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Road Trip: The Southwest's Four Corners

Witness the sculpted horizons of the southwest, where man-made boundaries mean nothing to the rugged lands.<p>The Four Corners is far too prosaic of a name for the strikingly beautiful territory that respects no man-made boundaries in the southwestern United States.<p><b>Overview</b><p>Long before some surveyor …

Oregon's secret surprises

Known primarily for the quirky city of Portland, Oregon is a mostly rural state that holds a landscape diversity to rival anywhere in the US. Big hitter destinations like Mt Hood, Crater Lake, Cannon Beach and the Columbia Gorge get heavy fair-weather traffic but there are plenty of other amazing …

Supersized natural wonders of US National Parks

Superlative natural wonders appear wherever you turn in the USA's national parks. Whether you're working on your bucket list - 'Climb North America's highest mountain!' - or just wanting to hug the world's largest living tree, you can explore nature's extreme outer limits at these record-setting US …

Road Trip: Great Smoky Mountains

From the May 2012 issue of National Geographic Traveler<p>In the early 1900s, outdoorsman Horace Kephart likened the Great Smoky Mountains to an “Eden still unpeopled and unspoiled.” A century later, the range the Cherokees once called the “land of the blue mist” stars as the showpiece of America’s …

Arches National Park Photos

Road Trip: The Borderlands of Texas

Welcome to Big Bend, one of the last true frontiers in the lower 48.<p>Crowned with a sky so wide that it threatens to define infinity, the Big Bend region of Texas is situated roughly west of San Antonio, east of El Paso, and north of the mythic Rio Grande river. It remains one of the last true …

Road Trip: Cascade Lakes, Oregon

Travel<p>Step back in time as the volcanic landscape of central Oregon's desert plains conjure up prehistoric visions.<p>This 83-mile (134-kilometer) route—running from Bend, Oregon, to Sunriver on Oregon 372 and County Roads 46 and 42—can be driven in three hours, but take your time and enjoy the …

Hiking

Road Trip: Florida Keys

The 113-mile (181-kilometer) drive from mainland Florida to Key West induces sensory overload.<p>The 113-mile (181-kilometer) drive on Highway 1 from mainland Florida to Key West induces sensory overload. Besides the natural beauty along the route—tidal flats, teal waters dotted by distant islands—the …

How to survive a boring road trip

'Are we there yet?'<p>'But I wanna be there NOWWWWW!'<p>'I’mboredI’mboredI’mboredI’mboredI’mboredI’mboredI’mboredI’mbored...'<p>The above might sound like a small child’s back seat complaints, but it’s actually a sampling of my running commentary from the first 20 minutes of a recent, epic 4.5 hour road …

Top 10 scenic drives

They don't call it America the Beautiful for nothing. Roll down that car window and feast your eyes.<p>A road trip is nothing without roads. Here are some doozies, although any mere Top 10 list will inevitably leave out some of the best. See the Itineraries chapter in our new <i>USA</i> guide for more, and …

African safari alternatives that don't cost a fortune

The Big Five (buffalo, lion, leopard, elephant and rhinoceros) sometimes elude safari goers in more ways than one. Rates for a five-night luxury safari - including guided wildlife drives, sunset cocktails, and tents with more puffy pillows than London's Ritz Hotel - can cost anywhere between …

South Africa