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Beat the Heat: 5 Unexpected Places to Cool Off This Summer

Is it just us, or do summers feel like they got hotter and hotter every year? Beat the heat this year and take a road trip to get your mind off the sweaty shirt sticking to your back. Whether you’re looking for somewhere with less humidity, cooler temperatures, or just more water to jump in, we’ve put together this list of places that are perfect for summer travel!

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Alaska Road Trip Itinerary

Alaska is all about its glaciers, peaks, and parks. While many opt to cruise around the 49th state, taking an Alaska road trip lets you explore the state from a whole new perspective. Enjoy gorgeous mountain views, remote natural vistas, and some of America’s greatest national treasures. Welcome to Alaska!

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Maine Itinerary: USA’s Most Northeastern State

Ahh Maine! The 9th least populated state in the United States is defined by its jagged, rocky coastline, its low, rolling mountains, heavily forested interior, and picturesque waterways. It is also defined by its seafood cuisine, especially lobster and clams. Do you like amazing food, great scenery and a chance to visit one of the most expansive wilderness areas on the East Coast? Then buckle up, because Maine will have everything you are looking for.

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National Parks or State Parks?

How do you choose between national parks and state parks, BLM land or national forests? When it comes to traveling the United States, everyone’s got something to say, but who do you trust? When you’re planning a U.S. road trip, it’s not easy to decide where to explore. Let us help. When you sit down to plan a trip, it’s easy to find yourself gazing at Google maps, wondering if the destination has enough activities and scenery for your travel needs, whether it will be cost-efficient, or whether the food will be half decent. In the debate of national parks vs. state parks, it’s clear that both have a lot to offer. One area might have a national monument, but its trails and loop drive clearly aren’t going to fill two weeks. Still, you notice a national forest area, a state park, and some BLM land within a stone’s throw. Which do you choose?

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The 6 Least Visited National Parks in the Lower 48

From the Atlantic to the Pacific, the United States has 61 national parks that feature every kind of geographic location imaginable. From deserts to oceans, grasslands to mountains and everything in between. The most visited national parks boast millions of visitors every year, and I bet you can guess the names.

Summer trips to these well-visited parks are on the bucket list of many people, which is great, but more people means more cars, more noise, more traffic, high fees and all the trappings of a big city, existing in these wilderness settings.

Looking for a less crowded experience? We don’t blame you. Try out these six least visited US national parks in the lower 48. We guarantee you’ll find beauty with a little bit of elbow room thrown in for good measure!

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Grand Rapids for the Outdoor Explorer

Grand Rapids, Michigan has a burgeoning outdoor scene. This city boasts an excellent urban atmosphere with incredible restaurants, attractions and live music, but underneath it all is a rapidly-growing outdoors scene. Here are a few ways to catch some fresh air and get the most out of this awesome city!

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