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Photo by @ismailferdous | Before moving to America, I always fantasized about doing a cross country trip from New York to California on Route 66. Though the dream of driving cross country has yet to come true, I drove on Route 66 in California and spent a couple of nights in the teepee themed Wigwam Motel in San Bernadino, CA. In an evening of February, those teepees looked like a movie set from Hollywood. At the motel, I was welcomed by the owners, an Indian couple from Gujarat, with a cup of masala milk tea and some Indian snacks. The next morning, I met six English men who were driving their motorbikes cross country and also staying in the motel. It was wacky experience for me to be at a Native American teepee themed motel, owned by Indians with visitors from England on my first visit to Route 66.

About half the country’s motels are now owned by Indian Americans. A majority of these owners are from Gujarat state’s industrious Patel community, leading them to be jokingly referred to as the Patel Motel Cartel. Read more in @natgeo’s story on second- and third-generation Gujaratis in the United States who are running the family businesses they inherited. Here, brothers Samir and Manny Patel pose in front of their family’s Wigwam Motel in San Bernardino, California. Their father bought the motel in 2003 but has been in the hotel business since the early 1970s.


Meteora - Greece ✨❤️❤️❤️✨
Pic by ✨✨@minogiannisvalantis✨✨
#wonderful_places for a feature ❤️


Starry Night Above Lone Tree | Photograph by Jiawei L. (@jwglai)
“A starry night at Yolo County, California,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Jiawei L. “One of the most visited places I have ever been during my college life.”

“I can see why you often visited this location during college because it is just stunning! The star trails bring this landscape to life while also showcasing this lone tree silhouetted against the night sky. Lovely!” — @natgeoyourshot Associate Photo Editor Kristen McNicholas (@kemcnicholas). This photo was selected for the September 14, 2018 edition of our Photos of the Week series.


Photo by @nimitnigam
Photographer Nimit Nigam knew there was no filter needed when he spotted this street scene in Delhi. #WHPperspective


Photo by @joelsartore: A brown-throated three-toed sloth hangs out at the PanAmerican Conservation Association. #photoark #sloth #conservation


My mood of the day from Dagestan, Russia (small republic where I was born). This is Khunzhakh region. While driving there I was imagining how probably long time ago the famous Dagestani poet Rasul Gamzatov was running here as a kid. I used his poem for the video from Dagestan in the previous post. Will tell you more about him in the next posts. Here we also met an amazing family of our talented photographer friend: @shamilgadzhidadaev.
Настроение дня: Дагестан, Хунзахский район. Проезжая тут на машине невольно начинаешь представлять, как наверное когда-то очень давно тут бегал ребёнком Расул Гамзатов. Аул Цада, где он родился в семье Гамзата Цадасы находится в этом районе. Тут, кстати познакомились с замечательной семьёй нашего друга фотографа: @shamilgadzhidadaev.


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Can we broaden our view...even within a country?
We continue our #overtourism series this week by sharing some ways travelers can help combat this problem while also having better travel experiences themselves.
Tip #3: Visit secondary cities and regions. .
We understand the draw of wanting to visit popular destinations, marquee cities, and iconic regions. As you plan and move about, consider the less well-known or “secondary” cities and regions in or near the destination you have in mind. These may offer you a similar experience — and sometimes even a more genuine and local one — compared to the marquee destination, but with fewer crowds and often at a lower cost.
For example, Tuscany and the Val D'Orcia typically steal much of the limelight in the region — and for good reason, we admit. (We were married there nearly 18 years ago.) However, consider the Tuscan sub-region of Maremma. The area is less well known on the tourist trail (we learned of it thanks to a blogger living in Florence), but it features some incredibly beautiful hill towns like Pitigliano (pictured here). .
So which secondary city or region in a popular country are you curious about or have considered, but you haven’t yet taken the leap? What's keeping you? Let’s talk it out.
Bonus: if we've been there, we'll offer some ideas and advice.
#italy #tuscany #thisissustainable #sustainabletourism #maremma #pitigliano


#Repost @alberthbyang
First ever sunrise shot and probably my favorite so far. I'm deeply hooked ever since... —

Tag @natgeomedia + #architecturelovers,我們會於每周分享主題精選照片。
September Spotlight :Architecture
Architecture is a kind of social art form.
Tag @natgeomedia + #architecturelovers, We' ll post favorites next week.


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