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National Parks that Are Off the Beaten Path | Reader's Digest

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, New Mexico<p>Anton Foltin/ShutterstockOrgan Mountains-Desert Peaks is one of the newest national …

National Parks

My family found Mesa Verde National Park’s quieter side at Wetherill Mesa’s cliff dwellings

MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK — The corncob impression in the sandstone floor looked just like the one left in the butter at our family dinner the night …

National Parks

Five Unique and Free Things to Do in St. Louis

St. Louis is growing on me more and more for many reasons. A couple of those reasons are how unique and quirky the city is if you know where to look …

St. Louis

What to do and see on a first visit to Portland

Portland’s sudden celebrity may seem to come out of nowhere (or as a direct result of a cutesy indie sketch show), but the folks who grew up here …

Travel

Charter Destinations: Maine

Time was that mapmakers would append the designation “Here be dragons” to those portions of the globe still unknown to them. But the terrors of the …

Maine

40 places every California kid must visit before growing up

As families start taking off for spring break holidays and planning summer vacations, it's the perfect time for SFGATE to bring out its list of 40 spots around California that every kid should visit before growing up.<p>This travel bucket list for the California family takes you all over the Golden …

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Exploring restaurants along scenic Highway 1

The Bay Area is filled with places to eat and drink, but one of the overlooked areas for eating and drinking is also one of the most interesting: the coast along Highway 1, heading towards Half Moon Bay. Many of the restaurants have the triple-threat of gorgeous views, delicious food and ties to …

San Mateo County

8 Most romantic camping destinations in America

The most romantic camping destinations in the US are all about sharing the love of the outdoors with someone special!<p>As long as your love’s idea of …

Camping

A Guide to Visiting the Hawaiian Islands

Few places on Earth more clearly embody the spirit of paradise than Hawaii, which is famous for its tropical flora, extraordinary beaches (including …

Hawaii

Colorado Train Travel: Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

All aboard for 1880’s! Steam trains are like time machines. Sit back and enjoy the historic ride and scenery of Colorado train travel, as …

Traveling to Memphis? Here's what to eat and do

Traveling to Memphis? Here’s what to eat and do<p>It’s the birthplace of rock ’n’ roll, but this Tennessee city offers much more than just …

Road Trip: Gold Beach Oregon to Mendocino, California

We finally pick up California Highway 1, that iconic coastal road, for winding narrowly among redwoods, curving past small villages, and skirting …

RVs

10 Most Beautiful Restaurant Views

1 of 10<p>DIFFERENT POINTE OF VIEW<p><b>Phoenix</b><br>Depending on what time you dine at this mountaintop restaurant, there's always another grand vista to take in, …

Restaurants

A New Yorker’s guide to entertaining your parents for the weekend

Whether dear old mom and dad live a state or a continent away, news of their impending arrival is enough to fill any New Yorker’s heart with dread. …

What to do with a day in San Francisco

Photo: goian<p>San Francisco is so jam-packed full of things to see and do, that you could never see all of it in just a day. However, if you did only …

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Deal of the Day: A revolutionary family stay in historic Williamsburg, plus Busch Gardens passes, from $100/person

Most people visit Williamsburg, Virginia, for a full-on crash course in US history—from Jamestowne, site of America’s founding, and Yorktown, where …

Frugal Travel

Relax in a hot spring infinity pool overlooking volcanic mountains

These Mezquital Valley pools will put any traditional waterpark to shame<p>Let's be real for a minute: We haven't met an infinity pool we didn't like. …

Travel

Sleepover with sloths for a quiet night in at this animal rescue center in Oregon

The best sleepovers usually include a rowdy mix of movies, junk food, and gossip, but an animal rescue center in Rainier, Oregon is offering a uniquely fun (though way more quiet) alternative. Located just north of Portland, the Zoological Wildlife Conservation Center has Sloth Sleepovers, allowing …

Wildlife

Spy on a herd of Roosevelt elk at Dean Creek in southern Oregon

The Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area is a scenic and reliable place to get a look at Oregon's biggest land mammal.

RVs

Milwaukee’s Mitchell Park Domes named newest National Treasure

50 years after opening, the midcentury wonder earns new honor<p>The beehive-shaped Mitchell Park Domes in Milwaukee have been called a lot of things during their 50 years of existence, from oases from the midwest winter to architectural oddities to “glass bubbles.” And now, thanks to the National …

Library of Congress

100 Things to Do at Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon's Galactic Geometry<p>Like a fine wine or Ziggy Stardust, Bryce Canyon only gets better with age. Bryce’s unlikely amphitheatres took 60 …

Utah

Landsford Canal State Park – Fort Lawn, South Carolina

Amazing pre-Civil War ruins alongside a shallow, rocky river that hosts beautiful (but endangered) lilies.<p>Landsford Canal was built 1820-1823 to …

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The 25 most popular travel destinations in the US

If you're planning a vacation and need some inspiration, look no further.<p>Travel planning and booking site TripAdvisor just announced the results of its 2017 Travelers' Choice awards for destinations. Based on millions of user reviews of hotels, restaurants, and attractions gathered over a 12-month …

TripAdvisor

From volcanoes to outlaws: Wyoming's coolest hidden gems

The beauty and wonder of Wyoming is undeniable: With the mountains, lakes, forests, and prairies, it's got a lot going for it. But tucked among the …

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6 Best Places in the USA to Travel to this Spring

Shares 0<p>It’s almost sandals, flowing flowery skirts and tropical print shirt weather, which begs the question: Where are you going to wear all of …

New Orleans

12 facts about Northern Michigan that will surprise you

YOU MIGHT ASSUME THAT, being from Ontario, we’d know a lot more about Michigan. After all, it’s our neighbor — in just a couple hours, we can be …

Travel

9 Epic USA Road Trips

<b>1. Colorado to Los Angeles Road Trip</b><p>Driving from Colorado to California opened my eyes to how beautiful America is. On this journey, I got to see the …

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The August eclipse is the 'most spectacular thing you'll ever see,' especially in Missouri

“It is the most spectacular thing you will ever see. Once you see it, you will never forget it,” Astronomy magazine senior editor Michael Bakich promises viewers of the first total solar eclipse to cross the United States in 38 years.<p>To celebrate, Bakich is planning “the biggest event on Earth” in …

Travel

8 Breathtaking National Parks to visit this Spring

Spring is around the corner, and whether you’re a weary student or just someone who finds winter exhausting, there’s probably only one thing on your …

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