Breaux Bridge: Cajun Crawfish Country

The origins of this charming town date back to 1771, when Firmin Breaux purchased the land and later built a footbridge across the Bayou Teche. Travelers were often given directions to “go to Breaux’s bridge.” Officially founded in 1829, Breaux Bridge is today best known for its Cajun culture and crawfish cuisine. In fact, it was […]

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Sierra Foothills: A Road Trip Waiting To Happen

Recent spring rains have brought the Sierra foothills to splendor with verdant greens, California poppies, and other wildflowers bursting forth brightly. Add the wild and scenic Mokelumne River, gold rush history, and quaint historic towns that beckon around every turn, and you have a road trip waiting to happen. The Mokelumne River stretches almost 100 […]

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Why the Zion (National Park) Shuttle Was Needed and Why It Is Inadequate Today

At the grand opening of the Zion National Park transportation system on May 26, 2000, the program noted that the park was going “back to the future.” “The congestion, noise, pollution, and associated resource damage suggested that we go ‘back to the future,’” the event’s program read. “Beginning today, we visit Zion Canyon by shuttle […]

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The Streets of Bakersfield

Despite its size, Bakersfield is a large small town. It has the conveniences and amenities of a large urban area, but new residents and visitors comment on others smiling and saying ‘hello.’” With music, festivals, outdoor activities, performs arts and sports, there’s ample activities for visitors to explore and reasons for a return visit. Archeological […]

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Most Visited National Parks in 2017

The National Park Service (NPS) announced 330,882,751 recreation visits in 2017—almost identical to the record-setting 330,971,689 recreation visits in 2016. While visitation numbers were steady, visitors actually spent more than 1.4 billion hours in the parks, a 1.4 percent (19 million hours) increase year-over-year at a park, monument, or site part of the national park […]

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Travel Experience Like None Other: Monument Valley & Northeastern Arizona

Head into the vast landscape of northeastern Arizona and it’s as if you’ve entered another world. Highways roll endlessly along plains with not a soul in sight. The land rises imperceptibly, cliffs reveal themselves in the distance. Further exploration uncovers a canyon where ancient people once made their homes—and where some live still. The road leads on […]

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National Park Service Sets Recreation Visits Record in 2017

The National Park Service (NPS) announced 330,882,751 recreation visits in 2017—almost identical to the record-setting 330,971,689 recreation visits in 2016. While numbers were steady, visitors actually spent more time in parks during their 2017 visits compared to 2016. Increased attendance at parks, 1.5 billion visits in the last five years, also means aging park facilities […]

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Breaux Bridge: Crawfish Capital of the World

Nestled along the banks of the slow-rolling Bayou Teche, Breaux Bridge, the “Crawfish Capital of the World,” is a gorgeous historic town with world-class restaurants and a thriving Cajun music and folk art scene. Conveniently located just off I-10 at Exit 109, three hours east of Houston and two hours west of New Orleans, Breaux Bridge is a great […]

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