• Along the Virgin River
    hiking,  north america,  outdoors,  travel

    Hikes in Zion National Park

    The red cliffs of Zion National Park is majestic! It’s my favorite place in all of Utah. I went here twice and I was just as amazed by its beauty the first time. It’s 2 to 3 hours drive from Las Vegas. A park great for canyoneering (also known as canyoning), which is navigating a canyon by hiking, swimming, abseiling, cliff jumping, and/or climbing. My first experience of this was a guided experience at Blue Mountains in Australia.   GETTING THERE If you need to fly, the nearest major airport to Zion is McCarran International Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas. Other nearby major airports are in Salt Lake City (SLC)…

  • Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado, USA
    hiking,  north america,  outdoors

    Great Sand Dunes National Park

    Did you know Great Sand Dunes National Park has the tallest dunes in North America? It’s over 750 feet in height and 30 square miles long. Elevation of 8200 ft (2499 m).   GETTING THERE Great Sand Dunes is open 24/7. The park is a 4-hour drive from Denver, Colorado. Admission is free with the America the Beautiful pass. Otherwise, you pay $15 per vehicle. During the summer, the sand can reach up to 150 degrees F. It’s best to hike early in the morning or in the evening.    THINGS TO DO AT GREAT SAND DUNES Hike to High Dune Hike Date: August 2018 Distance: 2.5 mile (4…

  • Lower Antelope Canyon, Page Arizona
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    Price Guide: Road Trip in Southwest USA

    There are many variables when it comes to a road trip. This post will show what the road trip expenses were driving solo versus expenses shared with another person. Bare in mind that the itinerary for these 2 Southwest road trips weren’t 100% the same.   COST BREAKDOWN FOR 1 PERSON Disclaimer: These prices reflect my travel style and might not tailor your travel preferences.    ROAD MAP I started and ended the road trip in Denver, Colorado because I was living there at the time. States Covered: Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Arizona Method of transportation: Car only Date: September 2018 Trip Duration: 4 days Arches National Park (B) Canyonland National Park (C)…

  • Ouzel Falls Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park
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    Top Hikes In Rocky Mountain National Park

    If you’re visiting Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park is one of those places you need to make a priority to see. Unrelentingly beautiful scenery filled with majestic mountains, wildlife, wildflowers, alpine forests, and over 350 miles of hiking trails. The Rockies is more than 3,000 miles (4,828 km) and reaches into Canada. So it’s impossible to see all what this park has to offer in a day. Read: Views of Canadian Rockies at Banff   GETTING THERE There are 4 entrances to the national park. I’ve been through two of them, Wild Basin and Beaver Meadows. Both entrance are about 1.5 hours from downtown Denver. Beaver Meadows is very busy…

  • Galleon Beach at Nelson's Dockyard National Park
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    Fun Things To Do In Antigua

    Have you heard of Antigua and Barbuda? Not Antigua in Guatemala. When I told people I was visiting Antigua, 99% of them have never heard of the country. It’s 324 miles from Puerto Rico. East of US Virgin Islands and North of Barbados. Here it is on the map:   If you are wanting to avoid the resort route, I’d advise you don’t. The resorts offer a lot of things to do and you don’t have to worry about transportation or food, like I did. I will admit that if I stayed an additional 3 days or more, I would have trouble finding enough things to do within Antigua. Antigua has a…

  • Banff National Park - Herbert Lake
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    Visiting Banff National Park in May

    If you’ve never been to Canada, you MUST make a stop in Alberta province. It is one of the most breathtaking places you can ever visit. The landscape is AMAZING and drool-worthy! I haven’t been everywhere but just when I thought I have seen some of the most beautiful places, Canada blew my mind and is high on my list for natural beauty. It was my first time in Canada and so glad I picked Alberta to visit. Best times to see the turquoise-colored lakes in Banff is between June and August. Shoulder season is September to October. Ski season is December to March. Banff National Park is Canada’s first…