Underrated Escapes with Rand McNally: Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument in Pinos Altos, NM
Author: Rand McNally Publishing Team
Date: Apr 24th 2024

Underrated Escapes with Rand McNally: Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument in Pinos Altos, NM

Uncover hidden gems and underrated destinations from the team at Rand McNally. This time, Steve, a Sr GIS Analyst for Rand McNally, shares his favorite spot. ✨Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument in Pinos Altos, NM✨The Vibe: “The drive on State Road 15 from Silver City (Road Atlas page 68, bingo I-2) to Gila Cliff Dwelling National Monument is winding and scenic showcasing Utah’s high rich

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​Underrated Escapes with Rand McNally: Sunset Beach, North Carolina
Author: Tom Vitacco
Date: Apr 24th 2024

​Underrated Escapes with Rand McNally: Sunset Beach, North Carolina

Uncover hidden gems and underrated destinations with our new series! First up is our director of GIS, Tom Vitacco, sharing his favorite beach destination. Stay tuned for our staff's favorite picks off the beaten path.Sunset Beach, NC✨The Vibe: The beauty of the Outer Banks and the sunshine of Myrtle Beach…minus the crowds. Peaceful and relaxing, this is a family beach or couples' getaway destinati

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Pixels to Paper: Choosing the Best Maps for Your Journey
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Apr 11th 2024

Pixels to Paper: Choosing the Best Maps for Your Journey

In the age of GPS and smartphones, the art of map reading might seem like a lost skill.Yet, whether you're traversing the wilds of Alaska or hiking in a national park with no signal, the right map can be your most reliable companion. With an array of options from the detailed cartography of our Rand McNally Road Atlases to the dynamic layers of digital maps, knowing how to choose and use th

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Beyond the Blue Dot: Exploring the Pros and Cons of Maps vs GPS
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Apr 11th 2024

Beyond the Blue Dot: Exploring the Pros and Cons of Maps vs GPS

Navigating the TerrainEmbarking on a journey through unknown territory often invites the age-old debate between relying on traditional paper maps or on the modern convenience of GPS systems.Each option comes with its own set of benefits and drawbacks, making the choice not as straightforward as one might think.Traditionalists swear by the reliability of paper maps (no need to worry about d

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9 Tips for Traveling with a Pet
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Apr 11th 2024

9 Tips for Traveling with a Pet

It's National Pet Day, and what better way to celebrate than by hitting the open road with your furry best friend? It can be hard looking into the wide, sad "don't leave me" eyes of your pet as you pack up your suitcase and get ready to leave for a trip. Luckily, with many hotels and establishments becoming more pet-friendly, traveling with your furry-friends means never having to say goodbye

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Kick Off Road Trip Season with the 2025 Rand McNally Road Atlas
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Mar 28th 2024

Kick Off Road Trip Season with the 2025 Rand McNally Road Atlas

It’s our favorite day of the year! The 2025 edition of the Rand McNally Road Atlas has just dropped. It’s our 101st edition and your go-to guide for planning epic adventures this summer. For generations, Rand McNally has been a trusted resource for road trippers. Our atlases provide big-picture overviews and include thousands of points of interest that you might otherwise miss.

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Presidential Estates You Must Visit
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Feb 20th 2022

Presidential Estates You Must Visit

It’s strange to think of our U.S. Presidents residing somewhere other than the White House, but each President had a place to call home before or after their presidency that helped shape them into the historical figures we know today.  Whether you’re a fan of American history or not, these estates once owned by former U.S. Presidents should be on your bucket list. Take a look at the top Pr

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Most Romantic Destinations in the Nation
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Feb 11th 2022

Most Romantic Destinations in the Nation

Planning a trip for two? Feel the love in these romantic getaways. Whether you are looking to relax and gaze into each other’s eyes or engage in daring activities and get your heart racing, our guide will help you find the destination that is perfect for you.Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts Martha’s Vineyard poses the perfect backdrop to fall in love with its elegant and classic New England c

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The Best Hikes in the Midwest
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Nov 27th 2021

The Best Hikes in the Midwest

Although the Midwest is known more for its flat prairies than hilly regions, there's still plenty of good hiking to be found there. What the region lacks in altitude, it makes up for in natural beauty, including sparkling lakes, hidden waterfalls, sandstone canyons, and more. Whether you're looking for a short day hike or a remote backpacking trail, we've put together the best options for strappin

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The Best Beer Cities in the U.S.
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Oct 27th 2021

The Best Beer Cities in the U.S.

