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Hike it, climb it, bike it, pitch a tent and camp it. America’s outdoors are calling. Explore adventures by region that take you to the highest highs in national parks, the lowest lands, preserves and monuments and more national heritage sites and state parks than you can hike in a year. No matter what name they go by, we’re celebrating America’s parks.

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Best Hidden Gems in St. Pete/Clearwater, Florida

There are the classic must-see places – Clearwater Beach and St. Pete Beach, John’s Pass Village & Boardwalk, Central Ave. – and then there...

Experience the Legacy of Washington, DC’s Greatest Black Musicians

African Americans have played a central role in the creation of some of the United States’ most famous musical genres and there may be...

Eats with a View: Restaurants, Bars & Breweries in St. Pete/Clearwater

The weather is wonderful, why not dine and drink outdoors? St. Pete/Clearwater, Florida has become a foodie hotspot with chef-led restaurants, access to seafood fresh...

Island Hopping Adventures in Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

While all 63 parks in the U.S. National Park system feature extraordinary natural landscapes and provide a restorative break from the demands and stresses...

El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico – Waterfalls, Wildlife and Mountain Hikes

When you hear the term “rainforest” it likely conjures up an image of a dense, thickly canopied, jungle somewhere in the Amazon region of...

Oregon Road Trip Series: Portland

The first stop on our Oregon Road Trip series is the Portland region – an engulfing mix of lush Pacific Northwest scenery, Asian cuisine,...

Pacific Northwest

Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington

Twentynine Palms: Gateway to Joshua Tree National Park and Mojave National Preserve

You’ve probably heard of Palm Springs, California—a midcentury design giant and popular hangout for well-heeled celebs, retirees and hip millennials seeking a playground close...

Wildlife Viewing in Denali National Park

America’s National Parks offer up some of the most spectacular natural landscapes and wildlife viewing available in the country, but they can also be...

Step Back In Time and Into the Wild with a Trip to Orcas Island

The benefits of travel go far beyond a simple change of scenery or the ability to engage in non-routine activities. One of the greatest...

Haleakalā National Park – From Sunrise at the Summit to Sunset in Kula

Every visitor to Maui brings home a best-of story. For many it’s about the long, winding and spectacular road to Hana. Plenty give a...

West

Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming

Top Ways to Explore Wyoming’s Wild Landscape

As America’s least populated state, Wyoming’s wild, wide-open spaces offer lots of room to roam. Recreational activities abound, and you’ll have your pick of...

Explore a Lunar Landscape Right Here on Earth at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

Look up at the night sky in south-central Idaho’s Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve and you’ll feel yourself a vital part...

Mixing Art with Nature in Utah at Spiral Jetty and Antelope Island State Park

About two hours from Salt Lake City, in Corinne, Utah, Spiral Jetty, a 1,500 feet-long by 15-feet-wide coiling path winds counterclockwise off Rozel Point...

Utah’s Dark Skies: Canyonlands National Park

Take in the skies while floating and hiking in Labyrinth Canyon. Sights include towering canyon walls, remnants from early river runners and unobstructed views...

Southwest

Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas

The Great Grand Canyon Debate

I don’t like answering a question with more questions, but when friends ask me which rim of the Grand Canyon is better, well, I...

Head to Holbrook, Arizona & the Amazing Petrified Forest National Park

Trips to U.S. National Parks have never been more popular than they are now. We’re road tripping to them to immerse ourselves in the...

Home of the Bubble Tents: Basecamp Terlingua

Camping at Basecamp Terlingua is like stepping into another world. Located deep in West Texas, the camp is a popular spot for travelers visiting...

Flashes of Brilliance: “The Lightning Field” in Western New Mexico’s High Desert

In The Lightning Field, Nature and Art Merge to Shape an Electrifying Experience Looking for a place to disconnect from the outer world while you...

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Midwest

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio

Summer Vacation in Central Minnesota’s Otter Tail Lakes Country

Article courtesy of Explore Minnesota. Discover more Central Minnesota experiences at ExploreMinnesota.com/Central. A trip to Otter Tail County in west-central Minnesota offers mesmerizing natural scenery,...

Wildlife and Hiking in Michigan’s Stunning Isle Royale National Park

Few of the 63 National Parks in the United States are as isolated as Isle Royale National Park in Michigan, and fewer yet are...

Explore Ohio’s Cuyahoga Valley National Park on the National Park Scenic Excursion Train

It’s hard to believe that one of the United States’ most visited National Parks, 33,000-acre Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP), is located next to...

Float and Fish the Ozark National Scenic Riverways Park in Missouri

Rivers probably aren’t the first features that come to mind when you think about the U.S. National Parks, though hundreds of them flow through...

Southeast

Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia

Road Trip Stops in Idyllic North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Looking for a relaxing beach getaway in a beautiful spot with a laid-back vibe, classic southern charm and nine miles of beautiful beaches? North...

Travel that Heals in Hot Springs and Eureka Springs, Arkansas

These days, we’re all looking for safe spots that provide respite from the everyday routines, same-ole sights and cabin fever that our interior spaces...

Swimming with Manatees at Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge

Ever wonder what it’s like to swim with manatees? These gentle giants are curious and will often swim right up to people. Some will...

Endless Summer: Trip Guide to Cumberland Island, Georgia

With 18 miles of secluded, undeveloped beach providing wholly unobstructed vistas, an extraordinary maritime forest of moss-draped live oaks and pines (one of the...

Northeast

Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont

6 Top Delaware Beach Towns

In Delaware, the beaches are an invitation to be in the moment and relax. And each beach town brings its own character, personality and...

Edge of the Continent: Take a Road Trip to Lubec, Maine For a Restorative Vacation

Lucbec is the easternmost town on the continental United States. These days, it seems more and more people are willing to go to the ends...

Wine Tasting, Harvest Hopping and Leaf Peeping in the Finger Lakes Region of New York

The Finger Lakes area offers unrivaled appeal with refreshing brisk temperatures; 11 gorgeous lakes; spectacularly colorful leaves; rolling farmlands; scenic roadways; top-notch wine, beer...

Pennsylvania Road Trip: Camping in Spectacular State Parks

With its soaring summits, roaring rivers, peaceful lakes and endless hiking trails, Pennsylvania is prime for outdoor adventures. Many of these beautiful places can...

U.S. Territories

American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico – Waterfalls, Wildlife and Mountain Hikes

When you hear the term “rainforest” it likely conjures up an image of a dense, thickly canopied, jungle somewhere in the Amazon region of...

National Park of American Samoa: The Most Isolated National Park

  Over 4,000 acres of this national park is underwater. The other 9,000 acres is spread across tropical rainforests and steep volcanic slopes. The National...

Where America’s Day Begins – Exploring Guam

Here, visitors can snorkel with darting fish in brilliant coral reefs and scuba dive to shipwrecks, explore a WWII museum and stunning viewpoints and...

5 Places in the US I Need to See Again, Differently

Two things came to mind when I opened a letter from Avis and read that I was being banned from renting any more cars...