Guys & dolls

Tales of San Francisco: liberation and libations in the Castro, as told by activist Nick Large

Tales of San Francisco: liberation and libations in the Castro, as told by activist Nick Large

The Castro neighbourhood is the epicentre of San Francisco’s LGBTQ+ scene, and its museums, history and nightlife stand testament to the creativity — and political struggles — of the gay community, as activist and drag performer Nick Large reveals.

A city of villages

Tales of San Francisco: the Fillmore District's historic jazz scene, as told by musician Sam Peoples Jr

Musician Sam Peoples Jr is part of the Fillmore Jazz Ambassadors, a group dedicated to bringing jazz back to the city’s once-swinging musical epicentre. He reflects on the highs and lows of Fillmore’s dynamic jazz culture.

Tales of San Francisco: preserving Hispanic culture in the Mission, as told by artist Susan Cervantes

Meet artist Susan Cervantes, the founder of a mural collective that began transforming the Mission district back in the 1970s and continues to mix paint, politics and passion in this traditionally Latin American ’hood.

Tales of San Francisco: a paper trail in Japantown, as told by origami artist Linda Mihara

America’s oldest Japantown is a bastion of immigrant crafts, cuisine and history dating back to the 1860s. An origami class with artist Linda Mihara showcases the area’s commitment to preserving Japanese traditions.

Hippy heartland

Tales of San Francisco: a guide to the hippy heartland of Haight-Ashbury, as told by dressmaker Cicely Hansen

Cicely Hansen — dressmaker, fashion historian and owner of high-end vintage shop Decades of Fashion — remembers moving to ‘the Haight’ in 1966, the year before hippies converged in the neighbourhood and made history with the Summer of Love.

Locals' guides

A local's guide to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park

Ryan Guillou, the curator of the park’s San Francisco Botanical Garden, offers an insight into the city’s biggest park.

A local's guide to nightlife in the Mission, San Francisco

As the sun goes down, the Mission warms up. Annie Kamin, chief of staff at small-batch bean-to-bar craft chocolate maker Dandelion Chocolate, offers an inside look at the restaurants and bars that make the area the unrivalled go-to for a dinner and drink.

How to spend a day in the Castro, San Francisco's LGBTQ+ heartland

Local resident and drag queen extraordinaire Nick Large describes his ideal day in San Francisco’s LGBTQ+ heartland.

Further reading

A culinary guide to San Francisco

The City by the Bay is home to dozens of Michelin-starred restaurants, yet its dining scene remains laid-back, propped up by fantastic local ingredients — and a sense of humour.

Win a four-night stay in the Lake District

National Geographic Traveller (UK) has teamed up with Graythwaite Holiday Cottages to offer a stay in a country cottage in scenic Cumbria.

The inside guide to Vienna's eclectic music scene

The Austrian capital is alive with music, from raucous jazz clubs and three-day festivals to masterful violin makers.

What to do in the Elan Valley, Wales

By day or by night, this dramatic swathe of rural Wales offers plenty of ways to embrace the great outdoors.

Five meal kits from top restaurants to cook at home

How successfully can meal kits replicate the restaurant dining experience at home? We try out kits from Dishoom, Hoppers, Padella and more.

Four new hotels in Calgary, Canada's gateway to the Rockies

Hip new pads and revamped classics provide reason to linger in the gateway to the Rockies.

Life on the water: human stories from Kerala's palm-fringed backwaters

The waterways of the Indian state teem with birdlife and the rhythms of rice production. But beneath the surface, the Periyar National Park and the tranquil Vembanad lake are finding a balance between the needs of agriculture and nature.

How to spend a winter weekend in Jungfrau, Switzerland

Pride of the Swiss Alps, the spruce forests, log cabin chalets and world-class pistes of Jungfrau’s peaks are all the more accessible thanks to the new fast-track Eiger Express cable-car.

How to plan a literary walking tour through north London

Admire Primrose Hill with William Blake, read Charlotte Brontë’s manuscripts and follow Mary Shelley’s love affair on a walking tour of north London’s literary history.
PARTNER CONTENT

Take the high ground: why Austria’s Zillertal valley is the ideal winter playground

After a summer that, for many of us, was spent largely indoors, winter beckons like never before. Austria’s Zillertal valley is where winter sports enthusiasts can answer that call. 
PARTNER CONTENT

Adventurer Julian Lings reveals his favourite trips and champions natural clothing brand Icebreaker

New Zealand-based clothing brand Icebreaker puts nature at the heart of everything it does. Julian, senior sustainability manager of its parent company VF Corp, talks adventure, reducing environmental impact, and Icebreaker's latest Transparency Report.

On the shores of Lake Iseo: exploring Italy's lesser-known lake district

The smallest of Italy’s great lakes, this scythe-shaped squiggle of water is home to fishing villages tucked into deep bays, backed by an amphitheatre of snow-capped Alpine foothills and terraced hills that produce Italy’s most-prized sparkling wine.

Travel Geeks online: a culinary tour of Israel — 19 January 2021

Join us for an hour online from 19:00 to 20:00 on Tuesday 19 January for a virtual culinary tour of Israel, when our expert panel will discuss its vibrant and exciting food scene.

How to plan an architecture walking tour along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile

The Scottish capital was heralded as the pinnacle of European urban planning when, in the 18th century, its neo-classical New Town was built as a harmonious compliment to the Medieval fortress and lanes of the historic quarter.

A beginner's guide to spiced rum

Sweet and accessible, spiced rum is ideal for tentative spirit-sippers, as well as being a killer cocktail ingredient.

A city guide to Helsinki, Finland

With new cultural quarters, no-waste restaurants and a passion for design, Finland’s capital has transformed itself from overlooked city break destination into a Nordic success story. 

Can I go skiing this winter? How to book and where to go this season

From social distancing in-resort to insurance and where to book, we help you glide through the new normal of winter on piste.

Six of the UK’s historic trees and their curious stories

British woodlands are alive with stories. From cursed oaks to thousand-year-old yews, we take a look at some of the country's most fabled trees.