Local places that I want to visit this summer, in Jacksonville, Florida

With the prices of gas and general travel commodities skyrocketing (gas is nearly $5.00 USD as I write this on June 12, 2022!), I’m looking for more local excursions in my current city, Jacksonville, Florida. I had originally planned to make more visits to Orlando, Gainesville, Savannah and even places a little further away, but…

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Come on a walk with me at the Jacksonville Arboretum in Jacksonville, Florida

I’m going to keep this post simple. Come on a walk with me in the Jacksonville Arboretum, as seen in photos. If you want to learn more about the Jax Arboretum, I’ve written about it before so click here for more info! It’s one of my favorite spots to relax in Jacksonville. Notice the little…

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An extended weekend spent exploring downtown + out in nature in Spokane, Washington, + Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

It’s kind of becoming tradition for me to visit my grandparents in Spokane, Washington, for my grandma’s birthday, in the summertime. Every time I go, I always try to make sure to spend as much time in nature as I can, going on a hike and exploring downtown Spokane, as well as visit one of…

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Giant cacti + beautiful views while hiking the Loma Alta Trailhead in Saguaro National Park East, in Tucson, Arizona

I technically call Tucson, Arizona, my hometown because that’s where I went to high school and college, and where most of my family currently resides. To me, it’s one of the most uniquely beautiful places in America – perhaps the world. The desert landscape in Arizona, especially Saguaro National Park East + West, are breathtaking.…

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FREE Things to do in Jacksonville, Florida!

Travelling on a budget? There are surprisingly quite a few *free* things that you can do in Jacksonville for free. Here’s a list of some of my favorites! Beach This one is kind of a no-brainer. Jacksonville has four main beaches: Atlantic, Neptune, Jax, and Ponte Vedra beaches. My personal favorite is Jax Beach. It’s…

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Stunning views + lupine meadows hiking at Mt. Spokane, Washington

Hiking at Mount Spokane in Washington State is so beautiful and gives you absolutely STUNNING views of the valley below. Mount Spokane State Park is located about an hour and 15 minutes, or 35-40 miles, from Spokane proper. In the wintertime, it’s a popular spot to ski but in the off-season, it’s a beautiful spot…

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A morning spent kayaking with manatees in Blue Springs State Park, Florida

One of my new favorite places in Florida is Blue Spring State Park! It’s a super popular spot for tourists and locals alike, which proves just how incredible it is. The park is located about 40 minutes north of Orlando, about 2 hours south from Jacksonville. It costs anywhere from $3-10 per person and per…

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Holding a baby alligator at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm in St. Augustine, Florida

A unique find in St. Augustine, Florida, about an hour drive from Jacksonville, is the St. Augustine Alligator Farm! It’s not a “farm” in the typical sense that you’d think. It’s registered officially as a zoological park, claiming to be one of Florida’s oldest continuously running attractions after opening on May 20 in 1893. It…

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