America is experiencing a great brew awakening with more cities making their mark on the emerging craft beer scene. As more and more people try their hands at the fine art of brewing IPAs, sours, stouts, pilsners, and the like, you may be wondering who does it best? So, we've compiled a list of our favorite cities to visit in search of the best frothy glass of beer. Asheville, North CarolinaA

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Vacation Destinations for Disabled Travelers
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Oct 6th 2021

Vacation Destinations for Disabled Travelers

Sometimes trip-planning can be the most stressful part of vacationing. Where is the best place to stay logistically? Is the means of travel the most reliable, quickest, or most comfortable? Does the plan and total cost exist within the same budget?For many people that require disabled access, these itinerary stressors are just the tip of the planning iceberg. Planning a trip to include a disabled

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10 Lesser-Known National Parks Worth the Visit
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Apr 22nd 2021

10 Lesser-Known National Parks Worth the Visit

Visiting America's National Parks can feel like a post card come to life; from Grand Teton's mesmerizing mountain views to Yosemite's iconic plunging waterfalls. But, what about some of the newer or smaller parks that you might never have heard of? With a whopping 63 national parks across the nation, you can avoid the masses and experience some of the most spectacular and natural places that this

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10 Best National Park Hikes
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Apr 20th 2021

10 Best National Park Hikes

With more than a hundred-thousand miles of trails in the United States, the National Parks house some of the best hiking around. Your boots can take you places and help you experience the natural and historical legacy of the land that you just can’t experience riding in a car. Try some of our favorite trails from coast to coast that span all levels of expertise.Wizard Island Summit TrailCrater Lak

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The Best Deep Dish Pizza in Chicago
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Apr 5th 2021

The Best Deep Dish Pizza in Chicago

There are few things that go as hand-in-hand as the city of Chicago and deep dish pizza. From crispy, crunchy crust to gooey cheese and mouth wateringly savory tomato sauce (on top, of course) – just thinking about a deep dish pizza from one of Chicago’s famous pizza joints is enough to make anyone’s mouth water. In fact, Bill Murray, a native of the Chicago suburbs, has been known to say that, “u

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10 Road Trip Essentials You Should Never Travel Without
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Jun 16th 2020

10 Road Trip Essentials You Should Never Travel Without

The key to a good road trip is preparation. When planning for your upcoming road trip, don't leave home without these packing essentials. 1. A reliable GPSA GPS is a must-have for any road trip. Although technology has given us access to many means of navigation, such as GPS apps, you’ll want a stand-alone GPS device in order to use your phone for other purposes during your road trip, sa

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A Simply Irresistible Road Trip Through Santa Barbara
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: May 26th 2020

A Simply Irresistible Road Trip Through Santa Barbara

The drive from Santa Barbara to Monterey is an unforgettable one, to say the least. This route follows the El Camino Real road and California's Highway 1 as it wends its way through the core of coastal California. Following this course, the ocean is always on your left so you can't lose direction. But with the beauty that surrounds you, you may lose your heart south of San Francisco. Sunsets ancho

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The Best Winter Vacations to Beat the Winter Blahs
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Jan 27th 2020

The Best Winter Vacations to Beat the Winter Blahs

With the holidays in the rearview mirror, and the fresh snowfall turning to gray sludge, for many people, this is the time of year when winter has lost its charm. Rather than spending the rest of the season counting down the days until you can open a kitchen window without risking frostbite, take a break from the gloom and head to one of our country's sunnier destinations. These warm-weather vacat

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How to Eat Healthy on the Road
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Jan 21st 2020

How to Eat Healthy on the Road

When you're on the road and hunger strikes, it's easy to succumb to the ease of fast food joints and gas station snacks. If you lead a lifestyle that requires you to be away from home much of the time — or if you're planning a cross-country road trip — it can be especially difficult to keep up with a clean-eating routine. However, healthier food options have a positive impact on your body, making

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Fall Vacations to Book Now
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Sep 23rd 2019

Fall Vacations to Book Now

Some cities are strengthened in beauty and charm by the changing of the seasons. While these destinations are a great place to visit any time of year, their fall seasons boast a getaway unlike any other, offering an impeccable combination of weather, scenery, and activity. Before booking your next trip, read through our list of the best fall vacation spots in the U.S.:  Boston, Massachus

