Get Outside: Visit Nashville’s Parks

Nashville’s Metro Parks department oversees 12,000 acres of open space, including dog parks, swimming pools, tennis courts, walking trails, disc golf courses, and spray parks. Discover more about the city’s best parks.

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.

Phoenix Day Hike: Waterfall Trail

Wheelchair-accessible and kid-friendly, the Waterfall Trail is just filled with delights. The graded-dirt portion includes educational plaques with details about surrounding plants, animals (bobcats, ringtails, bats, and hawks), and petroglyphs.

Phoenix Day Hike: Spur Cross and Elephant Mountain Loop

This trek crosses Cave Creek (the body of water, not the town), climbs up and over Elephant Mountain, and offers a visit to a working water spring and an ancient ruin. Be one of the first in The Valley to travel these new trails just north of Cave Creek’s main drag.

The Best California Beaches

From wide, golden beaches with abundant sunshine to boardwalks crowded with kids, cotton candy, and roller coasters, California has any kind of beach you could possibly want. Author Stuart Thornton shares a helpful overview of some of the state’s best options for sun, sand, and surf.

Salt Lake City Day Hike: Stewart Falls

Stewart Falls is a double falls, dropping over two limestone shelves before reaching the canyon floor. While the trail starts steep, it levels off to a nearly flat grade, making it a great hike for families with small children. Read on to find directions to the trailhead, the best time of year to go, and more.

Salt Lake City Day Hike: Bald Mountain

Looking for an alpine experience that’s truly above tree line? The exposed, windswept, rock ridge of Bald Mountain will not disappoint. Utah expert Mike Matson guides you along this three-mile hike that’s suitable for families (and Fido).