Sunset on Lake McDonald.

Exploring Lake McDonald Valley

Lake McDonald Valley has all the earmarks of glacial action—it’s long, straight, and U-shaped—and offers a host of great recreational opportunities, from camping to biking to horseback riding. Read on to plan your trip to the home of the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Blue misty mountain peaks fading into the distance with a mountain peak in the foreground.

Parque Nacional La Campana near Viña del Mar

Noteworthy for a network of integrated hiking trails that cross ridges and scale summits with spectacular views from the Pacific to the summit of Aconcagua (across the border in Argentina), Parque Nacional La Campana is also a historic site.

The most iconic image of Cumberland Island is its famous wild horses. Photo © Doug Anderson, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

Cumberland Island National Seashore in The Golden Isles

Not only one of the richest estuarine environments in the world, Cumberland Island National Seashore is quite simply one of the most beautiful and romantic places on the planet. Read on to learn about the history of Cumberland Island and to discover all the essentials for planning a trip.

Craggy rocks rise up from the calm surface of a lake while a small waterfall spills down into the lake.

Road Trips from Austin: Weekend Destinations

As fun as it is to spend a few days in Austin, author Andy Rhodes suggests that you consider taking a weekend road trip to experience more Central Texas culture. With ideas like enjoying barbecue in Lockhart or fishing in Lake Buchanan, you’ll be ready to hit the road in no time.

Scenic view of the reddish hue of the rugged pinnacled walls of Cedar Breaks.

Cedar Breaks National Monument

If you’re driving between Zion and Bryce National Parks, consider stopping at Cedar Breaks National Monument. With ridges and pinnacles extending like buttresses from the steep cliffs, the rock layers offer similar views as Bryce Canyon without the crowds. Learn more about when and where to go.