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Mount Rainier National Park – Washington’s Crown Jewel

Mount Rainier National Park – Washington’s Crown Jewel

Washington State has a special place in my heart and is by far one of my favorite places to visit in the U.S. The colors are so vivid, air is fresh and the temperature is cool even in the summer. Mount Rainier is Washington’s crown jewel. On a clear day you can see the mountain all the way from Seattle. Standing at 14,410 feet above sea level, this active volcano is the most recognized landmark of the Washington landscape. The…

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10-Day Colorado Roadtrip – Exploring Rocky Mountains!

10-Day Colorado Roadtrip – Exploring Rocky Mountains!

Over the years, I’ve been to various Colorado destinations and loved every one of them, but I’ve never done a true roadtrip through Rocky Mountains, till recently. And now I wonder why I waited so long to see these stunning places all together. I actually spent two weeks on this Colorado roadtrip, but I narrowed it down to 10 days of the most beautiful places. The focus is on beautiful nature and scenery, cute mountain towns with amazing atmosphere and…

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Comprehensive Guide to Visiting Denali National Park

Comprehensive Guide to Visiting Denali National Park

A visit to Denali National Park is an experience of a lifetime. The park is massive – 9,492 square miles, nearly the size of Massachusetts. To get the most of your experience some planning is required. Of course the best way to really explore Denali would be to camp inside the park, but if you’re like me and require walls and a bathroom, here is what you need to know to make the most out of your remote visit. How…

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The Ultimate Oregon Coastline Roadtrip

The Ultimate Oregon Coastline Roadtrip

Recently, I had an opportunity to drive the Oregon coastline from California to Washington. It stretches for 363 magnificent miles and is one of the most scenic and relaxing drives I’ve ever done. While Central/Northern California coastline is still my all-time favorite, Oregon is a close second. The two coastlines are also very different, Oregon has more sandy beaches, giant sand dunes, interesting rock formations, fantastic tidal pools and lush greenery. Coastal communities vibrate with character, artistry and great fresh…

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Our Favorite Places to Hike in Dallas Area

Our Favorite Places to Hike in Dallas Area

Hiking is one of our favorite things to do. In fact, we met while hiking with friends a few years back. You’ll find us on a hiking trail most Saturday mornings, except for what we call the three months of hell, and others call Texas summer. So, we’re always looking for new places to hike in the Dallas area. Here are a few of our favorites. If you have any other favorite hiking spots around Dallas, send them our way, we’re…

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Top 5 Things To Do in Sedona

Top 5 Things To Do in Sedona

Just two hours from Phoenix, Sedona is nestled against striking red sandstone formations at the edge of a beautiful Oak Creek Canyon. The surrounding areas offer amazing hiking, biking, swimming and camping opportunities. The town itself bustles with gourmet restaurants, art galleries, and new age relaxation places. This is a perfect a long weekend trip for spring or fall, but don’t go in the summer unless you like 100-degree weather, way too warm for my taste. Here are top 5 things…

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Weekend in Washington’s Olympic Peninsula

Weekend in Washington’s Olympic Peninsula

We booked a trip to Seattle and then started researching surrounding areas to check what was worth seeing. Right away Olympic Peninsula came on our radar and the more we looked into it, the more we wanted to explore it. So, our city trip to Seattle turned into a nature trip to the Olympic Peninsula – that happens a lot to us :-). We flew into Seattle in the afternoon and drove 2.5 hours to Quinault Valley area for our…

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Three Days in Tahoe in Summertime – Part 3

Three Days in Tahoe in Summertime – Part 3

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Epic Yosemite, Mammoth and Tahoe Roadtrip in the Summer

    Our three days in Tahoe area were part of a larger roadtrip that included visiting Yosemite National Park and Mammoth Mountain. Lake Tahoe was the last stop on our roadtrip. Day 4 | Lake Tahoe’s Emerald Bay Total drive time: 3 hours and 15 minutes* Lake Tahoe is a large lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. At a surface elevation of 6,225 ft, it straddles the border between California and Nevada. Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake…

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One Day in Mammoth, California in Summertime – Part 2

One Day in Mammoth, California in Summertime – Part 2

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Epic Yosemite, Mammoth and Tahoe Roadtrip in the Summer

    This day-trip to Mammoth Mountain was part of a longer roadtrip that included Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe area. We stayed in Bridgeport and ventured to Mammoth for a day of hiking and sightseeing. While Mammoth Mountain is known as a winter paradise for skiers, it’s also amazing in the summertime. Day 3 | Mammoth Total drive time:  4 hours and 30 minutes* We spent a day at Mammoth Mountain. It’s a lava dome complex west of…

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