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SeeWorldNotSeaWorld’s 5 Rules for Road Trips.

I've taken 8 major road trips in my lifetime, spanning from 2011 to 2022, and I have learned many lessons along the way. Three were cross-country, from Indiana to California/Arizona, and the other five encompassed a multidate of states (one was 16 states total) and stops. Now, I'd like to share those lessons with you! …

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Mesa Verde National Park.

Translated from Spanish as “green table”, Mesa Verde National Park is very appropriately named. The “green table” for which it’s named is prominent from the start, appearing very shortly once you pass the entrance. One of the first things I remarked upon on after entering was the full, lush greenery that encased the mountains, surrounding us like …

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McDowell Sonoran Conservancy: Tom’s Thumb Trail.

Located in the McDowell Mountains in the upper Sonoran Desert, right outside of Scottsdale, Arizona, sits the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy; an independent, nonprofit conservation. Created in 1991, it’s a massive area of around 30,580-acres, making it the largest urban preserve in the entire United States. The conservancy was birthed in 1990 by 13 preservationists and …

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Gatlinburg SkyBridge (Suspension Bridge).

A colossal suspension bridge with a 30-foot glass bottom section in the middle that doesn’t take you anywhere in particular; the Gatlinburg suspension bridge is simply a lot of fun to walk across. Perched atop a 1,800-ft. overlook, it's the longest pedestrian cable bridge in North America, stretching almost 700 feet across. The top offers …

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American Pilgrimage Story (Washington D.C.).

The Reflecting Pool and Lincoln Memorial. I’ve been to Washington D.C. once, back in 2003 at the tender age of 13 for my 8th grade graduation school trip. To say I barely remember it is an understatement. It was such a brief and erratic trip – they shuttled us onto a chartered plane at like …

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The Palace Restaurant and Saloon: Step into a Wild West Time Machine.

Officially the oldest bar and business still operating within the state of Arizona, the Palace Restaurant and Saloon does everything in its power to firmly hold onto its Wild West roots. Obviously considered to be one of the most historic bars in the state, it was eventually put on the National Register of Historical Places. …

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Bergen, Norway: City of Seven Mountains. 

One of Northern Europe’s oldest port cities and on the west coast of Norway, Bergen was the last city we visited in Scandinavia. It is the second-largest city in Norway, coming in only behind the capital, Oslo (pop: 702,543), with a population of around 287, 888 (2022). It puts into perspective how sparsely populated Norway …

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The Dirty Myrtle (South Carolina).

If you've ever watched Jenelle “I seen you wiff Keifah” Evans from Teen Mom 2… or watched Trailer Park: Welcome to Myrtle Manor… or were a fan of the reality TV show Party Down South… you've seen and heard of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, which has been lovingly nicknamed The Dirty Myrtle. It more than …

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Vermont: The Green Mountain State. 💚

During my 16-state, 2018 East Coast road trip, the only state that truly blew me away was Vermont 😍. It'd be safe to say that I fan-girled hard over it. It’s so beautiful! It remained “the most beautiful state I've visited so far” until Montana and the Idaho panhandle stole the title in 2020. It’s …

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Winslow, Arizona: “Standin’ on the Corner…”

A small, desert city (current population: 9,192) located in the Little Colorado Valley, Winslow’s main claim to fame is being mentioned in an Eagles song. It is quite isolated, located within Navajo County in northeastern Arizona, right off I-40. It’s around 57 miles east of Flagstaff, which is the closest large city in Arizona. The …

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Jayell Ranch Adventure Park (Pigeon Forge, TN).

Technically located in Sevierville, Tennessee, at 1131 Jayell Rd, Jayell Ranch Adventure Park is loads of fun and something I really enjoyed doing. It's only about a 15-minute drive from Pigeon Forge and about 25-minutes from Gatlinburg. They offer a plethora of activities including: 6 zip-lines, ATV rides, off-road go-carts (UTVs), and horseback riding, all …

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