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Spontaneous and unplanned trips can sometimes be the most memorable. But usually, a little preparation leads to better travel experiences. We have tips on everything from what to pack and how to travel more responsibly to the best ways to keep entertained during long road trips.
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Autumn in Colorado is a truly magical time of year. The air is crisp, opportunities to enjoy a warm beverage are plentiful (pumpkin spice latte, anyone?) and the changing aspen leaves dancing in the treetops and swirling through the air are breathtaking. We’ve put together a list of our favorite spots to enjoy fall colors in Colorado for you – happy leaf peeping!
Marine wildlife watching is an underrate national park activity. The impressive mountain ranges get all the attention, but the rich coastal waters of America’s seashores and oceanic national parks are full of wildlife that can be safely and responsibly observed year-round.
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.
Stargazing is one of those underrated, often forgotten outdoor activities. In a world where extreme sports like skydiving and white water rafting get all the attention, we overlook the simple act of observing the incredible wonders of the world around us. Night skies educate us about our solar system while providing a dazzling display of wondrous light. The best places to stargaze in the US strike the perfect balance of serenity and spectacle, perfect for family bonding time, romantic outings or moments of self reflection.
Saddle up and grab your lasso! We’re covering everything you need to know about horseback riding in U.S. national parks. From what to wear to where to stay, you’ll have the horseback trail riding adventure of a lifetime whether you go riding for an hour or a week. Horseback trail riding is one of the best ways to experience all of the impressive beauty and natural splendor of America’s national parks.
The best towns and communities along the Appalachian Trail are full of Appalachian history and culture. Whether you’re thru-hiking the entire trail, exploring one portion for the day, or driving a route in the general direction of the AT, these mountain towns are worth exploring.
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.
Music and memory go hand in hand, so the best road trip playlists are packed with epic travel anthems. Listen to a little bit of everything, from classic rock to symphony orchestras during your next national park vacation.
Everyone loves a good urban adventure! But, when you find yourself missing a little greenery, head straight for these botanical gardens and urban greenspaces. Peaceful, romantic, and educational, botanical gardens are perfect for everyone from solo travelers to honeymooners to families. The only question is, which place would you add to our list of the best botanical gardens in the US?
Leave no trace travel is about more than just preserving the environment. It’s an entire movement geared toward a healthier planet and population. Sustainability is about connecting with the world and cultures around us. “Leave no trace travel” isn’t just a buzz word, it’s a lifestyle that’s here to stay.
When traveling to National Parks and other beautiful places in the Rocky Mountain West, 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 Rocky Mountain West 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.