Arlington Cemetery gravestones with Washington Monument in the background

Planning a Visit to Arlington Cemetery

Proud. Humbled. Thankful. That's how I felt during my visit to Arlington Cemetery. It is a peaceful place to sit and reflect on the sacrifice made by so many brave men and women. Getting to Arlington Cemetery Fortunately, the Arlington Cemetery Metro Station is near the Arlington National Cemetery Welcome Center. So, we took the… Continue reading Planning a Visit to Arlington Cemetery

Acadia National Park Must See, Bar Island

Acadia National Park Must-See

As I was trying to pick my Acadia National Park must-see, I considered options such as the Carriage Road and Cadillac Mountain. (Both are awesome places to visit!) However, I chose something a bit unconventional! The whole point of vacation is to have fun. As I recalled our visit to Acadia, I just kept thinking… Continue reading Acadia National Park Must-See

Crater Lake Must-See Phantom Ship

Crater Lake Must-See

Crater Lake National Park is home to the deepest and purest lake in the United States. The cobalt blue water rests in a volcanic crater creating a scene that is perfectly picturesque. Rim Drive encircles the lake allowing visitors the opportunity to view the lake from various perspectives. However, keep in mind that this road… Continue reading Crater Lake Must-See

Redwood National Park Stout Grove

Redwoods Must-See

The Redwoods are a bit unusual in that the park is actually a combination of both state and federal lands which are managed jointly. When I first started planning our trip to the Redwoods, I found this structure along with the layout of these areas to be a little confusing. If it is your first… Continue reading Redwoods Must-See

Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park Must-See

You might think that my must-see sight in Yellowstone National Park would be something like Old Faithful or Grand Prismatic. Nope. Now, don't get me wrong, you should see those iconic places. However, my Yellowstone National Park must-see sight is Mammoth Hot Springs. You might find Mammoth Hot Springs to be an unusual choice. Allow… Continue reading Yellowstone National Park Must-See

Mesa Arch Canyonlands National Park

Mesa Arch Trail – Canyonlands National Park

Mesa Arch Trail is a short and easy trail located in the Islands in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park. This trail leads to an iconic view of Mesa Arch so named for the way it perfectly frames the mesa below. The trail is .5 miles round trip. There is a bit of an… Continue reading Mesa Arch Trail – Canyonlands National Park

Arches National Park Scenic Drive

10 Highlights of the Arches National Park Scenic Drive

The Arches National Park scenic drive is the main highway which traverses this unique Utah park. Of course, the best way to experience Arches is to get out of the car and hike among the giants. However, if you are short on time, you can still see some amazing sights from the road. Arches is… Continue reading 10 Highlights of the Arches National Park Scenic Drive

Green River Overlook in Canyonlands

Canyonlands Green River Overlook

Canyonlands National Park is located near Moab, Utah. This canyon might not be as famous as the big one, but it is no less spectacular! I actually like Canyonlands better! Canyonlands National Park is divided into 3 major districts: Islands in the Sky, the Needles, and the Maze. Islands in the Sky is the most… Continue reading Canyonlands Green River Overlook

Arches National Park Fiery Furnace

Arches Fiery Furnace: Ranger Guided or Self Guided

The Arches Fiery Furnace is a restricted section of Arches National Park which is located near Moab, Utah.  In the Fiery Furnace, you'll experience a network of fins and sandstone formations which create a monstrous maze just waiting to be explored. You must have a permit or be with a ranger to enter the Arches… Continue reading Arches Fiery Furnace: Ranger Guided or Self Guided

Badlands Cedar Pass Lodge
Tip & Tee

Tip & Tee: Badlands Cedar Pass Lodge

The Badlands of South Dakota was originally established as a National Monument in 1939. It wasn't until 1978 that it was finally designated a National Park. The Badlands has an open hike policy. This policy is unique in national parks. It allows visitors to go off trail to better enjoy the incredible geologic features as… Continue reading Tip & Tee: Badlands Cedar Pass Lodge