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The Best Things to do in Toronto
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Aug 28th 2019

The Best Things to do in Toronto

Toronto, Ontario is the 4th largest city in North America with no shortage of things to do. This diverse and beautiful city brings in more than 14 million tourists every year and is ideal for the urban adventurer. Here are just a few things to check out if you find yourself booking a trip to this awesome city: CN TowerAs one of Canada’s most recognizable symbols, and a defining point in the T

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A Guide to the Nashville Food Scene
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Aug 21st 2019

A Guide to the Nashville Food Scene

George Bernard Shaw once said, “There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” Nashville, Tennessee has always been known for its creative artist and music scene – but in recent years it’s also made a name for itself amongst the foodies of the world. So hit the road and head to where the tea is sweet and the chicken is hot. If you’re in need of some restaurant recommendations, here is our list

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Virginia Is For Lovers: A Virginia Travel Guide
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Aug 13th 2019

Virginia Is For Lovers: A Virginia Travel Guide

Virginia offers the best of both worlds: seashore and mountains. Where the sun kisses the sparkling sands of Virginia Beach through the Piedmont Plateau region and westward to the rolling Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountains, Virginia offers a vareity of scenic wonders with plenty to do. Visitors can frolic on the beaches and enjoy water sports, or hike through the mountains, embroidered with

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How to Pack Light for a Trip
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Aug 9th 2019

How to Pack Light for a Trip

Packing lightly can really pay off when traveling, but it takes some strategy to be able to do it without sacrificing comfort and style. Experienced travelers will tell you whether you’re packing up a small car or trying to fit everything into a carry-on bag, it’s best to only bring the essentials. But embracing this strategy takes a pinch of skill and a dash of sacrifice. So for those who notorio

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4 Unique Girls' Trip Destinations
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Aug 1st 2019

4 Unique Girls' Trip Destinations

Whether you're planning a bachelorette party, a birthday weekend, or just a girls' weekend getaway, choosing a destination can be the hardest part of planning. Luckily, Rand McNally has your back. Check out our list of best girls' trip destinations, sure to make your trip one to remember!Portland, OregonWhile Portland may be known as a Mecca for all things hipster, it also boasts some serious natu

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Life is Better at the Lake
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Jul 11th 2019

Life is Better at the Lake

A lake is the landscape's most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth's eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature. – "Walden, Or Life In The Woods" by Henry David Thoreau, 1854.No matter where you live, there is probably a lake relatively near home – and most offer a vacation for every season – so start taking advantage! Lakes not only offer a myriad of activ

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Most Scenic Places in the U.S.
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Jun 14th 2019

Most Scenic Places in the U.S.

Mother nature has done some truly awe-inspiring things in her day. You don't need a passport to visit these naturally stunning places, but you will want a camera. Check out our list of the most photograph-worthy places in the U.S.! Bonneville Salt Flats, UtahWhen the ancient Lake Bonneville in western Utah dried up, salt deposits formed a hard white crust creating a place so barren and flat i

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10 Things You May Not Know About U.S. State Flags
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Jun 11th 2019

10 Things You May Not Know About U.S. State Flags

Happy Flag Day! In the U.S., June 14 is an officially designated day that celebrates the anniversary of the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the official U.S. flag in 1777. In the U.S., each state has its own particular flag, bursting with symbolism and pride. For example, the striking and colorful flag of Maryland features the 17th Century coat of arms of the family of Sir George Calvert

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15 Surprising Facts About Chicago
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Jun 10th 2019

15 Surprising Facts About Chicago

"This is my kind of town, Chicago is." — Frank Sinatra1. The  Chicago River is the only river in the world that permanently flows backwards. It flows away from Lake Michigan, which supplies the city's drinking water. This was done around the turn of the 20th century to provide potential contamination from the river into the lake. 2. From the top of  Willis Tower 

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10 Facts About America's 61st National Park: Indiana Dunes National Park
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Apr 25th 2019

10 Facts About America's 61st National Park: Indiana Dunes National Park

Two months ago, America received its 61st national park when Indiana Dunes was awarded the official designation. Prior to February 15, 2019, the northwest Indiana beachfront was a national lakeshore. Get to know the newest U.S. National Park with these top ten tidbits about the Indiana Dunes: Indiana Dunes is Indiana's first official U.S. National Park The park borders 15 miles of beach

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The Best of Louisville
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Mar 25th 2019

The Best of Louisville

Nestled in the bluegrass hills of Kentucky is Louisville—a big city with the heart of a small town that is steeped in tradition. Brimming with history, culture, bourbon, and a penchant for southern hospitality, it’s no wonder this charming metropolis is becoming an increasingly popular destination (Forbes named it one of 10 Coolest Cities to Visit in 2018). In the past decade, the city has blossom

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The Biggest St. Patrick's Day Celebrations in the U.S.
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Mar 12th 2019

The Biggest St. Patrick's Day Celebrations in the U.S.

