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Redwood National Park – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Exploring California

I remember the first time I read about the Redwood National Park in elementary school, and how even back then I felt that traveler's pull that I often speak about. I can still recall those photos of the giant ancient redwoods, and as a child I was struck by their enormous size and peaceful energy.… Continue reading Redwood National Park – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Exploring California

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Rocky Mountain National Park | Exploring Colorado

Love that Rocky Mountain high! Colorado has been one of my favorite states to explore, and I have done it several times over. This state's natural beauty and magnificent landscapes has always given me that 'Rocky Mountain High', thank you John Denver. Colorado offers a variety of remarkable sceneries from desert monuments, to urban cities,… Continue reading Rocky Mountain National Park | Exploring Colorado

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The Golden Circle | Discovering Iceland

One word- Gullfloss! This powerful and spectacular Icelandic waterfall is part of the Golden Circle, and was my favorite location in the circle. The two other locations I had visited were Pingevllir (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and the Geysir Geothermal area. All were fascinating and I enjoyed the three destinations, but that waterfall was… Continue reading The Golden Circle | Discovering Iceland

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Connemara National Park | Discovering Ireland

Visiting Connemara in County Galway, along the westside of Ireland was balancing scale of emotions for me. It was joy of being out in a magnificent natural landscape and sadness from its history of famine and loss. Many people come to Connemara for photography, outdoor recreation or a relaxing getaway for a few days. There… Continue reading Connemara National Park | Discovering Ireland

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Plitvice Lakes National Park – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Exploring Croatia

As I peered down from the top of the Plitvace Lakes viewing point, I inhaled and I thought to myself, "Wow, I was just in there!" From the viewpoint above, or when scrolling online for photos of this magnificent wonderland of turquoise blue lakes and toppling waterfalls, one can only see certain vantage points. As… Continue reading Plitvice Lakes National Park – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Exploring Croatia

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park – A UNESCO World Heritage Site

My sun is in Capricorn (an earth sign), and my moon, rising and Jupiter are in Sagittarius. What does all of that mean? It pretty much means that the desire for me to travel, be free, and in nature, particularly the mountains is instinctual. Being surrounded by a mountain range is grounding for me. The… Continue reading Great Smoky Mountains National Park – A UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Mingo Falls | Exploring North Carolina

I am not shy when it comes to road tripping and exploring on my own, within reason of course. While I was checking out the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, I decided to head into the Cherokee Indian Reservation and explore Mingo Falls. Also known as Big Bear Falls by the Cherokees, heading to this… Continue reading Mingo Falls | Exploring North Carolina

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Zion National Park | Exploring Utah

After our first initial visit to Zion National Park back in 2010, this magnificent valley in Utah had become a favorite. I have come back several times with friends to hike the Emerald Pools trail, the Narrows and to find a sense of grounding. My now adult daughter hikes, camps here with friends and even… Continue reading Zion National Park | Exploring Utah

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“The Rock” Alcatraz Island – San Francisco | Exploring, California

Alcatraz Island, AKA "The Rock", has seen several incarnations and has been reinvented over the last two centuries. This small island located in the bay of San Francisco was initially developed with a lighthouse, which is considered the oldest lighthouse on the west coast. It was also a military fortification and a military prison, from the… Continue reading “The Rock” Alcatraz Island – San Francisco | Exploring, California

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Mesa Verde National Park – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Exploring Colorado

Mesa Verde National Park, was the first place that I can remember that intrigued my sense for travel and adventure. I can still recall sitting at my desk in the 5th grade, while my teacher was speaking about Mesa Verde, as I inquisitively turned the pages of the book. Looking at the photos of the… Continue reading Mesa Verde National Park – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Exploring Colorado

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Jenny Lake at Grand Teton National Park | Exploring Wyoming

Jenny Lake After I left the state of Wyoming, I had considered finding property close to Jackson Hole, the area was that impressive. Grand Teton National Park which is located close to that upscale town of Jackson Hole, to which I fell in love with, was one of the reasons for my thoughts of relocation.… Continue reading Jenny Lake at Grand Teton National Park | Exploring Wyoming

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Kenai Fjords National Park | Exploring Alaska

Reserction Bay Exploring Kenai Fjords National Park, which lies just outside of Seward, was an extraordinary experience while traveling through Alaska. This is where ice, ocean and mountains meet and the best way to visit this national park is by boat or kayak. If water travel is not your thing, you do have the option… Continue reading Kenai Fjords National Park | Exploring Alaska

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Exploring Exit Glacier | Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska

Exit Glacier is a massive and active glacier that is located in the Kenai Mountains of Alaska. It is one of the Kenai Fjords National Park's major attractions and served as the "exit" for the first recorded crossing of the Harding Icefield in 1968. Exit glacier is one of the easiest accessible valley glaciers in… Continue reading Exploring Exit Glacier | Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska

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Denali National Park & Preserve | Exploring Alaska

Denali is the national park that is on everyone's list! I know this because everyone has told me that they have either wanted to come here or they have already been to Denali. I have been to many national parks throughout this country of ours and Denali National Park was one of my favorites. It… Continue reading Denali National Park & Preserve | Exploring Alaska

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Gateway Arch National Park | Exploring Missouri

St. Louis, Missouri- The Gateway Arch National Park is unlike its sister parks of Yosemite, Zion or Yellowstone, which are glorious wonders of nature. This significant national park located in the heart of Saint Louis, Missouri is a reminder and acknowledgement of America's expansion to the West. It holds an importance and remembrance to those… Continue reading Gateway Arch National Park | Exploring Missouri

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Death Valley National Park | Exploring California

Living in Las Vegas has given me great opportunities to visit many national parks. We are a few hours from the magnificent parks in Utah and less than two hours away from Death Valley National Park in California. Over the past decade, I have taken various road trips visiting many of the wonderous natural sites… Continue reading Death Valley National Park | Exploring California

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Capitol Reef National Park | Exploring Utah

Capitol Reef was the most peaceful of the National Parks that I had visited in Utah. Many people road trip it to the more popular parks like Zion, Bryce Canyon or Arches National Park but Capitol Reef is just as stunning. It might be due to the location as it is not off the main… Continue reading Capitol Reef National Park | Exploring Utah

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Bryce Canyon National Park | Exploring Utah

Utah is my favorite state when it comes to road tripping and exploring the beauty of nature. Although it is a smaller state than California, which has the most national parks; Utah is home to many of America's national parks, including Bryce Canyon. The canyon is known for its hoodoos, which are irregular shaped rock… Continue reading Bryce Canyon National Park | Exploring Utah

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Garden of the Gods | Exploring Colorado

Colorado Springs, Colorado- Garden of the Gods is a majestic red rock public park, just 70 miles south of Denver and is free to the public. There are magnificent geological formations in various shades of red, pink and white that you can casually stroll through, cycle or take a trolley tour to view this wonderous… Continue reading Garden of the Gods | Exploring Colorado

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Exploring Carlsbad Caverns was the best underground experience that I have done in my lifetime. I have gone below the Earth's surface on many occasions from caverns to mines, and these southeastern New Mexico caverns were phenomenal. If you were to visit one cavern system only once in your lifetime, Carlsbad Caverns National Park would… Continue reading Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico | A UNESCO World Heritage Site