When traveling to a new part of the country for the first time, I want the scoop on two things: The best places to eat and where to catch a good sunrise. Mount Rushmore usually comes to mind when people think of places to visit in South Dakota, but the western part of the state boasts both an impressive food scene and all kinds of wild landscapes. While the temps are a bit chilly in January, there was so much warmth in each town I visited...

You may have driven by Kanab on the way to or from Zion National Park, and perhaps you’ve even gassed up your car there. But next time, do yourself a favor and book a few nights in this charming southern Utah town, because it's the definition of a hidden gem. With an abundance of desert playgrounds, you might expect crowds and limited activity options, but I didn't find that to be the case at all during my recent visit. Here are s...

This morning we caught sunrise at Arashiyama Park, and we didn’t get electric pink clouds or impressive reflections on the Oi river, but the way the light poked through the maple trees was like something from a dream. After the first rays of the day became a bit too bright, we headed to the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, which was already starting to get packed with tourists. It IS possible to get a photo without ten million people on the walkw...

We must have hit half a dozen rest stops during the 6-hour drive from Tokyo to Kyoto this morning. I know I've mentioned it before, but I'm going to say it again: There's nothing more comforting than plunking your tush down on a heated toilet seat when it's 45 degrees out. Gas here isn't cheap, but if you've traveling with friends and travel expenses, road tripping around Japan is not that bad. Anyway, in addition...

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