All posts by Tyra Sutak

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Fireplace at the Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort
Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort

A roaring fire in the fireplace, snow gently falling outside your window, and somewhere in the distance, sounds of laughter drift from a nearby ice skating pond. There’s nothing quite like a winter wonderland getaway, and the United States is filled with exceptionally beautiful places to escape when the... Read More

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Amtrak Coast Starlight
Amtrak Coast Starlight/Flickr/Bruce Fingerhood

Even though flying is the main mode of transportation for many travelers, the U.S. still holds onto the romanticism and sense of adventure that is often associated with rail travel. Several historic railroad services still operate daily trains that connect North America — some even enticing passengers with unique vacation packages.... Read More

 Sun Valley/Cannell Kat
Visit Sun Valley/Kat Cannell

In 1936, Sun Valley became the first winter resort city in the nation. With 360-degree breathtaking views, plus an ideal combination of sun, snow, and little wind, it’s no surprise that nearly nine decades later it is still one of the best places in the U.S. for a winter getaway. Situated in the northern portion of Idaho’s scenic Wood River... Read More

 WeeCasa
WeeCasa

Micro-living is sweeping space-strapped cities across the U.S., offering centrally located accommodations at affordable rates. Now, the movement has officially reached the suburban landscape: In Lyons, Colorado, WeeCasa is the state’s first hotel made up of tiny houses. Situated on six acres in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, WeeCasa comprises seventeen one-off homes acquired from a handful of (mostly) Colorado-based builders. Five additional micro-spaces will... Read More

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 Sausalito/flickr/Aaron Swift
Sausalito/flickr/Aaron Swift

Located directly across from San Francisco (via the Golden Gate Bridge), Sausalito offers breathtaking Bay Area vistas and a small-town vibe just 25 minutes from downtown by car. From cycling along the shoreline to sampling some of Northern California’s best wines, here’s how to spend a weekend in this picturesque Pacific Northwest getaway. What to Do One of the best... Read More

Amtrak Vacations/Facebook
Amtrak Vacations/Facebook

Taking the Great American Road Trip is a rite of passage for travelers, but spending hours behind the wheel isn’t for everyone. If exploring the vast U.S. is on your bucket list, but driving isn’t, check out our tips for road tripping — sans car. By Train Train travel has been highly romanticized since its... Read More

 Northport Back Range Lighthouse, Prince Edward Island/flickr/Dennis Jarvis
Northport Back Range Lighthouse, Prince Edward Island/flickr/Dennis Jarvis

Prince Edward Island is the crown jewel of Canada’s Maritime Provinces, thanks to pristine beaches, fresh local seafood, and charming 19th century architecture. Only slightly larger than the state of Delaware, the island is easy to navigate in a short period of time, which is good because there’s a lot to see.... Read More

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 Montreal/Christina Garofalo
Montreal/Christina Garofalo

Montréal is a must-visit — even if you only have a few hours to spare. With a history that dates back to 1642, Canada’s second largest city is vibrant and diverse; it’s filled with great food and proud locals willing to help you find your way around. From the best place to try its... Read More

 Bainbridge Island/flickr/Jan Tik
Bainbridge Island/flickr/Jan Tik

The views alone are worth the visit to Bainbridge Island. Surrounded by brilliant blue water in the heart of Washington’s Puget Sound, the island offers a front row seat to Seattle’s iconic cityscape, majestic Mount Rainer, and the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges. Once dubbed the second-best place to live in the United... Read More

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 Glenwood Springs/Tyra Sutak
Glenwood Springs/Tyra Sutak

Glenwood Springs has as much small-town charm and outdoor recreation as its neighbor, Aspen, but at a fraction of the cost. The city is known for its rust-colored facade, brushed with an abundance of greenery, and well-maintained historical buildings, and its location near the Colorado River lends itself to water sports... Read More

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Louisiana Steamer Shipwreck in Washington Harbor_ED
Frank O’Connor Shipwreck

A century ago, Lake Michigan was a freshwater freeway, connecting major cities like Chicago, Milwaukee, and Wisconsin’s Green Bay. But the notorious storms of the Great Lakes region often made for a tumultuous passage. Today, the lake — the fifth largest in the world — is home to roughly... Read More

Pedaling through Portland, Oregon on a beer and bike tour
Pedaling through Portland/TravelPortland.com

Beer tours and bike tours are two fantastic ways to forgo boring tourist traps and explore a new city like a local. Recently, tour guides have combined the best parts of two-wheeled travel with the craft beer craze, offering visitors an untapped look into popular destinations. Whether you’re traveling... Read More

The top of Pikes Peak in Colorado
Pikes Peak/Flickr/Letizia Barbi

History, adventure, and relaxation collide in the quaint town of Manitou Springs, Colorado. Located just 70 miles south of Denver, it’s the perfect destination to recharge and soak in the comfort of Colorado’s natural beauty. Here’s how to see it in a weekend’s time. Day 1 Start your morning off with a relaxing yoga class ($15... Read More

View of Marion Bells (Aspen, CO) from Buttermilk Mountain
Marion Bells/Zach Dischner via Flickr

Aspen is one of the best mountain towns in Colorado to hit for a ski weekend getaway — and it doesn’t have to be all glitz and dollar signs in the notoriously ritzy town. Here, what an affordable two days can look like: Day 1: Explore the Town Start your day... Read More