Climbing Over Dunes & Relaxing at the Beach in Indiana Dunes State & National Park, Indiana

Looking for a fun place to both hike and swim? Get a workout in and then relax on the beach? (Or one over the other – I won’t judge!) Indiana Dunes National and State Park is the perfect place for that! Indiana Dunes State and National Park is located along the northwestern edge of Indiana,…

Don’t Mine-d If I Do… Hiking “Carrie Nation Trail #78” in Coronado National Forest, Arizona

Coronado National Forest in southern Arizona is home to many unique hiking trails. It is also home to many old copper and uranium mines. When I visited my mom in May, she took me on a hike to an old uranium mine, and it’s now one of my favorite hikes in the area. This hike…

My Top 6 Favorite National Parks in the United States

Visiting National Parks are my favorite things to do when I travel around the United States, and I definitely favor some, for all various reasons. In no particular order, here are my top 6 favorite National Parks that I've visited, and a few honorable mentions. 1) Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks, California I've combined Yosemite…

Going Back in Time in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Last year I took a roadtrip from Washington D.C. to Tucson, AZ, and made a spontaneous stop in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was on my bucket list and I am so glad that I made the stop. I only had a couple of hours to stop, so I was only able to see the Liberty Bell…

A Couple Hours at the St. Louis Gateway Arch, Missouri

Visiting the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, was one of my favorite experiences from last summer! At the time, I had been roadtripping from Washington D.C. to Tucson, Arizona, and I specifically made St. Louis a stop on my drive because I wanted to see the giant arch. The Gateway Arch is a 630-foot…

Nature Trails in Coronado National Forest, Arizona

Southern Arizona is one of the most beautiful and best places to be during wintertime. This January I went hiking in Coronado National Forest, located about 25 miles from Green Valley, south of Tucson, Arizona. The weather that day had a high of around 65-70*F (although it was chillier in the shade) and a slight…

Sledding at White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

On my roadtrip from Washington D.C. to my hometown of Tucson, Arizona, my uncle and I made a pit stop at White Sands National Monument in New Mexico! White Sands National Monument is 52 miles northeast of Las Cruces and a part of the northern Chihuahua Desert. It features giant dunes of pure white sand,…