Historic, spirited Blairsville offers an endless supply of Georgia’s mountain culture

A guide to dining, lodging and outdoor activities in the seat of Union County, Ga., a county that is often referred to as the “top of Georgia” because of Brasstown Bald, the state’s tallest mountain.

Disney parks ban costumes for adults. These fans have a way around it

DisneyBound is a term coined by Leslie Kay which refers to the everyday clothing subtly inspired by characters that adult fans wear. Kay says, “It’s a fun way to, as an adult, have a similar interaction to what a kid would have when they’re in their costumes.” Participants say they love how Disneybounding provides both a creative outlet and a sense of community.

Steep, freezing and fast: California’s epic snowpack promises a whitewater rafting season for the ages

As the record Sierra snowpack begins to melt, it is sending immense volumes of water cascading through some of the most storied and beautiful rafting rivers in the world: the Kern in the southern Sierra, the Tuolumne, which flows out of Yosemite National Park and the American flowing out of the mountains near Lake Tahoe. "We'll probably run out of people wanting to go rafting before we run out of water," said Evan Moore, 27, who manages Sierra South Mountain Sports in Kernville, Calif.

How to explore the 3 newest national monuments

A guide to Avi Kwa Ame, a sacred Native American site in Nevada and Castner Range, a former Army training base teeming with wildlife in Texas, both of which were established by the Biden administration last month, and the Camp Hale-Continental Divide in Colorado, which the president designated in October.

Surfing and snowboarding in one day? How I survived the ‘California Double’

Los Angeles Times writer joins a group of thrill seekers attempting a modified form of the ‘California Double’ (they also skateboarded), a challenge that’s possible in only a few places on Earth

What I learned staying at an eco retreat in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Three takeaways after a 3-day glamping trip at Cinnamon Bay Beach & Campground on St. John, the smallest U.S. Virgin Island

7 interesting facts about Lake Mead near Las Vegas

In the waters of Lake Mead, one of the West’s most popular outdoor attractions, lies a boatload of rich history including the stories of a submerged World War II-era landing craft and plane.

Palm Springs trails in Tahquitz Canyon take hikers into history

Learn about the history and culture of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, now the most powerful property owners in Palm Springs, Calif., by hiking in the Tahquitz Canyon or one of the other canyons also managed by the tribe or by visiting their new Cultural Plaza when it opens later in 2023.

An electrifying new way to view Niagara Falls

Decommissioned and renovated Niagara Parks Power Station, once the world’s largest and most ambitious hydropower station, offers panoramic views of both the Canadian Horseshoe and American Falls as well as exhibits on hydroelectricity and the history of the plant.

Looking for a tropical family getaway? Puerto Rico pairs an international feel with domestic convenience

Puerto Rico sits a bit off American tourists' radar. The U.S. territory feels international, with its colorful concrete buildings, free-roaming horses and primacy of the Spanish language. Yet it offers the ease and familiarity of a domestic destination.

Retracing my ancestors’ Great Migration

Washington Post writer takes an Amtrak trip with her son to honor the courage of her great-grandparents who traveled from Mississippi to Missouri in search of a better life and in doing so stokes a connection with past family members

Fight over the future of Olympic Valley: ‘We don’t need an artificial amusement park’

Residents and environment groups are concerned about owner and developer Alterra Mountain Company’s plans to overhaul the Olympic Valley ski resort and turn the Palisades Tahoe into a year-round resort destination by building a 90,000-square-foot indoor recreation center as well as 1,493 condo and hotel rooms, shops and restaurants.

Curious about mushroom foraging? It’s an ‘exceptionally good’ year to start in Southern California

Los Angeles Mycological Society’s field trip chair offers her best tips and tricks for getting started in the foraging community and identifying and responsibly gathering fungi in the wild

A sumptuous sojourn in Santa Fe

The New Mexico city is among the few places in the United States where one can find authentic regional cuisine. The cuisine is distinctive — neither Tex nor Mex. It’s a singular style of regional cooking that blends Puebloan and Hispanic ingredients.

Getting roped in by Wyoming

Writer and her husband visit 4 cities in Wyoming, pondering whether to make the Equality state, with its history, open spaces and endless views of the horizon, their next home.

What to expect from Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood

Los Angeles Times staff visit Super Nintendo World in Los Angeles and experience its Mushroom Kingdom-inspired world, play its 4 key games and ride Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge. The theme park officially opens Feb. 17.

Beyond bourbon, blues and backwoods: A place to hang your hat in Tennessee

Writer and her husband visit 3 Tenn. cities — Columbia, Memphis and Nashville — in one week, to better understand why so many Californians are moving to the state.

TSA’s weirdest finds of 2022

Among the agency’s 2022 list of Top 10 Catches: Drugs hidden in candy and a gun hidden in peanut butter.

The party never ends in spirited, radiant San Antonio

Conde Nast Traveler magazine named San Antonio, Texas, one of the 23 places Americans should visit in 2023 because of the city’s history, mix of cultures and culinary heritage. It’s one of only 2 U.S. cities designated a Creative City of Gastronomy by UNESCO.