Although St. Patrick's Day honors the patron saint of Ireland, the largest celebrations are in the United States. Originally a sedate, religious holiday, the St. Patrick's Day we know today was reinvented by Irish immigrants as a way to celebrate their heritage. While most cities across the U.S. have some type of celebration, we've rounded up the destinations that really go all out for St. Paddy's

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Best Unique Honeymoon Destinations in the U.S.
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Feb 26th 2019

Best Unique Honeymoon Destinations in the U.S.

The first trip you take as a married couple is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so you won’t want to go just anywhere. There are endless lists on the internet of beautiful U.S. honeymoon destinations, but the same places seem to pop up over and over again. There are plenty of popular locales, but what about the many amazing destinations that don’t get as much recognition? Below are our top picks f

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Long Weekend Trip Ideas
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Feb 14th 2019

Long Weekend Trip Ideas

Have a long holiday weekend coming up or just looking to use up some vacation days? Although we would love to spend a month traveling, quick trips can be just as fun if you pick the right place. So head out of work early, beat the traffic, and find yourself at one of our favorite long weekend getaway destinations. Shelter Island, New YorkThis small 29-square-mile island is a relaxing destinat

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Iconic Sites to Visit in Honor of Black History Month
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Feb 5th 2019

Iconic Sites to Visit in Honor of Black History Month

African American History Month, also known as Black History Month, is a dedicated time to celebrate the achievements of African Americans and how they helped shape United States history. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. But you don't need to wait to visit the many important parks, monuments, homes, and other landmarks that are

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19 Fun Things to do in Atlanta
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Jan 28th 2019

19 Fun Things to do in Atlanta

The capital of Georgia, Atlanta, also known as "Hotlanta," or the ATL, is a wonderful blend of art, shopping, outdoor activities, history, and southern charm. We think it's a "peachy" idea to visit this buzzing place, so if you're planning a trip to visit Atlanta, here are some fun things to do while you're in town:Georgia Aquarium225 Baker St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30313The Georgia Aquarium is the

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Coolest Small Towns to Visit in the U.S.
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Jan 22nd 2019

Coolest Small Towns to Visit in the U.S.

When picking a travel destination, many people are drawn to the big cities like New York and Chicago. But we want to inspire you to think outside the box and discover some places that are a little different. These small towns have so much to offer — culture, natural beauty, and a little whimsy. Here are some of the best small towns to visit in America according to our travel experts.Bisbee, A

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An American’s Guide to Pizza Styles
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Jan 16th 2019

An American’s Guide to Pizza Styles

From its humble beginnings in Naples, Italy, pizza first came to America in the 1800’s. But this dish we all know and love didn’t really become popular until the mid-1900’s when—rumor has it—that soldiers returning from Europe after WWII were craving Italian food.Today, the American pizza industry spends about $40 billion annually on ingredients, with approximately 75,000 pizzerias around the coun

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Why Visit the Ouachita Mountains?
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Jan 8th 2019

Why Visit the Ouachita Mountains?

In northwest Arkansas, a simple road sign reads "Scenic 7." The two-lane byway is scenic, indeed, as it crosses the winding Buffalo National River, ascends the Ozark Mountains, and continues south through the Ouachita Mountains (pronounced WASH-i-tah) to Hot Springs.The Ouachitas might not have the same high profile as the Smokey Mountains or the Rocky Mountains—the highest peak, Mt. Magazine, is

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Holiday Markets You Won't Want to Miss
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Dec 18th 2018

Holiday Markets You Won't Want to Miss

No matter what you celebrate, holiday markets are a fun place to get all your shopping done and actually enjoy yourself. This centuries-old European tradition is a great way to get into the spirit of the season with the all of lights, decorations, tinkling music, and the bustle of people trying to pick out of the perfect gifts. We’ve rounded up a list of our favorite annual pop-up markets across t

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A Guide to the Best Ski Vacations in the U.S.
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Dec 11th 2018

A Guide to the Best Ski Vacations in the U.S.

