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A Simply Irresistible Road Trip Through Santa Barbara
Nov 7th 2017
Driving north and west from Santa Barbara to Monterey, this route follows the El Camino Real Road and CA 1 as it wends its way through the core of coastal California. Following this course, the ocean is always on your left so you can't lose direction. But with the beauty that surrounds you, you may lose your heart south of San Francisco. Sunsets anchored by acres of blooming flowers are rivaled only by those setting over rolling vineyards, or melting into mammoth rock formations along the shore. Romance doesn't linger in the air; it permeates it. Along the way, you'll discover plenty of reasons to pull over into a small village, stroll along a sandy beach, or be mesmerized by the mystique that dusk brings to Monterey's Cannery Row.
Most Scenic Places in the U.S.
Jun 14th 2019
You don't need a passport to visit these naturally beautiful places, but you will need a camera. Check out our list of the most photograph-worthy places in the U.S.!
An American’s Guide to Pizza Styles
Jan 16th 2019
We'll take you on a tour of America's most iconic pizza styles in the U.S. and where you can find them. Choosing which types of pizza are the best is just too hard, so we suggest you go ahead and try them all!
10 Things You May Not Know About U.S. State Flags
Jun 11th 2019
Check out these 10 interesting facts about U.S. state flags, then test your knowledge with our U.S. State Flag Quiz!
4 Unique Girls’ Trip Destinations
May 7th 2018
Whether you're planning a bachelorette party, a birthday weekend, or just a girlfriends' getaway, choosing a destination can be the hardest part of planning. Luckily, Rand McNally has your back. Check out our list of unique getaways, sure to make your next girls' trip one to remember.
The Best Wine Country Vacations in the U.S.
Dec 5th 2018
Every bottle of wine tells a story. When you sip on a glass of wine, you can taste the region from which it came — the rich history, culture, climate, and ingenuity. Yes, you can pick up a bottle at the store, but nothing compares to the experience of visiting a vineyard, talking to winemakers, and really getting to know the vino that you are drinking. While there are wine destinations all over the country, these are our top ones to visit.
Top 10 Road Trip Movies
Apr 3rd 2018
Few methods of travel have inspired filmmakers as much as the great American road trip. With summer around the corner, you might start feeling the itch for an epic journey. If you hunger for adventure and the open road but aren't sure where to go next, try popping in one of these films for some inspiration!
Coolest Small Towns to Visit in the U.S.
Jan 22nd 2019
When picking a travel destination, many people are drawn to the big cities like New York and Chicago. But we want to inspire you to think outside the box and discover some places that are a little different. These small towns have so much to offer — culture, natural beauty, and a little whimsy. Here are some of the best small towns to visit in America according to our travel experts.
15 Surprising Facts About Chicago
Jun 10th 2019
Our list of interesting facts about Chicago may surprise you. Take a look!
Long Weekend Trip Ideas
Feb 14th 2019
Have a long holiday weekend coming up or just looking to use up some vacation days? Although we would love to spend a month traveling, quick trips can be just as fun if you pick the right place. So head out of work early, beat the traffic, and find yourself at one of our favorite long weekend getaway destinations.
Most Romantic Destinations in the Nation
Feb 14th 2018
Planning a trip for two? Feel the love in these romantic getaways. Whether you are looking to relax and gaze into each other’s eyes or engage in daring activities and get your heart racing, our guide will help you find the destination that is perfect for you.
A Guide to the Best Ski Vacations in the U.S.
Dec 11th 2018
Craving the adrenaline rush of cutting through fresh powder first thing in the morning? The United States has some amazing ski towns that are rich in history, culture, and of course, slopes, slopes, and more slopes. We know that a lot of people have their favorites they keep going back to, but we’ve rounded up some of the best skiing in America if you feel like trying somewhere new!
Life is Better at the Lake
Aug 29th 2017
A lake is the landscape's most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth's eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature. – "Walden, Or Life In The Woods" by Henry David Thoreau, 1854.No matter where you live, there is probably a lake relatively near home – and most offer a vacation for every season – so start taking advantage! Lakes not only offer a myriad of activities, but also can inspire quiet and profound reflection. Whatever you are seeking in a getaway, a lake trip is sure to be able to offer something for everyone. Here’s a list of some of Rand McNally’s favorite lake getaways:
Travel Destinations to Beat the Winter Blues
Jan 17th 2018
With the holidays in the rearview mirror and the fresh winter snowfall turning to gray sludge, for many people, this is the time of year when winter has lost its charm. Rather than spending the rest of the season counting down the days until you can open a kitchen window without risking frostbite, take a break from the gloom and head out to one of our country's sunnier destinations. These warm-weather travel spots are the perfect antidote to the winter blues.
