Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve: A user's guide
August 20, 2011, 7:40 a.m. by Clint Williams
This large Colorado park offers dunes, mountains, grassland and streams — and you even can go tubing on the dunes if you wish.
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve: A user's guide
August 19, 2011, 8:09 a.m. by Clint Williams
This Southern California park is named after the trees it was created to protect — and it's also where the locals go to admire the scenic cliffs and get their groove back.
Oak Street and the beaches of Chicago: A user's guide
August 17, 2011, 7:51 a.m. by Clint Williams
Chicago may not come to mind when you think of beach towns, but the city offers two dozen public beaches along 26 miles of Lake Michigan.