American Vacation

By Jim Potts | Travel Destination and Itinerary Ideas in North America

Leave the Mainland Behind

Plan a remote beach vacation on Cumberland Island<p>Southeast of Atlanta, Georgia, lies the state’s largest barrier island, a wild, untamed seashore …

Beaches

12 Weeks, 12 Missouri Lakes | VisitMO Spotlight | Presenting You With Missouri Trip Ideas

Twelve weeks.<p>That’s about how long summer lasts, starting with Memorial Day weekend and running through mid-August, with the first day of school as …

Missouri

10 National Parks in America You Need To Visit This Summer

There is no better way to spend the summer than to explore the great outdoors and travel to one of the many US national parks. From the East coast to …

National Parks

A wet winter gives way to a sensational spring for viewing Idaho’s Shoshone Falls

Windingdown the steep, narrow road alongside dark rock cliffs required a driver’s full attention. But then distraction appeared in the form of a bright rainbow.<p>Sharp and full, it arched over the Snake River not far from where Evel Knievel attempted to clear the canyon on a daredevil jump more than …

National Parks

A Seafood Lover's Road Trip in Coastal Maine

I WOKE UP hungry. Fortunately, I was in a town that can satiate a big appetite. My husband, Paul, and I had flown to Portland, Maine from New York late the previous night for a five-day road trip up the coast. We went to savor the state’s spring beauty, hike along some seaside trails, dip our toes …

England

50 Beautiful Small Towns We Want to Live In

Road Trips

Live Science

Blue and beautiful<p>Crater Lake is a caldera lake and is one of the most spectacular natural wonders of North America. Located in south-central Oregon, …

National Parks

Camino Cielo, Santa Barbara, California | The 25 Best Cycling Roads in America | Men's Journal

This is an incredible ridge road that rewards you at the top of Gibraltar Mountain in the Santa Ynez Mountains, one of the few mountain ranges in the …

California

Ride Route 11 through Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley

From beautiful mountain vistas to farm-driven cuisine, make the most of one of the South’s most scenic drives<p>According to popular regional legend, the name Shenandoah is derived from a Native American expression meaning “Beautiful Daughter of the Stars.” And if you’ve ever driven through the …

Road Trips

Perfect Montana Side Trips When Visiting Yellowstone

The towns and regions around Yellowstone National Park often have as much to see and do as the park itself.

Yellowstone National Park

Bug Light Sunset

Cut off again, Big Sur visited only by helicopter

Just like last winter, Big Sur is once again isolated from the rest of California and the world — accessible to tourists only by helicopter.<p>Southern …

Road Trips

Why Lake Superior Is the Country's Most Overlooked Playground

It's 12:56 a.m. and I’m spiraling down a rabbit hole of fear. There are the yellow ATTENTION: BEARS IN THE AREA. USE CAUTION signs plastered everywhere. Through my tent flap, lightning is illuminating swaying pines, which are bending with such ferocity that they sound like crashing waves. But my …

Adventure Travel

Scenic Byways - Cody

Click on map to enlarge<p>There’s no denying why Buffalo Bill enjoyed this Western playground: the wide open spaces, magnificent sunsets and of course, …

10 Lakes That Prove Southerners Know Where to Head When It Gets Hot

© Michael Hanson<p>Caddo Lake<p><b>Texas</b><p>Nestled on the border that separates Texas from Louisiana, about 15 miles west of Shreveport, La., Caddo Lake holds …

Country Lifestyle

The Ultimate West Coast Road Trip

The landscape of the U.S. West Coast between Seattle and Los Angeles is some of the most beautiful in the world. It has the volcanoes of the Cascade …

Road Trips

Arizona: The best state parks you need to check out

ARIZONA is home to beautiful and rugged scenery, desert and mountain landscapes, natural bridges and spectacular caves, ancient archaeological sites …

North America

Here's Every State Park in the Path of the Eclipse

×<p>The chart at right lists all of Missouri’s state parks that are on the line of totality along with the time the eclipse begins, ends, and when …

Astronomy

New York outdoors: The guide to the best State Parks

Adirondack Park<p>Adirondack State ParkSaint Johnsville, United States#extreme #hiking<p>The Adirondack Park forest preserve accounts for nearly a fifth of …

National Parks

7 Awesome Father-Son Getaways in the U.S.

Yes, Father’s Day is approaching, but you need not wait for the holiday to spend some quality father-son time together. And what could be a better …

Yosemite National Park

Romantic Things to Do in Charleston

Romance is almost as thick in the Charleston air as the scent of magnolias.<p>The oldest city in South Carolina offers plenty of places and …

At South Carolina's only national park, paddle through some of the country's oldest trees

Sprawling treetops sway 15 stories up. The wind ripples through the branches like ocean waves. Woodpeckers, warblers, and scores of other birds sing, …

The Best North American Hotels for Outdoor-Lovers

Location, location, location — for home buyers and travelers, this is what it all boils down to. For outdoor lovers, finding the right hotel to serve …

Glacier National Park

Illinois outdoor guide: The best parks in the state

Starved Rock State Park<p>Starved Rock State ParkOglesby, United StatesWaterfalls at Starved Rock #fishing #hiking #camping<p>Starved Rock is not only one …

Road Trips

Boston waterfront attractions: 10 must-visit spots - Curbed Boston

Water Week dives into all things water-related in the Boston area, from its effects on development to its relation to real estate prices to its support of business and pleasure hereabouts. The glass is always half-full at Curbed Boston. Swim along!<p>Boston’s waterfront teems with stuff to do. Here …

Avant-garde

The Greatest of the Great Outdoors: Where to Play Outside in Santa Rosa

In Santa Rosa, you can choose between redwoods, grassland or river — or hit all in the same day.<p>“What is near an ocean, by a river, next to a lake, …

Road Trips

Calistoga Ranch, Napa, California

Reconnect with nature in the heart of wine country<p>With its hot springs and spectacular setting in Napa Valley, Calistoga has been a haven for …

Hotels

The best Hawaiian Island for every type of traveler

<b>The INSIDER Summary:</b><p><b>Hawaii has a total of eight islands.</b>• <b><br>We found out what island is best for each kind of traveler.</b>• <b><br>Maui is best for beach bums, Lanai is ideal for honeymooners, the Big Island is good for families, Kauai is best for outdoorsy types, Molokai is ideal for divers, Oahu is good for</b> …

Hawaii

Interesting Photo of the Day: El Capitan Sunrise

Often, sunrises like this one only last a few minutes before the sun escapes over the horizon line and the colors burst into brighter, warmer tones. …

Yosemite National Park