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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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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Oak Alley Plantation, Louisiana: A Glimpse into America’s Dark Past.

If you’ve seen the movie Interview with a Vampire, then you’ve seen Oak Alley Plantation. It was the home of the vamp, Louis, played by then-hunky Brad Pitt, but it’s also been in numerous other video productions like Beyoncé’s music video for Déjà Vu, and the movie also named Déjà Vu starring Denzel Washington. Located …

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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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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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SeeWorldNotSeaWorld’s 5 Rules for Road Trips.

I've taken 7 major road trips in my lifetime, spanning from 2011 to 2021, and I have learned many lessons along the way. Three were cross-country, from Indiana to California/Arizona, and the other four also encompassed a multidate of states (one was 16 states total) and stops. Now, I'd like to share those lessons with …

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Göteborg, Sweden: A City with Two Names.

Of the 9 European countries we visited, I’m afraid I’d have to rank Göteborg towards the bottom of the list. Like Helsinki, it was a lovely, lovely city, with friendly and welcoming people, but it was also a bit… ordinary. It didn’t help that we were supposed to go to Stockholm, the capital, and were …

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