Historic brick buildings line Deadwood's street.

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.

View looking up the spires of the St. Louis Cathedral.

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.

The sun shines on water surrounded by green and golden mountains.

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.