Blog Section: Destinations

General Grant Tree: The Nation’s Christmas Tree

Dec 23, 2019 View Comments by

By now, most people throughout the country have put up a Christmas tree in celebration of the upcoming holiday. It’s only fitting that we highlight the General Grant Tree, in Kings Canyon National Park, which was dedicated in April 1926 as the National Christmas Tree. The Nation’s Christmas Tree was named after Ulysses S. Grant […]

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Kahului, Maui, Hawaii Day Ride

Dec 14, 2019 View Comments by

This entertaining, challenging, and supremely beautiful ride has Kahului, Maui’s largest city, as its axis. It features a short out-and-back on the island’s famed Road to Hana as well as a full loop around the beautiful West Maui region. Variety is the spice of life, and this mini-tour of Maui’s volcanic wonderland is as diverse […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Abó Ruins, New Mexico

Dec 13, 2019 View Comments by

In the 2009 documentary The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, Director Ken Burns spoke about the grandeur of a world known as Yellowstone National Park, as well as less familiar National Park Service areas, such as Abó Ruins, an integral part of Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument in New Mexico. Burns once said: “We are […]

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Bucket List Roads: Valley Of The Gods

Oct 28, 2019 View Comments by

FR 242 is an unpaved road that runs through the eerie sandstone formations in the Valley of the Gods. This valley is a smaller scale (and more isolated) version of Monument Valley, some 30 miles to the southwest. Many of the helicopter flying scenes in the 1980s TV series Airwolf were filmed here. The western […]

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Bucket List Roads: Italy’s Stelvio Pass

Oct 17, 2019 View Comments by

Stelvio Pass is the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps and the second highest in all of the Alps. It’s considered by many to be one of the most challenging and exhilarating motorcycle roads in the world to ride. Be sure to put this one on your bucket list! Season: It’s generally open from […]

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Unusual Destinations: Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

Oct 14, 2019 View Comments by

This Unusual Destination is a hotspot frequented by paranormal enthusiasts. It would be a most memorable Halloween experience, if you dared to go there. In front of the massive gothic-style building in Weston, WV, a sign announces the “Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum.” Construction of the facility began in 1858. Originally designed to hold 250 people, at […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: The Rattler (NC-209)

Oct 09, 2019 View Comments by

  This may not be the longest bucket road in America, but it is technically challenging and highly scenic, and who says you only have to ride The Rattler just once? Zooming along this undulating ribbon of blacktop is a real hoot and it will become immediately obvious why it’s named after a serpent. Have […]

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Unusual Destinations: Gillette Castle in Connecticut

Sep 26, 2019 View Comments by

William Gillette was an American actor who gained notoriety in the early 20th century for his on-stage portrayals of the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. Gillette designed his fairy-tale-style house and oversaw every phase of its construction, which took place between 1914 and 1919. The 24-room, 14,000-square-foot home was constructed of wood, cement, and fieldstone. The […]

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Touring West Virginia’s Coal Heritage Trail

Sep 25, 2019 View Comments by

The Coal Heritage Trail is a National Scenic Byway that takes you along 187 rugged miles of scenic industrial heritage, where thousands of hard-working miners labored to produce the coal that helped create modern America. The story of the southern West Virginia “smokeless” coalfields is a remarkable legacy of working-class culture, industrial might, racial and […]

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Unusual Destinations: River Pirate Hideout – Cave-in-Rock, Illinois

Aug 29, 2019 View Comments by

Carved out of a bluff on the Ohio River in southern Illinois is a reminder of the dark side of America’s early years. This 55-foot-wide cave was a tempting stop for pioneers traveling down the river. With the implied promise of food, supplies or directions, the unsuspecting were lured ashore. But that led to their […]

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Featured Destination: Central Montana

Aug 27, 2019 View Comments by

Where a rugged past meets a vibrant present, Central Montana remains an authentic experience unlike any other. With Glacier National Park to the north and Yellowstone National Park to the south, Central Montana is the perfect route to travel between two of America’s gems. With a light breeze and sunshine on your back, you can […]

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Unusual Destinations: Fort Smith’s “Hanging Judge”

Aug 22, 2019 View Comments by

Judge Isaac Parker, who held the bench in the Western District of Arkansas for 21 years, became known in America’s Old West as the “Hanging Judge.” During his tenure, Parker sentenced 160 people to death. In one case in 1875 18 men were tried for murder; 15 were convicted; eight received the death penalty sentence […]

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Bucket List Roads: Arkansas Routes 154 & 7 to Hot Springs

Aug 19, 2019 View Comments by

Exit I-40 at Morrilton, AR, and follow State Route 9 south to State Route 154 and proceed west. This route claws its way up onto a high plateau, which is named Petit Jean State Park. Visitors are treated to panoramic views of the Arkansas River Valley and the Ozark Mountains in the far distance. At […]

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Bucket List Roads: Tioga Pass Road (CA-120) [with Video]

Aug 16, 2019 View Comments by

This California state highway navigates over the rugged Sierra Nevada Mountains and, in the process, bisects Yosemite National Park from west to east. The surrounding landscape features pristine glacial lakes, alpine meadows, glacially carved valleys, granite mountain peaks, spectacular waterfalls, and an abundance of native fauna and flora. There are limited services along the route, […]

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Unusual Destinations: Paranormal Activity at the Pry House?

Aug 15, 2019 View Comments by

The Pry House served as Union General George McClellan’s headquarters during the September 17, 1862, Battle of Antietam. As casualties mounted on this bloodiest day in American history, the Pry farmhouse and barn became a field hospital. Union General Israel Richardson was gravely wounded and taken to an upstairs room of the house. He lingered […]

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