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  • The end of something really big

    The chance to see a huge dead whale draws "carcass tourists" to the California coast

  • RV Nation

    On a Western road trip, Evelyn Spence ponders the peculiar names – and increasing numbers – of gigantic RVs.

  • The Last Ride

    Longtime hitchhiker Dev Carey tells Michelle Nijhuis about some of his best – and worst – adventures on Western highways.

  • A forbidden road trip: A review of Lamb

    A forbidden road trip: A review of Lamb

    Lamb, Bonnie Nadzam's crisp, startling and psychologically intense debut novel, follows two troubled characters on a quest for redemption in the West.

  • Traveling Arizona Highways, in your dreams and on the ground

    Traveling Arizona Highways, in your dreams and on the ground

    In 1960, an Illinois mailman falls in love with the desert through the pages of Arizona Highways and hands on his dream -- and a piece of Mohave County --to his son and grandson.

  • A return to the West

    HCN reader Mary Jane Skala regards the buyout that ended her journalism career as a blessing in disguise that gave her the freedom to travel across the West.

  • Why I ride the Greyhound

    Why I ride the Greyhound

    Every passenger aboard a bus becomes a citizen of the world, contemplating the Western landscape as it passes by.

  • I say: Good riddance to bad billboards

    Wyoming’s billboards are ugly, and probably outdated, too

  • The Great Divide

    A writer takes a 1,600-mile Greyhound bus ride from Salt Lake City into Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, and listens to the stories of the Westerners he meets

  • The American Dream, sans gasoline

    The author’s successful search for a car that can run on biodiesel helps her understand the lure of the open road

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