USA

View from above Capitol Reef National Park

It took leaving home for me to really appreciate everything the USA has to offer.

The country is vast. Diverse. Stunning. With rad cities and even better national parks, this country is one for the books.

Let’s explore America.

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CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’

California

With coastline, desert, and mountains, California really does have a little bit of everything.

Start your California road trip in the iconic city of San Francisco (please don’t call it Frisco) with some tacos, urban hikes, and live music.

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WEST COAST IS THE BEST COAST

Oregon Washington

At least that’s what some people will tell you.

Venture north of California for an encounter with the Pacific Northwest. Here you’ll find underrated cities and some really fine nature. Like, you know… a massive crater lake.

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NATIONAL PARK GUIDES

How to Plan a Utah National Parks Road Trip

SOUTHWESTERN MUSE

Utah Arizona

The Southwestern landscape has inspired many paintings and brought to life many songs. It’s encouraged foolhardy endeavors in homesteading and exploration.

I, for one, have never been a desert person (honestly who is a “desert person”?) but the national parks of Arizona and Utah really changed my mind.

Want a change of perspective? Hop in the car and go for a little adventure across the Southwest.

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OFF TO A ROCKY [MOUNTAIN] START

Colorado Montana

It’s all about the Rockies for me. There are 58 “fourteeners” (peaks higher than 14,000 feet) in Colorado alone. Head further north to Montana and you’ll find glaciers and grizzlies, too.

This part of the US has rugged and pure beauty. Get the best of it in Glacier National Park.

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DEEP SOUTH

Texas ● Alabama

There’s nowhere on earth like the American South. A complicated mix of liberal cities and backwoods living. Warm hospitality with a turbulent history and divisive political system. But you won’t regret the time you spend here. It really is special.

Get your feet wet in easygoing Austin and go from there.

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THE LAST FRONTIER

Alaska

Who knows if Alaskan’s like the nickname, but it really does feel like it when you’re up there.

If you want to experience true wilderness in the United States, Alaska is the place to do it. Take to the wilderness in Kenai Fjords.

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