Money really does grow on trees in autumn in New England, and all six states are raking it in. Officials say tourists will spend upward of $3 billion to catch a glimpse of the red, yellow and orange hues — and the windfall is steadily rising as the economy regains strength.
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Perched among the tops of pine trees blanketing Onyx Peak, I stand on a metal platform. There’s no way down the platform nested on a single, steel trunk. No stairs. No ladder. But there is a way down.
Communities throughout Cerca country boast fairs and festivals filled with food, music and fun family activities during August.
Utah’s old Cove Fort welcomes passersby with an open door to the past. A stopping point for overland travelers since the 1850s, the historical site has been painstakingly restored as a monument to pioneer resolve and spirit.
The nine-to-five grind can get monotonous and dull, especially as each week comes to an end and the weather gets hotter. It’s not hard to let weekend routines become stagnant and complacent, so as the heat kicks up, take advantage of the surrounding states’ beautiful parks, cities and beaches.
New York is a city built on water. Four of its five boroughs — Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island — are located on islands, and the city’s rivers and bays are dotted with many more. Two of New York’s lesser-known islands make terrific destinations for a summer day trip, filled with history, green spaces and incredible views. And they’re easy and fun to get to: Visit Governors Island by ferry and Roosevelt Island by tram.
A picturesque mountain setting and a core full of 19th-century structures from its Comstock Lode glory days draw tourists to Virginia City, Nevada’s most famous mining boomtown.
Street-side viewing of the annual Rose Parade isn’t the only free thing to attract visitors to Pasadena, Calif., a mere 10 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.
Shortly before a recently scheduled hike in the Sierra Nevada foothills, Peter Tremayne called to change plans.
Tucked away in northern Arizona, Flagstaff is known for its thriving arts and music scene against a backdrop of thriving outdoor activities. The city itself hosts weekend festivals and brings in desert lovers from across the country, but volcanic mountain ranges, hiking trails and ancient Native American civilizations can be found just outside the city’s boundaries.
If one can avoid becoming frustrated with the construction delays on the way to Cedar City, Utah, it’s worth the effort, especially for those attending the Shakespeare festival this summer. Just don’t go there thinking you’ll find a mini Manhattan.
After a tasty dinner of enchilada pie packed with sliced zucchini, yellow squash and bison meat, two touring bicyclists — Elizabeth from Utah and Nancy from California — strolled from their campsite at Bryce Canyon National Park to the canyon rim for a peek at the sunset.
Orange-red sand dunes accented by tall ponderosa pines, pinyons and junipers create a striking and unusual landscape in Southern Utah’s Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.
The beautiful area offers picnicking, camping, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, biking and ATV trail riding in summer; splendid color and hunting in autumn; and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling in winter.
Though it’s just a few hours away from Las Vegas, Phoenix’s vibrant cultural scene makes it worth a weekend getaway. From the museums to the music to the endless golf courses, Phoenix is an oasis in the middle of a desert, ripe and ready for visitors.
You could spend years exploring the 1.9 million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Parkcq in Utah, yet barely shorten the list of wonders still to see there.
Nevada’s bed-and-breakfast inns invite guests to explore unique locations such as ghost towns, historic communities, urban districts or rural serenity.
Being in the middle of the desert has its perks — sprawled along the horizon in each direction are lakes, mountains and national parks, while some of the West’s hottest destinations are just a short drive away. Beyond the road trip-worthy radius, but still not too far from home, is another layer of quick getaways, and many cost $100 or less to fly to each way.
If you’re looking to break away from the “get there as fast as we can” mentality, there are plenty of natural wonders and photo-worthy attractions just off the beaten path of I-15.
Consistently winning notice as one of Nevada’s best rural attractions, the Nevada Northern Railway in Ely offers adventurous and instructive excursions into the state’s past. The Nevada Northern’s museum tours and train rides provide fun for visitors of all ages, including families, those seeking unique experiences and dedicated railroad buffs.
The season of music festivals is upon us. If you’re looking for a road trip, or even a weekend getaway, here are 5 that are worth checking out - most within a day’s drive of Las Vegas.
The historical, eastern Nevada town of Ely has a buffet of must-see attractions and events, after many peoples of the past flocked to the area for sustenance and livelihood.
To begin to understand the texture of this increasingly cultured cowtown, it helps to set foot inside Cowboy Joe Coffee.