Devils Tower Day Trip

The Perfect Devils Tower Day Trip from South Dakota

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If you are planning a Devils Tower day trip from South Dakota, we have a great loop for you to drive. This is an awesome road trip…not only do you get to visit Devils Tower but you will also visit historic towns and waterfalls, go on a wonderful scenic drive, and even have the option to add in a short …

Olympic National Park Hike

How to Hike the Staircase Rapids Loop in Olympic National Park

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The Staircase Rapids Loop is an underrated trail in Olympic National Park. On this short, easy hike, you will walk along the North Fork of the Skokomish River, through a temperate rainforest, with views of waterfalls and rapids. Just under 3 miles long, this trail loops up and around Staircase Rapids. With waterfalls, dense forests, and fallen trees, this is …

Navajo Knobs Hike Photo

Rim Overlook & Navajo Knobs Trail | Capitol Reef National Park

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The hike to Navajo Knobs is our favorite hike in Capitol Reef National Park. It’s a long, tough hike but what an incredible journey! From the valley floor, you will steadily hike up to the Rim Overlook, for jaw-dropping views over Fruita, Highway 24, and Scenic Drive. The trail continues its climb for another 2.5 miles, with views over Castle …

Utah Road Trip

Arches, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef National Parks: 10 Day Road Trip Itinerary

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Arches, Canyonlands, and Capitol Reef National Parks are three spectacular parks to visit in Utah. With 10 days, you can visit each of them, plus a few more cool spots, on this epic road trip. Start in Arches National Park, where more than 2,000 arches fill the landscape, as well as hoodoos, mesas, and fins of sandstone rock. Right next …

Things to Do Black Canyon

6 Things to do on the North Rim of Black Canyon of the Gunnison

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Only a fraction of the visitors to Black Canyon of the Gunnison make the trip to the North Rim. Those that do are rewarded with a wonderfully quiet, uncrowded experience and views that beat those from the South Rim. Similar to the South Rim, you can drive the rim road, stopping at overlooks along the way. There are also several …

Hike Mount Rainier National Park

Hiking the Mount Fremont Lookout Trail | Mount Rainier National Park

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The Mount Fremont Fire Lookout hike was our introduction to Mount Rainier National Park and what a great first impression!! Without spending much effort, you get awesome views of Mount Rainier for most of the hike, not to mention stunning views over the Sunrise side of the park. If you are looking for a hike that’s not too long, not …

Capitol Reef Travel Guide

14 Amazing Things to Do in Capitol Reef National Park

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Capitol Reef, often an overlooked national park, is full of many wonderful surprises. With an amazing scenic drive, hiking trails that rival those in Zion, rugged, remote areas to explore by 4×4, short, easy slot canyons, historical landmarks, and even delicious pie, this national park is absolutely amazing. In this post, learn about the best things to do in Capitol …

Scenic Drives in Colorado

9 Spectacular Scenic Drives in Colorado

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Colorado is the perfect road trip destination. The Rocky Mountains, the national parks and state parks, the historic towns, and the diverse landscapes are all linked together by some of the most beautiful drives in the United States. Drive some of the highest roads in the United States and twist and turn through verdant valleys and canyons. Here are 9 …

Best Things to do in Custer State Park

Custer State Park: Everything You Need to Know Before You Go

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Tucked away in the Black Hills of South Dakota is an unexpectedly amazing state park. Custer State Park, with its scenic drives, short but thrilling hiking trails, lakes and rivers, and plentiful wildlife, offers something for everyone. In this post, learn about the best things to do in Custer State Park, with ideas on how to plan your time. On …

Black Elk Peak Hike

Best Hike in Custer State Park: Little Devils Tower, Cathedral Spires & Black Elk Peak Loop

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Custer State Park has a great list of hiking trails, ranging from easy, lakeshore strolls to fun rock scrambles to challenging climbs to the highest peaks. You can combine three of these trails into one loop, creating what just might be the best hike in Custer State Park. This loop includes three of Custer’s top hiking destinations: Cathedral Spires, Little …

