Finding a little adventure and a lot of grapefruit in the Valley of the Sun

The suburbs of Arizona’s most populous city are probably the last place you’d expect to find adventure. But you don’t have to look far past the walls of its master-planned communities to discover a wilder side of this place. Read more “Finding a little adventure and a lot of grapefruit in the Valley of the Sun”

On a hike through Utah’s ‘Mighty Five,’ the rocks are surreal but the anvils are imaginary

Arches. Bryce. Canyonlands. Capitol Reef. Zion.

The mere mention of their names evokes images of Technicolor desertscapes, vermilion cliffs and vivid sunsets. They are Utah’s “Mighty Five” national parks. Read more “On a hike through Utah’s ‘Mighty Five,’ the rocks are surreal but the anvils are imaginary”

Happy trails (and a pumpkin or two) off the beaten path in Arizona

With its iconic painted deserts and vast, seemingly endless roads, Arizona is the ultimate off-the-beaten-path destination. But visit the Grand Canyon state during the off-season, when all the visitors have gone home, and it’s a special kind of quiet. Read more “Happy trails (and a pumpkin or two) off the beaten path in Arizona”

How to find the best shoes for your summer trip

It’s often the most overlooked travel accessory — an afterthought to your itinerary that barely registers on your packing list. Read more “How to find the best shoes for your summer trip”

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