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With 58 national parks to choose from, picking the park that’s the best match for your interests can be a challenge. We’ve taken 10 popular park activities and matched them to the best park for that activity, so the next time you’re wondering which one is best for you... Read More

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Phoenix has always been a popular winter destination, but this year it will be even more so as it hosts Super Bowl XLIX and the 2015 Pro Bowl. While you’ll probably need a small fortune to attend either event, Phoenix is one of the most affordable large cities in... Read More

Grand Canyon - Tom Bricker

The Grand Circle — originally a loop to the Grand Canyon, Zion, and Bryce Canyon national parks — covers much of northern Arizona and southern Utah as well as portions of Colorado, New Mexico, and a sliver of Nevada. Unless you have weeks to explore the area and a hefty travel... Read More

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Why spend a fortune for just a few hours at a fabricated haunted house when you can explore truly spooky sites for a whole day in the wild? Some of the most haunted sites in America are part of the National Park system, with varied histories from Civil War... Read More

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By Reggie Nadelson for Yahoo! Travel The secret’s out: many of us break the rules on our vacations — and we have a lot of fun doing it. OK, fess up. I know you’ve been a dedicated traveler. Determined, you have moved from country to country, seeing the best there is: the... Read More

havasupai, grand canyon -- a great budget travel idea

The Grand Canyon made headlines recently for a series of proposed development projects that, while aimed at helping the non-adventurous explore the South Rim, would also threaten its natural beauty. These include a variety of hotels, shops, and a gondola. As the debate continues, one important takeaway for all travelers... Read More

amtrak train vacation packages

Note: This post was updated on January 29, 2015 to reflect current Amtrak deals. There are lots of reasons to take the train: amazing views, no security lines, no need for GPS, and you can even stretch your legs or get a snack. But a big pitfall is that tickets... Read More

Channel Islands National Park - Santa Cruz Island - David Wan - 620

Nothing against Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon, but some national parks can get crowded, especially during the summer. Instead of standing shoulder-to-shoulder with other tourists at scenic vistas this summer, head over to these often overlooked national parks. ... Read More

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Grand Canyon Rail

There are plenty of ways to experience the natural beauty of the Southwest, though none will be as memorable (or as delightfully old-fashioned) as a two-night rail trip through northern central Arizona. There’s a little place there called the Grand Canyon. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? For most of the year, Canyon-bound... Read More

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The United States maintains more than 6,000 federally-protected sites, spanning over 1 million square miles and totaling roughly 27 percent of the U.S.’s entire land area. Attracting millions of visitors worldwide, the U.S. National Park System offers tourists incredible variety, from the lush Everglades, to windswept Death Valley, to... Read More

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Is there a better cure for a rainy day than plopping on the sofa and clicking to Netflix? Instead of indulging in two (or five) hours of The West Wing, why not enjoy a relaxing staycation and live vicariously through the adventurers around you? We’ve compiled a list of... Read More

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Amazing New Train Routes

As convenient as airlines can be, the act of flying often sucks the joy out of getting there, wherever ‘there’ might be. After enduring the endless security lines, the tedious boarding process, and the subpar airplane food, we arrive at our destination cranky, tired, and often a little disoriented.... Read More

Google Street View Destinations

Updated November 2015 Since Google Street View first came onto the scene in 2007, millions of panoramic images have been taken. In fact, the team taking those shots have traveled more than seven million miles across 66 countries — and they’re not done yet. More and more destinations can be virtually... Read More

American Roadside Attractions
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By: Nicole Fisher The great American road trip; synonymous with unhealthy snacks, boring i-Spy games, and way too many family sing-alongs. We’ve got a solution to one of those problems: No matter what road you ride along in the USA, there’s some quirky sight for you to see before arriving... Read More

Joshua Tree National Park

As the summer hits full swing in the United States, over 2,000 federal recreation sites open up to the masses. Many of these National Parks and Monuments are inaccessible during the winter, meaning travelers who wish to capitalize on the season need to choose their destinations wisely. Admittedly, road... Read More