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November 8, 2017

Top 6 Things to Do in Oregon

Oregon borders Idaho, which means I’ve spent quite a bit of time there! I think all parts of Oregon are seriously gorgeous, and there are things to do there for everyone. From a big city to the middle of nowhere, Oregon truly has it all.

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Visit Portland

Portland is definitely the biggest city in Oregon, with a population of almost 700,000. Portland is known as a “hipster” city and boosts awesome little coffee shops, interesting stores, and overall a fun atmosphere. We’ll have a post soon on all the things you should check out in Portland!

Travel to Portland, Oregon

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Columbia River Gorge

Even though the Columbia river gorge just suffered from a devastating fire, it’s still one of the most gorgeous parts of western Oregon. It features the Multnomah Falls, which are seriously stunning in person. Much of the drive through the gorge is so beautiful and features hiking trails, camping areas and really enough land to last you a week.

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Crater Lake

Situated in southwestern Oregon, Crater Lake is certainly a sight. Crater Lake fills a caldera, which is when a volcano collapses. It used to be Mount Mazama but erupted 7,700 years ago, causing a complete change to the environment around it. It boasts beautiful campgrounds and RV parks if you’d like to stay the night there.

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Haystack Rock

This picturesque rock is located on Cannon Beach on Oregon’s west coast. Many people may recognize it from the 90’s movie, The Goonies. (You can see where the Goonies was filmed in Astoria, Oregon!) Cannon beach in of itself is an adorable little area. Much of Oregon’s coast side is definitely something you want to check out as well!

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Tillamook Cheese Factory

I have a literal love and obsession with all things Tillamook, so I couldn’t mention Oregon without mentioning the Tillamook cheese factory! You can sample cheeses, ice creams, and even fudge! Talk about a delicious afternoon!

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Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

Most of us know about the Oregon trail, and although it technically stretched all across Oregon, the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center exists in Baker City, which is in eastern Oregon. You’ll definitely want to peek into what it would’ve been like to live on the Oregon Trail.

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October 10, 2017

24 Hours in Chicago

Chicago is an insanely fun city. I highly recommend visiting & I’m hoping we can head there for a little trip to Lollapalooza this summer. In the meantime, let’s see what you can do with 24 hours in Chicago.

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River Walk

Stroll along the river from Michigan avenue toward Millennium Park. This has gorgeous views of the city and the river.

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Navy Pier

Navy Pier has excellent views of the Lake, as well as the city.

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The Bean

This is a classic Chicago monument that cannot be missed on a trip to Chicago. Take a picture of yourself in this massive bean shaved mirror.

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Willis Tower

Get stunning views by visiting the tallest building in Chicago.

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October 10, 2017

The Best Camping in the Northeast

I’m originally from Maryland, so the northeast is an area of the United States that I hold near and dear to my heart. There are some particularly beautiful camping areas in the northeast, and today I want to share the best camping in the northeast!

Acadia National Park

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Acadia National Park is located in eastern Maine, right on an island called Mount Desert. It’s a stunning national park featuring beautiful lakes, oceanfronts, and hiking trails. There’s so much to do on this lovely little island.

Green Mountain National Forest

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Located in southwestern Vermont lies the Green Mountain National Forest. This part of the country is absolutely stunning in the fall, so definitely try to make an effort to visit during that time. The leaves are beautifully multicolored and there are tons to do in the forest.

Kancamagus Highway

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The Kancamagus highway is a stretch of New Hampshire’s route 112. It’s absolutely stunning and provides amazing views of the surrounding mountains and rivers. It’s a beautiful stop to pitch a tent for the evening.

Baxter State Park

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Located in north Maine, Baxter State Park is another beautiful, wooded area like many of the others on this list. It’s home to the state’s highest peak, which is awesome for hiking and stunning views.

Delaware Seashore State Park

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The last place for this list of amazingly beautiful places to camp is located in Delaware, just a short hour away from where I was born. I couldn’t mention the east coast without also giving you a beautiful ocean option. Delaware seashore state park is located just off the coast in southern Delaware. There’s SO much to do in this state park it deserves its own post, but boating, the beach, hiking, there’s so much to do!

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October 9, 2017

24 Hours in Denver

I visited Denver in 2015 for a short time, for the Taylor Swift concert. I have to say, it wasn’t my favorite city that I’ve ever been to, but I’m completely open to giving it another chance. Today I thought I’d share the things you definitely can’t miss if you have 24 hours in Denver.

Explore Downtown

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We stayed right in downtown Denver on our trip there, and we loved exploring the downtown area. My most fond memory of the trip was walking up into the hills and finding a cute little mexican restaurant to eat lunch at. Exploring a city without any real things you are looking for is truly one of the most fun things to do.

See a Game

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Denver is home to both the Colorado Rockies baseball team as well as the Denver Broncos football team. Depending on what time of year you visit Denver, you can usually see one of these teams play. The Broncos are very famous, meaning ticket prices are slightly higher for them than the Rockies, but both stadiums are stunning and would be a ton of fun.

