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West Virginia Bucket-List Weekend Getaway (Travel Guide Tuesday)! 🤩⤵️

🔖 𝘴𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘧𝘶𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘞𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘝𝘪𝘳𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘢 𝘢𝘥𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦𝘴 & 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘩𝘪𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘣𝘶𝘥𝘥𝘪𝘦𝘴!

West Virginia is chock-full of beauty and wild and wonderful adventures!

𝐖𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐲?
📍Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins @wvlogcabins
(About 3 hrs from DC, 3.5 hrs from Pittsburgh & 5 hrs from Philly).

𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐥𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐦𝐮𝐬𝐭-𝐡𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐬:
1️⃣ Chimney Top
•Trailhead: North Fork Trail on Smoke Hole Road (about 20 mins from Seneca Rocks and 35 mins from Dolly Sods Wilderness). Distance: 5.3 miles (RT). Difficulty: Rated hard with ~2,000ft elevation gain (over a short span of 2.65 miles up). It’s an eastern US ‘booty burner’🔥

2️⃣ Dolly Sods Wilderness
•Some of my favorites here: Red Creek Trail (chase hidden waterfalls), Blackbird Knob Trail, Lion’s Head (most popular outcrop here), Rocky Ridge Trail (sweeping panoramic views) and Rohrbaugh Plains Trail. Plus, be sure to catch sunrise at BEAR ROCKS!

3️⃣ @Nrocks_wv Via Ferrata! An epic adventure perfect for adrenaline-lovers!! (I have a recent reel solely on this experience >> check it out for ALL the info).

4️⃣ Seneca Rocks
•A little less than 4 miles (RT) and generally considered a ‘moderately challenging route’. (Be careful!) The top is a totally vertical and razorback ridge line with ~900-1,000 drop-offs all around. ⠀

5️⃣ Blackwater Falls State Park
•A few favorites here: Lindy Point, Pendleton Point Overlook, Elakala Falls, Pace Point and of course its namesake, Blackwater Falls!

⭐️ Being so close to all my West Virginia favorites PLUS staying in this outstanding cabin on the beautiful + peaceful property = a recipe for the perfect mountain getaway.

❓Who’s exploring West Virginia this summer or fall?! 🙋🏼‍♀️

‼️ Please always remember to practice all of the Leave No Trace Principles and be respectful to others and momma nature > @leavenotraceorg for more info!

#almostheaven #westvirginia #wildandwonderful #gotowv #wvexplored #visitwv #wvtourism #hikingculture #hikingadventures #takeahike #wvtiktok #westvirginiatravel #travelguide #westvirginiaadventures
A Must-Hike Trail in the state of Washington⤵️

Happy Trail Talk Thursday!

This hike right on the edge North Cascades National Park, Washington had been on my bucket-list for so long! And it totally lived up to the hype and exceeded my wildest dreams … absolutely is *my* version of a perfect paradise 😍🏔.

(More information on this hike below)

📌 𝘚𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘧𝘶𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘞𝘢𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘵𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘥𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘣𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘩𝘪𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘱𝘢𝘭𝘴!


⛔️ As always, remember to practice all the principles of Leave No Trace! It’s as important as ever to help protect and preserve our beautiful lands and to be good stewards for them!

LNT includes (but certainly not limited to): packing out all trash and waste - leave nothing but footprints; follow all signage; do your research and know all rules & regulations, safety precautions etc for the area; respect wildlife and other hikers and SO much more!⛔️


📍Maple Pass Loop Trail (Near Stehekin, WA)

🗺 Trailhead: Just type “Maple Pass Trailhead” into Google Maps (shares a lot with Rainy Lake trail & picnic site) etc.

🥾 Distance: ~7.5 miles according to AllTrails (we clocked a little over 8).
•Elevation gain: ~2,200 ft
•Rated: Hard / Strenuous by AllTrails. However, I personally found it to be much more of a moderate hike. The gain is nice & gradual going counter-clockwise.

🌄 Get there early!!! We got there right at sunrise, and we snagged the second to last parking spot in the entire lot!

💲 5.00 fee for a NW Forest Pass (required)

❓What’s your version of paradise? Is it also hiking in the mountains or something totally different?

