Around the West in 30 Days

Spectacularly blue Moraine Lake ripples across the Valley of the Ten Peaks in Banff National Park.

by Peter Lewis
October 30, 2015

  Fifteen tips for an epic RV trip to nine North American national parks Maybe you can relate. You and your partner brainstorm trip ideas and come up with a plan. Pretty soon, details intrude, and the final plan looks nothing like the one you started with. For my wife and me, what began as an... Read more »

RoVing Colorado


by Lynette Chilcoat
August 31, 2015

  Trading in a tent for a travel trailer, the author renews her sense of wonder for her home state and steers clear of bears   I’m not afraid of bears but I don’t want one crawling in bed with me. As a Colorado native who has spent many decades tent camping high in the Rocky Mountain... Read more »

Autumn in the Grand Tetons


by Al Swanson
August 31, 2015

  Northwestern Wyoming’s impressive “mountains of the imagination” paint a grand backdrop for the meandering Snake River and fall’s dazzling kaleidoscope of deciduous trees   “What beautiful mountains these are,” I exclaimed to my wife, as we drove down U.S. Highway 191 in Wyoming... Read more »

In Search of Giants


by Peter Lewis
May 29, 2015

  Visitors come from all over the world to hike through California’s primeval forests and stand in awe beneath canopies of ancient redwoods and giant sequoias, the tallest trees on earth   Among California’s unique attractions are the world’s tallest trees, massive conifers that can live for... Read more »

Great Smoky Mountains


by Al Swanson
February 27, 2015

  On the border of North Carolina and Tennessee, small towns charm visitors, rivers and streams converge, and ridge after ridge of forested landscape drape ancient mountains in America’s most visited national park One of the most mesmerizing and naturally beautiful areas of this country lies... Read more »

Splendor in the Ash


by Peter Lewis
February 2, 2015

  A century ago, nature unleashed its fury from Northern California’s Lassen Peak. Now the national park that surrounds the southern­most volcano in the Cascade Range is known for spectacular hikes, fascinating geology and bubbling hot springs   Peter Lassen was one of us. He explored... Read more »

Silver State Gem


by Pamela Selbert
December 30, 2014

  Experience wonder at Nevada’s ecologically diverse Great Basin National Park, where ancient bristlecone pines grow, a cave shares its sculpted-in-darkness glory and thousand-year-old pictographs tell the story of a long-gone civilization   For more than 400 miles, U.S. Highway 50 —... Read more »

Going to the Dark Side


by Arline Chandler
December 28, 2014

  Step into a magical realm of subterranean treasures at Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave, Missouri’s Marvel Cave and New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns Across America, caves form the backbone of mountain ridges. Some remain wild; others are open for tours. While many of America’s tourist caves share... Read more »

West Texas Oasis


by Donna Ikenberry
October 28, 2014

  From a distance, you wouldn’t suspect that the rugged peaks and desert flats of the Guadalupe Mountains are a national park filled with grassy meadows, maple and pine forests — and a birder’s paradise  Guadalupe Mountains National Park, designated in September 1972, is many things. It’s... Read more »

Shifting Sands

he setting sun’s rosy glow creates changing shadows on the Great Sand Dunes and Cleveland Peak.

article and photos by Therese Gundersen
September 2, 2014

  Dig into North America’s tallest sand dunes in the shadow of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in southern Colorado’s San Luis Valley   A peculiar yet incredible sight awaits the adventurous near the city of Alamosa, Colorado — Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. While... Read more »

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