Walnut Canyon National Monument.

First things first - IT’S INSANELY WINDY. You truly have no idea what’s about to hit you when you park, then walk to the front doors of the visiting center. It's not windy at all up there. However, as soon as you exit the doors to the outside area that begins the long descent down …

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Four Corners National Monument.

With an official address in Teec Nos Pos, Arizona, the whole draw of the Four Corners National Monument is, of course, that it’s technically located in 4 states – Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. Furthermore, even though the official address is in Arizona, the entrance is actually located in New Mexico. It’s tucked back …

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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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Amarillo, Texas: “Hoof Prints of the American Quarter Horse”.

While there are many things to do in Amarillo, Texas, if you're looking for something that is free and fun, then the Quarter Horse scavenger hunt is perfect for you. Officially called “Hoof Prints of the American Quarter Horse” (fun personal fact: I used to have an American Quarter Horse named Snickers), each horse is …

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Another Cross-Country (Almost) Road Trip: Same road, different path.

Although I’ve made this drive before not once, but twice, the experiences and sights were still brand new and different. It really makes me stop and think about the things I likely missed in my previous trips, literally anywhere, and what I’d discover by going back. Also, I suspect that going through these states at …

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Montezuma Castle National Monument: “It’s not a castle and Montezuma never lived there.”

"It’s not a castle and Montezuma never lived there,” declared the hilariously blunt opening line on the back of the magnet I bought at the gift shop. In fact, the “castle” was abandoned almost an entire century (some say 40 years) before the famous Aztec emperor was even born. It got its name when early …

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