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12 of the Best National Monuments in the Western US

The national monuments in the West help preserve Indigenous heritage, coastal ecosystems, the prehistoric past, and other sites of historical and cultural significance. From fossils and fjords to craters and cliff dwellings, you can see many beautiful places and learn incredible history at the national monuments in the western United States.

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National Park History You Didn’t Know: Part 1

You may already know US national parks have a pretty rich history. But like a lot of history, it’s not all sunshine and roses. Some national parks were not welcomed with open arms, a few barely made the cut at all, and many vulnerable communities were affected in the process. Nonetheless, 63 national parks exist today. The disagreements and hardships that occurred over America’s lush terrain were certainly not pretty but a complicated topic we must explore.

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Exploring Indigenous Heritage in the American Southwest

When traveling to National Parks and other awe-inspiring places in the Southwest United States, you also travel across the ancestral lands of many different Indigenous tribes. We have created a guide to help you feel prepared exploring Indigenous heritage in the Southwest and Four Corners region on your next road trip. Indigenous communities are still very much tied to the land, and you can create a positive experience for both yourself and these communities by visiting with gratitude and respect – prepared to learn about the local cultures and histories.

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Archaeology Road Trip: The Four Corners Region

For the ultimate archaeology road trip through the Four Corners region, look no further! From the Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park to the petroglyphs at Chaco Canyon, the sandstone spires in Canyon de Chelly, and plenty of other incredible dwellings, hikes, and sites in between, this 10-day itinerary is the southwestern archaeology itinerary of a lifetime.

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The Ideal Weekend Itinerary for Sterling, Colorado

Conveniently located less than a two hour drive from the Front Range, Sterling is just as easy to get to as it is to explore! Escape the crowds and enjoy a peaceful getaway in Northeastern Colorado’s arts and culture hub. This historic town offers unparalleled access to nature and has something for everyone: biking, birding, fishing, art, history, great food, and more!

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Sterling: Art, Adventure, and History in Northeastern Colorado

Just under two hours away from the bustle and the crowds of the Front Range, the historic town of Sterling feels like a blissful breath of fresh air. The arts and culture hub of Northeastern Colorado offers unparalleled access to nature and has something for everyone: biking, birding, fishing, art, history, shopping, great food, and more! Choose your own adventure as you mix and match a wide range of activity options.

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Spirit of America Road Trip: Explore the Kentucky Bourbon & Tennessee Whiskey Trails

For the ultimate American distillery road trip, look no further than the middle Southern states of Tennessee and Kentucky. Both states, respectively famous for their whiskey and bourbon production, are dotted with distilleries that boast strong spirits and natural beauty that lingers. Prepare to take in rolling pastures, remote hollers and scenic mountain ranges that seem to be frozen in a different time and place. This part of the lower Appalachian Mountains is an often misunderstood and underrated part of the American historical, cultural and geographic landscape. In these parts, you’ll find yourself getting lost down winding country roads that slice through some of America’s richest layers.

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Celebrate Summer in Washakie County, WY

This three-day itinerary takes you through the best of the Bighorn Mountains and includes a day at one of Washakie County’s summer time events. As always, the details are up to you! No matter what you do during your stay in Washakie County, you’re sure to have an authentic adventure—without the crowds.

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