Craving the adrenaline rush of cutting through fresh powder first thing in the morning? The United States has some amazing ski towns that are rich in history, culture, and of course, slopes, slopes, and more slopes. We know that a lot of people have their favorites they keep going back to, but we’ve rounded up some of the best skiing in America if you feel like trying somewhere new!Sun Valley, Ida

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The Best Wine Country Vacations in the U.S.
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Dec 5th 2018

The Best Wine Country Vacations in the U.S.

Every bottle of wine tells a story. When you sip on a glass of wine, you can taste the region from which it came — the rich history, culture, climate, and ingenuity. Yes, you can pick up a bottle at the store, but nothing compares to the experience of visiting a vineyard, talking to winemakers, and really getting to know the vino that you are drinking. While there are wine destinations all over th

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Road Trips to be Thankful For
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Nov 20th 2018

Road Trips to be Thankful For

As much as we love road travel, driving can be a slog. Whether it’s sitting in traffic or seeing the same billboards over and over, it’s easy to forget about the joys of the open road. In this season of giving, we wanted to bring back some of the magic of the car trip with our favorite scenic drives. From the granite peaks of New Hampshire to the red rocks of Arizona, these are road travels meant

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A Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains: America's Countryside
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Nov 8th 2018

A Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains: America's Countryside

The Great Smoky Mountains just might be America's largest time machine. When you visit the national park and the gateway communities that surround it, you feel as though you've traveled back to the 1950s. Although you can't fully escape traffic and other signs of today, there's still a welcoming, relaxing sense of the past. Towns like Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Bryson City, Waynesville, and o

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The Best Seafood Regions in America
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Oct 18th 2018

The Best Seafood Regions in America

With 95,000 miles of coastline, two distinct oceans, and the world's largest gulf, the U.S. offers up an endless platter of seafood options. From tiny coastal seafood shacks to upscale swanky restaurants, there are many ways to enjoy the nation's seafood bounty. But where can you find some of the best in the country? Read on to find out.Chesapeake Bay, MarylandSummertime on the Eastern Shore of Ma

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A Guide to Boulder
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Oct 10th 2018

A Guide to Boulder

Boulder, Colorado is a bustling town nestled where the High Plains and Rockies meet. Its active outdoors and cultural scene has made it a wonderful place to visit. Plus, its perpetual sunny weather means there's something to do year round. Here are some of our favorites: Pearl Street MallSome of the best restaurants, bars, shops, and people watching can be found on beloved Pearl Street. Four

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A Guide to Dallas
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Aug 21st 2018

A Guide to Dallas

Sprawling cityscape, southern hospitality, and delicious food are just some of the reasons to visit Dallas, TX. As one of the country's fastest growing cities, there's more to do each day in "The Big D," but here are some of our favorites: The Sixth Floor MuseumStep into political history at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza where the fatal shots against President John F. Kennedy were fi

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Guide to BBQ Across the Country
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Jul 23rd 2018

Guide to BBQ Across the Country

In America, BBQ is King. People here are so passionate about this style of cooking, its history, and its culture that you’d think that BBQ sauce courses through their veins rather than blood. Over the past century, people have curated deep and passionate opinions about what makes the best barbecue style, declaring that theirs is better than the rest. However, they can all agree that BBQ is inheren

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Ideas for Your Next Guys’ Getaway
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Jun 6th 2018

Ideas for Your Next Guys’ Getaway

Let’s face it guys, our daily lives can be stressful. It’s important to take a step back every once in a while and recharge those batteries. Nothing can help eliminate the stress better than rounding up the boys and getting away from it all (ladies, we didn’t forget you – check out our girls getaways here). So, call up the crew and take off to one of these destinations.    &nbs

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America's Top Luxury Destinations
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: May 15th 2018

America's Top Luxury Destinations

If you are planning your next vacation and you're looking for glamour, opulence, and extravagence, then look no further than this article. This list of luxury getaways is all about the destination and what makes each of them an indulgent experience. East Hampton, New YorkSearching for a sophisticated getaway where you'll rub shoulders with the elite? Then East Hampton on Long Island, New York

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A Guide to Madison
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Apr 17th 2018

