Michelle Hillock

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The Most Scenic Drives In The Country

<i>By: Aaron Miller</i><p><i>Credit: Flickr/cjuneau</i><p>More often than not, interstates are full of barely alert drivers, endless miles of monotony, and truck stops with varying degrees of sanitation. They get you where you're going, sure, but if you never stray from the highway, you're missing out on all the great …

5 Incredible Places in the Southwest You've Never Heard of Before

<i>Valley of Fire State Park (Flickr: Ben Rea)</i><p>When most travelers think of the American Southwest, they imagine iconic destinations like the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. However, if your family is looking for something a little different, consider adding one of these very kid-friendly, under-the-radar …

Drinking Too Much Iced Tea Led to Arkansas Man's Kidney Failure: Doctors

Doctors traced an Arkansas man's kidney failure to an unusual cause — his habit of drinking a gallon of iced tea each day.<p>They ruled out several potential causes before stumbling on a reason for the 56-year-old man's kidney problems: He said he drank about 16 8-ounce cups of iced tea every day. …

14 Photos That Will Want to Make You Fly to Maui Now

When you think of Maui, gorgeous beaches with enormous waves that are perfect for surfing come straight to mind. This Hawaiian island has even more to offer than its abundance of beaches and crystal blue water. If thinking about that doesn't make you want to head to the airport now, then these …

'Hawaii Nights' Will Show You The Islands Like You've Never Seen Them Before

Hawaii is home to some of the most captivating scenery in the world, most of which is best viewed in the abundant sunlight -- or so we thought. Astrophotographer Rogelio Bernal Andreo has opened our eyes to the truth.<p>Turns out, Hawaii is even more beautiful at night.<p>Bernal Andreo's most recent …

9 Things That Make Maui Irresistible (In Photos)

I've been missing Maui a lot lately. Like a lot, lot. From the simplicity of lazing around being a beach bum to the incredible beauty of Hawaii's second largest island, nostalgia is definitely an understatement.<p><b>Beach vacation now, please!</b><p>I started missing Maui so much I began looking at old photos …

Remembering Pearl Harbor at the USS Arizona Memorial

This year marks the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese attack on military forces at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. December 7th falls on a Sunday, just as it did on that "Day of Infamy" in 1941 when the sun dappled base was just waking up to another relaxing weekend day.<p>Despite the passage of time a visit …

50 Trips Everyone Should Take In The US

Whether you're driving down the Pacific Coast Highway, whale watching in Cape Cod, or waiting for Old Faithful to erupt in Yellowstone National Park, the United States is full of incredible surprises.<p>From the east coast to the west and everywhere in between, we've found 50 trips everyone should …

Hidden European Towns in America

© www.FloridasHistoricCoast.com<p>Dreaming of sipping sangria on the beaches of Barcelona or roaming the illuminated Christmas markets in Munich? Now is the perfect time to feed your wanderlust and take a spontaneous trip to explore Europe -- without getting out your passport!<p>Hotel search trivago.com …

Grit Trumps Talent and IQ: A Story Every Parent (and Educator) Should Read

Angela Duckworth and her team devise strategies to help students learn how to work hard and adapt in the face of temptation, distraction, and defeat.<p>PHILADELPHIA—MacArthur Foundation "genius" award winner and research psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth is a reluctant star. Her pioneering studies at …

Homemade Texas Roadhouse Butter

Famous Texas Roadhouse Butter made at home. It'll take you mere minutes, and it is SO good!<p>"I could have made a meal out of their rolls and cinnamon honey butter!" How often do we hear this after a meal at Texas Roadhouse?? Every. single. time.<p>Okay, okay. So I'm actually the person who says that …

British Columbia, Two Ways

Do you remember the movie <i>Sliding Doors</i>? In it, Gwyneth Paltrow plays a character whose destiny depends on whether she catches or misses a train. As viewers, we get to watch her life unfold twice as she experiences the outcome of each scenario. It’s a fascinating concept; too bad the one person …

Celebrating the Open Road: Our Favorite Stops on an Iconic Road Trip

Black Tomato's co-founder Tom Marchant set off in search of an adventure along the I50, the U.S's Loneliest Road, embarking on an incredible drive that snakes through one of the most remote stretches of road in the Americas.<p>Arid and desolate, yet strikingly beautiful Tom"s road trip took him …

Surreal Beauty and Strong Rum on St. John

The ferry chugs out of Red Hook harbor on St. Thomas, and I settle into a bench on the top deck as the sun sinks below the jagged outline of Thatch Cay in the distance. As far as I’m concerned, a boat is the only way to arrive on an island, which is why I’m so intrigued by my destination. St. John …

