The Towering Falls of Niagara


By Christine Goodier
May 21, 2015

  One of North America’s most famous natural wonders is just dripping with adventure   Remember begging your mom and dad to let you run through the lawn sprinklers on hot summer days? During a sultry spell last July, I was ready to indulge my inner child in the mother of all water parks as my husband,... Read more »

Virginia City and Nevada City — Living Ghost Towns


By Arline Chandler
May 13, 2015

  Experience the excitement of Montana’s gold rush in these two historic Old West cities frozen in time   Back in the mid-1800s in the American West, towns sprang up at the mere whisper of the word “gold.” In 1862, Bannack (now a ghost town in Montana) was the site of the earliest significant... Read more »

Aspen: A Rocky Mountain Playground


By Mary Zalmanek
April 22, 2015

  More than just a top ski spot, this Colorado town is a year-round destination for lovers of the great outdoors   Originally settled as a mining town in the 1870s, Aspen, Colorado, is best known today as a ski resort. It’s a playground for the rich and famous who arrive in private jets... Read more »

Tapping Routes to Nature’s Flower Box


By Rhonda Ostertag
April 21, 2015

  A Tour of Wildflower Hot Spots Across the Country   When nature’s wand sweeps over the barren-sleep of winter, the transformation is celebratory and a signal to travel. Given the diversity of this great land, the wildflower theater is varied and the timing accommodating — even for procrastinators.... Read more »

Spelunking in Southwest Montana


By Rosanne Wagstaff
April 21, 2015

  An underground adventure at Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park   “Is anyone afraid of the dark? Afraid of heights? Or claustrophobic?” We peered at each other through the darkness, just a sliver of light streaming through the rocky ceiling of the Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park in... Read more »

Lake Havasu City: Arizona’s Playground


By Mary Zalmanek
March 30, 2015

  In addition to outdoor activities — mountain biking, boating, fishing, golfing and hiking — this town is home to an English Village and historic London Bridge   A sign on the outskirts of Lake Havasu City invites visitors to “Play Like You Mean It.” My husband, Jim, and I accepted... Read more »

12 Bluegrass Festivals

Nickel Creek performed at last year’s Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in Oak Hill, New York.

By Bob Carpenter
March 30, 2015

  Places to camp and jam, hear great music and make new friends   Bluegrass festivals have grown during the past few decades to the point where there’s actually a circuit, with performers (and some fans) traveling across the country from one to the next. A resurgence in the popularity of... Read more »

North to Alaska: A 5,000-Mile Journey to the Last Frontier

Emerald Lake’s color is caused by fine limestone dust just below the water’s surface.

By Neela Bhagat
March 30, 2015

        The Final Leg — Valdez, Alaska, to Prince George, British Columbia   We’ve reached the last part of our great Alaskan adventure, but we still have 12 more days and roughly 1,800 miles left to explore, including a trip on the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad... Read more »

Death Valley National Park


By Dennis and Cheryl DeNoi
February 23, 2015

A Land of Extremes on the California/Nevada Border   “Hottest, driest and lowest.” That pretty much sums up Death Valley National Park, but this enchanted land is so much more. The beautiful, and somewhat out-of-this-world valley, is also known as The Valley of Life to the Timbisha Shoshone... Read more »

A 5,000-Mile Journey to the Last Frontier


By Neela Bhagat
February 20, 2015

  The Third Leg — Homer, Alaska, to Valdez, Alaska   Now at Homer, we’re roughly at the halfway mark of our great Alaskan adventure with 23 days, and about 2,200 miles behind us. In Part III, we will experience the spectacular scenery of an untouched wilderness and a profusion of mountains,... Read more »

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