Category Archives: Road Trips

How Build a Safe, Comfortable Place for Your Dogs in Your Truck

How do you carry dogs in your pickup truck? There are a lot of wrong answers, and no totally optimal ones. Factors like safety—for both the dogs and humans—are difficult to address entirely, especially when you also need to protect the dogs from hot temperatures and extreme weather, and give them a comfortable place to […]

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The Ultimate Western National Parks Road Trip

From Yellowstone in Montana to Joshua Tree in Southern California, this road trip tags seven national parks, covers 1,270 miles, and offers epic adventures all along the way. We’ve come up with a fun-packed plan that includes hiking, mountain biking, paddling, and stargazing detours—but not in the places you might think. Because our national parks […]

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The Story Behind the Whimsical Road-Sign Poems Popping Up Along America’s Highways

Linda Wingerter was very familiar with the two-lane stretch of highway in Ulysses, New York. For a time, she and her husband traveled it most Sundays to visit friends. Those trips stopped in early 2020 as the pandemic unfolded, but by July they’d resolved to try again. Yet on one of those early summer trips, […]

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Picking Up the Pieces After Angela Madsen’s Death on the ‘Row of Life’

Day 12. Halfway into an eight-hour trek on Highway 6 from Salt Lake City to Mammoth Lakes, California—my last stop on a solo road trip across the West before finally settling down in Santa Barbara with the first lease I’ve signed in three years. I promise myself that this is the last time I will […]

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Is Washington’s Cascade Loop the Most Beautiful Road Trip in America?

Along the Cascade Loop, you’ll see a little slice of all that makes Washington great: a series of mountain passes, rivers, and lakes that feel distinctly Pacific Northwestern. The roadway passes through the spiky summits of North Cascades National Park, past the fertile farmlands of the Skagit Valley and the apple orchards of Wenatchee, and […]

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The Ultimate Road-Trip Guide to Colorado’s Million Dollar Highway

There are a few theories as to how Colorado’s so-called Million Dollar Highway—the 25-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 550 that connects the high-elevation towns of Silverton and Ouray—got its name. According to an old mining legend, the gravel required to build the narrow mountain roadway contained $1 million worth of gold and silver ore. Or […]

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