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Live Vicariously Through This Photo Tour of the Grand Tetons

In the Grand Tetons, you either need two days or your whole life. During summer, this part of Wyoming is easily toured by car. Most park roads run through the valley, looking up at the imposing mountains. Drive from one overlook to the next, snap some photos, take a walk. You’ll find wildlife, watch a …

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No One Hikes in Acadia National Park and That’s Why You Should Go

I assumed Acadia National Park hiking would be a nightmare.  We were visiting on a warm summer weekend and many of the trails are short and flat with gorgeous views.  That’s a recipe for crowds and congestion. Sure enough, we parked our rental car at Jordan Pond’s overflow parking lot at 11am on a Saturday …

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Is Spearfish Canyon Hiking Worth a Full Day? Probably not.

If there was one place in South Dakota that disappointed me, it was Spearfish Canyon. I think it was a case of unrealistic expectations. Everyone raves about hiking in Spearfish Canyon — the “prettiest place in the state” — so I expected an environment so unbelievably beautiful that nowhere else compared. However, the rest of …

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One Day in Custer State Park for Travelers Who Want to See it All

If you only go to one place in South Dakota, you better make it Custer. Somehow this one park manages to pack in epic scenic drives, wildlife sightings so easy it’s practically guaranteed, and hikes that take you through the best of the black Hills. Of course, squeezing it all into one day in Custer …

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This North Dakota National Park is Way Better than Expected

I caught myself judging North Dakota before I went. Even though Theodore Roosevelt National Park is the North Dakota national park that inspired our country’s conservation efforts, I didn’t expect much. Ask anyone: North Dakota is just a boring plains state. It’s home to Little Missouri National Grassland — that’s one MILLION acres of fields, …

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3 Days in Rocky Mountain National Park (for Hikers!)

Rocky Mountain National Park captures your heart immediately: snowy summits provide a gorgeous backdrop, alpine forests and fresh air are waiting to be explored, and there’s wildlife everywhere if you’re willing to look. While many people visit on a day trip from Denver, you’ll want 3 days in Rocky Mountain National Park if you want …

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Tasmania Painted Cliffs on Maria Island

The Tasmania Painted Cliffs on Maria Island are Spectacular

Truth be told, I went to Maria Island National Park in hopes of seeing kangaroos.  I knew all about the Tasmania Painted Cliffs, but I figured they were wouldn’t be that impressive in person.  We weren’t going at the right time of day for ideal lighting to bring out the colors and I thought they’d …

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