Blake Snow

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Top 10 National Parks to visit in autumn

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My latest travel dispatch: Just to be clear—there is never a bad time to visit a National Park! Except for during road closures, wild fires, rush-hour like traffic on holidays, or maybe even extreme temperatures in summer or winter.

That said, many National Parks are especially amazing in autumn, aka America’s favorite season, according to a recent BuzzFeed survey. Not only does fall welcome far fewer crowds and more manageable temperatures to our nation’s public parks, but it also brings with it the changing of the leaves, bringing out nature’s wild palette of colorful trees. Want to see the best of the best for fall? Look no further than these top picks.

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Published works: Parks vs Monuments, coping with no travel, best quarantine trips

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Although several of my international travel stories are still on hold, a handful of domestic ones recently published that I hope you enjoy. Thanks for reading and sharing any you like:

What to pack for a camping trip?

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My latest for Orbitz: “In case you didn’t know, there’s been a boom in camping this summer. In wake of COVID quarantines, people are gravitating toward trips and activities that come with built-in social distancing. Camping, of course, is a great option. But packing for either a short- or long-term camping trip involves a lot more than just a tent and smores. Looking to spend a night in the great outdoors? Consider these 17 items before you go.” Continue reading…

Miss travel? Here are 10 ways to cope, according to science

My latest for Lonely Planet: “The past few months have been a challenge for everyone. But for travelers, wanderlusters, and global adventurers, the closed borders and shrinking world have been especially depressing. Here are 10 ways to cope for the foreseeable future, according to experts.”

SEE ALSO: My latest for Orbitz—What your summer vacation will look like this year

Published works: How to travel at home, places you can’t visit, leftovers I forgot

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Some of the below are no longer relevant right now, due to coronavirus quarantines. But others still are, and I wanted to add them to my portfolio in any case.

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My recent travel writing: Portugal, National Parks, Tucson, Best Biking Cities

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Recent writing: Utah skiing, breathtaking buildings, rafting with family, waterproof gear

Excluding my non-bylined commercial writing, here’s what I’ve written for news media lately:

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Published travel: Wellness retreats, Aspen, midwest standouts, Seattle’s waterfront

Here’s a roundup of some of my latest travel writing:

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Recent travel stories I’ve published for CNN, NatGeo, USA Today, LA Times, and more

Over the last five years, I’ve written and published hundreds of travel dispatches for CNN, National Geographic, USA Today, LA Times, Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, Orbitz, Frommers, and Paste Magazine. For my most recent articles, click here. For some of my recent favorites, see below:

  1. Top 10 of 2019 (various)
  2. Cliff-jumping The Atlantic: Ireland’s best coasteering spots
  3. Japanese zen: Hiking one of the oldest trails in the world
  4. Top 10 cycling cities
  5. 7 takeaways after cruising the Mediterranean with my kids
  6. Video: 6 ways to overcome your fear of travel
  7. Is Newfoundland the next Iceland?
  8. Which Utah National Park is right for you?
  9. Everything you need to know before visiting Machu Picchu
  10. What coasteering feels like
  11. Staying in President Trump’s #1 rated hotel
  12. Hiking the Alps: 10 days, 3 countries, 1 epic mountain
  13. Critic turned fan: My Disneyland conversion story
  14. What 10,000 miles from home feels like
  15. Went skydiving today. Didn’t die.
  16. Why Americans don’t travel abroad
  17. 5 reasons travel is overrated
  18. What I learned hiking Patagonia with National Geographic
  19. Why a monotonous view is better than none
  20. What I learned crossing South Africa by train
  21. 5 things I learned after visiting New Zealand
  22. The best of Australia
  23. 5 reasons cliche Costa Rica is still “Pura Vida”
  24. What it’s like crossing America’s Loneliest Road
  25. The greatest mountain wilderness you’ve never heard of
  26. My very best travel columns (so far)

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Making headlines: The best things I published recently

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