Thinking & Driving

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Albuquerque, New Mexico

In 1972, 13 hot air balloons took flight from Albuquerque, New Mexico. What began as a bid for increased publicity around a local radio station’s

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Bend, Oregon

Somewhere between Oregon’s Cascade Mountains and the high desert lies Bend. Once upon a time, it was called Farewell Bend, because here the pioneers on

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Big Bend National Park

Among the national parks, Big Bend is something special. Located in west Texas and named for a large bend in the Rio Grande, the park

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Boise, Idaho

In 1862, Thomas and Frank Davis traveled West to the Idaho Territory. They were two of many drawn to the Boise area by rumors of

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Branson, Missouri

Branson’s transformation into a tourist destination began around the time that Marble Cave got a new name. The cave had attracted enough attention to move

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Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Through a curious mixture of spontaneity and careful planning, Carmel-by-the-Sea became – and remains – something that is increasingly hard to come by in a

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Chicago, Illinois

Like many an American city, Chicago began as a settlement on the far reaches of the frontier. Unlike most other American cities, Chicago’s explosive growth

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Cody, Wyoming

If you are looking for a celebration of the American West, Cody, Wyoming is the place you’ll want to visit. Founded by Buffalo Bill himself,

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Crater Lake National Park

Of all the national parks, it’s pretty safe to say that Crater Lake has the coolest origin story. Some several thousands of years ago, the

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Dry Tortugas National Park

The vast majority of the area constituting Dry Tortugas National Park is open water. Facilities and amenities are next to nonexistent. The only way to

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Duluth, Minnesota

For a city like Duluth, Minnesota, a title like “The Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas” doesn’t seem too lofty. Part of what makes Duluth

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Everglades National Park

The southern tip of Florida sustains a truly astonishing array of flora and fauna. A unique set of conditions supports both freshwater and marine life

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Joshua Tree National Park

In 1930, a wealthy society woman turned preservation activist founded the International Desert Conservation League. Minerva Hamilton Hoyt’s goal in founding the League was the

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Juneau, Alaska

In 1867, American secretary of state William Henry Seward struck a deal with the Russian Empire in which the United States would acquire Alaska for

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Liberty Island, New York

By the end of the year 1865, much that had been foggy for America had become crystal clear. More than 600,000 Americans had fallen in

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Mammoth Cave National Park

Caves and cave systems hold a unique fascination for humans, most of whom have spent their entire lives on the earth’s sunny surface. Beneath it,

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Mel’s Toffee

Mel’s Toffee is a family-owned business based in Michigan. “Mel” is an acronym for Michelle, Erin, and Lauren, the three ladies behind the business. Michelle’s

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Moab, Utah

In Moab, Utah, you can explore sites straight out of a Martian landscape. And Moab boasts a variety of ways to explore this red planet

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