via Photos by Clark on Flickr Last week we linked to a list of the nation's best adventure towns. But maybe you're a wine lover/foodie who is looking for a road trip catering more to the palate. If so, point your navigation system toward the Central California Coast. The region boasts an impressive variety of culinary attractions, from fresh oysters and cheap tacos in Paso Robles to the farmers' market in San Luis Obispo. And, of course, there are numerous vineyards, restaurants, historic inns, and quaint shops to explore and enjoy. Condé Nast Traveler has a complete overview of the region and its offerings.
via smilla4 on Flickr Looking for adventure this summer? Check out National Geographic's Best Adventure Towns Map for action-packed locations throughout the U.S. From Blue Hill, Maine (pictured above) to Arcata, California, this comprehensive list includes towns known for biking, hiking, kayaking, and many other exciting outdoors activities. Read More
photo via UIC Digital Collections on Flickr With spring training winding down (and summer just around the corner), it's time for the baseball season to begin in earnest! If you're a fan of the game, be sure to add a few historic baseball sites and museums to your travel itinerary. AP.org has a complete list that spans the United States and abroad. From Babe Ruth's birthplace in Baltimore to the "Field of Dreams" in Dyersville, Iowa, there's bound to be a baseball attraction wherever your travels take you. Are you one of those hardcore fans planning to visit all of the MLB stadiums throughout the country? Visit poidirectory.com to download the GPS coordinates for all of the major league parks. Play Ball!
photo via Paige Burghardt on Flickr Last week we posted 5 spring weekend road trips. Hopefully, no matter where you live, we got you excited about hitting the road and taking in the beautiful colors and warmer weather. Should you need further inspiration, check out this article on the art of the road trip.
Photo: Greg Castillo Photoshop: Kenny Malone When driving in familiar areas, it is easy to ignore road signs. The blue interstate shields often blend into the passing scenery. But those shields came about as the result of a design contest that preceded President Eisenhower's signing of the Federal-Aid Highway Act in 1956. Miami's WLRN recently looked at the contest submissions and, thanks to the magic of Photoshop, replaced Richard Oliver's winning shield with some of the rejected designs (like the one pictured above). It is fun to imagine driving past a giant eagle or a sheriff's star or any of the other signs that could have been. See the complete set of photos here.
Turbulence is a regular part of the flying experience. However, it can be dangerous and potentially life-threatening. Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are considering ways in which GPS signals could be used to detect turbulence. The proposed solution would deploy a network of pre-existing, high-end GPS receiving stations maintained and used by local governments. Although this proposal has yet to be tested, it would likely be more precise than the current system in which pilots simply issue individual alerts after passing through turbulent air. Find out more at Forbes.com.
via facildeuntar on Flickr Still making family travel plans for 2014? If you're looking for something that is both kid-friendly and a bit more adventurous, check out National Geographic's Top 10 World Heritage Sites for Kids. From the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland (pictured above) to Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta, Canada, each listing offers a variety of activities certain to please the entire family. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) defines the World Heritage List as, "981 properties forming part of the cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value." Find a map of the complete list of World Heritage Sites here.
via Grand Canyon NPS on flickr Don't let the cold keep you cooped up inside! Winter is a great time to explore the great outdoors as noted this week in Navigation.com's article on 5 Spots for Winter Geocaching. Likewise, the National Park System provides miles of beautiful winter scenery. You can even take advantage of free entry to the national parks from February 15-17, 2014. The fee waiver includes entrance fees, transportation entrance fees, and commercial tour fees. Click here to find a park near you.
Looking for places to explore in 2014? This timelapse video of various sights throughout the Czech Republic might have you booking a flight to Prague.
Ciarán Neilan recently embarked on a 72-hour Amtrack journey from San Francisco to New York City. The video above captures the stunning beauty of the landscape as seen from the train.
Nav.LifeThe time-tested travel journal gets a contemporary update with MapQuest Travel Blogs. The platform and mobile app allow you to pinpoint each stop on a map, upload photos, write stories and share your adventures with friends and family.READ MORE ▶
Winter may be on the way out, but these foodie destinations satisfy all year long. Whether it’s Caribbean conch, Texas barbecue, Croation jota or Maine Lobster, follow your GPS and your stomach to these celebrated tables. Read Full Article
Nav.LifeThe Southwest may not be the first region that comes to mind when thinking about fall travel. But incredible scenery and a range of exciting events ensures a memorable experience for all.READ MORE ▶
Nav.LifeFrom Delaware to Maine, autumn in the Northeast offers a seemingly endless canvas of colors. Find complete information on festivals, parks, scenic highways, historic railroads and more.READ MORE ▶
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Nav.LifeAs a parent, it can be tough trying to entertain your kids during seasonal breaks or on a long holiday weekend home from school. It doesn’t take long to burn out from the season’s outdoor and playground activities. Break out of that rut and spend a day of fun at your local amusement park.READ MORE ▶
Nav.LifeIf you’ve ever been on a family vacation, you’ve probably heard the question, ‘are we there yet?’ However, from locating the nearest restaurants and rest areas, to plotting your trip route, our list of travel apps might just make that nagging question go away.READ MORE ▶
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