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Piedra Herrada, the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary You’ve Never Heard Of

It was the butterflies that prompted our visit to Mexico. I could only dream of millions of monarch butterflies fluttering around us — so many you don’t know where to look. But for a few months each winter, it’s not a dream. It’s a reality, at least at Piedra Herrada Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary near Valle …

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The Complete List of US National Parks with Printable PDF

Nowhere else has national parks that can measure up like the United States. No, they’re not run perfectly, but there is a tremendous amount of protected land and incredible outdoor settings just waiting to be visited. In fact, you just might be surprised by the variety that’s on the complete list of US national parks. …

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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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