The Cape Fear River in North Carolina's Raven Rock State Park.

Touring the Sandy Lowlands: Barbecue, Antiques, and More

Between the Triangle and the beaches are a band of small towns like Wilson which continue to be culturally vital, architecturally interesting, and full of good places to browse for antiques and to gobble up barbecue. Here’s a quick look at the Sandy Lowland’s towns and state parks.

Along the borders of Lake Charles.

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.

An open wooden gate leads to a small courtyard with a cross in front of an old adobe building with belltowers.

Taking the High Road from Santa Fe to Taos

Tiny villages sit along the winding highway through the mountains to Taos. From Santa Fe, the drive straight through takes only about an hour and a half, but leave time to dawdle at churches and galleries, take a hike, or have lunch on the way. Author Zora O’Neill directs you to the best spots for stopping.

A giant lobster statue sits out front an eatery.

America’s Best Small Towns for Travelers, Part 7

In the final post of her series exploring the best small towns for travelers in America, author Laura Martone suggests three places to visit on the East Coast. Rich in history and activities for outdoors enthusiasts, there’s something for everyone to be found in these small towns.

Outside pueblo style buildings a hand-painted wooden sign reads Gifts & Art of New Mexico.

Taking the Low Road to Taos from Santa Fe

When going from Santa Fe to Taos, this route is a more direct one than the high road, with fewer stopping points and the reward of a dramatic view. The lush farmland around the Rio Grande is the highlight of this drive north—the valley filled with apple orchards is as green as New Mexico gets.