United States Travel

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The Best Outdoor Things to Do in West Texas
Big Bend National Park is the biggest and best-known attraction in West Texas. Designated as an International Biosphere Reserve, Big Bend offers a variety of outdoor recreational activities in a primitive setting. Most popular among these is hiking. And,
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How Seniors Can Get Free Access and Discounts to National Parks
If you're a U.S. citizen or permanent resident age 62 years or older who likes to travel, you'll want to buy a Senior Pass. The Senior Pass allows free access and discounts at National Parks and other federal recreation sites. The official name of the Senior Pass is America the Beautiful—the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass. This pass replaced the Golden Age Passport.
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10 Edible Plants Found in the United States
Foraging, the act of gathering plants in the wild, is an ancient life skill that is also an enjoyable way to spend time in nature and the outdoors. There is something magical about experiencing a place through the lens of the plants that grow there. In the United States, there are plants that Native Americans have used for millennia as medicine, sustenance, or as dyes. Here's how to get started foraging in their own backyard.
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The Best Hikes in New York State
There are more than 1,200 miles of multi-use trails in New York State just waiting to be hiked along, including the recently opened 400-mile Empire State Trail that traverses the entire state. The state has hiking trails for every ability and accessibility, ranging from steep mountain treks to flat trails through forests and wetlands. From the Adirondacks to the Catskills to the Finger Lakes to Long Island, here are the best hiking trails across New York State.
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Everglades National Park: The Complete Guide
Everglades National Park, the third-largest national park in the U.S., is a vast, diverse and fascinating wilderness area that takes up most of the bottom tip of the Florida peninsula. Whether you do a deep dive into the park or just visit for a few hours, the "untamed" nature of the Everglades is immediately obvious—this is definitely a place where wildlife and an often inhospitable environment are to be respected and given deference.
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The 15 Best Destinations in the U.S. to Explore by Bike
Pedaling your way around a new place is a truly enchanting way to immerse yourself in a location. But some places are even more well suited and accommodating to cyclists than others. With that in mind, these are our picks for the very best destinations in the U.S. to explore by bike.
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How to Avoid Summer Crowds at National Parks
Overcrowding is a big issue at some of the most popular national parks and large loud crowds and bumper-to-bumper traffic can really kill the mood when you're trying to enjoy the peace of the outdoors. For those who have no choice but to travel during peak season and are determined to see some of the most popular national parks, there are a few ways you can try to avoid the worst of the high season.
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The Best Outdoor Activity in Every U.S. State
The U.S. is hands down one of the best destinations on the planet. Where else will you find snowcapped peaks, panoramic deserts, wide open plains, dense old growth forests, and thousands of miles of coastline? The landscapes in America are so good that it is possible to find a grand adventure just about anywhere you go. Don't believe us? Take a look at our list of the best outdoor activities in each of the 50 states to get a better sense of what awaits you in every corner of the country.
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The Best State Park in Every U.S. State
When we think of America’s most stunning landscapes, our national parks pop into our minds first. But for a closer-to-home travel alternative, consider state parks, many of which are less populated and more accessible. America’s state parks protect large swaths of land, safeguarding the wildlife and natural habitats that exist there, making adventuring in our own backyards possible for everyone.
There are 423 national park sites in the United States national park system, 63 of which have "National Park" in their name. As federally-managed lands, the parks must meet Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility guidelines. Here's how you can enjoy travel to the national parks if you have a disability. National Parks Service, Disabled Hiking, National Park Trip, Wyoming Vacation, Redwood National Park, What Questions, West Coast Road Trip, Teddy Roosevelt, Badlands National Park
How to Plan a National Park Trip As a Person With a Disability
There are 423 national park sites in the United States national park system, 63 of which have "National Park" in their name. As federally-managed lands, the parks must meet Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility guidelines. Here's how you can enjoy travel to the national parks if you have a disability.
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The Best Small Town in Each US State
The heart of many states exists in the small towns, where you’ll find industrious locals, unique experiences, and a slower pace that makes breathing a little easier. Often the doorway to nature and outdoor adventures, these villages are ideal for the great American road trip or for delving deeper into a weekend getaway with friends or family. Even the most scholarly wordsmiths will find it difficult not to rhapsodize any of the following small towns—one in every state—as "quaint" or “charming.”
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The Best Small Town in Each US State
The heart of many states exists in the small towns, where you’ll find industrious locals, unique experiences, and a slower pace that makes breathing a little easier. Often the doorway to nature and outdoor adventures, these villages are ideal for the great American road trip or for delving deeper into a weekend getaway with friends or family. Even the most scholarly wordsmiths will find it difficult not to rhapsodize any of the following small towns—one in every state—as "quaint" or “charming.”
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The Best Small Town in Each US State
The heart of many states exists in the small towns, where you’ll find industrious locals, unique experiences, and a slower pace that makes breathing a little easier. Often the doorway to nature and outdoor adventures, these villages are ideal for the great American road trip or for delving deeper into a weekend getaway with friends or family. Even the most scholarly wordsmiths will find it difficult not to rhapsodize any of the following small towns—one in every state—as "quaint" or “charming.”
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The Best Small Town in Each US State
The heart of many states exists in the small towns, where you’ll find industrious locals, unique experiences, and a slower pace that makes breathing a little easier. Often the doorway to nature and outdoor adventures, these villages are ideal for the great American road trip or for delving deeper into a weekend getaway with friends or family. Even the most scholarly wordsmiths will find it difficult not to rhapsodize any of the following small towns—one in every state—as "quaint" or “charming.”
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The Best Small Town in Each US State
The heart of many states exists in the small towns, where you’ll find industrious locals, unique experiences, and a slower pace that makes breathing a little easier. Often the doorway to nature and outdoor adventures, these villages are ideal for the great American road trip or for delving deeper into a weekend getaway with friends or family. Even the most scholarly wordsmiths will find it difficult not to rhapsodize any of the following small towns—one in every state—as "quaint" or “charming.”