Essential Information about Driving in the Grand Canyon

For the most part, driving in Grand Canyon National Park is relatively easy—so easy that it can lead to a false sense of security. Here are some key tips to make your drive a successful one, including information on backcountry driving, road conditions, and where to fill up your tank.

Take a 10-Day Family Road Trip in Arizona

Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Sedona offer a diverse range of activities for the whole family. Start in the Valley of the Sun and explore downtown Phoenix’s museums and parks, then head north to Sedona for a series of outdoor adventures. Finally, make your way back to Scottsdale for some Old West fun. Here’s some more information to help you plan a family-friendly road trip in Arizona.

Discover Tucson: A True Southwestern Experience

Tucson has grown from an adobe-hut village on the far edge of the Spanish frontier into a major Sunbelt city, and yet Old Pueblo has held on to the disparate cultural ingredients that have made it one of North America’s most unique destinations. Local Tim Hull shares how to find the true Southwestern experience in Tucson, as well as information on where and when to go.

The Best Venues for Live Music in Houston

One of the many benefits of being a music fan in a big city is access to quality venues. From jazz to blues, country and western to rock and roll, Houston has a range of live music offerings to keep you entertained. Author Andy Rhodes shares some of the best spots in the city.

Signs of Spring: Arizona’s Cactus League

The satisfying crack of a wooden bat. The scent of hot dogs wafting by on a warm breeze. Spring arrives mid-February in Arizona, when 15 Cactus League teams take the field at 10 ballparks across the Phoenix area.

Houston’s Best for Business Travelers

For those visiting Houston on business, travel expert Andy Rhodes shares five mini-itineraries to help visitors make the most of the Bayou City beyond convention centers and hotel rooms.

Texas Slang and Twang: How to Talk Like a Texan

With a primer that covers everything from the usage of “howdy, ya’ll” to which meal “supper” refers to in the Lone Star State, author and local Andy Rhodes will have you talking like a proper Texan. Read on for information about pronunciation, accents, traditional rural sayings, and more.

Two Quick Getaways Outside Houston

Looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the country’s fourth-largest city? Take a quick jaunt to Brenham or head across state lines to Lake Charles, Louisiana. Read on for more about these popular getaway destinations.

Five Phoenix Area Hikes to De-stress During the Holidays

When counting to ten or taking a series of deep breaths proves useless against holiday-related stress, Phoenix-area trails can offer a much-needed respite. So instead of ripping your hair out or overdosing on chocolate to cope, consider strapping on those hiking shoes and hitting the dirt on one of these refreshing hikes.

Phoenix Day Hike: Mohave Trail 200

If you want a climb to a view but don’t want to get hung up by the crowds on the Piestewa Summit Trail, Mohave could be your baby. This super-speedy hike is the perfect option when you’re short on time and don’t mind the huffing and puffing that comes with its quick elevation climb.