Best Hikes Olympic NP

17 Great Hikes in Olympic National Park (+ Map & Photos)

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One thing that makes Olympic National Park so unique is its wide variety of landscapes and ecosystems. In this one park, you can hike to mountain peaks, stroll through lush, temperate rainforests, and explore the rugged, rocky coastline. In this post, we list 17 of the best hikes in Olympic National Park…17 great ways to explore this wonderful national park. …

Colorado Itinerary

The Perfect Colorado Itinerary: National Parks & Scenic Drives

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With four national parks, numerous national forests and state parks, plus historic towns scattered throughout the Rocky Mountains, Colorado makes an awesome road trip destination. On this Colorado itinerary, you will visit all four national parks (Great Sand Dunes, Mesa Verde, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, and Rocky Mountain National Parks), linking them together with gorgeous scenic drives. About this …

Mount Rainier

14 Amazing Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

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Mount Rainier is a glacier-capped, active volcano that can be seen from hundreds of miles away. In the summer months, the lower slopes are carpeted with wildflowers. With its old growth forests and network of hiking trails, this is an outdoor paradise for many travelers. In this post, we cover the best things to do in Mount Rainier National Park. …

Hikes in Capitol Reef

16 Epic Day Hikes in Capitol Reef National Park

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If you are looking for a great hike to do in Capitol Reef, the list is surprisingly long. In Capitol Reef, you can hike to arches that are tucked away in the colorful sandstone mountains, through easy slot canyons, and up to overlooks with jaw-dropping views. In this post, we share 16 amazing day hikes in Capitol Reef National Park. …

Things to do in Kyoto Japan

18 Amazing Things to do in Kyoto, Japan

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Kyoto is the cultural heart of Japan. Visiting the shrines and temples, with their perfectly landscaped gardens and views over the city, top the list for most visitors to Kyoto. But there are also bamboo groves and small neighborhoods to explore, food markets and shopping streets to visit, and some very cool day trips that you can take. The list …

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

How to Visit the Black Canyon of the Gunnison: North & South Rims

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In some ways, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison is a smaller version of the Grand Canyon. You can visit both the North and South Rims, enjoy the views from the overlooks, and, for the ultimate adventure, hike below the rim to the Gunnison River. In this guide, learn how to visit Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.   …

Utah Mighty 5 Itinerary

The Ultimate Utah National Parks Road Trip Itinerary

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Utah is home to five of the most stunning national parks in the United States. Throw in some national monuments and a few spectacular state parks and you have a extraordinary road trip destination. If you are planning your Utah national parks itinerary, we have tons of information to share with you. In this post, learn how to plan the …

How to Hike Silver Falls

How to Hike the Silver Falls Loop Trail, Mount Rainier National Park

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The Silver Falls Loop Trail is a wonderful short hike in Mount Rainier National Park. What it lacks in views of Mount Rainier it makes up for in its easy walkability and breathtaking views of Silver Falls. This short, easy trail is perfect for all ages and ability levels. Less than 4 miles in length, with just a small amount …

One Day in RMNP

One Perfect Day in Rocky Mountain National Park

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If you only have one day in Rocky Mountain National Park, what should you do? The answer to this question depends on several factors…the time of year you plan to visit Rocky Mountain National Park, if you are traveling with children, how much you like to hike, and if you are acclimated to the higher elevation. With one day in …

Delta Lake Hike

How to Hike to Surprise, Amphitheater, and Delta Lake

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The hike to Amphitheater and Surprise Lakes is one of the more popular hikes to do in Grand Teton National Park. It’s a tough hike but your reward is a visit to two stunning alpine lakes. On this hike, you have the option to add on a third lake, Delta Lake. Once a hidden gem in Grand Teton National Park, …

One Day in Badlands

One Perfect Day in Badlands National Park

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One day in Badlands National Park is just enough time to visit the overlooks, hike the short but sweet trails, and see how many bison you can count. If you get your timing right, you can also watch the sunrise and/or the sunset, when this park is its most beautiful. Quick Facts about Badlands National Park Badlands National Park is …

Grand Teton One Day

One Perfect Day in Grand Teton National Park

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Grand Teton National Park has something for everyone. Hikers will love the long list of trails that head into the Teton mountain range. Photographers will love capturing sunrise at Mormon Row and Oxbow Bend. Families will love the easy to visit overlooks, crossing Jenny Lake by boat, and spotting moose and elk as you drive through the park. If you …

Chesler Park Viewpoint

12 Amazing Things to Do in The Needles, Canyonlands National Park

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The Needles is an often overlooked section of Canyonlands National Park. But those who take the time to visit the Needles are rewarded with thrilling, unique hiking trails, low crowds, and jaw-dropping views of Canyonlands National Park. In this post, we cover the 12 best things to do in the Needles…12 great reasons why this part of Canyonlands National Park …

Castle Trail

The Castle Trail: One of the Best Hikes in Badlands National Park

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The Castle Trail is a 5-mile, point-to-point trail that wanders through the “backcountry” of Badlands National Park. There are several different ways to hike this trail, depending on your interests and the amount of time and energy you have. In this post, learn about your different options and pick out the route that is best for you. Overview of the …

Amsterdam Sunset

Top 10 Things to do in Amsterdam on Your First Visit

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With its maze of canals, world-class museums, boutique shops and hotels, cozy cafes, cultural centers, and, of course, coffeeshops, Amsterdam is a delight to visit. In this post, we share with you 10 of the best things to do in Amsterdam, perfect if it is your first visit to this wonderful city. Interesting Facts about Amsterdam Amsterdam is called “the …

Where to Stay in Amsterdam

Where to Stay in Amsterdam: Best Hotels & Neighborhoods

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Trying to decide where to stay in Amsterdam? Then no doubt you have numerous questions running through your head. How much does it cost to stay in Amsterdam? Where is the best place to stay? How far in advance should I make my reservation? We answer all of these questions and more in this post. To make your decision easier, …

Best Hotels in London

Where to Stay in London in 2021: Best Hotels & Neighborhoods

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Deciding where to stay in London can feel like a monumental task. I get it. London is enormous. This sprawling city is one of the largest in Europe and it is home to a long list of things to see and do. Most of these sights are clustered in the city center and along the banks of the Thames River, …

Static Peak Divide Viewpoint

How to Hike Death Canyon to the Static Peak Divide | Grand Teton National Park

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There are several reasons to hike to the Static Peak Divide. Early on in the hike, you have beautiful views over Phelps Lake. The walk through Death Canyon is gorgeous and this is a great place to spot wildlife. Bear and moose are frequently seen here. We didn’t see bear when we did this hike, but we did see several …

Hurricane Ridge Olympic NP

Best Things to do in Olympic National Park

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Olympic National Park, with its mountain ranges, temperate rainforests, and rugged coastline, is one of the most diverse national parks in the United States. In this post, we share with you interesting facts, important planning tips, and the best things to do in Olympic National Park.   Interesting Facts about Olympic National Park Olympic National Park is one of the …

American Southwest Itinerary 14 days

Two Week American Southwest Road Trip: Grand Canyon & Utah’s Mighty 5

Julie Itinerary, United States 25 Comments

This is one of the best road trips in the USA. On this American Southwest road trip, you will visit Utah’s Mighty 5, the Grand Canyon, and a handful of wonderful state parks and national monuments. This is the itinerary I wish we had when we planned our first road trip to the American Southwest. The sights you will see …