16th Street Mall

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When we visited Denver, we stayed right at the top of the 16th street mall. There’s a bus that runs down the entire thing that you can hop on and off of whenever you want. I had a creepy man fondle my body while on this bus, so be careful and watch your surroundings. There’s tons to do throughout the 16th street mall, including shops, restaurants and more.

Brewery Tours

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Something I didn’t know about Denver is that they have tons of breweries, wineries and distilleries. Make an afternoon out of a couple of different brewery tours, and get day drunk. It’s vacation, why not?

Mount Evans Scenic Byway

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If you have time, and a car, make sure you head up to the Mount Evans scenic byway. Denver is surrounded by some absolutely stunning mountains, and the Mount Evans scenic byway gives you a great chance to explore the surrounding areas and get some great views.

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October 9, 2017

Best Camping in the Southwest

The southwest United States has some absolutely gorgeous areas. It’s mostly desert, with some canyons and lush areas thrown in there. Let’s look at the best camping in the Southwest.

Zion National Park

 

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Zion National Park is seriously stunning. Located in southern Utah, it’s a 229 square mile piece of beauty. The most popular feature is the zion canyon, which is a 15 mile canyon cut into the reddish rock of southern Utah. It’s aboslutely stunning, and has tons of opportunity for hiking and rock climbing.

Havasu Falls

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Although this camping spot is a piece of the next one, I still had to mention it separately because of it’s beauty. Havasu falls is located in the Grand Canyon, in Arizona. Because it’s located within the Havasupai Indian reservation, it’s important to remember that when visiting the gorgeous falls. It’s a great area for swimming and hiking, and there is a campground near by.

Grand Canyon

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You had to know I wasn’t going to mention the southwest without mentioning the Grand Canyon. The canyon is absolutely gorgeous and located in Arizona. And, it’s been carved over the last 6 million years by the Colorado river. Most noteworthy, it lasts over a 277 mile length, and can be seen from space. There are so many things to do along the Grand Canyon, as well as many campgrounds. You’ll have to do some research into exactly which area of the Grand Canyon you’d like to stay, or if you’ll backpack and hike it.

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October 9, 2017

24 Hours in Baltimore

Today I want to share with you all a place that is near and dear to my heart – Maryland. Specifically, Baltimore. This is the city where my mom worked as a nurse for the first time, and the city where my dad flew helicopters and worked for the Maryland State Police. My parents met and married in Baltimore, before moving to Elkton where I was born! I moved to Idaho when I was 6. Without further ado, let’s see what you can do with 24 hours in Baltimore, Maryland.

Baltimore Harbor

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The Baltimore Harbor is definitely one of the more beautiful parts of a sometimes not so pretty city. It provides great views of downtown Baltimore, as well as plenty to do. There are awesome restaurants, boat tours, museums and other activities that sit right on the harbor.

National Aquarium

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One of those museums that sits right on the harbor is the National Aquarium. They have a TON of different aquatic animals, ranging from sharks to frogs to turtles. They really have something for everyone, as it’s interactive and fun for kids and adults alike.

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Federal Hill Park

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Federal Hill Park is located just south of the city center, and offers some of the best views of downtown Baltimore and the city in general. Federal Hill was used during the Civil War as a military post, and boasts some super interesting history.

Peabody Library

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The Peabody Library is a spectacular sight. It’s regarded as one of the most beautiful interiors in the world. It’s absolutely stunning, and free for public use, so don’t miss out on this one when you visit Baltimore!

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October 9, 2017

Best Camping in the Northwest

My family and I spent tons of time camping all over the Northwest throughout my childhood and adolescence. I wanted to share with you guys my favorite spots for camping in the northwest.

Mt. Rainier

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I have a serious love for Mt. Rainier. Whether it’s flying over it on a flight out of Seattle, or camping at the bottom of it, Mt. Rainier is gorgeous. It can also be seen from Seattle on a sunny day! Mt. Rainier is gorgeous, and hosts tons of different campgrounds. It also has hiking trails and for the talented, you can hike to the top.

Crater Lake National Park

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This is a landmark in Oregon that will just absolutely take your breath away in person. It’s stunning that the surrounding area just juts up around it. Again, since crater lake is a national park, there is camping all over the place.

Cape Disappointment

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Cape Disappointment is located at the southwestern corner of Washington state. As you look across the Columbia river, you’re actually looking at Oregon! Cape Disappointment has a stunning lighthouse that it’s most famous for, as well as several campgrounds.

Salt Creek Recreation Area

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Salt Creek Recreation Area is located in northern Washington. Across the strait of Juan de Fuca is Canada! Salt Creek used to be a World War II Military camp, so there’s tons of awesome history in this campground. It’s also extremely beautiful.

