CW Travelogue

Why Mesa Verde Is Different from All Other National Parks
Taste of Place | By Matt Thompson, May 7, 2015 03:35 pm

With its rustling juniper forests and sculpted slickrock canyons, Mesa Verde’s landscape is spectacular...but similar to many other national parks in the Southwest. And while travelers love its vivid palette of red canyons, green Douglas fir, blue skies, and café-con-leche soil, it’s not what drives them to visit. At its heart, Mesa Verde is unique in the pantheon of National Parks. What led to its creation wasn’t a sweeping view or a pristine wilderness or an unparalleled ecosystem, but rather a mystery.

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A Perfect Day on the Trail in Cinque Terre

A Perfect Day on the Trail in Cinque Terre

There’s so much to enjoy along the Italian Riviera, from wooden fishing boats bobbing in the tide to candy-colored villages stacked along the waterfront. And while the entire region is charming—from Genoa’s narrow alleys to Portofino’s quaint harbor—the five towns of the Cinque Terre have beguiled travelers since the days of Dante. So what’s it like to walk there? Here’s how a typical day on the trail might unfold...

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Five of Our Guides’ All-Time Favorite Spots

Five of Our Guides’ All-Time Favorite Spots

If you want to find the most unforgettable spots to explore in a region, ask the people who call it home. Our local guides aren’t just aware of the highlights of the places where they lead tours; they know what it’s like to live there. That’s why, when we asked them for their favorite walks, landscapes, towns, or vistas, we knew their answers would resonate. Here are five of our guides’ favorite places in the regions they call home...

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