#hikingadventures #hikingculture #takeahike #northcascades #northcascadesnationalpark #cascadiaexplored #explorewashington #washingtonstate #washingtonexplored #bucketlistadventures
⁣Bucket-list Guide to Olympic National Park, Washington ⤵⠀

📌 𝘚𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘧𝘶𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘬 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘭𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘣𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘢𝘥𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘱𝘢𝘭𝘴!


⛔️As always, remember to practice all the leave no trace principles! This includes: packing out EVERYTHING; respecting all wildlife and other hikers; following all fire and safety regulations + much more!!! ⛔️


Olympic National Park quickly skyrocketed to the top of my favorite parks list (it ranks up there 😍)!⠀

𝐎𝐥𝐲𝐦𝐩𝐢𝐜 𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐤 𝐁𝐮𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐭-𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭:⠀
▪Hoh Rainforest - hike the Hall of Mosses / Spruce Nature Loop⠀

▪Sol Duc Falls - a short, 1.1 mile hike (but stunning!!)⠀

▪Rialto Beach - be sure to hike to “hole-in-the-wall” and check the tides beforehand (not accessible at high tide).⠀

▪Lake Crescent - found the most gorgeous sunset spot here at Bovee’s Meadow (a little beach area).⠀

▪Ancients Groves Trail - near Sol Duc Falls⠀

▪Mt. Storm King - a hard, but very rewarding, 4.1 mile hike with sweeping views!⠀

▪Hurricane Ridge - (hike: Sunset Point, Klahhane Ridge and Hurricane Hill! Hike Obstruction Point if you want an epic, longer journey)!⠀

Time permitting, add these spots to your list, too:⠀
▪Beaches: Shi-Shi Beach, Ruby Beach, 2nd beach and Kalaloch Beach (be sure to go find the 𝙏𝙧𝙚𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙇𝙞𝙛𝙚)! There’s also plenty of beauty to explore in the Quinault Rainforest as well! ⠀

✨Not in the national park (but nearby) is the ABSOLUTELY CAN’T-MISS…. 𝘾𝙖𝙥𝙚 𝙁𝙡𝙖𝙩𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙮 😍!! (Must obtain a permit from the Makah Tribe to go! 👉🏻 See my past reel on “Cape Flattery” for all the info)!⠀

❓Have you explored this magnificent national park yet? Tag who you want to go to Olympic National Park & explore these gorgeous places with!⠀

#olympicnationalpark #travelguide #washingtonstate #hikingadventures #pnwvibes #usnationalparks #findyourpark #twilighttiktok #twilightvibes #hohrainforest #olympicpeninsula #bucketlisttravel #travelbucketlist #forkswashington
✨Western Pennsylvania Summer Adventure Bucket-List (all within 2.5 hours or less of Pittsburgh) ⤵️

📌 𝘚𝘢𝘷𝘦 & 𝘚𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘗𝘈 𝘴𝘶𝘮𝘮𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘥𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨

Born and raised in Western Pennsylvania, my “home state” is full of summer fun and adventures! I cannot wait to spend June exploring more of it - PA always holds a special place in my heart!

Here are some of my personal bucket-list adventures in Western PA to add to your summer fun!

👙 Tube down the Clarion River in Cook Forest State Park

🌻 Visit Maple Bottom Sunflower Fields in Laurel Highlands

💦 Chase waterfalls and swimming holes! Some favorites of mine are:
•Jackson Falls (Rock Furnace Trailhead in Roaring Run Recreational Area, Apollo, PA)
• Quakertown Falls, Mahoning Township, PA
• Cedar Creek Park in Westmoreland County, PA
•Kennedy’s Mill (Frew Mill Rd, New Castle, PA)
• Creek Falls (“Blue Hole”) along Jacob’s Creek in Perryopolis, PA
•Cucumber Falls and Meadow Run Natural Waterslides in Ohiopyle
•Breakneck Falls, McConnell’s Mill State Park
•Hell’s Hollow Falls, Slippery Rock Twp, PA
-just to name a few

🌊 Whitewater raft the Yough River in Ohiopyle

🤸🏼‍♀️ Zipline at Go Ape Adventure Park in North Park

🪨 Go caving / spelunking in Laurel Caverns

🏊‍♀️Cliff jump at Raystown Lake

🥾 Hike Slippery Rock Gorge Trail; Shorb’s Summit via Thousand Steps and Standing Stone Trail + many more

🦌 See the wild elk in Benezette

🚴 Bike the Karl Boyes Multi-Purpose Trail and extension (13.5-mile circuit) in Presque Isle State Park and catch a stellar sunset there at the end of the day

