Emily H. Bratcher

Author's Bio

Emily H. Bratcher is a freelance writer and editor who lives in Iowa City, Iowa. When she's not chasing after her posse of young children, you can find her clicking away at her Mac, jogging alongside the Iowa River or perfecting her Larabar recipe.

The Best National Parks Without Waiting Lines

Everyone has heard of the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Yosemite—and for good reason. These national parks are American treasures. But their red ravines, spewing geysers and endless valleys attract countless visitors, especially come summer. If you want a dose of natural beauty sans crazy crowds, you might want to plan a trip to one of these beautiful but somewhat lesser known national parks.

If You're Not Coasteering, You're Missing Out

Coasteering is a combination of rock climbing, swimming, and optional cliff jumping. As you may have guessed from what the term signifies, this sport takes place on a coastline. It has allure for those looking for an adrenaline rush—and some exercise—in a beautiful environment.

Fewer Crowds, More Pizza in 3 Italian Towns

When you visit Italy, you want to see Italy—not other tourists. But the country is a pretty popular place to visit. In fact, tens of millions of visitors descend on it every year. Here are a few places you should go to avoid most of them.

Celebrate Bannister’s Miracle Mile

If you want to run in the footsteps of Sir Roger Bannister, who famously ran the world’s first sub-four-minute mile, Oxford University is the place to go. Sixty years ago, on May 6, 1954, the then-25–year-old medical student broke through the tape at 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds on the campus’s Iffley Road track, since renamed the Sir Roger Bannister athletics track.

Survive A Long Car Trip with Kids

Car travel is completely possible with young kids. It can even be fun. However, it does require some planning. But with a little forethought and a lot of humor, it's completely possible to survive. Heck, you might even enjoy the ride.

Going Beyond the Strip in Vegas

Wherever you are on the love it-hate it Vegas spectrum, you’ll be happy to find that there are a handful of ways to round out your L.V. experience with open-air activities.

Istanbul: 1 Vacation, 2 Continents

Istanbul is the world's top travel destination according to TripAdvisor's 2014 Traveler's Choice awards. What's the best way to handle it?

Survive the World's Busiest Airport

Getting around the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is no easy task. Not only is the airport humongous, it's also crowded—very crowded.

You're Doing Fine, Oklahoma!

Believe it or not, there are state parks, national parks, wildlife refuges and more in the Sooner State. And these places provide opportunities for everything from hiking to rock climbing and biking to boating.

4 Downward Dog Destinations

If you're looking to get zen in the USA with some sun salutations and down dogs, here are a few places you should try.

Put the AT on Your Summer Bucket List

Hiking even a short section of the Appalachian Trail can seem a daunting prospect. After all, the AT is a 2,184-mile footpath is comprised of flat sections, scrambles, steep inclines, challenging descents and more. You might wonder whether you have the strength or stamina to even venture a hike.

England's Best Beaches

Three cities with lovely shores, outdoor pursuits, cultural activities, and good old beach bumming to keep you occupied.