American Vacation

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

Switzer Falls and Bear Canyon

<i>A short hike to 50-foot high Switzer Falls, one of the most popular and easily-accessible waterfalls in the Angeles National Forest. This route also</i> …

Trails

Slot Canyons in Utah - Best Slot Canyons - Utah’s Slot Canyons

Taken as a whole, the Colorado Plateau may be Utah’s most iconic physiographic region. What does that mean for you? As a vacation destination, it …

Utah

Car-Free Vacations for the Urban Traveler

Weekend trips to cities like Boston, Chicago or San Francisco rarely require a rental car to get around, given their extensive public transportation systems. But more unexpected locales are joining the car-optional list as new and expanding rapid transit options take root across the country.<p>Many …

Los Angeles

This Little-Known Michigan Village Is A Nature-Lover's Paradise

Travel

Mount Rushmore National Memorial: A Presidential Tribute

Rising above the Black Hills of South Dakota, Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a stunning sight to behold. Audacious in scale and magnificent in …

American History

The Perfect San Francisco Long Weekend Itinerary

Are you heading to <b>San Francisco</b> soon? Well, you’re going to love it. San Francisco is one of those cities that’s friendly, compact and really easy to …

San Francisco

The secret side of the Sierra Nevadas

On the less-traversed eastern slopes of the mountain range is a complex environment of geothermal activity, volcanic forces, salt lakes, desert hills and ghost towns.

12 Lesser Known National Parks in America to fall in love with

For every well-known national park there are numerous lesser known national parks that are just as breath-taking and beautiful. Check out some of our …

National Parks

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5 Top Guidebooks for Planning Your Route 66 Road Trip

For me, the process of planning my Route 66 road trip was a large part of the whole experience. I was 28 years old, knew next to nothing about Route …

9 Incredible Hidden Locations in U.S. National Parks Where You Can Avoid the Crowds

Enjoying the splendor of some of America’s most breathtaking national parks can be tough when you’re dealing with crowds of tourists.<p>Thanks to their …

National Parks

The Best Seafood Dives in Massachusetts

What with Cape Cod leading the charge, and the South and North shores of Massachusetts contributing with beach-and-dock-loving cultures, the Bay …

Video: No Canoeing for Old Men

Nothin’ like a bit of stylish open boating. While many youngsters might wonder, “Why not use a whitewater kayak instead of an open canoe?” these guys …

Canoeing

18 Wild Places to Fall in Love

By National Wildlife Federation StaffIn honor of Valentine's Day, National Wildlife Federation staff members shared favorite wild places and hidden …

National Parks

Upper Peninsula, Michigan: Rugged and Full of History

The vast expanses of Porcupine Mountains in MIchigan’s Upper Peninsula. Elina Salmiinen photos.<p><b>Four quirky days in the rugged “UP”</b><p>By Elina …

Travel

The Most Exhilarating Drives in California

It’s easy to think of driving in California as a series of directions from one freeway to the other. Yes, taking the 405 to the 101 to the 5 to the …

Trails

8 Prettiest National Parks to Visit in America This Spring

If you're feeling stir crazy, we totally get it. Winter can be long in the majority of states, and often void of anything even remotely cool to do. …

Portland Head Light & Fort Williams Park - Cape Elizabeth, Maine - Part 9

The last stop on our marathon Maine photography journey was Portland Head Light & Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. We stopped by, …

Love, Liberty, and Cheesesteaks: 48 Hours in Philadelphia

Philadelphia has been keeping things punk and edgy since before America was even a country. With so much special history, awesome food, and …

This Couple Went to Every National Park in America and Says These Are the Best

Last year, former National Geographic travel photographer, Jonathan Irish, and NASA employee, Stephanie Payne, embarked on a journey to see all of …

National Parks

The Secret to Having Fun in Winter: Visit La Mauricie National Park

Please follow and like us:<p>If you live in the Montreal – Quebec City corridor then you’ve likely heard of and perhaps even visited <b>La Mauricie National</b> …

National Parks

9 awesome experiences to have in Arizona before you die

Arizona just wouldn’t be Arizona without visions of roadrunners, coyotes, and rattlesnakes. This trio of desert life is just the beginning of the …

Travel

Secret Rainier: A Monument and Some Columns

by Mickey Eisenberg and Gene Yore<p>This installment of Our Secret Rainier guides you to a monument and some amazing basalt columns in the national …

Latigo Ranch, Colorado: A Special Place to Visit in Winter

Please follow and like us:<p>As I leave Highway 40 and start climbing up a narrow, snow-covered mountain road I am happy no one is behind my car to see …

Colorado

6 Places To Capture Incredible Landscape Shots In Grand Teton National Park

<i>By Jonathan Irish</i><p>To say that Grand Teton National Park is an iconic photography destination is almost an understatement. The jagged peaks of the Teton Range, along with the stunning natural beauty and wild animals on the valley floor, have long lured photographers from around the world. In …

National Parks

For Gulf Coast thrill seekers, Alabama theme park to open in May

A new theme park coming to Alabama’s Gulf Coast hopes to fill a void left by Hurricane Katrina’s destruction of Six Flags New Orleans more than a decade ago.<p>The Owa theme park, about 45 minutes southeast of Mobile, is set to open May 17. It will feature 20 rides as part of a $500-million complex …

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This is the ultimate road trip to West Texas' best destinations

Texas lends itself well to adventure. And, when it comes to the ultimate road trip, there’s no better terrain to traverse than West Texas. In fact, …

National Parks

Need an Escape? 10 Cozy Places to Stay in National Parks

Craving solitude or looking to plan a romantic retreat? A private room in the heart of one of the country's most spectacular landscapes could be the …

National Parks

Five Fire Lookout Cabins With Amazing Views

In the early 1900s, thousands of lookout stations were built across the Western U.S. to spot wildfires. The bare-bones dwellings atop mountains from Montana to California numbered around 5,000 by the 1930s. Over the years, modern fire surveillance technology rendered these cabins useless, and many …

National Parks