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NATIONAL PARKGrand Canyon National Park - South RimOne superb canyon vista after another is what you'll see along the South Rim's paved roads. The 25-mile Desert View Drive (open year-round to private vehicles) connects the East Entrance Station with Grand Canyon Village, winding through a ponderosa pine forest and passing a half-dozen viewpoints (Grandview is a standout) along the way.
Editor Pick5 Must-Try Places to Eat in NashvilleAAA Travel Editor Laurie SterbensIf you're planning a trip to Nashville and wondering where to eat, you'll want to make sure your to-do list includes trying some Tennessee barbecue and fiery hot fried chicken. Here are a few local restaurants where you'll find these must-haves and more.
NATIONAL PARKMount Rushmore National MemorialMount Rushmore is 2 miles southwest of Keystone via US 16A and SR 244. The colossal sculpted heads of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln were created under the direction of Gutzon Borglum. The memorial is one of the largest pieces of sculpture ever created. No other figures will be added to it.
ARTICLETelevision Show Tickets If available, tickets to attend the major television shows during your trip to New York City can be obtained from the networks. Contact the networks' respective Guest Relations Offices: American Broadcasting Co., 320 W. 66th St., New York, NY 10023, (212) 580-5176; Columbia Broadcasting System, 1697 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, (212) 247-6497; and National Broadcasting Co., 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10012, (212) 664-3056.
Editor Pick5 Reasons Why You Should Buy Travel Insurance from AAAAAA Travel Editor Frank SwansonAs more travelers book expensive cruises and vacation packages to exotic destinations, they are turning to travel insurance to protect their investment in the face of life's uncertainties. Here are five reasons why you should buy travel insurance.
NATIONAL PARKGrand Teton National ParkA majestic landscape of lakes, glaciers, snowfields and evergreen forests awaits you in Grand Teton National Park. Located in northwestern Wyoming, just south of Yellowstone National Park, the 310,000-acre park encompasses a major portion of the Teton Range and the valley of Jackson Hole.
ARTICLENew York City Sightseeing Boat Tours One of the best sightseeing bargains when you’re on vacation in the city is a ride on the Staten Island Ferry. Leaving South Ferry in The Battery every day at least once an hour, the free ride provides views of the Lower Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty. Avoid the ferry during peak commuter hours, Mon.-Fri. 8-10 and 4-6; phone (718) 390-5253. Automobiles are not permitted on the ferry.
NATIONAL PARKArches National ParkArches National Park lies 5 miles northwest of Moab on US 191. The rugged area contains the largest number of natural stone arches in the country. Along with more than 2,000 arches are many red rock canyons, spires, fins and balancing rocks. The erosion of the Entrada Sandstone, a 300-foot-thick layer of rock that was deposited as sand 150 million years ago, created these formations.
ARTICLEBeyond The Skyscrapers Prepare to be deliciously overwhelmed as you're launched full force into Gotham, a high-energy land of extremes. From the Empire State Building's jaw-dropping views, to the magical oasis of Central Park, to electrifying Times Square—you simply can't do the city justice without resorting to superlatives.
ARTICLEAbout New York City Look down from the heights of the Empire State Building to gain a true sense of how the Big Apple's slices meld together — gaze toward Lower Manhattan, home of colorful Little Italy, bustling Chinatown and funky SoHo; turn around and glance toward Upper Manhattan, where Harlem's 1920s musical renaissance electrified the country; and in the center of it all, glimpse the rectangular forest of Central Park, playground for all cultures.
NATIONAL PARKSequoia And Kings Canyon National ParksIn central California, stretching northward from 35 miles east of Visalia to 55 miles east of Fresno, and from the foothills of the San Joaquin Valley to the crest of the High Sierra, these two parks abut one another and are managed together. Sequoia is the second-oldest national park, behind Yellowstone National Park.
NATIONAL PARKDenali National Park And PreserveIn the interior of Alaska, primitive and wild Denali National Park and Preserve covers 9,419 square miles and offers spectacular views of quiet lakes, snowcapped peaks and varicolored tundra. In addition to 20,310-foot Denali, the highest peak in North America, the park encompasses 17,400-foot Mount Foraker, 13,220-foot Silverthrone and 11,670-foot Mount Russell.
NATIONAL PARKRedwood National And State ParksAlong the northern California coast between Crescent City and Orick, 302 miles north of San Francisco on US 101, Redwood National and State Parks encompasses 131,983 acres. Within its boundaries are the 60,286 combined acres of Del Norte Coast, Jedediah Smith and Prairie Creek Redwoods state parks. In addition to dense forests of coast redwoods, the park embraces marshland, beaches, rugged coastline, rivers, streams, prairies and oak woodlands.
Editor PickRoad Trip Your Way Through Yellowstone and Grand Teton National ParksAAA Travel Editor Laurie SterbensIf you're planning a visit to Yellowstone National Park, why not combine it with a scenic road trip? AAA's Yellowstone to Grand Teton National Parks Road Trip stretches from Bozeman, Mont., to Jackson, Wyo., offering spectacular scenery, fun activities and attractions and AAA Approved lodging and restaurants along the way.
NATIONAL PARKHawai‘i Volcanoes National ParkHawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is 29 miles southwest of Hilo and 96 miles east of Kailua via SR 11. Established in 1916 (back when Hawai‘i was a U.S. territory), the park is one of the planet's most geologically active areas and is home to two of the five volcanoes that comprise the island of Hawai‘i: Kīlauea and Mauna Loa. Most Hawai‘i Island vacationers spend a hurried day at the park (it's a long drive from the Kona coast resorts), but if you're on the island for a week or more, it's well worth staying a night or two at Volcano House (the park's only hotel) or somewhere in the nearby village of Volcano.