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Jorie Larsen

Jorie Larsen

Jorie would love to bend your ear about historic cities, national parks, and wildlife encounters. She's determined to visit Louisiana soon—her 50th state.


Latest articles by Jorie Larsen


Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Three Things You Shouldn't Miss

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Three Things You Shouldn't Miss

4.5.2017

The country's most-visited park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park can be overwhelming. Try these three activities to get the most out of your trip.


Cenote Swimming in the Yucatan Peninsula

Cenote Swimming in the Yucatan Peninsula

8.16.2016

Take the plunge into the gorgeous natural swimming hole of Cenote Ik Kil the next time you’re in Mexico.


How to Pack Necklaces In a Suitcase Without Tangling Them

How to Pack Necklaces In a Suitcase Without Tangling Them

8.10.2016

Learn how to pack necklaces in a way that ensures you spend more time on vacation wearing them than untangling them.


Insider Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Vegas Vacation

Insider Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Vegas Vacation

4.1.2016

Our Las Vegas tips from a Sin City expert will teach you how to drink for free and how to skip to the front of the line at a nightclub.


Everything You Need to Know About Taking a Nude Vacation

Everything You Need to Know About Taking a Nude Vacation

2.29.2016

We answer your most burning questions about what it’s like to vacation in your birthday suit.


How to Wear Eye Shadow That Makes Your Eye Color Pop

How to Wear Eye Shadow That Makes Your Eye Color Pop

2.25.2016

Pin Me Up salon owner Brittani Sylvester explains how to use the color wheel to complement your eyes.


The Five Best National Parks to Visit in Winter

The Five Best National Parks to Visit in Winter

1.11.2016

Think the best time to visit our national parks is summer? Think again—these are the best national parks that heat up in the cooler months.


What It’s Like to Do the Half Dome Hike in Yosemite

What It’s Like to Do the Half Dome Hike in Yosemite

9.10.2015

You’ll need sturdy boots, lots of water, and plenty of chutzpah to climb the nearly-vertical steel cables of Half Dome.


Three Things You Shouldn’t Miss in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Three Things You Shouldn’t Miss in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

4.21.2015

It’s the most visited national park in the country for a reason.


The Five Best Flower Festivals for Spring Flowers

The Five Best Flower Festivals for Spring Flowers

3.3.2015

Celebrate the return of spring flowers with a visit to one of these colorful flower festivals.


Why You Should Tip Housekeeping Every Night and Other Hotel Tipping Etiquette

2.10.2015

Etiquette guru Lizzie Post breaks it down for us.


Swim with Wild Pigs at Pig Beach

Swim with Wild Pigs at Pig Beach

2.4.2015

Welcome to the uninhabited Caribbean island where you can swim with wild pigs.


Top 10 Must-See International Travel Destinations for 2015

2.3.2015

We’ve scoured the globe to find the top 10 must-see international destinations in 2015.


Top 15 Places to Visit in the United States in 2015

2.3.2015

We’ve scoured the country to find 15 must-see US destinations in 2015.


How to Pack a Hat Without Crushing It In Your Suitcase

How to Pack a Hat Without Crushing It In Your Suitcase

11.25.2014

Here’s how to pack a hat in your suitcase so it doesn’t get flattened or damaged during travel.


A Flight Attendant Dishes on Flying Etiquette and the Safest Seat on the Plane

A Flight Attendant Dishes on Flying Etiquette and the Safest Seat on the Plane

11.24.2014

We talked to a flight attendant for a major US airline about tips for flying, like where the safest seat on the plane is and what behaviors are most likely to irk the flight crew.


Five Underappreciated Hikes and Drives for Fall Colors

Five Underappreciated Hikes and Drives for Fall Colors

10.2.2014

Go off the beaten path to watch the foliage change colors at these five leaf-peeping destinations.


Travel Tip Sheet: Devil’s Lake State Park

Five Tips for the Beginner Rock Climber

Five Tips for the Beginner Rock Climber

6.20.2014

Midwesterners who dream of scaling mountains are largely out of luck. Prairies and plains are the region’s predominant geological features, and neither makes for the best rock climbing. But there’s one glaring exception to all that flatness: Wisconsin’s Devil’s Lake State Park, where rocky outcroppings and quartzite cliffs rise hundreds of feet above the glassy waters of Devil’s Lake.


How to French-Braid Your Hair in 90 Seconds or Less

How to French-Braid Your Hair in 90 Seconds or Less

6.10.2014

A french braid is an optical illusion of sorts—it looks like it requires a lot of effort, but if you know what you’re doing, it only takes about 90 seconds. One surprising tip: ditch the comb. When I was little, my mom used a comb to meticulously french-braid my hair before school, and it would take at least 10 minutes. Instead, follow these steps, practice the proper finger placement, and before long you’ll find yourself cruising through this 'do.


The Seven Most Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Chicago

5.22.2014

As soon as the mercury tips 60 degrees, Chicagoans bring out their shorts. And their dogs. We rounded up the city’s seven most pup-friendly restaurants.


48 Hours on Mackinac Island, Michigan

48 Hours on Mackinac Island, Michigan

8.22.2013

Nestled in the straits between Michigan's Lower and Upper Peninsulas, Mackinac Island is like a postcard from the Victorian era, replete with turn-of-the-century pastel mansions, horse-drawn carriages, and the conspicuous absence of cars—they've been banned since 1898. A former fur-trading and fishing outpost, the 4-square-mile island reinvented itself in the mid-19th century as a summer resort for the well-heeled. But it’s not just a twee enclave.


Grown-Up Field Trip: Canyons, Waterfalls, and Hiking Trails in Starved Rock State Park

Grown-Up Field Trip: Canyons, Waterfalls, and Hiking Trails in Starved Rock State Park

5.6.2013

“This doesn’t feel like Illinois” is a common refrain overheard on park trails. As a native of the Prairie State, I can attest that waterfalls and canyons don’t top the list of state attributes. So with more than 2,600 acres of forested sandstone bluffs, 13 miles of hiking trails, 18 canyons, and waterfalls freshly formed after a rain, Starved Rock State Park might not feel like Illinois—but isn’t that kind of the point?


From Number Crunching to Metalsmithing: A Manhattan-Based Jewelry Artist Discusses Her Career Transition

From Number Crunching to Metalsmithing: A Manhattan-Based Jewelry Artist Discusses Her Career Transition

4.16.2013

For nearly two years, Brooke deDiego, 29, led a double life. By day, she crunched numbers at a booming corporate firm in midtown Manhattan. But once night fell, Brooke traded her Excel spreadsheets for a jewelry saw and torch, churning out delicate, understated pieces for her line, Porter Gulch. The operation, based out of her Upper West Side apartment, has flourished in the two years since she set up her cyber shop. So much so that in early 2013, Brooke decided to say goodbye to the corporate world and focus full-time on jewelry design and production. Here, she dishes on falling in love with design, the “scariness” of leaving her job in finance, and why she loves being her own boss.


Summer Shopping in the Hamptons: Four Boutiques Worth a Visit

Summer Shopping in the Hamptons: Four Boutiques Worth a Visit

4.15.2013

Long hailed as the summer playground for New Yorkers, the Hamptons spring to life each Memorial Day as throngs of visitors flock to the idyllic beach towns. But when you’ve had your fill of what Frommer’s calls “some of the most beautiful beaches in the world,” here are a handful of shops where you can escape the sun and get your retail fix.