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7 ways to visit America’s national parks for less



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There are few travel experiences more distinctly American than a visit to a national park. Generations of families have piled into the station wagon (and now its modern cousin, the SUV) to road trip through iconic destinations such as the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Great Smoky Mountains.

National parks in the United States can be some of the most rewarding destinations for travelers to visit. Whether you have a toddler or a teen, or are looking for a rewarding solo trip, national parks offer a wide variety of travel experiences — from the educational to the more adventurous. It’s no wonder the parks are often called “America’s best idea.”



a canyon with Zion National Park in the background: One of the nation’s most popular parks, Zion National Park in Utah. Image by Leslie Harvey.


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One of the nation’s most popular parks, Zion National Park in Utah. Image by Leslie Harvey.

This country’s national parks can also be fairly inexpensive destinations. Of course, their growing popularity has raised prices, along with increasing crowds, especially during peak season. In fact, national and state parks have never been in higher demand than now, with travelers everywhere escaping to the great outdoors and wide-open spaces.

Fortunately, there are many ways to make a national park vacation more budget-friendly. Don’t worry, I’m not going to say you need to sleep in a tent to save money — although camping can

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Shuttle or chauffeur? 5 ways to get from the airport to your hotel



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As the travel industry reopens following COVID-19 shutdowns, TPG suggests that you talk to your doctor, follow health officials’ guidance and research local travel restrictions before booking that next trip. We will be here to help you prepare, whether it is next month or next year.

When it comes to trip planning, there’s a lot to consider. An important part of maximizing your travel is making sure your vacation time doesn’t get used up in transit.

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Points and miles enthusiasts naturally focus the bulk of our efforts on crafting the perfect award ticket, and finding the best free hotel room. However, it’s important not to let the finer details slip through the cracks.

Unless you’re planning an airport vacation — which isn’t all that ridiculous if we’re talking about Singapore’s Changi airport — one of the first decisions you’ll need to make is how to get to your accommodations in the first place. The options listed below are fairly common at most destinations, including international airports.

One of our favorites had been Groundlink, but we learned it had gone out of business. So we thought we’d better revisit the best ways to get from the plane to your hotel or wherever else you are headed.

Here are their pros and

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Thinking about a Labor Day road trip? Here are some ways to stay safe during the pandemic.

Longtime radio host Eric Tyler said he and his wife, Randi, have each visited more than 80 countries and were “always on airplanes.” Then the coronavirus pandemic hit, and Tyler was laid off from WBBM-FM 96.3 as part of cuts made by Entercom Communications.



a woman wearing a white shirt: Dr. June McKoy stands in a hospital room at Northwestern Memorial Hospital Feinberg Pavilion on Aug. 27, 2012. McKoy suggests car travelers create a packing list that includes prescription and over-the-counter medications, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, rolls of paper towels, water and snacks.


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Dr. June McKoy stands in a hospital room at Northwestern Memorial Hospital Feinberg Pavilion on Aug. 27, 2012. McKoy suggests car travelers create a packing list that includes prescription and over-the-counter medications, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, rolls of paper towels, water and snacks.

Anxious to satisfy their travel itch, the two rented a Mazda CX-5 — a “Mazdarati” they called it — from an Avis location near their South Loop home for more than a month and went west.

“We have a 6-month-old puppy,” Tyler, 41, told the Tribune by phone of his Aussiedoodle named Esther. “I think we came up with this after a few drinks, but we decided that we are going to bring our 6-month-old puppy and get a picture with her in all of the lower 48 states by the time she turns 1, so we’ve got until the end of the year to do it.”

The couple went so far as to buy a 2015 Ram ProMaster van — they named it Velma — outfitted with a bed, toilet, portable shower, solar panels, cabinets and outlets with USB capabilities for $59,000 to continue their journey. Eric said he often drives while Randi works

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