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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The Petrified Forest National Park and Painted Desert.

The Petrified Forest National Park and Painted Desert is somewhere I had been wanting to visit for a very long time. This is an extremely vast national park, where you must drive from point to point (hiking along the road is technically possible, but not something I’d personally recommend, especially during summer). It’s open daily …

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Grand Canyon National Park (it’s really grand).

My whole life, I’ve wanted to visit the Grand Canyon. It’s something you read and hear about, and see in pictures and videos growing up your entire life (at least in the U.S.). I've gotten to visit this natural wonder twice in my life, once in 2017 and again in 2021 (I will be including …

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Joshua Tree National Park.

I have wanted to visit Joshua Tree National Park for about 3.5 years. Since my time in California is ending, I figured it was now or never. Located in the Mojave Desert, it sits 20 minutes from the city of Joshua Tree, one hour from Palm Springs, and only two minutes from Twenty-Nine Palms (depending …

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Sequoia National Park: Largest Trees in the World.

"The big tree is Nature's forest masterpiece... the greatest of living things." - John Muir Out of the 61 national parks in the United States, California is home to 9, which is more than any other state in the nation. The most famous is the majestic Yosemite, but the others are just as wonderful. Some …

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