The Idaho Panhandle: Esto Perpetua.

Before I visited Idaho, I always pictured it like Iowa or Ohio - just flat, nothing, boring, potatoland. Pleasantly surprising, Idaho is none of that, at least not the areas we went to. We drove through the entire eastern half, south to north, starting at the Utah border and driving approximately 2 hours north to …

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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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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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Ross Creek Cedars, Montana: Some Really Big Trees.

Since I love visiting geographic wonders and have a great love for hiking, Ross Creek Cedars was right up my alley. In fact, one of my life goals is visiting all of the National Parks, as well as all the giant trees in America. I’ve been to the sequoias in central California (Mighty Sequoias: Largest …

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Glenwood, New Mexico: Catwalk Recreation Area.

Around 5 miles outside the teeny “town” of Glenwood, New Mexico, is an outdoor recreation area that is both family-friendly and super-duper cool. Located within the Gila National Forest (pronounced “hee-la”), it’s a super easy, approximately 2-mile in-and-out trail. The metal catwalk begins around .5 miles into the trail, starting from the parking lot. At …

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Beautiful Montana: Kootenai Falls and Suspension Bridge.

Kootenai Falls is not a waterfall like Niagara Falls, but boy, is it powerful. Located on the Kootenai River, these falls are more like whitewater river-rafting falls rather than huge, view-from-a-packed-boat-like-sardines-in-a-can falls (like Niagara Falls). Located at Kootenai River Rd, Libby, MT 59923, it sits in the top, most-western corner of Montana, in a rather …

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Horseshoe Bend: Incredible and Magnificent.

A true marvel of nature’s power and one of the most beautiful natural sights I’ve ever seen, Horseshoe Bend is one of my all-time favorite places - ever 😍. While there is not much to do other than gaze at the insane product of millions of years of nature’s ingenuity, it’s well worth a trip. …

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Woot, woot, in the butte (Thumb Butte, Arizona).

Jetting high into the sky, Thumb Butte sits proudly as a distinctive landmark of Prescott, Arizona. Nestled in the Prescott National Forest, Thumb Butte is so prominent that it’s difficult to miss, even many miles out. Hiking Thumb Butte is popular, although when we went, we only came across about 8 people along the entire …

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Marengo Cave & Indiana Caverns.

When people think of Indiana, they usually think of flat, rural farmland. While they'd be correct regarding most of the state, the very southern section is anything but flat. It's pretty hilly, covered in dense woods, with numerous, extremely large caves and passages located all throughout. Four of the larger, more well-known cave systems in …

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