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    National Parks (Minus the Crowds)

    Our most protected lands—and the dramatic drives that give access to them—are all too often conga lines of taillights and tourists. These four itineraries revive the majesty.

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    Beat the Crowds in September

    Autumn's a good time to visit Redwood, Crater Lake, Acadia, and North Cascades parks, as temperatures will be cool and school kids absent.

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    20 Places You Would Rather Be on a Wednesday

    If you could be anywhere in the world today, where would you be? Every Wednesday, we pose this question to our audience on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages, and their answers always make us smile. Here are some of our favorites.

  • Mount Rushmore in South Dakota

    33 Most Memorable Family Vacations

    From fond memories of family road trips out West to exploring ancient Mayan ruins at an early age, our readers share the vacation experiences they'll never forget.

  • 30 Extraordinary Photos of Caves Around the World

    From gleaming grottos to sinister stalactites, these amazing photos capture the natural wonders (plus some man-made additions) in caves from all corners of the Earth.

  • Chill Out! 10 Coolest Summer Getaways

    Highs in the 60s and 70s? Lows in the 40s and 50s? This time of year, those temperatures may sound too good to be true. But while the mercury climbs this summer, these beautiful destinations stay refreshingly cool. Here, the 10 best places to beat the summer heat!

  • 15 Most Beautiful National Parks in America

    Whether you're planning a summer vacation or just craving some eye candy, we've got 40 trip-inspiring photos of our most treasured—and gorgeous—national parks. From the Southern California desert to the coast of Maine, here are 15 parks we couldn't live without!

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    From beautiful, relaxing drives down the scenic Pacific Coast Highway to epic cross country adventures, our Budget Travel audience shares their all-time favorite road trips.

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