Zion Travel Tips

5 Things to Know Before Visiting Zion National Park

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Zion National Park and its epic hiking trails have become an extremely popular place to visit in recent years. This is a spectacular destination and one of our favorite national parks in the USA. However, due to crowd levels, trail closures, and changes in operation due to COVID-19, Zion has become a challenging park to visit. Here are 5 things …

Estes Park from Twin Sisters

Best of Estes Park: Things to Do, Where to Eat & Where to Stay

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Estes Park is the gateway into Rocky Mountain National Park. This small town is home to numerous hotels and restaurants, making it the perfect home base for exploring the Rocky Mountains. But if you need a break from exploring the national park, there are a bunch of fun things to do in town. In this post, we cover the best …

Death Valley Itinerary

20 Epic Things to do in Death Valley National Park

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Death Valley…just the name inspires a sense of wonder and mystery. With barren salt flats, towering mountains, mysterious sailing stones, shifting sand dunes, rainbow-colored mountains, and canyons to explore, there is a lot to do here. In this post, learn about the best things to do in Death Valley National Park, with suggestions on how to plan your time. At …

Best Hike in the Needles

How to Hike the Chesler Park Loop Trail in the Needles | Canyonlands National Park

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If you want to get an up-close look at the “Needles,” the sandstone spires that make the Needles district of Canyonlands National Park so uniquely beautiful, put Chesler Park on your list. It is possible to hike out and back to Chesler Park on a short day hike. But if you don’t mind going farther, hike the Chesler Park Loop …

Syncline Loop

How to Hike the Syncline Loop in Canyonlands National Park

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For years, I heard amazing things about the Syncline Loop. This tough hike is known for its outstanding views, and due to the primitive nature of the trail, it is only recommended for experienced hikers. It got such rave reviews in the hiking community and it sounded so thrilling that we couldn’t wait to hike this trail. Maybe our expectations …

Rocky Mountain National Park Itinerary

Rocky Mountain National Park Itinerary: 1 Day to 1 Week in RMNP

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If you are planning your Rocky Mountain National Park itinerary, this is a great place to start. Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the best US national parks to go hiking. With towering mountain peaks, alpine lakes and waterfalls, and the opportunity to hike along the Continental Divide, this park offers world-class hiking experiences. If you are an avid …

Devils Tower

Complete Guide to Devils Tower: How to Plan Your Visit

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Devils Tower National Monument is one of the most iconic landmarks in the United States. Sacred to Native Americans, popular road trip destination, and alien landing site a famous movie, Devils Tower evokes mystery and wonder from visitors of all ages. In this post, learn how to visit Devils Tower National Monument, with things to do, how to plan your …

Tombstone Ridge RMNP

Hiking the Ute Trail to Tombstone Ridge, RMNP

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The Ute Trail to Tombstone Ridge is a wonderful, short, easy hike to do in Rocky Mountain National Park. For the entire hike, you are walking along the alpine tundra with unobstructed views of Longs Peak and Forest Canyon. If you are looking for an easy hike with spectacular views of Rocky Mountain Park, put this hike at the top …

One Day in Arches

One Perfect Day in Arches National Park

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If you only have one day in Arches National Park, what should you do? Arches National Park is a relatively small national park with a handful of must-see sights. With one day in Arches, you can visit these top sights and a few off-the-beaten-path places. After multiple visits to Arches National Park, including two visits in the past two years, …

Rocky Mountain NP Guide

10 Best Things to Do in Rocky Mountain National Park

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With lofty mountain peaks, hiking trails that lead to alpine lakes and waterfalls, wildlife, and a scenic drive along one of the highest roads in the USA, Rocky Mountain National Park is a joy to explore. In this post, learn about the best things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park with tips on how to have the best experience. …