5 Fall Salads You're About to Fall in Love With

<b>1. Kale, Apple & Pancetta Salad</b><p>Made with shredded kale, crisp pancetta, tart apples and pecans in a zingy maple vinaigrette, this salad just screams fall. It's wildly addictive -- even my husband, who is not much of a salad guy, cannot get enough of it. <b>GET THE RECIPE</b><p><b>2. French Lentil Salad with Goat</b> …

Pumpkin Bread With Browned Butter Drizzle

<i>This pumpkin bread recipe is packed with as much pumpkin as possible, making it unbelievably moist, dense, and fudgy. It's almost like biting into a piece of fudge! The browned butter glaze on top just makes things extra amazing!</i><p>Stop right there. Don't move an inch.<p>No, there is not a spider about …

25 Beautiful Places You Won't Mind Getting Lost in on Your Next American Roadtrip

<i>This article was originally published on AskMen.</i><p>Being stranded somewhere usually means you're in an awful predicament, but America has some of the most marvelous landscapes that can make desertion a pretty OK situation (if you don't mind sweating, being bored and eventually starving). Here are 25 …

Most Beautiful Coastal Towns (PHOTOS)

Being by the coast can conjure up memories of carefree days and a feeling of possibility. In our ever-connected world, it's a relief to look up from those screens and out onto a soothing expanse of blue.<p>The allure of a coastal getaway drew about 250 million visitors to the Mediterranean alone in …

The USA's 10 best motorcycle roads

A great road is a great road, but if you’re riding a motorcycle, you’re looking for something special: twisties, vistas, turnouts, that perfect stretch of smooth tarmac, and biker-friendly stops that make getting there most of the fun. Here are 10 of the best roads across America for an …

Hiking

Affordable Greece

Think Greece and conjure up images of white-washed villages cascading down hillsides, azure seas sparkling in bright sunshine and powder-soft white sand beaches. A visit to this special country is a lifelong dream for many, as it delivers an astounding array of breathtaking landscapes, ancient …

European Travel

@NatGeoTravel Staff Picks: Best Islands

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>On the lookout for a great escape? There’s nothing quite like an island to transport you to an alternate reality—one where days seem to stretch on forever and troubles fall away like an ebbing tide.<p><b>Here are a few of the @NatGeoTravel team’s favorite islands to get you in</b> …

10 Beautiful Resorts On American Lakes

<i>By Laura Carroll, CNTraveler.com</i><p>These gorgeous lakeside retreats are perfect for a fall getaway.<p>The 10 Best Small Cities in the U.S.<p>12 Travel Mistakes We All Think We're Too Smart to Make -- but Do Anyway<p>How Not to Look Like a Tourist in Paris<p>Follow Conde Nast Traveler on Twitter: …

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

Travel<p><b>Location: British Columbia<br>Date Established: 2003<br>Size: 15,321 acres (8,896 acres on land and water; 6,425 acres of adjacent marine area)</b><p>Nurtured by a unique Mediterranean climate, Gulf Islands National Park Reserve supports a stunning diversity of rare bird, plant, and marine life spread …

National Parks

Revisit the Battlefield That Shaped America

History comes alive in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.<p>"The Civil War was the most important event in American history, the crossroads of our being,” says documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, whose 1990 <i>The Civil War</i> won 40 major television and film honors. “And it was one hell of a crossroads. It really …

Victoria

This small Vancouver Island town punches way above its weight thanks to its status as <b>British Columbia's</b> capital and its location perched on the ocean. Its streets are dotted with locally owned cafés and restaurants, bohemian shops, and about a dozen craft breweries. Long, quiet stretches of beach …

Nat Geo Staff Picks: America’s Best Beach Towns

Is there a magic formula for the perfect beach town? No, but America could offer up more than a few candidates if they were doling out the title.<p><b>Here are just a few of them, recommended by Nat Geo Travel staffers:</b><p><b>Cannon Beach, Oregon:</b> “At only an hour-and-a-half drive away, Cannon Beach was an easy …

Best Views in America (PHOTOS)

Quick: Close your eyes and picture a beautiful view.<p>Where do you put yourself? Looking out over tall, gleaming urban spires? Mammoth snowcapped peaks? Vast gashes in the earth?<p>Fortunately, no matter what your vision might be, you can probably find a view to match it somewhere in the U.S. Inspiring …

Adventures in the Columbia River Gorge

The state border between Oregon and Washington is notable for one thing: a river runs through it. But not just any river – the mighty Columbia, the fourth-largest river in the US, flowing through a massive gorge that’s up to 1219m (4000ft) deep and over 128km (80mi) long. In this gorge, myriad …

Hiking

Pictures: Coastal and Countryside Canada

Top 10 Whale and Dolphin Viewings

Travel<p>Visit great mammals of the sea in their summer getaways.<p>From the National Geographic book <i>Four Seasons of Travel</i><p><b>Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park, Quebec, Canada</b> <br>www.quebecmaritime.ca <br>The meeting point of the St. Lawrence River and the Atlantic Ocean is a safe haven for large marine life. In …

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