Jerome, Arizona: “Too Strong to Die”.

Perched high within the Black Hills, inside the Prescott National Forest, sits a town famous among both ghost hunters and “Wild West” fanatics. These days it’s sparsely populated, with a population fluctuating between 444 and 500 permanent residents. Jerome was established in 1876 and was once the 4th largest city in the state of Arizona, …

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The Idaho Panhandle: Mountains, not Potatoes.

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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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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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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