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We’ve all been there, sitting around with our friends, attempting to plan a spontaneous cross country road trip and then slowly the dream fades as the details become more and more difficult to work through. Well, don’t lose hope! Here is list of places to explore, from East to West (or Vice Versa) that I have personally been to. These highlights will hopefully give you some ideas, ease those painful and annoying details, and encourage you to go on the trip of a lifetime!   1. Huntington Island, SC  One of my favorite places to camp. Ever! I went in with expectations that the beach would be cool, but not life altaringly amazing. All expectations were shattered. Imagine Jurassic Park, but in the best way, sans life threatening dinosaurs.   2. Pisgah, NC Classic Appalachian camping. With one of the prettiest Autumn seasons and fly fishing streams galore, what’s not to love?   3. Red River Gorge, KY This place is not only an awesome camping spot, but has numerous climbing routes and bouldering options within the gorge, providing some awesome activities and entertainment.   4. Meramec St Park, MO Two words, Fisher Cave. The park is cool as is,...
Fall may have only just begun, but it’s about time to start planning winter trips. With many people hesitant to take the standard Caribbean winter escape due to Zika concerns, it’s time to start thinking outside the box when it comes to winter getaways. For the outdoorsy types who don’t mind foregoing a tropical beach-oriented vacation during the colder months, Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park surprisingly has a lot to offer. Weather Unless you’re an avid skier, it might seem like an unusual choice to travel to the Rockies during the winter, and there are definitely some drawbacks to visiting in the offseason. First of all, it’s not warm…at all. In January and February, the temperature will likely be in the 40’s, which is still better than some east coast cities, but by no means is it Punta Cana. That being said, chances are good that it will be sunny for the duration of your visit. Denver and the surrounding areas are well-known for being some of the sunniest places in the US. Also, unless you’re up in the mountains hiking, there will probably not be much snow on the ground compared to what you might see in other parts...
Northern New England is home to countless hiking trails, many of which are popular destinations for day hikers from all over the region. A typical summer day on Mt. Washington, Katahdin or anywhere in Acadia National Park will be teeming with fellow hikers and tourists. To be clear, the popularity of these destinations is well deserved as they are some of the most beautiful spots in the northeast, but for those that have already checked these places off their list, here are three less heavily traversed trails that many New Englanders have probably never heard of.   Arethusa Falls Arethusa Falls, the tallest waterfall in the state of New Hampshire, can be reached year-round via the Arethusa Falls Trail just off route 302 in Crawford Notch State Park. The falls are only 1.6 miles from the trailhead, but the reward at the end for the trail would be worth hiking all day to reach. When the falls are frozen in the bitter cold New Hampshire winter, you may only need to share the insane view with a handful of daring ice climbers. Dress warm and bring snowshoes.   Lake Solitude The most popular hikes in southern New Hampshire are Mt....
Adventurers may find themselves in secluded and extreme places. Whether it’s in the mountains, down winding river roads, or in the basic lake, much can go wrong before you even make it to the trail head. If your excursion involves a long drive, don’t let car and road problems drag you down. Follow these simply tips to make sure your adventure is one you’ll enjoy.   Vehicle First, you must pick an adventure vehicle capable of the trip you plan to make. If the trail head is off a paved road, or even a well packed dirt one, frequently traveled, don’t worry about the lack of four-wheel drive. However, if your trip will take you on rough roads that don’t get much maintenance, make sure the vehicle you take is sturdy enough to handle the potholes and bumps. If you take a vehicle capable of the trip you can cause real damage to your car, become stranded, or even cause an accident.   Maintenance Get your car tuned up. Whether you do this yourself or take it to your local mechanic, make sure your car or truck is mechanically ready for the journey. An oil change, new spark plugs, coolant...
