Yellowstone and Grand Teton Itinerary: Two National Parks in Two Days

Is it possible or even practical to visit both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park in just two days? Yes. Absolutely it is. But let me amend that by saying I would only recommend attempting both parks in two days during off season months, like April, September, or October. Why? Far less traffic and people …

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Grotto Falls Tennessee Hike to Brushy Mountain

Grotto Falls is pretty popular. First, it’s the only waterfall in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that you can walk behind. Bam. Instant appeal. Second, it’s a short hike. Only 1.4 miles from the Trillium Gap trailhead to the falls. Minimal effort for maximum beauty. Ironically, Grotto Falls’ popularity and the short trek to …

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Ramsey Cascades Trail: Smoky Mountain Waterfall Hike

Hiking to Ramsey Cascades helped me realize that I love 8 mile hikes. They're sort of my sweet spot in terms of distance. Don’t get me wrong. I love me a shorter hike. But y'all, I also love a challenge and feel like I’m stretching myself around that 8-mile mark. When I learned that the …

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Charlies Bunion Trail: Hike Review

Friends, I hiked eight miles to see a bunion in the Smokies. Though I don’t have bunions, they’re hereditary on my mom’s side—so I grew up quite familiar with ‘em. Outside of my family, though, it’s not often I hear much bunion talk. Maybe that’s why I was so intrigued when several Tennesseans recommended the …

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A Hidden Gem in East Tennessee: Obed Wild & Scenic River

I now live less than an hour from the nearest mountains. Just pinched myself. Not dreaming. It’s entirely possible for me to drive to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in under 60 minutes—and I've taken advantage of that several times in my first month as a Tennessee resident. Can ya blame me? Between recommendations …

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Cades Cove Waterfall: Hike to Abrams Falls

Welp. I did it. After 5+ years of being a Florida girl, I traded the beach for the mountains. And honestly, I’m sitting here thinking, What took me so long?! Tennessee is a state for adventurers. A state where—after just a few short weeks—I already feel like I belong. Though I’m eager to explore the …

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My Favorite Travel Souvenirs

I’ll admit. I’m one of those people who can’t travel without buying souvenirs. Still, I tend to avoid the kitschy, tourist shop tchotchkes. Okayyyyy, so I’ll also admit that I do sometimes wind up with a cheap ol’ trinket that means nothing other than to prove I was there. That’s the exception to the rule, …

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Queenstown, NZ is the Ultimate Adventure Travel Destination

The moment I booked a flight to Sydney, I knew I’d wind up booking a flight to New Zealand, too. No way, José, was I gonna fly to the other side of the world and not visit both countries. I mean, who knows when I’ll be in that hemisphere again. It’s not exactly a quick …

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Adventurous Things to Do If You’re Not Afraid of Heights

The title says it all. My favorite adventures are the ones that get me up in the sky OR closer to it. Want proof? Here’s a compilation of past blog posts that speak to my love of all things skyward. The Day I Became an Adrenaline Junkie—This goes all the way back to my college …

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Best Places to Visit in Switzerland: Lucerne, Interlaken, Lauterbrunnen, & Zurich

I spent an entire week in Switzerland back in May 2018, and put a whole lotta effort into creating the perfect itinerary. But, the perfect itinerary also includes time for spontaneity—which is why I’m not surprised that my list of favorite Swiss experiences includes both planned and unplanned things. These are the highlights of my …

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