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May 27, 2010

Tips for Taking a Road Trip

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Classic Road Trip: Monument Valley (Jeremy Woodhouse/Photodisc/Getty)

With summer comes the triumphant return of the Great American Road Trip. From all-in-the-family everything-and-the-kitchen-sink cross-country journeys to connect-the-dot national park jaunts to an extended weekend to the nearest beach, the love of the open road never really goes out of style. But the hassles of the road can make things a bit more trying.

In an effort to help alleviate the road-weariness, experts at the Ford Motor Company have culled together some great travel tips to make the pesky details less a hassle.

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March 31, 2010

Hiking Trail Resources on the Web

By Kate Chandler

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Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Kate Chandler)

Trail junkies rejoice! Hiking season is upon us in some parts of the country, and it's fast approaching elsewhere. When us hikers find a trail we love, it's natural to want to return to it year after year. But in the interest of adding to your "favorite-trails portfolio," we've culled some resources from around the web.

Start with our very own GORP Trail Finder, home to info on more than 19,000 trails in the U.S. and Canada. You can narrow your search by state, park name, trail length, difficulty, and crowds (or, hopefully for you, lack thereof). Plus, the trail finder is a wiki, so you can add your own comments and photos to trails that you've hiked.

If you're planning to get to Europe this summer, there are tons of English-language sites that will help you find the right trail. features nearly 250 hikes in the mountains of Spain, covering Asturias, Aragon, Andalusia, Cantabria, Leon, and Valencia. Each route has a detailed description, GPS waypoints, maps, and photos. If you need help narrowing it down, use the Top Ten Section for a list of the best hikes in each region.

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