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Watchman Trail
Watchman Trail/Lisa Hubner

It’s hard not to be amazed by Bryce Canyon’s wonderfully weird hoodoo rock formations and Zion National Park’s massive red rock canyon walls. But to truly experience the beauty of these two stunning Utah gems, make full use of your park pass ($25 per vehicle, per park for seven... Read More

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Twilight Scenic View of Vail Village with Gore Range and the Lodge at Vail
Lodge at Vail

Is there anything better than checking into a nice hotel and knowing that your favorite activity is within miles of or, in some cases, on property? The latest in our series of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals is for those who love skiing, spa treatments, and sipping wine.... 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

Skiing in Taos, New Mexico by Steve Larese
Skiing in Taos, New Mexico/Steve Larese

With epic snow predicted for ski mountains across North America, planning a ski vacation this winter is a safe bet for a great time. It’s not always a cheap experience, but whether you’re a seasoned powder hound or a casual group traveler, many ski areas and hotels are offering discounts and packages... Read More

Main Street in Fredericksburg Texas
Main Street/Chris Litherland

There’s a picturesque German town tucked away in the most unlikely of places: Texas Hill Country. Founded in 1846, Fredericksburg is celebrated for its charming Main Street, which is lined with more than 150 antique shops and boutiques, as well as breweries, wineries, and loads of Deutsche-style flair. Unsurprisingly... Read More

Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
Parks Canada/R. Bray

To many visitors, Jasper National Park in southwestern Alberta, Canada may live in the shadow of the more accessible Banff — but it’s precisely the remoteness that makes Jasper a special place to visit. Whether you’re a casual walker or an avid hiker, Jasper will impress with 11,000 square kilometers (4,250 square miles)... Read More

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Charles Schulz Museum
Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center

The new Peanuts flick — appropriately titled “The Peanuts Movie” — opens on November 6. But if you can’t wait till then, here are five places you can hang with Snoopy and the gang as you count down the days.  ... Read More

The Painted Ladies in San Francisco
The Painted Ladies in San Francisco/Elena Sonnino

Traveling to San Francisco with only a day to explore? Throw on a pair of comfortable walking shoes, grab your camera, and set out to see the city on foot with this walking itinerary that traverses the city’s best landmarks and most charming neighborhoods. ... Read More

The Index Bridge in Index Washington
The Index Bridge/Sarah Ravits

For outdoor enthusiasts and amateurs alike, a trip to the Pacific Northwest should include a stop at the small, rustic town of Index, Washington. Its population? Less than 200. Though it’s about an hour from Seattle, this town is a world away from fast-paced, contemporary urban life. Index is primarily a destination... Read More

King Room at the Rush Creek Lodge
King room/Rush Creek Lodge

Ready for a new place to stay in Yosemite National Park? Say hello to Rush Creek Lodge, which debuts in the park area in June. It’ll be the sister property of Evergreen Lodge, which is just a half-mile west of the park’s Highway 120 West entrance, and is the first hotel to open near... Read More

Kalawao Sea Cliffs at Kalaupapa National Historical Park, Molokai, Hawaii
Darren Murph

Many of America’s great treasures lie within the National Park System. The Grand Canyon, Yosemite’s Half Dome, Denali, and the largest mangrove ecosystem in the western hemisphere are all protected by the federal government, set aside for future generations to enjoy. These spectacular places are mostly public lands —... Read More

Billy Goat Trail in Washington DC
Billy Goat Trail/Elena Sonnino

When most people plan a trip to Washington, D.C., they focus on the major attractions like the National Mall, the White House, and Smithsonian Museums. But scattered around the city (and, in some cases, just a few steps outside its boundaries) lie under-radar locales that exist far away from the... Read More

Yosemite National Park
Gowri Chandra

It’s true that a day in Yosemite National Park only gives you enough time to make a mere dent in the 750,000 acres of trails and waterfalls that propelled John Muir’s love affair with the park. But you might be surprised to find that time has a way of... Read More

Vancouver skyline aerial
Tourism Vancouver

We love the cosmopolitan excursions in Vancouver as much as the next traveler, but we’re also huge fans of the fact that it’s a great gateway to surrounding outdoorsy adventures. After all, the city is flanked by mountains, forests, and the Pacific coast. Best of all, plenty of these escapes are... Read More

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Reefworld Pontoon, Great Barrier Reef
Laura Motta

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, which stretches along the east coast of Queensland for more than 1,400 miles, is the biggest structure on earth built by non-human organisms. It can even be seen from space. Clearly, this incredible destination, which was just renewed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, tops... Read More