A Southern Gem: 13 Reasons To Visit Tucson

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The real, natural southwest captivates the imaginations of visitors fortunate enough to spend time in Tucson. Tucson is located in the Sonoran Desert, the only place in the world the majestic saguaro cactus grows. These tall and ancient cactus stand like silent sentinels in the shadows of the five mountain ranges surrounding the Tucson valley. […]

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Creole Nature Trail: Where Natural Wonderlands Abound

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One place in Southwest Louisiana that never ceases to amaze is the Creole Nature Trail, a 180-miles-long scenic byway where natural wonderlands abound. Affectionately known as Louisiana’s Outback, the Creole Nature Trail is a journey into one of America’s Last Great Wildernesses. Part of America’s Byway’s system, the Creole Nature Trail is known for its distinct […]

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Madera Canyon in the Santa Rita Mountains

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A world-renowned location for bird watching, Madera Canyon is a major resting place for migrating species, while the extensive trail system of the Santa Rita Mountains is easily accessed from the Canyon’s campground and picnic areas. In the northwest face of the Santa Rita Mountains, one of southeast Arizona’s forested Sky Islands, the cool refuge […]

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13 Icons That Describe Arizona

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Try and describe Arizona—its history, geography, and cultures—and a few iconic names and places likely come to mind. At some point, you’ll get around to explaining how people living in Arizona’s deserts survive the scorch of summer. But you probably won’t be able to hide your bliss about what keeps you and other snowbirds returning […]

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Out & About In Southern California

Located in Palm Desert, the world famous El Paseo Shopping District features over 300 world-class shops, clothing boutiques, art galleries, jewelers, and restaurants lined along a picture-postcard floral and statue-filled mile. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Southern California boasts a diverse geographical terrain—you can experience the desert, sandy beaches, and snow-capped mountains all within just a few hour’s drive. Start your Southern California journey with something sweet by visiting Shields Date Garden in Indio and you’ll find yourself in a date oasis where the Shields have been growing their own since […]

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4 Must-See Arizona National Parks

Life abounds in the Sonoran Desert at Organ Pipe National Monunent, southern Arizona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Few places in America offer such startling variety as Arizona. Deep canyons give way to rugged snow-capped mountains. Lush forests melt away into arid deserts. Native American reservations dot a state with burgeoning cities like Phoenix and Tucson. Oh, and did I mention the natural wonders scattered throughout the state. One of the best ways […]

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Chase Away the Winter Blues With These Warm-Weather National Parks

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Many northern national parks stay open throughout the winter months, but if skiing, ice fishing, and snowshoeing are not for you, consider sun-drenched southern destinations for the RV travel plans you’ve been dying to make. While every national park has its own charm, here are our picks for four National Parks and Monuments that absolutely […]

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Life by the Bay: Goose Island State Park

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Lapping water and Gulf breezes: We must be on the coast! Bounded by the waters of the St. Charles, Copano, and Aransas bays, 314-acre Goose Island State Park is a coastal delight. Visitors to the Island engage in a variety of activities, including camping, birding, fishing, boating, water sports, picnicking, hiking, photography, geocaching, and wildlife observation. […]

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