Category: Camping

Crater Lake National Park Visitor Guide

While Crater Lake National Park in southern Oregon may not be as well-known as some of the other parks in the Western United States, that doesn’t mean it isn’t every bit as beautiful.  In fact, as lake parks go, it may be the most beautiful in America.  Centered around a deep, water-filled volcanic crater that has formed the deepest lake in North America, Crater Lake is also well-known for its rough wilderness and great hiking and snowshoeing trails.  If you aren’t into hiking, getting out on the crystal blue waters of Crater Lake to Kayak or go for a swim may be just what you are looking for.  Regardless of what you do when you visit, one thing that won’t be in short supply during your stay is tranquility.

The 20 Best Travel Accessories for 2020

Traveling can be one of the most amazing experiences of your life.  Few other things in this world help to broaden your perspective and teach you about yourself.  However, travel can also be extremely stressful.  One way that you can help reduce the amount of stress that you feel when you travel and allow yourself more time to enjoy the experience is to have the right travel accessories with you on your trip.  Having the right accessories can make you more comfortable, keep your belongings safe, and help you capture the special moments of your journey.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park Visitor Guide

Consisting of 117 known caves, the biggest of which spans roughly 8 acres and is the largest accessible cave chamber in North America, Carlsbad Caverns is one of the most unique landscapes in the American National Parks system. In addition to being an amazing landscape, the national park is also home to some fantastic wildlife.

The most notable wildlife residents are the parks many species of bats. There are 17 species of bats found in the park and they all live within the caverns. In fact, the park was initially discovered by a young cowboy named Jim White when he saw a large group of bats leaving the caverns back in 1903.

The Definitive Apostle Islands Packing Guide

The Apostle Islands is one of the most beautiful places in the Midwestern United States if not all of North America.  Tourists flock to the islands each year to do some kayaking, hiking and enjoy the beautiful beaches.  However, each year I see tourists arrive in the Apostle Islands completely unprepared.  They either don’t have the right clothing for the climate, don’t have the right gear for the activities they would like to try, or don’t have the equipment to keep them safe and comfortable while camping.

Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument Visitor Guide

Situated roughly 50 miles Northeast of Portland, Oregon, and roughly 96 miles South of Seattle, Washington as the crow flies, Mount Saint Helens is located in a beautiful part of America’s Pacific Northwest that has an abundance of tourist attractions.  Visitors to the Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument can learn about the 1980 eruption that left such a lasting impact on the surrounding landscape, hike in some of the most beautiful and serene landscape, and marvel at the power of mother nature.

Ecola State Park and Canon Beach Visitor Guide

In case it doesn’t look familiar, this is the stretch of coastline that was featured in the iconic 1980’s movie, “the Goonies”.  You know, the stretch of coast that hid the treasure of the famed pirate One-eyed Willie.  It’s easy to see why they picked this location to film.  The Pacific Ocean coastline in Oregon is some of the most rugged and most beautiful coastline in North America.  In addition to these jaw dropping rock formations, the area also boasts some of the state’s most beautiful beaches and hiking trails.

Heceta Head Lighthouse Visitor Guide

When it comes to beautiful lighthouses, you can’t find many that are more beautiful than the Heceta Head Lighthouse on the coast of Oregon in the United States.  In my opinion, it is the prettiest lighthouse in North America.  Perched up on Oregon’s rocky Pacific Ocean shoreline, the lighthouse is the definition of postcard material.  It is especially pretty at sunset or when large waves are crashing against the rocky shore.

Joshua Tree National Park Visitor Guide

With a countless number of breathtaking vistas, some of the most unique and beautiful trees in the country scattering its landscape, and some of the best rock climbing scrambles in North America within its borders, Joshua Tree National Park may just be one of the most underrated national parks in the US National Parks system.

Joshua Tree may not get all of the press that its sister parks in California get, as parks such as Yosemite, Death Valley, and Redwood are well known around the world.  However, that doesn’t mean Joshua Tree National Park isn’t every bit as beautiful or exciting.  If you ask any national parks enthusiast who is well versed in all of the national parks in the United States and they will tell you that Joshua Tree National Park is one of the premier national parks in the country.

The Ultimate Guide to Hiking the Inca Trail

The Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu is one of this world’s greatest hikes for explorers and adventurers.  Since the world became reacquainted with Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail following its rediscovery by Hiram Bingham in 1911, adventurers, academics, and world explorers have been flocking to Peru to hike the trail each year.  Machu Picchu was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983, and then declared one of the world’s New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.  This has only increased the popularity of Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail.  This has led to an increase in the number of visitors to the area from in the low 100,000’s in the 1980s to over 1.2 million visitors a year today.