American Vacation

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

A weekend escape to Colorado's deep, steep Black Canyon of the Gunnison

The Black Canyon of the Gunnison was considered deep, dark and impenetrable not only by white settlers but also by Utes native to western Colorado. The area was seldom seen until the 1930s, when Mark Warner, a conservationist and Presbyterian minister in Montrose, Colo., 15 miles away, successfully …

National Parks

This May Be The Bluest Place in The Country, But That's Not The Best Part

I threw my head back laughing harder than I had in a good while. Maybe it was the Zinfandel the raspy-voiced waiter playfully called “jam” as he poured us a second - or was it third? - glass, but it was in that moment I realized I had found the real treasure of this place: it was hidden in the …

Lake Tahoe

Most Amazing Hikes in Every State

Venturing to remote beaches, through narrow gorges, up rugged mountains and across prairielands, America is home to some incredible hiking trails …

Adventure Travel

Exploring hidden Vermont

Major highways can be beautiful, and Interstate-89 in Vermont is one of the prettiest, with no billboards in sight and only uninterrupted …

Road Trips

The Ultimate Family Cycling Adventure in Kalispell, Montana

Looking for smiles for miles? Glacier National Park, rail trails, singletrack, great food, and family fun await you in Kalispell, Montana. So ... …

Glacier National Park

Weirdness and Wonder in South Dakota

Loading<p>Black Hills National Forest is a dramatic change from the surrounding dry plains. Filled with lakes and deep forests of aspens and ponderosa …

Road Trips

The Top 10 Road Trips in America

Looking to fulfill that dream of the Great American Road Trip? These are 10 routes you absolutely cannot miss.<p>Of all the wonderful traditions that …

Top 10 Weird, Unique and Quirky Attractions in America

#1. Carhenge, Nebraska Carhenge is a replica of England's Stonehenge located near the city of Alliance, Nebraska. Instead of being built with large …

Road Trips

Flying High Over Georgia On The Ultimate Southeast Road Trip

The far distant reaches of our planet often call with a very specific tone of seduction. A sexy whisper, a titillating chirp in the ear of the wayward tramp. The beaches of Sri Lanka or the valleys of southwestern Colombia have much more sultry dispositions than the hills of Virginia or the …

Road Trips

7 Places to Ride Your Bike Before They Change Forever

The climate crisis is wreaking havoc on our most iconic rides. Here are some of the most threatened—and what you can do to save them.<p>Landslides. Beetle infestations. Wildfires. Searing temperatures. Many of the most beloved cycling spots in the US are already feeling the effects of climate change, …


The best road trips from 10 major US cities

What better time than summer to hit the road for a vacation getaway?<p>But for those who prefer a little less road in their road trip, there are a multitude of awesome destinations less than 200 miles from major US cities.<p>Here are 10 road trips that will have you feeling like you're in an entirely …

Road Trips


Most Scenic Route From Black Hills, South Dakota, to Yellowstone National Park

While both Yellowstone National Park and the Black Hills of South Dakota have unforgettable scenery, there's plenty between the two you won't want to miss. The fastest way to get to Yellowstone from the Black Hills area is along Interstate 90, a journey of 474 miles and seven and a half driving …

Road Trips

Amazing American waterfalls


Deschutes River Rafting

About Deschutes River Rafting<p>The Deschutes River originates high in the Cascade mountains from Little Lava Lake. The river carves its path through …

Eastern Oregon

Wildflower/Landscape - Mt. Rainier National Park

Echo Mountain and Inspiration Point in the San Gabriel Mountains

A great hike in the lower San Gabriels to incredible vistas, forested mountain canyons, and the ruins of a turn-of-the-century mountaintop resort.</i> …

Road Trips

Soak Away Stress on a Colorado Hot Springs Loop

The spectacular scenery of Colorado is soothing to the soul. But add soaks in mineral-rich hot spring pools to the mix, and you have a stress-busting …


The Best Resorts in Myrtle Beach

With 10 miles of sandy beaches along the Atlantic Ocean, Myrtle Beach is a historic South Carolina resort town full of amusements, boardwalk fun, and …

Myrtle Beach

A part of Highway 1 in Big Sur has reopened, but other issues remain on the coastal route

Big Sur got a bit of good news earlier this week: A 35-mile stretch of Highway 1 reopened to traffic after having been closed for months by a winter-storm landslide.<p>The road at Paul’s Slide, near the town of Lucia, opened Monday as far south as Gorda, with a single lane handling one-way controlled …


Top 5 Wildflower Hikes in Utah

Think Utahns aren’t passionate about their wildflowers? Think again. There are no fewer than four (FOUR!) Utah-centric apps specifically dedicated to …

National Parks

17 fire lookouts you can rent around Oregon

The gorgeous fire lookouts are incredibly popular, giving tremendous views of our forests and mountains.


Hike Through American History on These 7 Trails

There was no “trail” up New York’s highpoint, Mount Marcy, when then-Vice President Teddy Roosevelt climbed it on September 13, 1901, although by the …

Adventure Travel

Forget the cruise — here’s why you should take a road trip through Alaska

Oprah may be having the time of her life cruising in Alaska, but in my opinion, she’s doing it wrong. To cover the most ground and actually see the …

Road Trips

Boston road trip: 16 top hotels and resorts to visit within driving distance - Curbed Boston

Everyone knows that Massachusetts and its northern New England neighbors are chock-a-block with fantastic destinations.<p>Here are 16 of the best resorts and hotels within a reasonable driving distance of the Boston area for your next getaway. Each has a lot of activities for guests, never mind serene …


Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, Maine

Jasper National Park's Skyline Trail | 50 Last-Minute Summer Vacation Ideas | Men's Journal

Hear the words "Rocky Mountain high" and Colorado springs instantly comes to mind. Yet following that singular range to its northern climes and one …

National Parks

Hiking to Avalanche Lake in Glacier National Park

<b>The hike to Avalanche Lake might be the best “first hike” in Glacier National Park</b>. In June, I flew in to Kalispell, Montana – the airport gateway to …

National Parks

Camp next to these 6 breathtaking rock formations |

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: There’s just something about camping amongst the giants of nature. Feeling small has a way of doing that …

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