🎡 Attend a county fair and eat all the delicious fair foods, listen to live music and more

🚤 Spend a day on the lake (so many to choose from) - boating, fishing, swimming etc!
•Lake Arthur
•Raystown Lake
•Pymatuning Reservoir
•Canadohta Lake
•Crooked Creek Lake
-just to name a few

🧗Go rock climbing at McConnell’s Mill State Park

𝐇𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐲 𝐀𝐝𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠! ❤️
#westernpennsylvania #pittsburghpa #visitpa #pennsylvaniasummer #pennsylvanialife #explorepennsylvania #summerbucketlist #bucketlistadventures #travelpennsylvania
Living in a Truck Camper: the other side 👀😅

Or as I like to call them: The messy bits / misadventures of the Truck Camper Lifesytle.

Yes- this fully nomadic lifestyle is filled with amazing adventures, beauty and joy! But- it’s also filled with chaos; downsides- and less than glamourous aspects to sayyy the least.

Some of these “messy bits” or misadventures from the past month or so on the road as seen in this video…

(❓ 𝙊𝙪𝙩 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙨𝙚 𝙨𝙞𝙭, 𝙬𝙝𝙞𝙘𝙝 “𝙢𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙮 𝙗𝙞𝙩” 𝙞𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙨𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙮𝙤𝙪?)

🪰 Moths in the bathroom! When dispersed camping or boondocking - you take what you get. In this case.. our bathroom was LITTERED with moths. So fun 😂

💧Our truck camper’s roof leaking! We think it was caused from the 8foot of snow snowstorm back in Idywild, California - but not entirely sure! It’s fixed now (we think).

🌪 Storms! Like crazy crazyyyy wind and sand storms, specifically. Had to evacuate our campsite at 3am one morning because we were camping 12 miles into the wilderness BY sand dunes. The roads out started filling up with deeper sand QUICKLY. Sooo, that was a rush.

🤧 Allergies - my allergies have been INSANELY bad. Constantly sneezing, swelling, snotting, itching - you name it. Living a life outdoors gets more complicated/ uncomfortable with bad AF allergies.

🚿 Truck stop showers - of course, showering in a truck stop is always super glam! 😉

🐮 Lastly, a longhorn cow tried charging us as we sat around our campfire at night in the Superstition Mountains! Scared us into our camper and then proceeded to stand outside “huffing and mooing” at us. I was sincerely worried it’d charge the camper! And never thought of all the animals.. I’d be scared away by a cow.

There you have it folks! The other side of this lifestyle. The side not as often shown or seen alongside all the fun, beauty and adventures!

(That last one still cracks me up - but was sincerely scary at the time 🐄 🤣🤣)

#truckcamper #truckcamping #truckcamperlife #truckcamperliving #palominopride #lifeontheroad #homeiswhereyouparkit #adventurethatislife #welivetoexplore #digitalnomad #mywherever #borntoroam
20 of my all time favorite U.S. State Parks to explore this summer and beyond 😍⤵️

📌 𝘚𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘧𝘶𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘜.𝘚. 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘭𝘴!

State parks seem to get very overshadowed by National Parks. But honestly, I’ve enjoyed many on my list below 𝙢𝙤𝙧𝙚 (ie. I loved Goblin Valley more than Bryce etc). With that being said, try not to overlook them upon your US travels this year! Below are some of my tops! 🙌🏻


⛔️⛔️It’s extremely important to know and practice all the Leave No Trace principles to help protect and preserve these beautiful places in nature and to minimize our impact the best we can! Also to aid in preventing any possible tragedies (ie. wildfires + so much more)⛔️⛔️

🌲 Gorges State Park, NC

🏜 Goblin Valley State Park, UT

🏖 Jekyll Island State Park, GA

⛰ Table Rock State Park, SC

⛰ Caesar’s Head State Park, SC

🌞 Bruneau Dunes State Park, ID

🌊 Point Lobos State Nature Reserve, CA

🏜 Dead Horse Point State Park, UT

🌲 Custer State Park, SD

🌳 Jedidiah Smith Redwoods State Park, CA

🏜 Valley of Fire State Park, NV

🌿 Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, CA

🌊 Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor, OR

🦬 Antelope Island State Park, UT

🌊 Tomales Bay State Park, CA

🏜 Bottomless Lakes State Park, NM

🪨 Smith Rock State Park, OR

🍁 Blackwater Falls State Park, WV

⛰ Grandfather Mountain State Park, NC

🌲 Ohiopyle State Park, PA

TBH, this list could go on forever but these are some I’ve visited more recently and am slightly obsessed with!

