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From family itineraries to the Statue of Liberty — here are our picks from the world of travel this June

From cultural happenings to ultra-cool openings, our team have unearthed the latest travel highlights.

By National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Published 7 Jun 2019, 09:20 BST, Updated 22 Jul 2021, 15:33 BST
Family holiday in Vietnam

Family matters
Fancy wildlife spotting in Alaska’s national parks, or sumo wrestling lessons in Japan? Perhaps you fancy trying your hand at making pasta in Italy or ziplining through the Costa Rica jungle? Whatever floats your brood's boat, families will soon be able to join one of National Geographic Family Journeys with G Adventures’ new roster of 12 family itineraries when they launch in March 2020. Led by trained local guides, they're designed to offer one-of-a-kind itineraries that draw on the brand’s themes: photography and storytelling, history and culture, wildlife and conservation, and exploration. 
Maria Pieri, editorial director 

With art and soul
Spain's rural La Mancha region has been showing its true colours lately thanks to Titanes, a public art initiative championing social inclusion. The scheme has become the world’s largest urban art museum — 14 artists and 450 people with disabilities have brightened up grain silos, agricultural buildings and houses with eye-popping public murals in this bold new artistic movement. The first phase is complete, with the project set to continue into the autumn.
Tamsin Wressell, assistant editor

Three new... photographic favourites

With a mission to ‘inspire a more conscious world’, expect exhibitions, a design store, meeting spaces and more when the smart, Stockholm-based Fotografiska opens in the Estonian capital’s artsy Telliskivi area on 19 June.

The Royal Photographic Society moved downstream from Bath to Bristol’s creative Printworks district earlier this year, and visitors can get their photo fix with a gallery, auditorium and education centre inside a new, violet-coloured building. 

The Les Recontres d’Arles photography festival marks its 50th anniversary in suitably illustrious style this year, with a host of exhibitions on topics that look back the heritage — as well as the future — of the world's biggest photography festival. 1 July-22 September. 
Sarah Barrell, associate editor

Photograph by @klatchroasting

Black gold
Wake up and smell the dollar — Klatch Coffee in San Francisco is selling what it says is the world’s priciest coffee. Priced at $75 (£59) per cup and $803 (£630) per pound, the dark stuff uses Panama’s very rare Elida Geisha Natural beans.
Zane Henry, project editor

Statue of Liberty — in numbers

18 May 
the date the new Statue of Liberty Museum opened this year

4.3 million
the number of annual visitors 

the price of an adult ticket for visiting Liberty and Ellis Islands

the year France gifted the statue to America

204 tonnes 
the weight of Lady Liberty
Babette-Scarlett Schossau, researcher

Published in the Jul/Aug 2019 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK) 

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