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Capitol Reef Guide Cassidy Arch

Capitol Reef National Park: The Ultimate Guide

Established in 1971, Capitol Reef National Park has a bit of all the things that Utah’s other parks are famous for – arches, hoodoos, canyons and stunning overlooks. But it’s easily the least crowded of Utah’s Mighty 5. In this Capitol Reef guide, we’ll be covering nearly all the hikes, historical landmarks and scenic vantage

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Cathedral Valley Capitol Reef

Cathedral Valley: Bentonite Hills, Temple of the Sun & More

Cathedral Valley may be part of Capitol Reef, but it looks and feels like an entirely different park. The district is most known for two main sections: the Bentonite Hills and the Temples of the Sun and Moon. But as we’ll cover below, there are plenty of additional amazing sites to discover throughout Cathedral Valley. Before

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Hiking Navajo Knobs

Hiking Capitol Reef’s Rim Overlook & Navajo Knobs Trail

After dealing with stressful hike permit lotteries and timed entry systems at other Utah parks, visiting Capitol Reef National Park is a breath of fresh air. The park’s flagship hike – Navajo Knobs – is freely accessible to anyone, while you’ll likely have much of the trail to yourself. It’s easily one of the most

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Kodachrome Basin State Park Angel's Palace

Kodachrome Basin State Park: What to Do & See In a Day

The southern half of Utah is home to so many parks and unique landmarks that plenty of great destinations get lost in the shuffle. Kodachrome Basin State Park is one such overlooked site. Yet if you plan in advance, it makes for an easy stopover between Bryce Canyon (or Zion) and Capitol Reef National Park.

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Hiking The Narrows

Hiking The Narrows: One of America’s Most Unique Hikes

Hiking The Narrows is a one-of-a-kind experience that has you hiking through a gorge cut out by the North Fork of the Virgin River. In other words, the river is the trail! And that, of course, means you’re going to get soaking wet. As such, you’ll need to consider a number of factors when preparing

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Hiking Angels Landing

Hiking Angels Landing: Everything You Need to Know

Zion National Park’s Angels Landing is one of America’s most thrilling hikes, as the final, narrow section can only be traversed by grabbing onto metal chains. But thanks to its uniqueness, the hike has also gotten extremely popular, and it can now only be accessed with a permit. In this guide, we’ll be covering everything

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Death Valley Packing List

Death Valley: The Ultimate Packing List

Death Valley National Park is one of America’s largest parks and also one of its most diverse. Infamous for its extreme summer temperatures, the park can also get surprisingly cold in the mountains – especially during winter. Coming adequately prepared is essential to both your enjoyment and your survival, and this Death Valley packing list

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Badwater Basin A Day in Death Valley

An Unforgettable Death Valley Itinerary: From 1-5 days

Given the massive size of the National Park and how distant its main landmarks are from nearby towns, planning a perfect Death Valley itinerary is extremely tricky. There are also plenty of other variables to consider, such as the season you visit, the type of vehicle you’ll be driving, how much of a hiker you

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Top Things to Do in Death Valley

Top 5 Things to Do in Death Valley

Death Valley National Park is the United States’ largest park outside of Alaska. While many picture it as a lifeless desert, at over 3 million acres, few other parks offer as much variety as Death Valley. While by no means an exhaustive list, the guide below takes a look at the top five things to

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Hiking the Golden Canyon and Gower Gulch Loop

Hiking Death Valley’s Golden Canyon & Gower Gulch Loop

The Golden Canyon and Gower Gulch Loop Hike is arguably the quintessential Death Valley hike. Over the course of a few hours, it takes you through the harsh and lifeless – yet stunningly beautiful – desert scenery that most people associate with the National Park. But in true Death Valley fashion, the hike can get

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Hiking Telescope Peak

Hiking Telescope Peak: Death Valley’s Highest Mountain

While far from the type of excursion most people picture when they think of Death Valley, hiking Telescope Peak is one of the park’s most thrilling and rewarding adventures. The National Park may be home to the lowest point in the Americas, but conquering Death Valley’s highest mountain takes you up to an elevation of

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Racetrack Playa Sailing Stones

Racetrack Playa & The Mystery of the Sailing Stones

Racetrack Playa and its sailing stones have mystified scientists and adventurous travelers alike for over a century. Situated in a remote and hard-to-reach part of Death Valley National Park, the playa is a flat, dry lakebed that’s home to dozens of rocks that seemingly move on their own – but only when nobody’s around. In

