TALKING WITH: MACNEIL LYONS, TOUR GUIDE at YELLOWSTONE INSIGHT

MacNeil Lyons is a private tour guide and founder at Yellowstone Insight in Gardiner, Montana. Year-round, he escorts small groups through Yellowstone National Park. He also is a published writer, photographer and naturalist. During a recent media trip hosted by Yellowstone Country Montana, MacNeil was our guide for a day. He provides a lavish picnic breakfast, […]

FALLING INTO YELLOWSTONE COUNTRY: Why Autumn is the Best Time to Discover Montana’s Big Sky

The draws of Montana’s Yellowstone Country for international tourists and adventurers are legion: It’s a stunningly beautiful land where snow-capped mountains jut into an expansive azure sky. Where rare geologic wonders mingle with abundant wildlife and rushing waterways. Where the spirit of America’s Old West is alive today. Read the rest of my story as […]

DOGWOOD CANYON: NATURE LOVER’S PARADISE IN THE OZARKS

Dogwood Canyon Nature Park is a year-round 10,000-acre nature preserve set within a picturesque, mostly untouched canyon near Branson, Mo. Smooth trails wind through the grounds, passing trout streams, waterfalls, dense forest and pastures for the herds of bison, elk, whitetail deer and Texas longhorns. Visitors can explore on their own, or they can take […]

BOTSWANA: BASKING IN THE EXOTIC BEAUTY OF THE OKAVANGO DELTA

Mapula Lodge was the last stop on our 16-day journey that began in Cape Town (originating in Chicago), South Africa, so we had stayed in charming lodges and classy hotels along the way. This one–to the remote reaches of Okavango Delta in Botswana–was the most magnificent in a one-with-nature, take-your-breath-every-minute way. Mapula’s greatest amenity is […]