Borrego Springs: Stars, Art & Citrus In A Laidback Desert Town

Smack in the middle of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park lies the unpretentious town of Borrego Springs, population 3,429. It’s the only California town that is completely surrounded by a state park, and that’s just one item on its list of bragging rights. It’s also an official International Dark Sky Community—the first in California—dedicated to protecting […]

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Getting Back to Nature in Arizona

As a culture we rely more than ever on electronics to make our lives easier, although the opposite is typically true. By spending time “unplugged” and getting back to nature, your mind—and eyes—will be more open to the world around you. Fortunately, Arizona State Parks and Trails has numerous campgrounds for you to take extended […]

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Joe Cain, Moon Pies & Mobile Mardi Gras

Chief Slacabamorinico would have been proud. The Chickasaw leader was “reincarnated” by Mobile resident Joe Cain in 1866 as a rebellion against occupying Union forces. The Civil War had brought a halt to Mardi Gras celebrations, and in April 1865, Union troops took control of the city. Mobile’s Mardi Gras festivities resumed unexpectedly the following year […]

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park: Badlands, Palm Oases, Canyons & More

This park’s combo name, pairing the name of famed Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza who crossed this desert in 1774, and the Spanish word for sheep (“borrego”)—referring to the region’s native bighorn sheep, this desert preserve—California’s largest state park—protects more than 600,000 acres of badlands, palm oases, slot canyons, and cactus-studded hills. Situated northeast […]

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Underrated Places To Hit While It’s Still Winter

Shoveling snow under gloomy skies doesn’t do winter’s brand any favors. Numerous places in the South are enjoying warm, sunny weather—a big draw for those in parts of the country where winter is long, cold, and dreary. Here are some overshadowed places that’ll have you reveling warm during these cold-weather months. Mississippi There are also […]

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Way Down South In…Utah

Dixie has it all: mild weather, red rock hiking, proximity to national and state parks, golf—even a little cotton. Since the early 1860s when Mormon pioneers came to the far southwestern corner of Utah to grow cotton, the Washington County area has been known as Utah’s Dixie. The communities of St. George, Hurricane, and Springdale […]

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Discover Unforgettable Things To Do in Arizona

From road trips and outdoor thrills to rejuvenating resorts and authentic local cuisine, Arizona teems with exciting travel adventures. You can experience the unforgettable exhilarating scenery, including the majestic beauty of the Grand Canyon National Park and the Sonoran Desert. Hit the links at a championship golf course. Taste wine from local vineyards and explore […]

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