America’s Best Small Towns for Travelers, Part 3

While it’s never easy to pick one’s favorite small towns in a country as multifaceted as the United States, in her ongoing series of American’s Best Small Towns, Laura Martone chooses three more travel-friendly destinations in the Western and Midwestern regions of the country.

Top Ten Must-Pack Items

While the contents of your luggage will vary considerably if you’re planning a weeklong backcountry excursion to Yosemite National Park versus a romantic weekend in New York City, no matter where you intend to travel in the United States, there are certain items you’ll almost always want to pack. Besides obvious essentials – such as proper identification, currency, maps, toiletries, underwear, a camera, and the like – here are 10 items Laura Martone never leaves home without.

America’s Public Lands Free This Weekend

In honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, basic day-use fees will also be waived at many other public lands throughout the United States – including national forests, national wildlife refuges, and Bureau of Land Management areas.