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5 Awesome Easy National Park Hikes

The Yellowstone National Park Act was signed into law on March 1, 1872 by Ulysses S. Grant. This act created the world's first national park, Yellowstone. Since that time, the number of national parks in the United States has grown to 61. Each of these federally protected areas offers something memorable. In most parks, you'll… Continue reading 5 Awesome Easy National Park Hikes

Fossil Exhibit Trail Badlands National Park
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Awesome Easy Badlands Hike: Fossil Exhibit Trail

Badlands National Park is located in South Dakota about an hour from Rapid City. Don't let the name fool you. The Badlands is not as desolate and dull as the name might imply. It is a beautiful landscape teeming with wildlife. Badlands National Park boasts several unique hiking trails such as the Notch Trail and… Continue reading Awesome Easy Badlands Hike: Fossil Exhibit Trail

Running Eagle Falls
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Awesome Easy Glacier Hike: Running Eagle Falls

Glacier National Park is located in northern Montana adjacent to the Canadian border. It covers roughly 1 million acres. So, there are loads of amazing hikes! One of those is the Running Eagle Falls trail. Running Eagle Falls is an awesome and easy hike in this mountainous national park. Running Eagle Falls in an out… Continue reading Awesome Easy Glacier Hike: Running Eagle Falls

Arlington Cemetery gravestones with Washington Monument in the background
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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