For starters, Carlsbad Caverns is unlike any other national park I’ve been to. They’ve all been unique to the area that they’re located in, and because of that I’ve seen lots of tall mountains, and bountiful wildlife. But I’ve never before gone underground in a national park before.
In fact, aside from living in my basement every summer growing up, I’ve really never gone underground ANYWHERE before. But that was all about to change, and I was super excited about it.
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I feel a bit strange writing about Arches National Park. This is another time where I certainly do not feel like an authority on a subject, because I have hardly dipped my toe into the vast opportunities of this park. I have no idea when their busy season is, I don’t know the best way to get a campsite, and I didn’t even complete my Junior Ranger book!
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Zion has more than four million visitors a year for a reason. It is an incredible park, with a ton of things to do, but it can also be sort of overwhelming trying to figure out what things can’t be missed and what things maybe shouldn’t be on your list if you’re pressed for time.
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Are you thinking of visiting Zion National Park, but your free time falls during the slow season? You may have been looking at hotel prices, but you’re feeling unsure about booking when you realize they’re significantly lower than the average. What is it about the winter season makes Zion so affordable? Why is the town of Springdale expecting so few people? Continue reading “7 Reasons To Visit Zion in the Winter” →
Fun fact about Zion National Park: the summer season is peak season. When it’s like 100 degrees. Most of the parks millions of visitors pass through between May and September. The other three seasons are slow, the temperatures are mild, and personally I believe the snow dusted landscape is something not to be missed. Continue reading “Zion National Park” →
I truly am so lucky that I have multiple opportunities to visit Buffalo, New York. I grew up there, and now I visit family multiple times a year. Each time I’m there I try to do something new and exciting, and I have never been hard pressed to find something that fits the bill. This is how I found myself stumbling upon Explore Buffalo’s grain silos tour. This non-profit is dedicated to educating it’s patrons on Buffalo history, architecture, and neighborhoods. Continue reading “Touring Buffalo’s Grain Silos with Explore Buffalo” →
One of the things that makes Denali National Park so incredible is the seclusion you feel when you’re inside the park. There aren’t very many signs of human life, but to preserve the natural beauty, there are a lot of rules about how you can enter the park. Continue reading “Planning Your Denali Trip” →
Most people don’t need to google, “What to see in Alaska,” to know that Denali National Park is one of the top rated attractions. In the event that you are one of the few people who haven’t realized that yet, I did the leg work for you. Denali is mentioned nine times on the front page of the aforementioned google search, and it was truly the highlight of my sixteen day Alaskan Adventure. Continue reading “Experiencing Denali National Park” →
Wrangell St. Elias National Park
On our first official day on our own in the Alaskan wilderness I, quite ambitiously, planned a huge day. It involved driving the McCarthy Highway, twice, an adventurous activity, and exploring both the cool town of McCarty, and the Kennecott copper mill, all in the heart of Wrangell St. Elias National Park. Continue reading “Visiting Wrangell St. Elias National Park: The Home to McCarthy and Kennecott, Alaska” →
If you’re planning on navigating the vast state of Alaska without a tour of any sort, buy The MILEPOST. This guide gives you incredibly thorough information for each turnabout, gas station, campsites, scenic overviews, animal habits, and berry picking. It even lists places where you can get cell service. Which is the other reason you should buy The Milepost. You probably won’t be able to rely on your cell phone’s GPS system, and this book doesn’t even need electricity! (If you’re going to try to argue that you need light to read it, try visiting Alaska during tourism season. If it’s dark, and you’re not where you need to be, you’re too lost for The Milepost to help you.) Continue reading “Highways Across Alaska” →