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The March 2019 issue

California may have a reputation for sun-kissed surfers and Hollywood bling, but this issue’s cover story explores the hidden side of The Golden State. Think boho beach communities, alternative desert towns, and vast, wild landscapes of redwood forest, snow-capped mountains and dormant volcanoes.

We sent our writers west and they came back with insider stories, roundups revealing the best road trips and quiet beaches, plus tips on the best vegan eats in LA. Don’t miss a 14-hour guide to laid-back San Diego, insightful interviews with a pot pioneer and America’s first female chef to receive three Michelin stars, and even a lesson in Boontling, one of America’s last surviving Victorian languages.

PLUS free with the magazine is a 36-page Sardinia guide and the latest 132-page National Geographic Traveller Food, which picks out some of the world’s gastronomic hotspots — those destinations that seem to have been designed with food lovers in mind, from European heavyweights such as Lyon and Bologna to distant outposts like Cusco. Elsewhere, we deconstruct laksa, celebrate the onions of Roscoff in Brittany, and take a crash course in Costa Rican cuisine.

Destinations: We board Vietnam’s Reunification Express; take a trip to the ice-bound outpost of Pyramiden in Svalbard; and spend a long weekend in Italy’s Cinque Terre. Our photo story, meanwhile, takes in the colourful archipelago of Cape Verde.

Cities: Our urban highlights this issue include Vienna, Wellington, Athens, Manchester and Málaga.

Smart Traveller: a new reason to visit Pompeii; a taste of Ukraine; on the trail of Zanzibar’s architecture; the best rooms in Goa; like a local in Hobart; and a trip to the Isle of Arran.

Author Series: Nancy Campbell on Iceland.

Travel Geeks: Ask the Experts includes tips on planning a trip to carnival in South America, taking an expedition cruise, and affordable accommodation in the Alps.

PLUS: Win a 16-day adventure to Vietnam with Exodus: natgeotraveller.co.uk/competitions

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