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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Vermont: The Green Mountain State. 💚

During my 16-state, 2018 East Coast road trip, the only state that truly blew me away was Vermont 😍. It'd be safe to say that I fan-girled hard over it. It’s so beautiful! It remained “the most beautiful state I've visited so far” until Montana and the Idaho panhandle stole the title in 2020. It’s …

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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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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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Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch: A California Desert Adventure.

Nestled in a back corner of the Mojave Desert in Southern California, sits an eccentric and creative “ranch”. Only mere feet from the iconic Route 66, aka “the Main Street of America”, Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch is an interesting place. The closest “town” is Oro Grande, which is technically an “unincorporated territory” in San Bernardino …

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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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