Category: Mountains

Epic National Parks Road Trips – The Badlands to the Rockies

The first epic national parks road trip in my series covers some of the most well-known and popular national parks and monuments in the United States.  After flying into Rapid City, South Dakota and renting a car, you will start exploring almost immediately.  With the Badlands National Park and Mount Rushmore in the Rapid City area, you will get your first taste of America’s national parks and monuments right at the start.

Visitor’s Guide to Zermatt, Switzerland

If you are into outdoor adventure, then the beautiful city of Zermatt in Southern Switzerland should be near the top of your destinations list.  World renown for its skiing, mountaineering, and hiking trails, Zermatt is an outdoor enthusiast’s playground.  Every year, people from around the world visit Zermatt to ski on its amazing slopes, hike on the many miles of beautiful alpine hiking trails, and to view and even climb the neighboring mountain peaks.

Zermatt is home to the Matterhorn, which may be one of this world’s most beautiful and enchanting mountains.  With its jagged peak, which is often made more alluring by cloud cover, the Matterhorn looks like it could have been conjured up on a Hollywood movie set.  It is only the 10th highest mountain in Switzerland, but it may be the most famous because of its sheer beauty.  But as beautiful as the mountain is, it can also be deadly.  Since 1865, roughly 500 people have died on the mountain.  This is an average of roughly 3 or 4 people a year.  So if you are going to try and climb the mountain, make sure you know what you are getting into before you set off.

Big Bend National Park Visitor Guide

Everything in Texas tends to be big, and the national parks that reside within the state are no exception.  Big Bend National Park even has the word “big” in its name.  With a total size of 801,163 acres, Big Bend ranks as the fourteenth largest national park in the United States and the seventh largest park in the continental United States.  Not only is the size of the park big, but the vistas are large, the hikes are large, and the hearts of the people in this part of the country are large as well.

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.

The Art of Travel Photography – Machu Picchu Photography Guide

Machu Picchu is both an architectural marvel and a stunning piece of artwork wrapped up into one iconic travel destination.  Considered one of the new wonders of the world, Machu Picchu is one of South America’s, if not the world’s, most recognizable places.  Because of its beauty, tourists flock to Machu Picchu each year to get a glimpse of it first hand and to try and capture its essence in photographs.  However, capturing this beautiful place in photographs is not without its challenges.

Arusha National Park Safari Guide

While Arusha National Park may not be the biggest national park in Tanzania, it does have a lot of beautiful landscapes and wonderful animals for visitors to enjoy.  That, along with its very convenient location next to one of Tanzania’s largest cities, makes it a popular destination for tourists visiting Tanzania.

In this guide, I am going to give you all of the information you need to plan your trip to visit Arusha National Park.  We will discuss the best times to visit this beautiful park, what you need to be aware of before you visit, the best things for you to bring along with you on safari, how much you can expect to pay to visit the park, and what amazing sites and animals you can expect to see within the park.

Banff National Park Visitor’s Guide

I believe that the Banff, Alberta area is one of the single most beautiful areas in all of North America, and I am not the only one.  There is so much raw beauty stuffed into this one area of the Canadian Rockies that it is almost impossible to appreciate unless you see the area yourself.  From its beautiful and majestic mountains and glaciers to its pristine and crystal clear lakes, the Banff area has it all.

Part 2: Machu Picchu and Galapagos Planning

In this article, I am going to discuss the logistics of our trip.  By answering the “how” and “how long” questions in our travel planning process, we will be able to start filling in our transportation and accommodation needs for the trip.  However, before we can start shopping for flights and hotels, we need to know how long we are going to be staying and what our itinerary is going to look like.