3 Underrated National Parks

The Grand Canyon and Zion National Park dominate most itineraries for the Southwestern United States, just as most visitors flock to southeastern Utah to snap a photo at the iconic Arches National Park. These park giants are popular for a reason, inspiring artists and statesmen alike, but their prestige often…

Offbeat Venice

If you come away from Venice thinking, “It’s too crowded and it smells,” you’re doing it wrong. Sure, the labyrinthine city’s glory days are long gone, and many of the palazzos along the Grand Canal have been converted to restaurants or left to rot, their first floors already reclaimed by…

Fighting Ethnocentrism by Going to Europe: Travel as a Political Act with Rick Steves

The name Rick Steves has become synonymous with savvy, frugal, no-nonsense travel. He’s established a veritable European travel empire, including dozens of guidebooks, tours, apps, travel products and even the beloved PBS series, complete with its own theme song. But in the case of Rick Steves, “empire” isn’t really the…