Dauphin Island: Jewel of the Gulf Coast

Ravaged by centuries of hurricanes and war, Dauphin Island has emerged as one of the most beautiful and peaceful settings on the Gulf Coast. Located at the mouth of Mobile Bay, the barrier island on the Alabama coast offers beautiful beaches, pristine environments, coastal amenities, and a rich history. It is truly a jewel of the Gulf Coast. Long before Spanish and […]

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4 Ecosystems Meet At Coronado National Memorial

Four major ecosystems meet in Southeastern Arizona: the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts, the Rocky Mountains, and the Sierra Madre. This is a beautiful natural area with an unlimited supply of interesting sights to visit. The San Pedro River valley attracts hikers and birders because of the variety of species that live there. Bisbee is a friendly, funky place to wander and explore. Tombstone trades on a […]

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Edisto Beach State Park: Unspoiled Paradise

Edisto Beach State Park perfectly captures the unspoiled natural beauty of the area. There’s no roughing it here; it’s too perfect for that. Located on Edisto Island, Edisto Beach State Park is one of four oceanfront parks in South Carolina. Edisto Island lies about an hour south of bustling Charleston as the pelican flies. But […]

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A Lifetime Is Not Enough To Do It All: 6 Arizona Destinations For Winter Fun

Many snowbirds wintering in the Grand Canyon State flock to Tucson, Yuma, or the Phoenix metro area. Regardless of where you roost this season, Arizona has plenty of options for winter fun outside these metro areas. While the bounty of outdoor recreation opportunities might be too much for a lifetime, it will assure you that […]

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National Parks For Snowbirds

Rio Grande River in Big Bend National Park © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

National parks come in all sizes and shapes, offering nothing if not variety. One of the highlights of our snowbird lifestyle is touring national parks. National Park Service sites are a great national resource—places where nature, history, geology, art, culture, and wildlife are protected and preserved forever. From scenic to sensational, history to mystery; from […]

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Canyon de Chelly National Monument: People Still Live Here & I Can See Why

A comparatively little-known canyon, Canyon de Chelly (pronounced “de shay”) has sandstone walls rising up to 1,000 feet, scenic overlooks, well-preserved Anasazi ruins, and an insight into the present day life of the Navajo, who still inhabit and cultivate the valley floor. People have lived in the canyon for more than 5,000 years, archaeologists believe, making it […]

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National Parks Offer More Than Nature

National Parks date back to 1872, so it might seem a little unusual that they’re celebrating their centennial this year. It’s because the agency that manages the parks—the U.S. National Park Service—wasn’t created until 1916. So who gets credit for creating the national parks? Congress established Yellowstone National Park in 1872, and it was President […]

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Earthly Paradise: Zion National Park

When it comes to standing in awe of nature’s magnificence, it’s hard to beat the Grand Circle Tour—especially the northern arc that carves across southern Utah and encompasses Zion National Park at the western edge and Arches National Park to the east. In between are the natural wonders of Cedar Breaks National Monument, Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Natural Bridges […]

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