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Ubehebe Crater Hike

Hiking Ubehebe Crater: Everything You Need to Know

At half a mile wide and up to 777 ft deep, Ubehebe is Death Valley’s largest crater. While visitors have the option to simply overlook the colorful crater from the parking lot, more adventurous travelers can get a much closer look. Not only does the Ubehebe Crater hike entail walking around the rim, but you

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Kelso Dunes Mojave National Preserve

Mojave National Preserve: The Kelso Dunes & More

The massive Mojave National Preserve, located between Joshua Tree and Death Valley, is one of California’s most overlooked outdoor destinations. The towering Kelso Dunes alone are worth the trip, while other parts of the park feature unique hikes like the Ring Loops Trail. Established in 1994, the Mojave National Preserve covers 1.6 million acres – about

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Joshua Tree Guide Wall Street Mill

A Guide to Joshua Tree: How to Spend a Weekend in The Park

Spreading out to nearly 800,000 acres, Joshua Tree National Park is the place where the Colorado and Mojave deserts converge. Millions of visitors flock to this harsh desert environment each year to admire its uniquely shaped granite boulders and of course, Joshua trees, a species of yucca. In this Joshua Tree guide, we’ll be covering the top

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Ladder Canyon and Painted Canyon Loop Trail

Hiking The Ladder Canyon and Painted Canyon Loop Trail

While easily one of the most thrilling hikes in southern California, the Ladder Canyon and Painted Canyon Loop Trail often gets overlooked. It’s not a part of any major park system, nor is it simple to reach. But considering how it’s right in between Joshua Tree National Park and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, outdoor enthusiasts

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park: The Top Sites & Trails

At over 600,000 acres, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is California’s largest State Park. For reference, if it were a National Park, it would rank in the top twenty. As such, you can’t expect to see everything in a single day – or even two. The park was named after Juan Bautista de Anza, an 18th-century

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Torrey Pines Hike

Torrey Pines: A Complete Hiking Guide

Just north of San Diego is a gorgeous State Park that doesn’t quite get the attention it deserves. The Torrey Pines State Natural Preserve is home to the Torrey pine, one of the rarest pine trees in the world. The park also features numerous hiking trails and a beach. In the following guide, we’ll help you

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A Day in Red Rock Canyon

A Day at Red Rock Canyon: Hikes, Petroglyphs & More

It’s hard to believe that the rugged sandstone cliffs of Red Rock Canyon can be found just seventeen miles from the Las Vegas Strip. But while easy to reach, a day at Red Rock Canyon isn’t that easy to plan for, as the Conservation Area is home to more than two dozen hikes.  In the

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Visiting Valley of Fire State Park Guide

Valley of Fire State Park: The Fire Wave, Elephant Rock & More

Situated in the Mojave Desert just an hour east of Las Vegas, Valley of Fire State Park is home to so many beautiful formations that it even rivals some US National Parks. In the following guide, we’ll be covering nearly all of the trails and landmarks one can experience when visiting Valley of Fire in

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Visiting Cathedral Gorge State Park

Cathedral Gorge State Park: Exploring Its Slot Canyons & Hiking Trails

Outside the town of Panaca, Nevada lies yet another Southwest hidden gem. Despite having become a Nevada State Park as early as 1935, Cathedral Gorge gets relatively little attention – likely due to its remote location. As with plenty of other spots in the Southwest, it’s home to slot canyons and desert trails. Yet Cathedral

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One Day in Bryce Canyon Navajo Loop

One Day in Bryce Canyon: The Top Hikes & Viewpoints

Bryce Canyon is the smallest of Utah’s Mighty 5 by far. At around 36,000 acres (or 72 km2), it’s less than half the size of Arches. And it’s nearly a tenth the size of Canyonlands (337,000 acres). But millions of visitors still come each year to admire Bryce’s iconic hoodoos. Most people, however, stick to the

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Visiting White Pocket

Exploring the Extraordinary White Pocket

Some describe visiting northern Arizona’s White Pocket as like walking across a giant glob of strawberry swirl ice cream. Others liken it to exploring an alien planet. Whatever it may remind you of, nearly all those who visit White Pocket call it one of the most extraordinary geological formations in the US Southwest – if

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Grand Canyon North Rim Guide Imperial Point

A Guide to the Overlooked Grand Canyon North Rim

The Grand Canyon has long been one of America’s most iconic and popular destinations. A large majority of people, however, visit what’s known as the South Rim. The North Rim, in contrast, sees only a fraction of the visitors. And with equally impressive views, it’s ideal for those who want to escape the crowds. In

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Lower Antelope Canyon vs Antelope Canyon X

