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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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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Montana: The Most Beautiful State in America.

While Sedona is still one of my favorite places ever, Montana is hands down my absolute favorite state in the whole country. I had seen photos of this gorgeous state for years, only being able to picture it in my head. So, being able to finally visit it, and by car (the best way to …

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Mogollon, New Mexico: One of the Wildest Mining Towns in the Wild West.

It was quite a feat getting to this once flourishing mining town nestled deep within the Mogollon Mountains in western New Mexico. Mogollon sits approximately 12 miles from the nearest "town", Glenwood (population: 139), and only 3 miles of that is highway. The rest is a 9-mile precarious road, to say the least, which has …

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“3 Corners”: Stand in Three States at One Time!

The “4 Corners’” lesser known, less popular cousin, I didn’t even know the “3 Corners” existed until this year (2021). Almost everyone knows about the “4 Corners” in the Southwest, but few know about the three states that meet in the Midwest. I had never heard of it until I researched things to do for …

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