the beaten path and find our favorite places by Exploring Themes or Subregions - Northern Sierra Cascade, Southern Sierra, Tahoe Emigrant Corridor, and Yosemite Gateway.
Click the map below to explore the interactive guide that includes over 1,700 authentic places to go and things to do in the Sierra Nevada region.
Welcome to the Scenic Wild Delaware River
Discover a hidden gem only a few hours’ drive from New York City, Trenton, and Philadelphia—yet a world away. Explore friendly towns steeped in culture and history, nestled in a postcard landscape from a bygone era. Swim, canoe, and amble along a river that’s carved a course through geologic time and human history. Watch eagles soar overhead and deer roam through forests and fields. Enjoy waterfalls that make the heart leap, learn to catch a fish, picnic along the river’s banks. Stay with us a while and savor the Scenic Wild Delaware River, where New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania meet.
This is a living guide to the region. So if you live here, we invite you to sign up and nominate historic, cultural and natural landmarks; events, attractions and activities; businesses, artisans, and storytellers, as well as local legends that capture the region’s unique character, heritage, and beauty.
Welcome to the Sedona Verde Valley Region
From mountains to spectacular red-rock formations, mysterious canyons, vast grasslands, verdant riparian environments, forests, and chaparral, the Sedona Verde Valley region boasts an amazing array of picturesque and ecologically important landscapes. These landscapes play an important role in the local economy and are intimately tied to the region’s rich Native American and Western Culture, vibrant artist communities, vineyards, spiritual ties, and southwestern culinary splendor.
National Geographic and its partners are committed to celebrating local culture, enhancing sustainable economic opportunities, and promoting conservation. We welcome you to explore the site and encourage you to check out our interactive map, upcoming events, and local restaurant recommendations to make the most out of your stay.
One of the joys of visiting Eastern Sri Lanka is that it offers so many pleasures. White coral beaches and shrines to deities, surfing and wild elephants, long ago shipwrecks and endless lagoons to wade in. Your visit may not be long, but rest assured, it will be fulfilling.
Eastern Sri Lanka is a unique and inviting destination, an enchanting blend of pristine beaches, sacred temples, colonial architecture, and world class surf. Quaint villages, white sand beaches and colorful colonial buildings hug the coastline. Arugam Bayan offers an unforgettable surfing experience. Trincomalee offers stunning natural and cultural highlights.
This website was created by residents, visitors, community organizations, and tourism stakeholders in Eastern Sri Lanka, in partnership with National Geographic. We invite you to explore this selection of authentic and memorable travel experiences in Eastern Sri Lanka that are recommended by the people who live here.
Uncover the authentic character of a place called the Crown of the Continent. At the narrow waist of the Rocky Mountains, where Alberta, British Columbia, and Montana meet, sprawls one of the wildest, most diverse and intact ecosystems in the temperate zones of the world.
THE ESSENCE OF MEXICO - WELCOME TO TEQUILA.
A sensory journey.
This is an invitation, a journey to a culture through tourism. There is no experience comparable to crossing the agave landscape in Jalisco on the way to Tequila. During the trip, the visitors can admire an inspiring natural setting and enjoy an unforgettable journey towards the spirit of Tequila: an encounter with the tequila culture.
365 days to discover Tequila.
From the soil, its agaves in the field, its harvest, its processing, to the tasting and the bottling. 7 years matured, 50 kilos per agave pineapple, 1 liter of tequila every 7 kilos, 600 tequila aromas and aged in barrels, are some of the 15 variables that make the tequila sophistication and the cultural and sensorial experiences unforgettable.
In 2006, the agave landscape was designated a World Heritage Site within UNESCO’s Cultural Landscape category. The “agave landscape” and the ancient tequila industries are considered world heritage.
The view is centered on the blue agave crop, framed by the Tequila volcano, with native and exhuberant vegetation, where the agave is born, the legendary plant around which developed a village, an industry and a culture.
Currently the term tequila may only be employed by those distilleries that comply with the requirements provided for in the Designation of Origin. In other words, they must be located in the designated territories and comply with the occupational and production process requirements.
Tequila own´s the oldest tequila distillery in the world, La Rojeña. Is also, one of the largest municipalities in the center-north region of the state of Jalisco. It is located 60 km from Guadalajara. Currently, Tequila has almost 40 thousand inhabitants.
Tequila is the town that contains the experience, with cultural centers, hotels, old houses, haciendas and legends since 1530. The “charrería” and “mariachi”, have their own traditions and cultural space. The sensitivity of its people, culture, gastronomy represent an experience of magic. That´s why the locals say "to know Tequila is to know your identity as Mexican."
Tequila and National Geographic are committed to celebrating local culture, enhancing sustainable economic opportunities and promoting conservation. We welcome you to Tequila Tourism and encourage you to view our interactive map, upcoming events and recommendations from the locals to make your stay unforgettable.
Welcome to Greater Yellowstone
Think about a region so awe-inspiring that after having seen it in 1871, the members of the Hayden Expedition sat around a campfire near the Madison River and conceived of an entity both audacious and visionary: a "National Park."
— C.J. Box, novelist, Wyoming