❓What’s your favorite State Park you’ve explored?? Did it make this list?

#usatravel #outdooradventures #stateparks #bucketlistadventures #beautifuldestinations #exploremore #welivetoexplore #visittheusa #liveoutdoors #adventurethatislife #travelusa #traveltiktok #travelbucketlist
✨ Bucket-List Travel Guide to exploring the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge, Oklahoma ⤵️

Happy Travel Guide Tuesday, everyone!

📌 𝘚𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘧𝘶𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘔𝘪𝘥𝘸𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘭𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘣𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘢𝘥𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘱𝘢𝘭𝘴!


⛔️⛔️It’s extremely important to know and practice all the Leave No Trace principles to help protect and preserve these beautiful places in nature and to minimize our impact the best we can! Also to aid in preventing any possible tragedies (ie. wildfires + so much more)⛔️⛔️

📍Wichita Mountains, Oklahoma

🚗 It’s about 3 hrs from both Amarillo and Dallas, Texas and less than 1.5 hours from Oklahoma City!

🗺 A more than worthy + beautiful destination to add to your cross-country road-trip travels, as well!

🏕 There are NO shortages of campgrounds but we stayed at Robinson’s Landing right along Lake Lawtonka (and across the lake from Mt. Scott)!
•has tent and RV sites
•30amp/50amp + water
•shower / bathroom facility
•$25-30 per night

🥾 Hiking recommendations:
•Charon’s Garden Trail and Post Oak Falls - about 5 miles RT, rated moderate
•The Narrows Trail - 2.7 miles RT, rated moderate
•Kite Trail to 40ft Hole - 1.4 mile, RT, rated easy
•Kite Trail to Bison Loop - 6.9 miles, rated moderate
•Parallel Forest Loop - < 1 mile, rated easy
•Elk Mountain - 2.3 mile RT, rated moderate

⭐️ Other favorite places to see:
•Jed Johnson Lake + Tower
•Quanah Parker Lake
•Drive to top of Mt. Scott
•Baldy Point and Quartz Mountain State Park
+ so much more!

🦬 And of course, the plethora of magnificent wildlife is a huge highlight! Witness herds of bison, elk and longhorn! See turkey, heron, eastern collared lizards, river otters, black-tailed prairie dogs and SO much more!

❓Are you adding Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge to your US travel bucket-list? Which are you more excited for: the hikes 🥾 or the wildlife 🦬?!

#oklahoma #midwest #travelguide #midwestmoment #bucketlisttravel #travelok #traveloklahoma #wichitamountains #midwestblogger #hikingadventures #thisisoklahoma #welivetoexplore #midwesttravel
✨Freedom. Heaven. And Thoughts✨

Not long ago I talked about the influence the movie “Into the Wild” had on me and my life.

Today, I want to talk about the show “1883” and more specifically, the character of Elsa Dutton who I felt deeply connected to - whose every word I clung to; voraciously pondering them, over and over.

One of many being this quote (used in this reel):
“Freedom. To most, it is an idea. An abstract thought that pertains to control. That’s not freedom. That’s independence. Freedom is riding wild over untamed land with no notion any moment exists beyond the one you are living.”

These words struck a chord - these words explain exactly what freedom means to me and what I seek above most else. You know these moments?

When you ask yourself, “What are some of my best days, favorite moments?”, you begin to reflect. I know, for me, there are unforgettable days that instantly pop into my mind; Days that I remember with utmost clarity. These type of days that I am referring to are the days when you don’t think about the past or the future – they are the days when you are living so completely in the moment that every single fiber of your being feels at peace with the universe. Everything feels RIGHT. Perfect. You’re Free. You’re wild. You’re one with the whole of every thing.

It’s moments like these where the word “heaven” comes to my mind, because that must be what heaven feels like.. right? For me, I choose to believe this. And this brings me back to 1883 and another Elsa quote:

“There is a moment where your dreams and your memories merge together and form a perfect world. That is heaven. And each heaven is unique. It is the world of you. The land is filled with all you hold dear. And the sky is your imagination.”