I don’t know about you, but I am absolutely in love with road trips. However, it is definitely a recently found love; I honestly used to hate them. I discovered the beautiful and whimsical potential they hold and now I want to share my newly found love with all of you. Here are a few tips I’ve picked up, that’ll make your road trip one for the books. First, you need a deadline. Laying out a rough time map allows you to enjoy your entire trip by avoiding the stress of getting to places on time or wondering when to turn around to head back home. This is very important when it comes to planning in advance and spontaneity along the way. If you have a final destination, you’ll need to know the the latest time you would be willing to arrive there. If you do not have a final destination and are simply driving, you still need to be aware of when you want to return home. This is key to a great road trip. Second, even though planing when you want to arrive at your destination and get back home is quite important, a road trip still needs spontaneity....
Have you ever had to take a car trip with your dog? You quickly realize that planning ahead and having the right accessories can really help make your dog happy and healthy during the trip. When I embarked on a cross country road trip with my dog, there were a few key items I brought and a few I wish I had known to bring! Here’s my list of must-haves for pet travel:   Collapsible Food and Water Bowl Get it Here. There are a lot of different varieties offered for food and water bowls, but I enjoyed this one because I could pack down the bowls and store them away during the long drive. I didn’t want something that would take up too much room but was still sufficient for my dog’s needs.   Collapsible Cage Get it Here. This came in handy on my trip when we visited my cousin’s house to stay overnight while we split the trip up. This cage packed easily into our vehicle and set up is a breeze. I suggest bringing an extra towel or a small dog bed for the dog to sleep on when in the cage.   Eno ReLeash Get it Here. ENO’s dog leash is made...
Planning a romantic getaway can sometimes add stress and pressure to an otherwise enjoyable trip. But, with some guidance, it can be easy to select the perfect destination and agenda for you and your significant other. Consider the following types of vacations and some suggestions of where to go:   Take a Secluded Trip When you’re planning the ultimate couples retreat, a secluded spot sets a romantic tone for your trip. Consider these secluded destinations: Lake Como: Lombardy’s glacial lake is one of the globe’s most breathtaking and romantic destinations. Its mild, Mediterranean-like climate makes it an easy destination to visit any time of the year, and the villas lining the lake make for an unforgettable stay. Find the perfect place to stay and relax on Rentvillas.com. And, if you feel the need to get back to civilization after spending time on the water, Florence offers one of the most romantic sunset-viewing spots in the world from the Piazzale Michelangelo. Kauai, Hawaii: Kauai offers some of Hawaii’s most beautiful and secluded beaches. Be sure not to miss Wailua River State Park. Although you need some kind of water transportation to get to the trailhead, the views are stunning enough that...
“How, how can you afford to travel so often?” This is, hands down, the number one most asked question I have heard this summer. By my family, friends, strangers on a plane. Before anyone asks about the details of the trip I am on, they ask this question—laced with genuine curiosity and a hint of frustration. What is often misunderstood is the kind of life I live building up to these annual excursions. I am not rich, I have not happened across a generous inheritance, and I have yet to win the lottery (next year). More accurately, I am a full time college student, only work a part time (if that) job, and usually live month-to-month. Even though I’m only 21 my parents have never funded my traveling( though they would bail me out if I ever had any issues) so when the travel bug bit me at a young age, I had to learn the tricks of the trade. So, before I delve into the meaty details know this: if I can travel on a poor college kid budget, so can you. “Live like a college student now, and you won’t have to live like a college students later”...
Pittsburgh is a city with a lot to offer. Over the past 20 years, it has transformed into a cultural hub, a place for thriving business and it has a long history of great sports teams. Pittsburgh also has beautiful riverfront areas, parks and attractions. There are tons of activities offered for all age groups and some experiences that are very unique to this incredible city.  Some of my favorites are:   The Strip District on Saturday Morning When you arrive at the Strip District around 10 AM, it will be bustling with activity from vendors on the sidewalks. Locals typically buy groceries here but also catch breakfast or lunch. You can find some of the best cheeses, bread and desserts here. This rich cultural experience is a great way to get outside and acting like a local!   The Duquesne Incline A word of caution: if you are afraid of heights, this may not be for you! But those who brave the trip up will see one of the most beautiful views of the city. From this vantage point, you will spot the rivers converging to form the Ohio River. This view is gorgeous at both day and night!   The Point If...

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