The Pacific Northwest
- We could go on forever. Oregon’s Coast, particularly Astoria; the mountains around Bend, Oregon; the Olympic Peninsula in Washington and especially Mt. Rainier; and anything Coastal Redwoods of Northern California. Vancouver and British Columbia fail to disappoint as well. While it’s impossible to pick a favorite spot, the Pacific Northwest is easily our favorite region.
- Though not really the PNW, we’ve also loved getting lost in California’s Sierra Nevada range. Sequoia National Park, the entire stretch of the Eastern Sierras and Lake Tahoe stand out.
- West Texas is wide-open desert, the kind of place you can still truly get lost, get away from civilization. There are still real cowboys here, and some of them are poets.
- Arizona is our other Southwestern favorite. Bisbee is probably the coolest little town in the US. Flagstaff is a highlight. If you’re near Tucson, the Cactus Forest in Saguaro National Park is real magic, especially around sunset. We highly recommend dodging Phoenix.
- Southern Utah really just can’t be beat. It’s a sort of fairy tale otherland full of dramatic landscapes and fun small towns.
- Hands down, Nederland, Colorado (and the surrounding mountains and small towns) is our favorite spot in Colorado. Check out Rollinsville’s Stage Stop and Golden Gate State Park. We also loved Mesa Verde.
- Grand Teton National Park is fabulously spectacular, with Jackson, Wyoming a wonderful gem of a town to serve as basecamp. In fact, we significantly prefer the Tetons to Yellowstone.
- Glacier National Park is where it’s at for us in Montana.
Midwest & Great Plains
- While we’re not particularly fond of traveling the Great Plains (we like elevation) US Route 20 through Nebraska is beautiful and Lawrence, KS did us right.
- We’ve also enjoyed Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and Bayfield, Wisconsin.
- West Virginia is our favorite state in the Appalachian Mountains. Visit Fayetteville and the New River Gorge, or the state parks around Thomas and Davis, WV.
- We’ve also got an entire issue on small towns in the Appalachians, places like Floyd VA, Ohiopyle PA, and Bryson City NC.
- Our first issue ever was all about State Parks of Georgia
- Vermont, particularly Burlington, Montpelier and the Green Mountains.
- The Adirondacks, good beers, mountain towns and winding roads. Check out Saranac and Lake George.
- The Southern Atlantic, think Charleston and Savannah, is where it’s at if you’re headed south.
- We’ve spent a lot of time in Florida, too. Try and avoid the cities and aim for the state and national parks. If you’re looking to visit the keys, we find Islamorado and Big Pine Keys to be our favorites.