The suburbs of Arizona’s most populous city are probably the last place you’d expect to find adventure. But you don’t have to look far past the walls of its master-planned communities to discover a wilder side of this place. Continue reading Finding a little adventure and a lot of grapefruit in the Valley of the Sun
This sure doesn’t feel like Salt Lake City.
My kids had no idea what that meant when I said that as we were strolling the streets of Utah’s capital. They weren’t here decades ago when I saw the old Salt Lake City, a less vibrant and interesting place than the one they were experiencing. Continue reading “Salt Lake City acquires a new taste for adventure. Have a bite.”
Arches. Bryce. Canyonlands. Capitol Reef. Zion. The mere mention of their names evokes images of Technicolor desertscapes, vermilion cliffs and vivid sunsets. They are Utah’s “Mighty Five” national parks. Continue reading On a hike through Utah’s ‘Mighty Five,’ the rocks are surreal but the anvils are imaginary
Reno, Nev., used to be my favorite road stop on the way to Lake Tahoe. I had a preferred 7-11 service station where I could check the tread on my snow tires and fuel up, an In-N-Out Burger joint, and within a few minutes, I was on my way to some of the world’s best skiing. Continue reading You’ll never believe what I found on the other side of Reno
In Arizona’s Sonoran desert, things aren’t always what they seem.
Like those pigs scurrying around the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, a botanical garden a few miles outside of Tucson.
Continue reading “Wheeling around Tucson, where things aren’t always what they seem”
With its iconic painted deserts and vast, seemingly endless roads, Arizona is the ultimate off-the-beaten-path destination. But visit the Grand Canyon state during the off-season, when all the visitors have gone home, and it’s a special kind of quiet. Continue reading Happy trails (and a pumpkin or two) off the beaten path in Arizona
If you really want to see Alaska, you need wheels.
Most visitors come to the Last Frontier on a cruise ship or a plane. A motorcoach picks them up at the airport and delivers them to a hotel, to an airstrip or a national park, and they only see a small sliver of this state.
It’s a beautiful sliver, to be sure — but too small considering Alaska’s vast size. Continue reading “Alaska road trip offers a rare look at the last frontier”
Whether it’s the final boat tour of a glacier, the last nights in a cabin outside a remote national park, or the final Inside Passage cruise of the season, the Last Frontier loves its endings. Continue reading Waiting for the end in Alaska
You remember the Alamo, don’t you? If you’re my 10-year-old daughter, and you sometimes daydream during history class, maybe not. … Continue reading A San Antonio river adventure your family will never forget
Bend, Ore., is the kind of place you can come back to again and again and always discover something new. My latest adventure was no exception. Continue reading On this Oregon trail, a new discovery around every bend