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National Parks

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  • Eastern Ecuador's ecological diversity means marvelous creatures at every turn

    Eastern Ecuador's ecological diversity means marvelous creatures at every turn
    Imagine palm trees 10 stories high. Imagine lakes with paiche fish that are 6 feet long. Imagine rivers with stingrays, caimans, catfish, neon tetras and electric eels. The lake where La Selva Amazon Ecolodge is located, Lake Garzacocha, looks...
  • Touching Lincoln: 16th president spent most of his adult life in Springfield, Ill.

    Touching Lincoln: 16th president spent most of his adult life in Springfield, Ill.
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - "Be sure to use the handrail," national park guide Ronnie van Nostrand said as he led a small tour group upstairs in the only home Abraham Lincoln ever owned. "It's the same railing Mr. Lincoln used." We had all come to Springfield...
  • Experience grand vistas as Amtrak's Empire Builder travels through Montana and the Rockies

    Experience grand vistas as Amtrak's Empire Builder travels through Montana and the Rockies
    NEAR WAGNER, Montana - The train rolls past distant hills - mountains, an easterner would call them. But it's just a tease. Out here is mostly prairie and thin wire fences and undulating gray moguls of land, mysterious for what lies beneath, all...
  • The quieter side of Provincetown

    The quieter side of Provincetown
    PROVINCETOWN, Mass. - "Provincetown?" a Boston friend, who only summers on tony Nantucket, sniffed when I mentioned my plan to visit the artist colony and fishing port at the tip of Cape Cod. "You're not going to Provincetown. It's so tacky, so hectic....
  • Seven Days in seven hours: See where Robert E. Lee made his mark

    Seven Days in seven hours: See where Robert E. Lee made his mark
    RICHMOND, Va. - Strolling above Beaver Dam Creek, you hardly take note of the languid tributary water that drifts peacefully from the nearby Chickahominy River. Red cutgrass, trumpet weeds and a host of other herbaceous species grow freely on bordering...
  • Take in the Smoky Mountains at Laurel Crest in Pigeon Forge

    Take in the Smoky Mountains at Laurel Crest in Pigeon Forge
    If you're looking for a resort that embraces tranquility and the outdoors, try Laurel Crest in the foothills of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Located in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., the resort offers 1- and 2-bedroom suites with plenty of living space...
  • Sky-high vistas and adventure await you at Gatlinburg's MountainLoft

    Sky-high vistas and adventure await you at Gatlinburg's MountainLoft
    Whether you're taking in the grandeur to the great Smoky Mountains or the thrills of nearby Dollywood, MountainLoft resort in Gatlinburg, Tenn. is the perfect place to enjoy a country getaway. The resort is nestled into the woodland mountainside...
  • Shenandoah Crossing in the middle of a great Virginia vacation

    Shenandoah Crossing in the middle of a great Virginia vacation
    Get outdoors and take in the beautiful Virginia landscape without sacrificing luxury at Shenandoah Crossing resort. Based in Gordonsville, "a town at the Crossroads of History," the resort offers the perfect place to go camping, but also just minutes...
  • Have road will travel: Top 10 drives along the coast

    Have road will travel: Top 10 drives along the coast
    Few things celebrate the end of winter like a great drive and enjoying the beach. Whether you can put the top down or not, members and editors of travel website VirtualTourist.com are sure you'll enjoy any of our "Top 10 Coastal Drives." 1. Pacific...
  • Top 5 waterfall hikes

    Top 5 waterfall hikes
    With spring in the air, it's time to get off the couch and get outside. If you need greater motivation, we've found five trails that include outstanding water features, so you'll be inspired to get to the end and either take a dip or spot a rainbow....
  • Shenandoah National Park offers stellar ridge-top vistas of high, rocky places

    Shenandoah National Park offers stellar ridge-top vistas of high, rocky places
    SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK, Va. - The ridge-top Skyline Drive offers lots of panoramic views. The curvy 105-mile drive from Front Royal on the north to Waynesboro in the south offers 75 scenic overlooks in the 197,000-acre national park that was dedicated...
  • A pretty plateau trail on Grand Canyon's wilder North Rim

    A pretty plateau trail on Grand Canyon's wilder North Rim
    GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. - Most trails in this colorful and iconic national park are tough up-and-down trails. You hike down into the canyon and then hike back up out of the canyon. But the Widforss Trail on the North Rim is different: It's a...