Antelope Canyon X vs. Lower Antelope Canyon

Even if you don’t recognize the name, you’ve surely seen photos of Antelope Canyon’s wavy sandstone walls at some point, be it a computer desktop background or digital ad campaign. Located just outside of Page, Arizona, it’s now one of the US Southwest’s most popular destinations. While, as we’ll cover shortly, the canyon is divided

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The New Wave Things to Do in Page

Top 5 Things to Do in Page (That Aren’t Antelope Canyon)

While Page, Arizona’s top attraction is undoubtedly Antelope Canyon, there are still plenty of outdoor activities to experience within easy reach of the town center. The following list of the top things to do in Page – almost all of them hikes – will help you escape the crowds while getting to enjoy some of

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Mexican Hat Valley of the Gods

Mexican Hat: Valley of the Gods, Goosenecks State Park & More

There are few towns with names as unusual as Mexican Hat, Utah – a town of a few dozen people about 25 miles north of Monument Valley. But there’s much more to Mexican Hat than a silly name, such as its namesake rock formation, Goosenecks State Park and Valley of the Gods, which many call

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Monument Valley Sunrise Photography Tour

Experiencing a Monument Valley Sunrise Tour

Monument Valley is arguably one of the most photogenic places on the planet. But a large portion of it is off-limits without a guide. To gain special access to the backcountry, you may want to consider a Monument Valley sunrise tour. There are two types of sunrise tours: basic tours and special photography tours, and you

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Mystery Valley Sunset Tour

Sunset Over Mystery Valley

Monument Valley is arguably one of the most beautiful places in North America – if not the entire planet. But visitors are only allowed access to a small portion of it without a guide. And one of the most popular guided excursions in the area is a sunset tour through the aptly-named Mystery Valley. Located

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Monument Valley Scenic Drive

The Monument Valley Scenic Drive: A Complete Guide

Thanks to its appearance in numerous influential films over the years, Monument Valley has become synonymous with the American West. Officially known as Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, it’s not a national park, as it’s managed by the Navajo Nation. And unlike public parks, non-locals are prohibited from accessing most of the area without signing up

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Visiting Hovenweep National Monument

The Mysterious Towers of Hovenweep National Monument

Shortly after the collapse of sites like Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde, the unique Ancestral Puebloan city of Hovenweep arose in what’s now southeastern Utah. Hovenweep National Monument is mainly known for its well-preserved towers built in the 13th century. But their true function remains a mystery. Were they built for defense or perhaps long-distance

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Canyons of the Ancients Painted Hand Pueblo

A Tour Through Colorado’s Canyons of the Ancients

The Great Sage Plain, which encompasses southwest Colorado and southeast Utah, was settled between 500 and 1300 AD. In its heyday, it was the most densely-crowded part of the Ancestral Puebloan world. Today, a large portion of the area is part of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, which is home to a staggering thousands

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Cliff Palace Mesa Verde Guide

Mesa Verde National Park: The Ultimate Guide

Despite having been occupied for a relatively brief period of time, the cliff dwellings of Colorado’s Mesa Verde National Park are arguably the most breathtaking archaeological sites in the United States. But with the park covering such a massive area, and with accessible attractions changing from year to year, planning a visit can be daunting.

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Hiking Valley of Dreams

The Valley of Dreams: Hiking to The Alien Throne

Northwestern New Mexico is home to some of the most bizarre yet strikingly beautiful rock formations on the planet. Under ordinary circumstances, such unique landscapes would attract hordes of visitors year-round. But the remote locations of the Valley of Dreams and nearby Bisti Badlands, which can only be accessed by traversing poorly-maintained dirt roads, keep

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Hiking Bisti Wings Trail

The Otherworldly Landscapes of Bisti Badlands

The American Southwest is home to some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet. But even with so much competition nearby, New Mexico’s bizarre Bisti Badlands is among the most breathtaking and unique parts of the region. With that being said, it hardly gets any visitors, and there’s a high chance you’ll have it

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Aztec Ruins National Monument

Visiting The Aztec Ruins National Monument & The Salmon Ruins

The Four Corners region of the Southwest United States is arguably the most archaeologically rich part of the country. While Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde are easily the top highlights, many visitors miss various smaller sites that are scattered throughout the region, such as the Aztec Ruins National Monument and the Salmon Ruins. Conveniently, they’re both

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Chaco Canyon Guide Pueblo Bonito

Chaco Canyon: The Ultimate Guide

Largely occupied between 800 and 1250 AD About 15 main complexes These are the largest manmade structures in what’s now the United States before it became a country The Puebloans likely abandoned the site due to a drought which started in 1130 (but why was it still occupied another 100 years?) Officially, it’s known as

