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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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8 Days on an Epic Alaska Roadtrip

8 Days on an Epic Alaska Roadtrip

The breathtaking beauty of Alaska makes for a epic roadtrip. Alaska’s name is based on the Eskimo word Alakshak meaning great lands or peninsula and it truly is. Frequently referred to as America’s last frontier, Alaska is massive. When a scale map of Alaska is superimposed on a map of the 48 lower states, Alaska extends from coast to coast! Twice the size of the state of Texas. So, exploring it in 8 days is quite a challenge, but don’t…

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8 Reasons to Visit Alaska by Car

8 Reasons to Visit Alaska by Car

I can’t begin to tell you how many people asked if we were going on a cruise when we said we were going to Alaska. It’s funny it never occurred to me when we were planning that it wasn’t a common roadtrip destination. Having experienced an Alaskan cruise and an Alaskan roadtrip here are our eight reasons why you should visit Alaska by car. 1 | Less Crowded Cruise ports tend to be very crowded, especially in season. Our roadtrip…

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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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Five Things to Do in Banff National Park in the Winter

Five Things to Do in Banff National Park in the Winter

Have you visited the Banff National Park in Alberta? It contains some of the most beautiful glaciers and glacier-fed lakes in North America. Banff is beautiful any time of year but with snow it turns into a winter wonderland. Ann and I had the opportunity to go for New Year’s Eve with a group of friends. Most of our group wasn’t into skiing, so we researched other ways to enjoy the area. Here are our five recommendations for things to do…

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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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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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Two Days in Yosemite in Summertime – Part 1

Two Days in Yosemite in Summertime – Part 1

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Epic Yosemite, Mammoth and Tahoe Roadtrip in the Summer

    This trip started as an addition of a few days in Yosemite during a business trip to San Jose. But, once we started researching the area, we kept adding new attractions and days. So all in all, we spent 6 days in three unbelievably distinct spots – each with its own beauty. We started in Yosemite National Park, then spent a day in Mammoth and finally three days in Lake Tahoe area. While Yosemite is still my favorite…

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