National Parks

Serenity in the Channel Islands

Visiting Channel Islands National Park is like entering a time machine and being transported back a few hundred years to a wild and natural, pre-automobile, pre-industrial California. Located off the coast of Ventura, the Channel ...

Ol' Tennessee Smokies

Breathtaking vistas, Southern charm, BBQ and moonshine.

Lots of tourist amenities have sprung up around Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in the U.S., and it’s no wonder. The stunning scenery and wildlife have attracted people to the ...

Death Valley – Why?

Transcendence found in the California desert.

Deep in the belly of Death Valley National Park, I pitched my tent up against sage bushes looking out at snowcapped mountains. Campers sat in their vehicles, some huddled in their tents, all dodging the ...

I Am Rambo in Chiribiquete, Colombia

Upriver expedition in the remote Amazon rainforest.

Strangely, the noxious swarm of mosquitos intent on doing me harm had ebbed, and the growl of the Chiribiquete waterfall (below) no longer sounded, as if its familiarity to my ears after a few hours ...

Moab, Utah – and the Man Who Quit Money

This outdoors epicenter makes an ideal base for Arches & Canyonlands explorations.

I didn’t see the gorgeous rocks that surround Moab, Utah, when I drove into town on a chilly November evening. My mind was swirling with images of the enormous chasms I had viewed at Canyonlands ...

Far-flung Corners of Texas

Charmed by the state's remote beauty.

Seventh time was the charm. Took me that many drive-throughs before I fell in love with a corner of Texas. Because aside from Padres Island National Seashore, I just couldn’t see much to like. To ...

A Guide to Zion

Experience Utah's arguably most scenic national park (7 hours from S.D.).

Just don’t get sidetracked in Vegas. That’s the key to arriving in Zion National Park from San Diego within a day with enough daylight left to explore the canyons. The park, located in the southwest ...

Oz's West Coast – and the Unexpected

When you think of a national park, your mind rarely conjures up images of people falling in love. The classic boy-meets-girl scenario is usually left to Hollywood's far-fetched romantic comedies. But here’s a story about ...

Seward, Alaska: Gateway to Kenai Fjords

See fjords, glaciers and an abundance of wildlife.

“Listen to the glacier talking to itself,” our guide urged us. I listened to what sounded like thunder in the distance, followed by cracks and pops as if someone was breaking a gigantic stick. A ...

Yellowstone Must-sees

Yellowstone National Park is a geological spectacle of the senses. The colors are vivid, the smells unforgettable, and the power of the geysers and waterfalls will fill you with awe. The major attractions are all ...

On Safari in Lake Manyara National Park

Three turns into the park, our Land Rover was forced to a stop as two large bull elephants sauntered across the road. Their tusks protruding forward, as if they were divining rods steering them into ...

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