Wallowa Lake State Park

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Located about an hour from La Grande, Oregon, Wallowa is absolutely stunning. Since the mountains look like the Swiss mountains, they have designed the little camping area to look like you’re in Switzerland. There’s also an awesome gondola (I LOVE Gondola’s….of course I forced my dad to take me on it) that goes up the side of the mountain and will give you awesome views.

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October 9, 2017

Cutest New England Towns

New England is an area of the country that is near and dear to my heart. I think New England is absolutely gorgeous. I’m originally from Maryland, and my dad is from Rhode Island so we’ve spent a lot of time back east. These small little towns are a must visit on your next trip to New England. Here are the cutest New England towns.

New Castle, New Hampshire

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New Castle is made up entirely of islands, and features a gorgeous lighthouse that overlooks the Atlantic ocean.

Camden, Maine

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Camden is an absolutely stunning little down, dubbed the “jewel of the coast”. It sits underneath the mountains that dot Maine’s coast, and is a great spot for sailboating.

Newport, Rhode Island

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This is a town that I hold near and dear to my heart. This is where my dad is originally from, and when I was 12 we went on a tour of the house he grew up in. We also spent some time on the beach, and doing the famous mansion walk which has beautiful homes right along the coast to look at.

Provincetown, Massachusetts

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Provincetown sits right at the very end of Cape Cod. It’s a stunning town, with really historic roots, like the pilgrim monument.

Woodstock, Vermont

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Woodstock, Vermont is a gorgeous little town, home to some of the most beautiful fall foliage you’ll ever witness. It’s also home to some pretty impressive covered bridges.

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October 9, 2017

24 Hours in Miami

After Rolling Loud announced it’s lineup, Nate & I knew we would need to be heading to Miami come the beginning of May. So, we’ve been doing some research into things we can do in Miami, so here’s what you can do with 24 hours in Miami, Florida.

The Beach

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Any one of Miami’s gorgeous beaches will do, although this picture was taken at Miami beach. Miami sits right on Florida’s coast, meaning there are miles of gorgeous beach area. There’s tons to do in the ocean as well, like boat rides, parasailing or just plain swimming in the ocean.

South Beach

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Despite it’s name, there’s tons to do in South Beach other than hang out by the ocean. You can do that of course, but there are tons of shops, restaurants and bars just waiting to be visited. This area is typically packed with tourists, but it’s usually for good reason.

Little Havana

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Get a taste of Cuba without heading over the border by exploring Little Havana. Given Miami’s proximity to Cuba, many Cubans have migrated to the US via Miami. This makes it a hotpot of cuban culture, music and food. All of which can be found in Little Havana.

Go Clubbing

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Miami is famous for it’s clubs, and when you think getting drunk in Miami, you’re definitely going to want to check out some of the over-the-top clubs Miami has to offer. Many of the clubs in Miami are harder to get into because they cater to the rich and famous, but there are some things you can do in order to get into some of the more exclusive clubs.

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October 9, 2017

The Best National Parks in the US

Let me just begin by saying that all of the national parks in the US are absolutely amazing. These are just my personal favorites and my can’t-misses if you are planning a trip around the United States. Without further ado, here are the best national parks in the US.


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Denali, Alaska

Denali is home to Mt. McKinley, which is the tallest mountain in North America, reaching heights of 20,000 feet. This has been a bucket list item of mine since I was a kid. I’m a sucker for gorgeous views, and Denali has nothing short of beauty. If you’re planning a trip to Alaska, this is a must-see.

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Grand Canyon, Arizona

Most people know what the Grand Canyon is. This is a gorgeous canyon in Arizona that is the biggest in the United States, and one of the top 10 biggest in the world. There are so many different things to do and see around the Grand Canyon, it’s hard to pick just one. Horseshoe Bend is a huge bucket list item of mine, though.

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Yosemite, California

Yosemite is absolutely beautiful. Besides one of the better known scenes, the half dome, Yosemite is home to many camping grounds and beautiful hiking trails. Many of the worlds largest living things, the sequoia trees, live in Yosemite. There is a sequoia national park, but why not just kill two birds with one stone and see both in one park?

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Redwoods, California

I couldn’t leave this one out. Much of my traveling experience comes in the form of camping, and this is somewhere my dad took us one trip. We lost power due to a generator issue and it was dumping down rain but I still have such fond memories of this trip. Plus, the redwoods to a seven year old were ginormous.

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Yellowstone

Yellowstone spans a few different states, but is one of the most well-known national parks in the country aside from the Grand Canyon. Whether you’re wanting to go camping, or stay at the world famous lodge, there’s so much to do in Yellowstone. Old Faithful is located here, as well as tons of different natural phenomenons.

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Zion, Utah

I have such fond memories of Zion. This national park is absolutely beautiful and features such awesome hiking trails, as well as great camping areas. I have great memories camping and hiking around with my family. It’s a huge national park with tons to do.

This was so hard to pick my favorite national parks, and there are definitely one’s I want to talk about but don’t want to bore you, so those will probably come in a part 2 post!

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