Best Winter Trips 2018

This list has a trip for every kind of winter traveler.

Surreal Photos of India’s Living Root Bridges

During monsoon season in northeast India, rainwater gushes through the emerald valleys and deep gorges of Meghalaya, the“abode of the clouds.” The mountainous plateau between Assam and Bangladesh is one of the wettest places on Earth, and the Khasi tribes who inhabit these hills have developed an intimate relationship with the forest. Long before the…

Watch South Africa’s Pigcasso, the Famous Painting Pig, at Work

Can Animals Be Creative? Pigcasso the Painting Pig is Making Her Case Pigcasso the painting pig was rescued from an industrialized hog farm and has taken to painting. Watch her work. PUBLISHED February 3, 2018 When Joanne Lefson of Cape Town, South Africa, rescued a little piglet from an industrial hog farm, she didn't expect…

The Travel Credit Cards That Carry You Farthest

How fat do you want your wallet to be? It’s not a rhetorical question, and not a cash count. In the competitive world of eye-popping credit-card travel rewards, the way to maximize benefits these days is to load your billfold with multiple cards. You may want one card for everyday spending, one for travel and…

Magnificent Ancient Buildings Hewn From Living Rock

From towering temples to artistic tombs, humans have been carving structures from cliff faces and mountainsides for thousands of years.

Why We’re Giving Up the Plastic Wrapper Around Our Magazine

This story is part of Planet or Plastic?—our multiyear effort to raise awareness about the global plastic waste crisis. Learn what you can do to reduce your own single-use plastics, and take your pledge. Read this story and more in the June 2018 issue of National Geographic magazine. It’s hard to get your head around…

An Artist Finds True Skin Colors in a Diverse Palette

This story is part of The Race Issue, a special issue of National Geographic that explores how race defines, separates, and unites us. Tell us your story with #IDefineMe. When people saw the brown skin of Brazilian Angélica Dass and the pink tones of her Spanish husband, they would theorize about the color of their…

Pictures of Patriots Linebacker James Harrison’s Extreme Workout Recovery

James Harrision, linebacker for the New England Patriots, poses with vacuum pump cups attached to his body at the weekly Chinese cupping treatment he receives to recover his muscles from his strenuous preseason workout in Scottsdale, Arizona. Photograph by Fritz Hoffmann, National Geographic PUBLISHED February 2, 2018 New England Patriots linebacker James Harrison knows about…

This Man Has Helped Give 460 Dead Whales a Second Life—As...

Hori Parata (black jacket) leads a prayer before he and his crew begin to flense a dead sperm whale on the beach at Ruakaka, in northern New Zealand. Photograph courtesy Geoff Woodhouse Department of Conservation When Hori Parata talks to a dead whale on a New Zealand beach, he welcomes it home. “It is returning…

Leopard and Buffalo ‘Kiss’ In Rare Moment Caught on Film

This leopard was driven up a tree by a herd of buffalo in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa. Just after sunrise recently in South Africa's Sabi Sand Game Reserve, a young male leopard spotted a large herd of African buffalo. About 80 of the massive, hot-tempered animals huddled close to stay warm in…