A Guide to Madison

While Madison, Wisconsin wears its college-town moniker proudly, the city's vibrant arts, culture, and foodie scenes prove it has much more to offer. Although we would never suggest skipping the seemingly city-wide football tailgate parties on Saturdays in the fall, there is definitely more to experience. Madison is also home to several James Beard-nominated restaurants, more than 200 miles o

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Top 10 Road Trip Movies
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Apr 3rd 2018

Top 10 Road Trip Movies

Few methods of travel have inspired filmmakers as much as the great American road trip. With summer around the corner, you might start feeling the itch for an epic journey. If you hunger for adventure and the open road but aren't sure where to go next, try popping in one of these films for some inspiration! 1. Crossroads (2002)Three childhood friends take a life changing cross-country road tr

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Map Crafts: DIY Luggage Tag
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Mar 29th 2018

Map Crafts: DIY Luggage Tag

Add a touch of flair to your luggage with this easy-to-make luggage tag! Nothing screams adventure quite like a map, so we've crafted this luggage tag out of a premium Rand McNally map. Follow these instructions to create the perfect little addition to your next adventure. Supplies:  Scissors and/or X-Acto knife Hole punch Pen or pencil Ruler Rand McNally Premium Wall Map (or other syn

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Wallet-Friendly Spring Break Destinations
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Mar 2nd 2018

Wallet-Friendly Spring Break Destinations

Don't be fooled—spring break doesn't have to break your budget. From the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee to the chic metropolis of Montreal, we've found wallet-friendly destinations perfect for the whole family. Pigeon Forge, TNTucked away in the Smoky Mountains, this Tennessee resort town may be best-known as the home of Dollywood. However, Pigeon Forge has much more to offer than Dolly Parton'

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Mardi Gras Celebrations Across the USA
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Feb 5th 2018

Mardi Gras Celebrations Across the USA

When you think today’s Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) you think of grabbing your friends and family for a night of partying in the streets - but did you know that the origins of the celebration can actually be traced all the way back to medieval Europe? This traditional festival of feasting and merriment before the long abstinence of Lent was made an official holiday on the Gregorian calendar by Pope Gr

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A Guide to Charleston
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Dec 12th 2017

A Guide to Charleston

Take a stroll down the cobbled streets of Charleston and you can feel the history and culture thick in the air.  As the oldest city in the state of South Carolina, this coastal gem oozes southern charm and draws travelers from all over the world. While the city makes you feel as if you’ve stepped into a different time, among the antebellum architecture, it is a thriving city with much to see

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Map Crafts: DIY Tray
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Nov 30th 2017

Map Crafts: DIY Tray

Add a level of adventure to your interior decor with this map-decorated tray! This DIY tray is a low-cost craft that is as simple to make as it is sophisticated. Our tray is decorated with one of our premium maps, but you can use any paper-like item, such as pictures, posters, etc. Follow these steps to create your own decorative tray!  Supplies:  Wooden tray, any size—The tra

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Map Crafts: DIY Decorative Letters
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Nov 14th 2017

Map Crafts: DIY Decorative Letters

Decorative letters are a great way to enhance the décor of any room or celebration. Plus, they are rather easy to make! While you can decorate letters with any type of paper or poster-like items, covering them with maps is a great way to utilize old maps or atlases, as well as add a sense of adventure to your interior design. Here’s how to craft these adorable map letters:Ingredients: Wooden let

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Cruising the Scenic Highway: A Guide to the Florida Keys
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Oct 24th 2017

Cruising the Scenic Highway: A Guide to the Florida Keys

The Florida Keys Scenic Highway is the stretch of US 1 that travels through some of the nation’s most spectacular tropical scenery from Mile Marker 110, north of Key Largo, to Mile Marker 0 in Key West, the southernmost point in the continental United States.Driving down the highway where the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico meet is an unparalleled experience, with the shallow sandy shelf of clea

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A Taste of New Orleans: The City's Most Iconic Dishes
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Oct 17th 2017

A Taste of New Orleans: The City's Most Iconic Dishes

New Orleans locals don’t eat to live, they live to eat, and they want you to know it. The Big Easy’s traditional fare – which is actually a melting pot of cuisines from all over the world –   is a huge part of the city’s vibrant culture, and it’s not something to miss when visiting. We’ve compiled a bucket list of some of the most famous and tried-and-true dishes that contribute to New O

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The Bluegrass State: A Kentucky Travel Guide
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Sep 26th 2017

The Bluegrass State: A Kentucky Travel Guide

  Beautiful grass with a bluish hue is the inspiration behind Kentucky's nickname: The Bluegrass State. This popular grazing plant grows throughout much of the state, and its name has been associated with the music native to the region. Kentucky, though, is probably best known as the home of the most famous annual horse race in the country, the Kentucky Derby, held each May. 