America’s Top Luxury Destinations
May 15th 2018
If you are planning your next vacation and you're looking for glamour, opulence, and extravagence, then look no further than this article. This list of luxury getaways is all about the destination and what makes each of them an indulgent experience.
Road Trips to be Thankful For
Nov 20th 2018
As much as we love road travel, driving can be a slog. Whether it’s sitting in traffic or seeing the same billboards over and over, it’s easy to forget about the joys of the open road. In this season of giving, we wanted to bring back some of the magic of the car trip with our favorite scenic drives. From the granite peaks of New Hampshire to the red rocks of Arizona, these are road travels meant to inspire.
The Strangest Laws from State to State
Aug 1st 2017
If you’re planning to take a trip across the country, beware of the laws that differ from state to state. Some of these laws (somehow) are still in place from hundreds of years ago, while others are slightly modernized—but strange nonetheless. Here are the weirdest laws in each state*:
Ideas for Your Next Guys’ Getaway
Jun 6th 2018
Let’s face it guys, our daily lives can be stressful. It’s important to take a step back every once in a while and recharge those batteries. Nothing can help eliminate the stress better than rounding up the boys and getting away from it all (ladies, we didn’t forget you – check out our girls getaways here). So, call up the crew and take off to one of these destinations.
9 Lesser-Known National Parks Worth the Visit
Apr 24th 2018
Visiting America's National Parks can feel like a post card come to life, from Grand Teton's mesmerizing mountain views to Yosemite's iconic plunging waterfalls. But, what about some of the newer or smaller parks that you might never have heard of? With a whopping 58 national parks across the nation, you can avoid the masses and experience some of the most spectacular and natural places that this country has to offer at these nine incredible parks.
10 Best National Park Hikes
May 23rd 2018
With more than a hundred-thousand miles of trails in the United States, the National Parks house some of the best hiking around. Your boots can take you places and help you experience the natural and historical legacy of the land that you can’t experience riding in a car. Try some of our favorite trails from coast to coast that span all levels of expertise.
The Best Beer Cities Across America
Oct 2nd 2018
America is experiencing a great brew awakening, with more cities making their mark on the emerging craft beer scene. As more and more people try their hands at the fine art of brewing IPAs, sours, pilsners, and the like, you may be wondering who does it best? So, we've compiled a list of our favorite cities to visit in search of the best frothy glass of beer.
The Wackiest Festivals in the U.S.
Jul 18th 2017
Everyone loves a good festival. Music festivals, food festivals, summer festivals, holiday festivals—and the list goes on. The reason for celebrating often varies, and some reasons may be so bizarre that you just wouldn’t understand unless you were a local. We’ve put together a list of the most “unique” festivals around the U.S., throughout the year, bringing you new levels of fun, food, and weirdness you never knew existed.
Sep 26th 2018
Some cities are strengthened in beauty and charm by the changing of the seasons. While these destinations are a great place to visit any time of year, their fall seasons boast a getaway unlike any other, offering an impeccable combination of weather, scenery, and activity.
Cruising the Scenic Highway: A Guide to the Florida Keys
Oct 24th 2017
The Florida Keys Scenic Highway is the stretch of US 1 that travels through some of the nation’s most spectacular tropical scenery from Mile Marker 110, north of Key Largo, to Mile Marker 0 in Key West, the southernmost point in the continental United States. Check out some of the awesome attractions along the way!
Most Haunted Places in America
Oct 31st 2018
Whether you believe in the paranormal or not, America is filled with spine-chilling tales of ghostly encounters that have been passed down for generations. Maybe that low whisper you heard was just the wind, but maybe it was something a little more frightening. From coast to coast, the country is littered with homes and buildings where the undead are still said to roam freely. Many of these haunted places are open to visitors so you can experience the eeriness for yourself—if you’re brave enough. Some of these stories and locations are not for the faint of heart, but if you’re looking for a spooky road trip then these places should definitely be at the top of your list.