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6 Accidents That Actually Happened in National Parks

Enjoy your trip, but follow the rules—they're there to protect both parks and people.<p>Every year, accidents happen at national parks, usually because visitors forget that they’re in the wild. You can avoid unfortunate incidents—like the ones below— by always following park regulations, and telling a …

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This is the ultimate American road trip, according to scientific research

A data scientist has put together a series of the ultimate road trips of the United States so that travellers can see as many sights as possible while clocking up the least amount of mileage.<p>Randy Olson created six separate routes for car manufacturer Chevrolet designed to maximise sight-seeing …

Road Trips

Science says this is the ultimate American road trip

Road Trips

Happy Earth Day! Five redwood parks you've never heard of — and why you should go

Earth Day on Sunday is a good time to think about planning a trip to see California's redwoods. Yosemite's spectacular Mariposa Grove, which has been shut for a three-year restoration project, will reopen to visitors June 15.<p>Big trees, however, draw big crowds. For a quieter experience, here are …

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This is Why a California Road Trip should be on your Bucket List

From the cost of Big Sur to the mountains of Lake Tahoe this California Road Trip Itinerary has it all.


10 of the Best Hiking Trails near Seattle

Fill up on Seattle's famous coffee before you head out to explore these trails in and outside the city. From beginner routes to challenging inclines, …


8 Best Waterfall Hikes in Colorado

Colorado is known for its high, dry, climate—the Centennial State sees an average of just over 16 inches of annual rainfall. The lack of …


10 Undersung National Parks

America's most popular parks deserve all the love they get, but here are ten other fascinating sites well worth the trip.<p>America’s National Park System is composed of more than 450 natural, historical, and cultural areas spread across the United States and its far-flung territories. Though …

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America's 30 Most Scenic Camping Destinations

These popular camping spots showcase the best of Mother Nature.

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This Famous Luxury Train Has Announced Amazing New Vacation Packages for 2019

Looking to visit Canada on an upcoming vacation? Our vote is to see the country's majestic landscapes by train, aboard the Rocky Mountaineer. The …

Country Lifestyle

The 20 most hipster cities in the US — and why you should consider moving to one

Grand Rapids

You Can See America's Most Stunning Sights By Purchasing a Single Amtrak Ticket

A little while ago college friends rented a house in Montana for the summer and invited my family and me to visit. In an e-mail containing …

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Podcasting’s New World: Groupies, Stage Fright and Sold-Out Shows - WSJ

The horror and true-crime series “Last Podcast on the Left” played 39 live gigs last year, from Atlanta to Vancouver. Fans waited for hours to meet the three hosts, sometimes presenting them with “gifts” such as vials of blood and a relative’s cremains.<p>“It’s not ‘Prairie Home Companion,’” said the …


An Open Letter To My Shelter Dog's First Owner

Yesterday we put our dog down. When I say “our,” I mean me and my husband ― but also you, our dog’s first owner.<p>For the more than eight years that I’ve known Lestat, I’d held contempt for you. Less than a week after his fifth birthday, you left him at the shelter with the excuse that you were …


Tips and Tricks on Visiting 26 National Parks, Straight From Park Employees

From the best time of the year to visit to the best hidden spots, straight from those who know it best.<p>Each of the National Park Service’s 417 …

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5 River Trips You Should Take This Spring | Adventure Sports Network

Some of the most thrilling, easy-to-access stretches of beautiful rivers in the country.<p>In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a bill that gave …


These 1950s Films Show What It Was Like to Road Trip Before the Interstate

"Road to Romance" was a series of films by Chevrolet that introduced viewers to the newest and most scenic roads of America's blossoming highway system.<p>In 1949 and 1950, Chevrolet produced a series of short films highlighting the most beautiful driving routes in the United States. Whether it was …

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These 7 Common Speaking Habits Undercut Your Credibility

These simple behaviors are easy to fall into when you’re nervous, but they can make listeners think twice about taking you seriously.<p>Every speaker needs to be credible. If your audience spends the duration of your talk mulling over whether or not to take you seriously, you can kiss goodbye to any …

Public Speaking

Top 10 Fun Things to Do at Pike Place Market in Seattle

Pike Place Market is way more than a farmers market, offering a real variety of fun things to do. The Market sprawls across several city blocks …



Nothing beats the sense of accomplishment from hiking to the top of mountains. Here are some of the best:<p>1. Mount Whitney, Sequoia National Park, …


America's Wild and Scenic rivers

In 1968, 200 miles of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway in Minnesota and Wisconsin was established as one of the original eight rivers under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Whether you choose to canoe and camp amid the northwoods, or boat and fish surrounded by wooded bluffs and historic …

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Best US road trips

As summer creeps up, Americans will shell out some serious cash to jetset to far-off lands for vacation. But traveling doesn’t have to be expensive, or even international. With a nation full of hidden gems, you’re only a car ride away from a breathtaking vacation.<p><b>California State Route 1</b><p>This …

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Here’s Why Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Is the Outdoor Hub of the Midwest

From waterfalls to single tracks, unlikely adventure abounds in the Upper Peninsula.<p>“Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has always been a mini-Alaska to me,” …


The best things to see, do, and eat if you're planning a weekend trip to Washington DC

Washington DC is not only a historically and culturally-prominent city, but it is up and coming as a great place for young adults to visit and even …


The oldest town in every state

There are many ways to define when a city was founded. To determine the oldest city in every state, we did our best to remain consistent in defining the founding of a city by the year of its first settlement — when people arrived and established a place.<p>The unfortunate reality is that many towns …

Green Bay

Explore the civilized side of Southern Utah

Southern Utah’s otherworldly landscapes draw visitors from around the world, but this unique setting has also drawn pioneering artisans who create food, art and oases of hospitality. Bookend your adventurous days here with a wealth of refined dining, cultural experiences and beautifully curated …

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Disappointing photos show what 15 famous US attractions look like in real life

The US is filled with iconic natural wonders, historic sites, and over-the-top attractions.<p>But not everything is always as it seems.<p>Keep scrolling to see what 15 major attractions in the US <i>actually</i> look like in real life.

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This man did a 22,000 mile road trip of North America — these are the 25 spots he says you can't miss

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Unique Bed and Breakfasts in the Midwest United States

No two travelers are the same. Some like the plane aisle seat. Other must have the window. Some couples prefer 5-star hotels, and others want a more …