Mount San Jacinto State Park: Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.

If you’ve ever driven to Palm Springs, either coming from the Inland Empire or the Los Angeles region to the west - or from Blythe and Arizona to the east - you cannot miss the magnificent, looming mountains that contain the peak of Mount San Jacinto. This is the first range of mountains you see …

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Laguna Beach Pirate Tower: Ahoy matey!

On Victoria Beach, in the famous city of Laguna Beach, right off the equally famous PCH (Pacific Coast Highway), stands a lone "pirate tower". Pushed up against the cliff and directly below homes costing an average of $4 million, it’s an interesting sight to behold. It’s obviously not a real pirate’s tower, but one constructed …

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Nashville, Tennessee: The Redneck Vegas.

I've been to Nashville 3 times; however, all these trips were entirely different experiences. Nashville can be fun, but it’s not my favorite U.S. city to visit. First, it’s very crowded. Second, drinking is the norm and heavily encouraged. Third, it’s usually packed with bachelorette parties, or as they are known, “Woo Girls”, because they …

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Edinburgh, Scotland: All Hail Mr. Boots.

If I were asked, “Name the top five cities you’d like to live in for at least a year”, Edinburgh would make the list. I’d also put Edinburgh in the top three cities we visited in Europe. There’s just something special about the Gothic architecture combined with the vibrance of the city, and of course, …

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Niagara Falls: America’s Most Famous Waterfalls.

Routinely (and wrongly) assumed to be a single waterfall, Niagara Falls is actually three separate waterfalls. It consists of Bridal Falls, American Falls, and the biggest and most famous, Horseshoe Falls. The last waterfall is what people typically picture when thinking of Niagara Falls. I was one of these people, until I got to visit …

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Gateway Arch National Park.

While there are many things to do in STL, obviously the main attraction is the Saint Louis Arch. I've gone up the Arch twice, once with my friend and another time with my mom when she was visiting for work (and I was 8-months pregnant at the time. 🤰🏻🥴). Both experiences were pretty much the …

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Sandy Canyon: A Picturesque Portion of the Arizona Trail.

Near the beginning of the trail, more near the top/parking lot. Sandy Canyon is located about 15 minutes outside of Flagstaff (which is approximately 25 minutes north of where we stayed in Munds Park), and is a great day hike. The hike is officially called the Sandy Canyon Trail, but most refer to it simply …

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Hellesylt, Norway: A Whimsical Fairytale.

Per usual, my outfit choices during this time period were... embarrassing. 🤦🏻‍♀️ But also comfortable! 🙃 Of the four Norwegian cities/villages we visited, Hellesylt was hands down my favorite. With a population of 258 as of 2018, it’s only slightly larger than Geiranger. However, there are around 590 people, total, when you count the residents …

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