Light filters through the tall redwoods of Muir Woods.

Visiting Muir Woods National Monument

Muir Woods National Monument comprises acres of staggeringly beautiful redwood forest nestled in Marin County. Here’s information on getting there as well as recommended nearby food and accommodations.

A black and white photograph of a group of African Americans celebrating at a Fourth of July picnic.

Celebrating America’s Melting Pot

To celebrate Independence Day, here are some vibrant, living destinations from sea to shining sea where you can experience firsthand the diversity of America’s melting pot.

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.

In a railcar with the desert visible outside sits, from left to right, Phil, his wife, two boys, and father-in-law.

Cross-Country Adventures via RV, Part 2

In Laura’s last article, she introduced readers to Phil Bryant, a technical shift lead for a major electric utility, who recently experienced an eye-opening RV adventure with his family. Continuing in this segment, is Laura’s interview of Phil recalling his family’s memorable three-week journey.

View up towards the palatial Hotel Nacional late in the day.

The Hotel Nacional in Havana, Cuba

The landmark Hotel Nacional is dramatically perched atop a small cliff at the junction of La Rampa and the Malecón. Luminaries from Winston Churchill and the Prince of Wales to Marlon Brando have laid their heads here, as attested by the photos in the lobby bar.