Ancient pines gnarled by the wind dot the upper elevations. Photo © Jenna Blough.

Hiking Telescope Peak, Death Valley’s Highest Point

A true Death Valley classic, if you can only choose one hike in Death Valley, put Telescope Peak in the running. The sweeping 360° views make it worthwhile and give a sense of Death Valley’s vast scope, and if you’ve been exploring the canyons and valley floors, this is your chance to have a personal travel retrospective.

Vietnam's northwest region is awash with soaring mountains and verdant river valleys. Photo © Dana Filek-Gibson.

The Best of Vietnam Travel Itinerary: Down the Dragon’s Spine

Travel all the best of Vietnam, from the busy capital city of Hanoi to a cruise on Ha Long Bay to relaxing in mountain spas, strolling photogenic villages, and more. This itinerary describes a brisk two-week trip, covering the full length of Vietnam’s coast, with a few detours to the interior. For a more relaxed pace, extend your trip to three weeks and linger in the places you like best.

Ghostly plaster figures in an eerie rendition of The Last Supper. Photo © Jenna Blough.

Death Valley’s Five Strangest Places

Amidst Death Valley’s barbed desert expanses, lonesome stretches of highway, twisting dirt roads, and eternal quiet, life (and possibly even death) seems to take on a different shape. From creepy to beautiful, mysterious to moving, ridiculous to sublime, here are five of the strangest places expert author Jenna Blough has encountered in her many desert rambles.

Torre Observación lookout tower in Bosque Estatal de Toro Negro.

Four-Day Travel Itinerary: Cordillera Central, Puerto Rico

As enticing as Puerto Rico’s beaches are, there are plenty of reasons to spend time in the Cordillera Central, the island’s interior mountain range. This four-day travel itinerary allows you to explore the area’s gorgeous tropical jungle, hiking trails, natural pools, and indigenous culture.

A bicyclist on the Cherry Creek trail in downtown Denver. Photo © 123rf.

Your Two-Day Best of Denver Itinerary

Denver has great things to offer those who only have one or two days in the city, between exciting attractions within its city limits, such as the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and Commons Park, and nearby excursions like the Red Rocks Ampitheatre.