Alecia McDermand

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The Hobbit’s Ultimate Guide to New Zealand

These Spectacular Rock Sculptures Reveal Millennia of History

Arches National Park hosts the greatest concentration of the natural formations in the country.<p><b>Location:</b> Utah<b><br>Established:</b> November 12, 1971<b><br>Size:</b> 76,359 acres<p>This park contains more than 2,000 natural arches—the greatest concentration in the country. But numbers have no significance beside the …

Big Bend Hosts the Most Bird Species of Any National Park

This remote Texas park is home to a remarkable diversity of life.<p><b>Location: Texas<br>Established: June 12, 1944<br>Size: 801,163 acres</b><p>Chihuahuan Desert vegetation—bunchgrasses, creosote bushes, cactuses, lechuguillas, yuccas, sotols, and more—covers most of the terrain. But the Rio Grande and its lush …

Visit Some of the Most Dramatic Canyons in the U.S.

<b>Location: Colorado<br>Established: October 21, 1999<br>Size: 30,750 acres</b><p>Sheer walls of dark gray stone rise more than 2,700 feet above the swift and turbulent Gunnison River to create one of the most dramatic canyons in the country. Deeper than it is wide in some places, this great slit in the Earth is so …

Discover the Phantom-Like Rock Spires of Bryce Canyon

For millions of years water has carved Utah's rugged landscape.<p><b>Location:</b> Utah<b><br>Established:</b> September 15, 1928<b><br>Size:</b> 35,835 acres<p>Perhaps nowhere are the forces of natural erosion more tangible than at Bryce Canyon. Its wilderness of phantom-like rock spires, or hoodoos, attracts more than one million …

More Than 119 Caves Are Hidden Beneath The New Mexico Desert

<b>Location: New Mexico<br>Established: May 14, 1930<br>Size: 46,766 acres</b><p>The Chihuahuan Desert, studded with spiky plants and lizards, offers little hint that what Will Rogers called the "Grand Canyon with a roof on it" waits underground. Yet, at this desert's northern reaches, underneath the Guadalupe …

This Stunning National Park Is Set in a Dormant Volcano

<b>Location: Oregon<br>Established: May 22, 1902<br>Size: 183,224 acres</b><p>Few forget their first glimpse of Crater Lake on a clear summer's day—21 square miles of water so intensely blue it looks like ink, ringed by cliffs towering up to 2,000 feet above. The mountain bluebird, Indian legend says, was gray …

Look Up to the Stunning Rugged Peaks of This National Park

<b>Location: Wyoming<br>Established: February 26, 1929<br>Size: 309,994 acres</b><p>The peaks of the Teton Range, regal and imposing as they stand nearly 7,000 feet above the valley floor, make one of the boldest geologic statements in the Rockies. Unencumbered by foothills, they rise through steep coniferous forest …

4 US Road Trips to Take Before You Die

There’s no better way to discover America than by criss-crossing the country via its most iconic highways. Whether you have fast wheels or an RV, …

Blue Ridge Mountains

8 Ways to Save Big on Summer Travel

Budget Travel is second to none when it comes to practical tips to take the hassle-and the expense-out of a summer vacation. Here, our favorite …

Budget Travel

Ireland's 10 Best Attractions

<i>Photo Courtesy MorganPaar/myBudgetTravel. Article by the Editors of Budget Travel.</i><p>Whether you're headed to the Emerald Isle any time soon or simply window-shopping, we've rounded up 10 of the best attractions Ireland has to offer, from natural wonders on the Atlantic coast to Dublin's literary …

Ireland

Photography & Travel Product Reviews

Just Some Of NPR Music's Favorite Albums Of The Year (So Far)

It is only June, but NPR Music staff already has 25 albums that they consider their favorite of the year. NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Frannie Kelley, Tom Huizenga, and Stephen Thompson about their favorite music of 2013.