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
Oregon’s cool and mysterious coast isn’t a what-you-see-is-what-you-get kind of place. Only repeated visits allow you to discover why it’s … Continue reading Discovering the secrets of Oregon’s coast with the kids
Washington State’s Puget Sound area is famous for its moderate climate and postcard-perfect views of the Olympic mountain range. You’ve probably seen those gorgeous images of kayaks in the bay, a whale splashing in the distance, and, behind it all, snow-capped mountains.
Continue reading Olympic thrills, and a few chills, on a summer Puget Sound adventure