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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What it’s like to go to an amusement park alone + thoughts on solo travel

Would you go to an amusement park alone? I can guess that many people’s first reaction is “no.” But why? Imagine going to Disney World or Universal Studios solo: Single rider lines. No waiting on anyone else at the bathroom. Or picking where to eat or what ride to go on next. You make all…

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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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Throwback: A humid summer weekend in Savannah, Georgia

In case you couldn’t tell, I’m already dreaming of summer. It’s been very cold and rainy here in Florida (cold by Florida standards, I know that it’s *technically* colder in other states!!) and I can’t wait for the warmer months. Here’s a throwback to last summer, when I spent a weekend in Savannah, Georgia, and…

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Hiking the “Super Trail” in Coronado National Forest, Arizona

Right now is a prime time to go hiking in southern Arizona. In October and November (even early December), the weather cools down and you don’t have to worry about overheating, especially if you’re hiking in the valley’s (like at the Saguaro National Parks). At this time, however, you do have to worry about getting…

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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…

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Get your summer on! in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho

Get your summer on! Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, is one of my favorite places to visit in the spring and summer times! (Side note: Coeur D’Alene is pronounced core-duh-LANE) It’s a smaller lake town, located near the Washington State – Idaho border right on Coeur D’Alene Lake in southwest Idaho. The main downtown area runs along…

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