I cant help but think my heaven will be filled with these such days of freedom; of connectedness and wholeness; of pure joy and peace; of being fully alive in every sense (the kind of days/ moments mentioned above). And maybe, that’s why I endlessly seek it - seek them. I want to fill my heaven with as much of these moments, these days, as I can before my time runs out. I want to take them with me ❤️
#horsebackriding #elsadutton #freedom
Did you know this place existed in Arizona? Add this Arizona hike to your bucket-list! More info below ⬇️

Switching it up this week and doing a “Trail Talk Tuesday” instead of Thursday! Wanted to stay up-to-date and share my current explorations when I can!

📌 𝘚𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘧𝘶𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘈𝘳𝘪𝘻𝘰𝘯𝘢 𝘩𝘪𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘥𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘣𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘩𝘪𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘱𝘢𝘭𝘴!


⛔️ As always, remember to practice all the principles of Leave No Trace! It’s as important as ever to help protect and preserve our beautiful lands and to be good stewards for them!

LNT includes (but certainly not limited to): packing out all trash and waste - leave nothing but footprints; stick to durable surfaces and trails and follow all signage; do your research and know all rules & regulations, safety precautions etc for the area; respect wildlife and other hikers and SO much more!⛔️


📍Big Loop Trail in Chiricahua National Monument, Arizona

🥾 This trail is about an 8.5 - 10 mile loop (depending on whether you add Inspiration Point on to it, etc) and rated “hard” on AllTrails (with a little less than 2,000ft gain).

🗺 You can begin this loop hike at either the “Echo Canyon” trailhead or at “Massai Point”.

✨ You’ll hit SO many of the park’s highlights along this epic loop, including: Echo Canyon and Grottoes; Echo Park; Heart of Rocks and it’s many amazing rock formations; Balanced Rock; Rhyolite Canyon; Massai Point and even Inspiration Point if you choose… just to name a few!!

🥰 Bonus recs:
• If you have time, hike the short trail to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain (1.8 mi) where there’s a fire tower and incredible, panoramic views!
•Hike 3.5-4 miles (RT) to Fort Bowie National Historic Site

Happy Trails, everyone! Keep on wandering! 🫶🏻

#arizonahiking #arizona #chiricahua #hiking #nationalparkweek #usnationalparks #nationalparkgeek #hikingadventures #takeahike #hikingculture #bucketlistadventures #thingstodoinarizona
#arizonaisgorgeous #arizonaadventures #explorearizona #visitarizona #hiddengems
Bucket-List guide to my top 4, favorite places along the Pacific Coast Highway 🌊 ⤵️

📌 𝘚𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘧𝘶𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘗𝘢𝘤𝘪𝘧𝘪𝘤 𝘊𝘰𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘏𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘳𝘰𝘢𝘥-𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘱 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘣𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘢𝘥𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘱𝘢𝘭𝘴!

The Pacific Coast Highway is definitely a hugeee bucket-list worthy road-trip here in the US! Now, of course, there are sooo many more along the way but these are my personal favorites!

1️⃣ Point Lobos State Nature Reserve
Most people have heard of Big Sur and Carmel-by-the-Sea, and while I highly recommend stopping at both these places… I also cannot stress enough: DO NOT skip over this gem!

✨ Highlights:
•Bird Island Lookout⠀
•China Cove (def!)⠀
•Sea Lion Point ⠀
•Cypress Grove⠀
•So much wildlife!


2️⃣ Point Reyes National Seashore
This may, in fact, be one the biggest and best surprises throughout all my California travels!

✨ Highlights:
•Cypress Tree Tunnel at sunrise
•Chimney Rock for sunset
•Tomales Point Trail
•Point Reyes Lighthouse
•Point Reyes Shipwreck
•Tons and tons of wildlife (Drake’s Beach etc).


3️⃣ Redwoods National and State Parks
•This whole area is pretty huge so I recommend taking at least a couple days to explore it all! I made a whole Redwoods travel guide reel that you can see for much more info!

✨ Highlights:
•Fern Canyon
•Gold Bluffs beach
•Tall Trees Trail
•Elk Meadows
•Brown Creek Trail
•Boy Scout Tree Trail
•Stout Grove Trail
•Ladybird Johnson Grove
•Redwood Creek overlook


4️⃣ Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
There’s tons and tons of insane, jaw-dropping scenery here (and it’s not too far north from a lot of Redwoods National + State Parks, super close and convenient)!!

