Lush Landscapes & Steaming Lattes


by Irene Middleman Thomas
September 5, 2013

  From bustling Seattle a short ferry ride gets you to the San Juans, where each island has its own charm and the pace is slower It’s a misty, gray morning in my hometown in Colorado and I’m actually glad — because it feels like Seattle. I’d just spent six days in the gloriously green, vibrant... Read more »

Trail of the Ancients


article and photos by Alan Rider
September 5, 2013

  This National Scenic Byway in Utah and Colorado offers new mysteries of a vanished civilization at every turn In an age where scientists have been able to explain the workings of everything from the smallest subatomic particles to the movements of distant galaxies, I’m happy to report there’s... Read more »

Outer Banks Scenic Byway in North Carolina

Outer Banks Scenic Byway

Alan Rider
March 28, 2013

In an increasingly intrusive modern world full of thumping car stereos, inane reality TV stars and pesky telemarketers, I often find myself daydreaming of being stranded on the tranquil shores of some uninhabited island. Now, as the 24-foot skiff that’s just deposited me and my family on this lonely... Read more »

Black Bear Scenic Byway

Juniper Springs millhouse

Alan Rider
November 1, 2012

While piercing cries echoed from the surrounding swamp like a flashback from some black-and-white Tarzan movie, I dipped my paddle into the still, tea-colored waters of Alexander Springs Creek. Though the wild waterway my family and I are canoeing is only about one hour from Florida’s world-famous... Read more »

Glacial Hills Scenic Byway in Kansas

Glacial Hills Scenic Byway

Pamela Selbert
Photos by Guy Selbert
October 22, 2012

The brochure’s invitation to “travel through history along our river bluff road” was too tempting to ignore. Photos showed the two-lane Glacial Hills Scenic Byway crossing over a rise, and then diving amid groves of oaks and maples festive in fall color. The serpentine Missouri River, thick woods... Read more »

The Scenic Route: Civil War Battlefields

Vicksburg National Military Park

Alan Rider
September 28, 2012

Over the thousands of miles we’ve traveled on the adventure we’re calling The Scenic Route, some of our favorite stops have been at Civil War battlefields, sites of both unimaginable carnage and unfathomable courage. As we’ve made our way from coast-to-coast exploring the roads less... Read more »

The Scenic Route: Pacific Coast Scenic Byway

Pacific Coast Scenic Byway

Alan Rider
September 27, 2012

Standing 500 feet above the crashing waves and rugged cliffs of the Oregon coast, I am struck by a somewhat counterintuitive notion. As inspiring as this panorama is, my family and I aren’t necessarily here for the scenery. In fact, if this first trip in our yearlong quest to explore America’s... Read more »

The Scenic Route: Minnesota’s Gunflint Trail

Chippewa changing colors

Alan Rider
September 14, 2012

Even as I extol the virtues of taking The Scenic Route both here and on the pages of the magazine (see the feature story on the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway in the September issue of Trailer Life, for example), I’ll be the first to admit it’s not always about the actual scenery. That said,... Read more »

Taking the Scenic Route

Alan Rider & Family on the Outer Banks Scenic Byway

Alan Rider
August 17, 2012

In his classic 1962 book Travels With Charley, John Steinbeck lamented that with the coming of the interstate highway system “… it will be possible to drive from New York to California without seeing a single thing.” Alan Rider & Family on the Outer Banks Scenic Byway Fast forward... Read more »

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