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Top 20 romantic destinations in North America

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, it's time to start planning a romantic getaway with that special someone . . . or at least dreaming for later.<p>Stuck for ideas? We're asking readers to vote for their favorite romantic North American Getaway in the 10Best Readers' Choice awards. Our …

10 Places Every American Should See

California's Pacific Highway 1 runs 135 miles between San Luis Obispo and Monterey.<p><i>Photo Courtesy Wangkun Jia / Dreamstime.com. Article by Sean O'Neill, contributor to Budget Travel.</i><p>Think you know America's essential sights? Compare your past trips with our picks for domestic destinations every …

Road Trip: The Southwest's Four Corners

Travel<p>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 …

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Big-Sky West Texas: A Road Trip Through Hidden America

Texas native son Stephen Orr makes his annual pilgrimage deep into West Texas, where high desert meets high art.<p>Far from the glitter of Dallas and the bohemia of Austin lies the lonely, lovely landscape of West Texas: a piece of hidden America that's made for getting lost in…and for finding …

Insider’s Guide to California’s Central Coast

U.S. Highway 101 stretches 300 miles between San Francisco and Santa Barbara, roughly tracing a footpath of 1760s Spanish explorers and connecting the 21 missions they founded. You’ll want at least three days to do the region justice.<p><b>Here’s some insider intel to help you navigate this fertile</b> …

Yosemite is magical in winter

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK -- Morning has come to the valley floor. Mists dissolve in the sun's warming rays, revealing a dusting of snow on mile-high Half Dome. With the exception of a small herd of deer nibbling on leaves, all is silent.<p>Men have their cathedrals. Nature has Yosemite.<p>"It is always a …

10 best national park drives

There's no need to lace up hiking boots for a memorable national park experience. Scenic roads offer spectacular views, and a chance to see wildlife, all from a car. "You see landscapes that have been unchanged largely forever," says <b>Kurt Repanshek</b>, founder and editor of <i>National Parks Traveler</i> …

Secret O’ahu: sights only the locals know about

Most people think of O’ahu strictly as a beach vacation interspersed with hiking and awash with cocktails. But what they don't realise is that there is a lot going on that has nothing to do with the island’s sandy beaches, flip-flopped feet, or the big, sugary, impossibly coloured drinks of …

Cream Cheese

10 Beautiful American Castles

Castello di Amorosa - Napa Valley, Calif.<p>If you've ever wanted to sip wine inside a castle, here's your chance. Castello di Amorosa in Napa Valley …

Napa Valley

10 Best Lakeside Hotels in the US

While some people love the crash of waves and the feel of salt on their skin from a day at the beach, for others, it’s all about the calmness of a …

Sunset

15 Los Angeles day trips<p>From hanging on the beach to hiking in the hills, here are some favorite th…<p>From hanging on the beach to hiking in the hills, …

Chasing Photographs in America’s National Parks

It’s summer at the Grand Canyon. You arrive in the middle of the day, road weary but eager to see the legendary wonder. The air is hot. The roads are crowded, and you’re cranky after hours in the car. Find a parking space. Hike out to an overlook. And there it lies, the awesome gulf in its full …

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