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Complete Guide for Visiting Cinque Terre

Complete Guide for Visiting Cinque Terre

From its rugged coastline to the charming historic villages, Cinque Terre (pronounced “Cheen-Kway Tare-ray”) is an Italian gem not to be missed. Over the years, people have built terraces on the rugged, steep landscape right up to the cliffs that overlook the sea. There is still wild nature intertwined with old vineyards, houses built into the rocky cliffs, and olive groves, all overlooking gorgeous blue sea waters. Cinque Terre Villages The first records of Cinque Terre date back to the…

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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 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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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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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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Iceland – 6 Days in the Land of Fire and Ice

Iceland – 6 Days in the Land of Fire and Ice

Why Iceland? That was the first question our friends and family asked. With a volcanic landscape of geysers, hot springs, waterfalls, glaciers and black-sand beaches, it’s a nature lover’s dream. Iceland has become a trendy place to visit in the last few years, but most places are still native, family owned and not commercialized. We chose to visit Iceland in April, before the prime tourist season began. The temps are cool, but not as cold as you might think. However,…

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