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The Best Hikes in the Midwest

Although the Midwest is known more for its flat prairies than hilly regions, there's still plenty of good hiking to be found there. What the region lacks in altitude, it makes up for in natural beauty, including sparkling lakes, hidden waterfalls, sandstone canyons, and more. Whether you're looking for a short day hike or a remote backpacking trail, we've put together the best options for strapping on your boots and seeing what the Midwest has to offer.

2021 Holiday Gift Guide

  • 2021 Holiday Gift Guide
The holidays may be a bit stressful, but gift-giving doesn't have to be. The experts at Rand McNally are here to make your holidays a little brighter this year with the newest edition of our Holiday Gift Guide. We've compiled a list of gift ideas for every person on your list — including yourself! So relax and let us take care of one of the hardest parts of holiday shopping with these gift ideas that are sure to delight. Take a look!

Most Haunted Places in America

From coast to coast, the country is littered with homes and buildings where the undead are still said to roam freely. Many of these haunted places are open to visitors so you can experience the eeriness for yourself—if you’re brave enough. Some of these stories and locations are not for the faint of heart, but if you’re looking for a spooky road trip then these places should definitely be at the top of your list.

The Best Beer Cities in the U.S.

America is experiencing a great brew awakening, with more cities making their mark on the emerging craft beer scene. As more and more people try their hands at the fine art of brewing IPAs, sours, pilsners, and the like, you may be wondering who does it best? So, we've compiled a list of our favorite cities to visit in search of the best frothy glass of beer.

Vacation Destinations for Disabled Travelers

  • Vacation Destinations for Disabled Travelers
For people living with disabilities traveling can sometimes be more work than fun due to accessibility concerns. By using our tips and suggested locations for the most accessible options, we hope to help take some of the burden off and bring back some of the fun and relaxation every vacation deserves.

Women in Trucking: Then & Now

  • Women in Trucking: Then & Now
Despite the truck driver stereotype, women have been present within the trucking industry since the very beginning. These women have not only fulfilled their duties day-in and day-out, but have paved the way for future generations of female truck drivers. Recent research from American Trucking Associations (ATA) shows nearly 7% of long-haul drivers are women. And while that’s a relatively small percentage, that number is expected to grow as more women steer toward the trucking industry for a chosen career path.

Respect the Rig – Tips for Safely Sharing the Road

  • Respect the Rig – Tips for Safely Sharing the Road
Every day, hardworking professional drivers head out to deliver America’s food, fuel, medicine, and clothing - the highway is their office. Pretty much everything that you use and depend upon in your everyday life is brought by trucks. Pro drivers spend their nights and days on the road, moving America. Even though you might not see them high up in their cabs, they’re working diligently and cautiously just for you.

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

  • National Truck Driver Appreciation Week
Every day, more than 3.6 million professional truck drivers head out on the roads to safely and efficiently deliver the clothes we wear, the food we eat, and the medicine we rely upon. Almost every item in your home or office was delivered by a truck, so it’s important to take the time to recognize the men and women on whom we depend on for so much.

10 Lesser-Known National Parks Worth the Visit

Visiting America's National Parks can feel like a post card come to life, from Grand Teton's mesmerizing mountain views to Yosemite's iconic plunging waterfalls. But, what about some of the newer or smaller parks that you might never have heard of? With a whopping 63 national parks across the nation, you can avoid the masses and experience some of the most spectacular and natural places that this country has to offer at these nine incredible parks.

10 Best National Park Hikes

With more than a hundred-thousand miles of trails in the United States, the National Parks house some of the best hiking around. Your boots can take you places and help you experience the natural and historical legacy of the land that you can’t experience riding in a car. Try some of our favorite trails from coast to coast that span all levels of expertise.