✨ Highlights:
•Secret Beach
•Indian Sands Trail
•Natural Bridge

⛔️Always remember to practice all the leave no trace principles - leave it better than you found it! Follow all rules and regulations + so much more!

❓Have you road-tripped the Pacific Coast Highway yet? If so, what’s one of your favorite spots?

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3 Must-Hike Trails in the Superstition Mountains, Arizona (more info below) 🤩⤵️

📌 𝘚𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘧𝘶𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘈𝘳𝘪𝘻𝘰𝘯𝘢 𝘩𝘪𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘥𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘣𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘩𝘪𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘱𝘢𝘭𝘴!


⛔️ Always remember to follow ALL the leave no trace principles (pack out all trash and waste, do not paint or carve on rocks, respect all wildlife, come prepared - lots of water etc, do your research before and so much more)! ⛔️

The Superstition Wilderness in Arizona is STUNNING and took me by complete surprise! It’s such an underrated and overlooked destination for many out-of-staters!

These 3 trails were EPIC (each in their own way) and I highly recommend adding to your list!

𝟏)𝐖𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐂𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐓𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐥
🌼 Highlights: insane amounts of wildflowers, a unique cave that legit looks like a wave and has INCREDIBLE views (especially at sunrise / sunset).
🥾Info: 3 miles (RT) with about 900 ft elevation gain. It’s rated “hard” on AllTrails but I don’t feel it deserves that! (I’d personally rate it “moderate”).

𝟐)𝐏𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐚 𝐂𝐚𝐧𝐲𝐨𝐧 𝐓𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐥
🏜 Highlights: views upon views upon views!! One of my favorites was seeing Weaver’s Needle from Lone Tree! Man alive, this was a favorite!!!
🥾 Info: the trail is 12.4 miles (RT) with 2,838 ft elevation gain. However, if you just want to hike to Lone Tree and snag those views of Weaver’s Needle, it’s 5.4 miles (RT) with about 1,500ft gain.

𝟑)𝐁𝐮𝐭𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐉𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐓𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐥
💦 Highlights: follows along the gorgeous Saguaro Lake (which is surrounded by steep cliff walls / mountains).
🥾 Info: 5.8 miles (RT) with about 650 ft gain and rated moderate on AllTrails.
🛶 Bonus: cool down after the hike by swimming, kayaking or SUP-ing on the lake itself at sunset!

❓Which one you most excited to hike first??

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🥾2 Must-Hikes in Linville Gorge Wilderness, North Carolina (that you can do in one day)!! Plus, a little bonus hike at the end! More info below ⤵️

📌 𝘚𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘧𝘶𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘕𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘩 𝘊𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘢 𝘢𝘥𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘣𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘩𝘪𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘱𝘢𝘭𝘴!

These two trails are epic and a couple of my favorites in WNC! In one day, you can easily hike to a gorgeous mountain summit with panoramic views and then traverse your way down the gorge to the base of this majestic waterfall! 😍

1️⃣ Hawksbill Mountain:

• 2.5 miles, RT and rated moderate.

•When I say the views on top are panoramic - I mean, literally 360 degree views!!! On a clear day, you can even see the skyline of Charlotte - about 90 miles away!

•Getting there: simply type in “Hawksbill Mountain Trail Head” into Google maps.

•The last few miles of road to the trail are gravel with potholes and bumps. I saw all type of vehicles make it back there, but just be aware of its conditions.

🚫Observe & Obey “No Parking” signs here. From what I’ve been told, this smallish lot can fill up fast and it’s imperative you don’t park where prohibited.


2️⃣ Lower Linville Falls via Plunge Basin Trail

•A short 2-mile (RT) but rugged trail that takes you to the base of this gorgeous falls (the roughness is mitigated somewhat since it’s short).

•You can also snag several views of the falls from other overlooks along the upper trails (including upper falls itself, shown at the end of the video).

•Getting there: parking for the trailhead is at the Linville Falls Visitor Center. And the plunge basin trail itself is to the left of the visitors center (when walking towards it).

⛔️Always remember to practice ALL of the leave no trace principles when enjoying these beautiful places! See >> @leavenotraceorg for more info!

❓Is hiking in the Linville Gorge Wilderness on your bucket-list?! I know I can’t wait to explore much more of it! 😄🙌🏻

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