Badlands National Park: Place of Otherworldly Beauty

Roughly an hour east of Rapid City, Badlands National Park is accessible by Interstate 90 or South Dakota Highway 44, for travelers who prefer two-lane travel. State Route 44 cuts through Buffalo Gap National Grassland, which covers a huge chunk of South Dakota’s southwestern corner. You’ll see prairie grass whether you’re officially within the National Grassland […]

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The Okanagan Valley: A Special Place

From the moment you first see the Okanagan Valley, it is obviously a special place. Whether you descend the steep switchbacks of the Crowsnest Highway into Osoyoos or drive from Penticton past the rugged Skaha Bluffs, the valley appears completely different from its surroundings, almost un-Canadian. Its reputation often precedes it of course—Canada’s “pocket desert“, […]

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Discover 5 of California’s Best-kept Secrets

Think you’ve seen all of California? Think again. We traveled to five different remote locations to discover some of California’s lesser-known attractions. From an active volcano to a wine country destination to an historic honky-tonk, these locations make great trips for those who like to explore a little off the beaten path. Discover these five […]

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Lake Martin: An Accessible Louisiana Swamp and Rookery

The Cypress Island Nature Preserve at Lake Martin, just outside of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, is home to a swampy ecosystem that’s full of wildlife and native plants. Unlike the deeper swamps of the Atchafalaya Basin, Lake Martin can be easily reached by car and much of the surrounding area can be explored on foot or in a canoe or […]

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