The Complete Guide to the U.S National Parks for 2021

The National Parks Service is one of the great institutions of the USA. Yep, it’s up there with the postal service, the Smithsonian, and, of course, Wendy’s. But seriously, this great conglomeration of wilderness and wild places has been the envy of countries all around the globe since it was first conceived, back in the […]

The Best Things to Do in New Mexico (from A to Z)

Tucked in the heart of America’s southwest lies the Land of Enchantment: miles upon miles of vast desert, caves, museums, wacky installations and…aliens? This patch of the U.S is where artists retreat, where adobes outnumber hotels, and where your imagination can run absolutely wild. From strange rock formations and plunging caverns to Earthships and UFO […]

Pinnacles National Park: The Complete Guide for 2021

As volcanoes erupted throughout central California about 23 million years ago, Pinnacles National Park began to form. Located near the San Andreas Fault, the fault split over time and pushed Pinnacles about 200 miles north. Peaks over 3,000 feet were formed, and the continuing tectonic movement and wind and water erosion formed the unusual rock […]

Badlands National Park: The Complete Guide for 2021

Badlands? Why would you name a national park bad-lands? Well, the Oglala Lakota People were the first to name this site. They originally called this area “mako sica,” which translates to “land bad.” When French fur trappers traveled through, they called the area “les mauvaises terres à traverser” or “bad lands to travel across.” Rugged […]

White Sands National Park: The Complete Guide for 2021

White Sands National Park is surreal in the best sense of the word. Snow-white sand dunes stretch as far as the eye can see, with the San Andres Mountains framing the horizon. It’s hard to understand just how strange miles and miles of blindingly-white sand is until you visit this wild US national park in […]

The Best Places to Celebrate Independence Day 2021

As Americans begin to emerge from quarantine, cities from sea to shining sea are ready to celebrate the Fourth of July. Made a federal holiday in 1941, the U.S. celebrates Independence Day on July 4th commemorating when the Declaration of Independence was adopted.  From patriotic parades and fireworks to battle reenactments and readings of the […]

Arizona’s National Parks: Ranked

Arizona isn’t nicknamed “The Grand Canyon State” for nothing. While the Grand Canyon is certainly the crown jewel of this desert state, there’s more to explore, whether you’re on a national park road trip or looking to spend some time diving-deep into the wonders of the Southwest. Grand Canyon National Park lies about an hour […]

Carlsbad Caverns National Park: the Complete Guide for 2021

It’s hard to prepare yourself for just how massive the Carlsbad Caverns actually are. The drive to the cave entrance itself, while scenic, can feel a bit underwhelming. It’s not until you actually step off the elevator that takes you into the caves (or, for the most adventurous, hike down into the Natural Entrance), that […]

Utah’s National Parks: Ranked

Now more than ever, national parks offer a much-needed breath of fresh air. Author, Arches National Park Ranger, and environmental advocate Edward Abbey said it best: “We need the possibility of escape as surely as we need hope.” The US state that Abbey himself escaped to? Well, that would be Utah, of course. Utah boasts […]

Big Bend National Park: The Complete Guide for 2021

At Big Bend National Park, expect to experience vast stretches of desert, stony mountain peaks framed against a pitch-black night sky, and towering canyon walls that look like they’ve come straight out of the Lord of the Rings. Part of Big Bend’s charm comes from its isolation. With the closest major city nearly 5 hours […]

11 of the Coolest Waterfalls in Hawaii

The Hawaiian Islands are packed with natural gems. From golden emerald green mountain ranges and black sand beaches to blue swimming holes and cascading waterfalls, Hawaii lives up to its reputation as an island paradise. The coolest waterfalls in Hawaii are found on all of the major islands. You can visit the well-known ‘Akaka Falls […]

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23 Unique Things to Do in Orlando

When you think about Orlando, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the world famous theme park that calls this city home (hey, Disney). Don’t get us wrong: the parks are definitely fun and worth a visit. But there are also a host of local, hidden experiences just steps away from rollercoasters and […]