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Visiting Bandelier National Monument

Exploring Bandelier National Monument & The Tsankawi Trail

Just about an hour outside of Santa Fe, Bandelier National Monument is a unique archaeological site consisting of dozens of cave dwellings carved into the walls of the scenic Frijoles Canyon. In the following guide, you can learn exactly what to expect from a visit to the main site, in addition to a hike along

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Santa Fe Guide

A Weekend in Santa Fe: America’s Oldest Capital

Known for its adobe buildings, thriving arts scene and fascinating blend of multiple cultures, Santa Fe is one of the United States’ most unique cities. And it’s also among the country’s most historic, having been established as early as 1610. In the following Santa Fe guide, we’ll be covering the top things to see and

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New York City Street Art Bushwick Collective

Street Art: New York City

When looking at the history and development of street art, it would be impossible to overlook New York City’s massive role. While public art, in the form of murals or sculptures, has been around since the birth of civilization, many credit 1970’s NYC youth culture with the creation of what we now call graffiti. Graffiti

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NYC Central Park The Ramble

Five Secrets of Central Park

Designed back in the 1850’s, Central Park often tops the list of places to see in NYC, with millions visiting each year. But if you’re the type who generally avoids crowds and touristy places, you may be wondering if there’s more to explore beyond the top highlights. Fortunately, there is. From the secluded Hallett Nature

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Green-Wood Cemetery Sunset Park Brooklyn

Touring the Tombs of Green-Wood Cemetery

Back in the early 19th century, New York City was completely lacking in vast, open green spaces (Central Park wasn’t established until 1853). So when Green-Wood Cemetery, which stretches out to 478 acres, opened up in 1838, it was a pretty big deal. New Yorkers flocked there for family picnics and leisurely strolls – completely unconcerned about

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Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

The Colorful Mosaics of Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Taking up over half a block along the bohemian South Street, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is immediately recognizable at a glance. The entire structure is covered in colorful mosaic tiles, appearing straight out of a dream. And for a fee of $10, visitors have the chance to step inside and explore.  Started by local artist Isaiah

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Central Philadelphia Street Art

Street Art: Philadelphia

Considering Philly’s rank as the fifth-largest city in the United States, it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that it’s got an abundance of street art. But the Philadelphia street art scene has something going for it that other cities don’t: Mural Arts Philadelphia, the largest public art program in the United States. Started in

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Philadelphia Architecture Masonic Temple

A Guide to Philadelphia’s pre-20th Century Architecture

Philadelphia is home to some of the USA’s most stunning – not to mention oldest – architecture. Many of these buildings, of course, could still be considered ‘new’ by European standards. But what’s fascinating about Philadelphia’s oldest buildings is that they also reveal the story of the nation’s early years, as well as the transitions

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Eastern State Penitentiary Philadelphia

The Spooky Cellblocks of Eastern State Penitentiary

It’s not often that one pays money to enter a prison. But even if walking down spooky, crumbling cellblocks isn’t normally your thing, consider making an exception for Eastern State Penitentiary. Not only was the massive prison – which ceased operations in 1971 – home to some of America’s most notorious criminals, but it was

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Serpent Mound Ohio

The Mounds and Mysteries of Ancient Ohio

Long before the first European settlers arrived, the Ohio region was home to some of North America’s most advanced civilizations. As they left behind no writing, we know relatively little about them. But we do know that the Adena, Hopewell and Fort Ancient peoples, as they’re called today, loved to build mounds. And masterpieces like

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Bellefontaine Cemetery St Louis

Touring the Tombs of Bellefontaine Cemetery

Tragic struck 1849 St. Louis when a cholera epidemic resulted in the deaths of thousands. But according to common belief at the time, urban cemeteries were a public health risk. So where to place all the bodies?  Prominent residents of the city decided to build a new large cemetery well outside the city limits. It

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St Louis Graffiti Wall

Street Art: St. Louis

As ‘street art tourism’ gains popularity around the world, St. Louis is fast becoming recognized as one of North America’s premier graffiti destinations. The ‘Gateway to the West’ has been hosting regular street art festivals since the ’90s, and the city is also home to the Graffiti Wall, the longest of its kind in the

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Cahokia Monks Mound

Cahokia: The Forgotten Pyramid of Illinois

Many Americans are shocked to learn that their country is home to an ancient pyramid that stands as tall as 100 feet. Mysteriously, the fascinating history of Cahokia and its Monks Mound pyramid aren’t covered in most schools. Be that as it may, Cahokia was the largest pre-Colombian urban settlement north of the Rio Grande.

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