Ruth Caldwell

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You Won't Be the First Tourist to Visit Lisbon, But That Shouldn't Stop You

Portugal’s ancient capital is the European city you wish you’d visited sooner.<p>Perhaps, like me, you’ve never been to Portugal. Then you land in Lisbon, throw back absurdly good table wines for as little as three dollars, eat creamy pastéis de nata for breakfast, drink beers (also cheap) from kiosks …

European Travel

Visit Strasbourg, one of France’s most intriguing cities

The Alsace region offers a unique blend of French and German art, architecture and culture.

France

36 Hours in Lisbon

Forget Lisbon as the budget capital of Europe. Yes, the seafood is still (relatively) cheap, as is the wine. The old canary-yellow trams still rattle along steep hills, and you’ll never pay more than a euro and change for a pastéis de nata, the classic Portuguese pastry. But today the Portuguese …

European Travel

Fun Things to Do Between Seattle and Vancouver BC

For many people, a Seattle vacation itinerary includes Vancouver BC. Or a Vancouver trip includes time in Seattle. But what about having some fun on …

Barcelona

9 Incredible Cities to Visit in Switzerland

With a location in the Alps mountain range and an impressive railroad that runs through it, the country of Switzerland is in no short supply of …

Acquainted

48 Hours in Budapest | Budapest Travel Guide

Budapest Chain Bridge River and Basilica View <i>Penned under our expert traveler series, this guest post is written by traveler and expat, Katie, who</i> …

European Travel

Ten brilliant day trips from Madrid

<i>The Monastery of El Escorial. Photo: Daniel Lázaro Fernandez/Flickr.</i><p>Just an hour away from Madrid is the town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, …

European Travel

Switzerland’s Most Beautiful Towns

Secluded mountain villages and historic cities abound, but these Swiss towns top the charts.<p>Home to Europe’s largest thermal baths, Leukerbad has …

European Travel

Enjoy a cruise holiday with a difference down the mighty Danube from Budapest to Vienna

I’m not a morning person, but I was determined to be up at dawn to see Budapest’s magnificent Parliament Buildings glowing in the pre-dawn light as …

European Travel

Fall in love with the Black Forest

In Germany’s southwest corner, the Black Forest (“Schwarzwald”) is a range of hills stretching east of the Rhine River.Ancient Romans found the thick …

European Travel

Five Reasons To Visit Lisbon Now

Offering 290 days of sunshine a year, Portugal’s capital is within 30 minutes of beautiful sandy beaches where you can take full advantage of the fair weather. Lisbon is also packed with history, culture and best of all, is the birthplace of one of the most delicious sweet treats on the planet -</i> …

European Travel

Holiday in Barcelona? Hit these off-the-beaten-path hot spots

From the architectural masterpieces of Antoni Gaudí to the sweeping vistas of the Catalan countryside, Barcelona is a city full of sensory …

50 Adventures in 50 States

From hiking volcanic cliffs to racing down snow-capped mountains, take a look at the greatest adventures across the country.<p>Adventure enthusiasts from all over the world travel to the United States to explore stunning national parks, trek iconic trails, and immerse themselves in America’s vast …

Sequoia National Park: 125 Years in the Land of Giants

Credit: Melissa Wiese<p>Feature<p><b>Author</b>: Steven Shaw <b><br>Date</b>: 09.24.15<p>Sequoia National Park was established 125 years ago (September 25, 1890) in a measure …

National Parks Road Trip: Northern California and Oregon

Lassen Volcanic > Crater Lake > Redwood<p><b>Gateway Airport:</b> Sacramento, California<p>This multiday adventure journeys from the southern reaches of the Cascade Range to the mist-shrouded Northern California coast. Two national parks—Lassen Volcanic and Crater Lake—showcase equally remarkable examples of …

5 Tips to Enhance Your Visit to the Redwoods

Redwood National & State Parks are located along the Pacific Coast in Northern California. Instead of one large park, you'll find a series of parks. These include Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park - all of which were …

National Parks

59 things you didn't know about America's 59 National Parks

The USA makes up 16.5 percent of the Earth’s land surface, so it’s unsurprising that America has its fair share of spectacular landscapes – many of …

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5 Tips That Will Enhance Your Zion National Park Experience

Zion National Park was established in 1919 and was Utah's first. Located in the southwestern part of the state near the city of St George, Zion is easily accessible from Interstate 15 from both Las Vegas to the south and Salt Lake City to the north. In this beautiful red rock area there are over …

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Ten Awesome Bridge Crossings in Olympic National Park

In Olympic National Park, bridges serve many functions. They obviously help us cross rivers, keep out feet dry and get us from Point A to Point B, …

The Best of Death Valley National Park

<i>Friends share a moment atop the Mesquite Dunes at Death Valley. Credit: Jonathan Irish</i><p>With names of iconic locations like Badwater, Funeral Mountain, the Devil's Golf Course, and <i>Death</i> right in the name of the parkland, it's clear that this landscape on the California/Nevada state line was a torment …

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Nevada's Wild Jewel: Great Basin National Park

<i>On our way to the Great Basin National Park entrance near Baker, Nevada. Photo credit: Jonathan Irish</i><p>One of the first things that we do when en route to a new park is to learn about the geography and landscape of the area to help us determine where to explore and how we'll want to photograph it. We …

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The Complete Guide To Crater Lake National Park

Arrive at Crater Lake on a sunny summer’s day and its intensely blue waters will form a mirror of beautiful clouds above. Come in the winter months …

7 reasons to visit North Cascades National Park

Exploring awe-inspiring North Cascades National Park<p>Hotel Deals for Seattle<p>Pike & Pine Downtown Luxury Suites by Nspire<p>WA, USA<p>Mar 04 - Mar 04, …

The Most Popular National Parks and When to Visit Them

It's entirely possible I coordinate my summers around when and which national parks I can visit. I'm pretty sure I owe this moderate obsession with …

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10 National Parks You Didn't Know You Should Visit

You may not have heard about some of these national parks, but they are definitely worth the trip.<p>While the spotlight burns bright on America’s most famous national parks, many lesser known beauties are quietly doing what they do best: protecting some of the world’s most unspoiled scenery. For …

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The 6 Best Hikes in Glacier National Park

With over 1,000,000 acres of pristine wilderness, <b>forests</b>, alpine meadows and lakes, it’s no wonder <b>Glacier National Park</b> is one of the most visited …

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 …

National Parks

This Couple Visited Every National Park in One Year

Ever wish you could quit it all, hop in a car and drive? One Missouri couple did just that and turned their adventure into a national campaign for …

Grand Canyon National Park: Always more to see

Bruce Aiken is never far from the Grand Canyon. It peers over his shoulder as he works. It whispers to him when he travels. It calls to him whenever he’s had enough of crowds and cars and noise.<p>The soaring buttes, towers and cliffs crowd his mind — and his studio. The Flagstaff, Ariz., artist has …

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A Snap Guide to Road Tripping Through the Mighty Five

A brief tip sheet on how to do Utah’s most famous National Parks.<p>No road trip in America is more visually mind-blowing than a tour of the Mighty Five—the tight cluster of national parks in Utah that include Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches, and Canyonlands. Whether you start in Salt Lake …

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