Mark Garcia

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How to Prepare Your Home for Long Term Travel

Going on vacation? If your travels take you far from home for an extended period of time, it's essential to make sure your house is prepared in advance for your long absence. Here are some tips for making sure your home stays safe from plumbing disasters, appliance mishaps and more while you are …

The 10 Best National Parks in the U.S.

A few are even free.<p>From swampy marshes to soaring canyons, from pristine glaciers to scorching deserts, America’s national parks encompass nearly …

You need to drive America's 10 quietest roads

Baseball, cookouts and days at the lake are some of America's favorite summer season pastimes, but there is no rite of passage greater than the …

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Want the beauty of Utah’s Bryce and Zion, without all the people? Try these less-crowded areas — or 20 others across the country.

Park visitation is at a record high — good for tourism, not so good for peace and quiet. From Acadia to Zion, Bryce Canyon to Yosemite, leading …

The 22 best US national parks to escape the crowds, chosen by experts

It has the glacier-fed alpine lakes, the steep mountain peaks. What it does not have: crowds<p>'It’s the Tetons without the handrails', a local guide once told me<p>This poet’s hike is about magical transformations by the light of the moon, not distance<p>'Climb the mountains and get their good tidings,' …

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When and Where You Should Travel By Train Domestically

When’s the last time you’ve heard somebody say they’re going to travel by train in the United States? These days, traveling by train seems like something you only see in other countries. Although planes and automobiles are the two most common travel methods, it can still make sense to travel by …

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Hiking the Koko Head Stairs in Hawaii

When it comes to visiting the Hawaiian capital of Honolulu, hiking the Koko Crater Trail, also known as the Koko Head Stairs, has become a regular …

8 OF AMERICA’S UNDERRATED THRU-HIKING TRAILS

No matter how appealing the escape of a 6-month thru-hike may be, a 2,000-mile trek remains a pipe dream for most people. The time and money needed, …

These Were the 10 Most Popular National Parks in 2017

"America's best idea" was pretty darn popular yet again in 2017.<p>On Wednesday, the National Park Service (NPS) released their visitation numbers for …

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A Hiker’s Guide to Zion National Park

with the weather warming up and nature in full bloom, there’s no better time to take a hike — as if there is ever a bad time. Zion National Park, …

The Best National Park in Every State

From sea to shining sea, our nation is packed with unforgettable, beautiful, and important sites from the National Park Service.<p><i>Originally appeared</i> …

At Puye Cliffs, N.M., travelers are in the grasp of a fascinating Native American history

We silenced our phones as we stood among remnants of an ancient Native American village, trying to imagine the daily activity 1,000 years ago on this remote mesa.<p>As gusts of wind whistled, we closed our eyes andpicturedmen hunting with bows and arrows, women shaping clay pottery and children racing …

The Yosemite most people never see: 10 dazzling hikes

YOSEMITE — Gazing at the spectacular scenery surrounding Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy reservoir, I can’t help but marvel. Nature has endowed Tuolumne …

Hiking

Here's Where to Travel in the U.S. This Fall for the Best Foliage Views

This map breaks it down by week.<p>Leaf peeping is the perfect excuse to book a weekend getaway this season, but knowing exactly where and when to check out the leaves can be a guessing game. Thankfully, this new fall foliage map from Marriott International pinpoints the best small towns and cities to …

How to Spend 7 Days in Big Bend National Park (and Why You Should)

If you’ve spent time in the wilderness, you probably think you’ve experienced remoteness. And if you’ve driven through Dallas, you probably think …

The best beer in every state, according to beer enthusiasts across the US

Americans love their beer. And when traveling out of state, a visit to the local brewery is one of the best ways to sample the culture.<p>For 15 years, Zymurgy Magazine — the official magazine of the American Homebrewers Association— has asked the group's tens of thousands of members to cast votes for …

10 Best Places to Camp in Texas

The charm of the Lone Star State comes from the fact that its a special blend of country and cosmopolitan. You can get a pretty good picture of Texas …

5 of the Best Beaches to Camp in the USA

Beaches and camping go hand-in-hand, especially in the summertime. Enjoy a night under the stars and days filled with sun, sand, and surf.<p>Camping is one of America's favorite pastimes. So is sunbathing along gorgeous coastlines. Combine the two and what do you get? An amazing time. Here are our …

7 Affordable Destinations for Nature Lovers

Love the outdoors but can't afford a big hit to your wallet this summer? Check out these seven destinations that won't break your budget.<p>If you love …

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Is One of the Few Places to Watch Synchronous Fireflies

Tips on how you can experience this natural phenomenon<p>As dusk deepened into inky darkness, the light show began. At first, it was just a few quick …

12 ways a trip to Colorado will surprise you

THERE’S SO MUCH to see and do in Colorado, and you’re just about always awash in photo-worthy scenes — all those 14,000-foot peaks and wildflowers …

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The Only North American Mountains That Blow Colorado Away

My parents were professional photographers, and not coincidentally I grew up in the shadow of the most gorgeous mountains in the hemisphere. Work …

Hiking

6 state parks you have to visit in Texas

TEXAS IS BIG AND HOT, which means there’s loads of room for great outdoor activities — and you’re going to need to cool down. Here are favorite state …

Hiking

The Best Hiking Boots of 2017

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> This post has been updated with new picks for 2017. Last year’s picks can still be found on page two.<p>Running shoes are great — just …

The 20 Best Day Hikes in America's National Parks

Summer is a time for family vacations, outdoor exploration, and simply having fun in the longer, warmer days. If your plans for the summer ahead …

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Articles: Our Top 10 Craft Beer Festivals Around the Country

A Salute to American Craft Beer WeekFood News May 15-21st is designated American Craft Beer Week, the time we celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of …

How to avoid national park crowds this summer

A record 330 million people visited a U.S. National Park in 2016, and while it’s great news that people want to explore the outdoors, it means that hiking trails and scenic drives are likely to reach capacity this year-- especially during the peak summer months.<p>If you're planning a trip to one of …

The Most Jaw-Dropping Natural Swimming Holes in the United States

It’s easy to assume that travelers need to trek to Thailand or some undiscovered South American waterfall to find the perfect natural swimming hole. …

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10 of Canada's best lesser-known national parks

To mark its 150th anniversary, Canada is offering free entry to its stunning national parks. But which to pick? We select 10 lesser-known wildernesses<p>Canada has vast swathes of unspoiled nature, from coasts to mountains to tundra and frozen Arctic deserts. While some of these spectacular landscapes …

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