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Road Trip Through Asheville
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Sep 19th 2017

Road Trip Through Asheville

Galleries, arts and crafts studios, cafés, and fine restaurants—all nestled within the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains, and the recreational opportunities they have to offer—make visitors to Asheville, North Carolina not only enjoy their vacation, but leaves them wanting to come back again and again.  Begin your North Carolina road trip in Black Mountain and head east out of town on

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A Guide to Rhode Island
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Sep 5th 2017

A Guide to Rhode Island

Although it is the smallest state in the nation, Rhode Island has over 400 miles of convoluted shoreline facing the Atlantic Ocean and Narragansett Bay. The state has more than 100 beaches. Surf conditions range from calm to challenging. Annual tournaments for striper, bluefish, shark, billfish, and tuna testify to the rich fishing opportunities. Seafood is fresh and plentiful, and clambakes--in w

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The Perks to Glamping in Your RV
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Aug 22nd 2017

The Perks to Glamping in Your RV

Glamping (or glamorous camping) is a travel trend that is sweeping the globe. Rather than “roughing it” on the ground with a portable tent and no proper restroom facilities, glamping provides a more comfortable, luxurious outdoor experience. And according to this New York Post article, the popularity of glamping has contributed to a significant spike in RV sales over the past five years.RVings has

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Birth of Blues Road Trip
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Aug 15th 2017

Birth of Blues Road Trip

Chicago might claim to be the "Blues Capital of the World," but if you're looking for an atmosphere of gritty, from-the-roots blues, you must head to the juke-jointin', Colt-45 swiggin', dust and dirt-ridden backroads of the Mississippi Delta.Better known for its opulent plantations, endless cotton fields, and rich Civil War heritage, the Mississippi Delta is also the birthplace of the blues. Deve

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The Strangest Laws from State to State
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Aug 1st 2017

The Strangest Laws from State to State

If you’re planning to take a trip across the country, beware of the laws that differ from state to state. Some of these laws (somehow) are still in place from hundreds of years ago, while others are slightly modernized—but strange nonetheless. Here are the weirdest laws in each state*:AlabamaIf you can successfully drive your vehicle while blindfolded, then good for you! There is a law on the book

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Put Down Your Phone & Pick Up an Activity Book
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Jul 25th 2017

Put Down Your Phone & Pick Up an Activity Book

Stress can have serious mental and physical effects on adults. As people look for creative ways to unwind, it’s no wonder that adult activity books have taken the world by storm. Wouldn’t it be nice to be as carefree as a child again?These books for grownups are designed to promote relaxation and. “Mindfulness,” a meditative practice with Buddhist roots meant to help people achieve a state of acti

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Five Bucket List Places to Take Your Family
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Jul 20th 2017

Five Bucket List Places to Take Your Family

Any parent knows that planning a trip with kids can take a lot of planning and patience. A vacation should be fun for the whole family, and include a little something for everyone. We’ve got you covered with some ideas for family-oriented vacation spots to help minimize stress and maximize fun!Grand Canyon, ArizonaThis massive canyon in Arizona is truly a natural wonder that will leave anyone awes

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Tips for Traveling to Harbor Country, Michigan
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Jul 11th 2017

Tips for Traveling to Harbor Country, Michigan

You don’t have to drive to the West Coast to visit an award-winning winery or take a picturesque drive along a winding shore. Michigan’s own Harbor Country has these in spades, putting any notion of a flat and boring Midwest to rest. Here are our top tips for enjoying a trip along Michigan’s beautiful south-western shore.Ditch the freewayOnce you make it to New Buffalo, escape the multi-lane highw

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Explore D.C. Like a Local
Author: Rand Publishing Team
Date: Jul 6th 2017

Explore D.C. Like a Local

People flood in from all over to visit our nation's capital. While the White House, the monuments, and the museums are all worth a visit, they can get a bit crowded during the height of tourist season. If you want a more authentic experience in DC, we’ve compiled a list of some off-the-beaten-path spots for you to try. Our guide will help you navigate the streets like a seasoned local and cultivat

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