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Exploring the Cuban Countryside: A Day Trip from Havana to Viñales Valley

Cuba The lush landscapes of Viñales Valley

In the past couple years, former President Barack Obama and the U.S. government have eased travel restrictions that have kept most Americans from visiting Cuba for more than 40 years. For me, that meant booking a trip as soon as I could—before the country, which currently seems like it’s almost stuck in time, inevitably becomes … Read more

10 Amazing (and Attainable) Thru-Hikes Across the Country

Hike the Wonderland Trail in Mt Rainier National Park, Washington

Weekend backpacking trips are one of the greatest gifts of the summer. You can get so much in just two to three days: a breathtaking vista, a serene mountain lake, a secluded old-growth forest. The only problem is that all too soon you’re back at the trailhead, preparing for the long drive home and wondering … Read more