Category: National Interest Spot

The Ten Best Fourteeners in Colorado for Beginning Hikers

As a beginning hiker, the tougher 14ers in Colorado like Capitol Peak, Long’s Peak, Little Bear Peak, or “The Deadly Bells” might be too much for you to tackle at the moment, but that doesn’t mean you can’t set your sights on the clouds.  In fact, there are a number of challenging, yet completely doable, 14ers in Colorado that beginning hikers can attempt to tackle.  With the experience of summiting these easier peaks under your belt, it won’t be long before you build up the experience and confidence needed to tackle some of the more difficult peaks in Colorado.

The Ultimate Mackinac Island Visitor Guide

When it comes to travel destinations in the United States, I believe the Great Lakes region is one of the most overlooked and underrated regions of the country to travel to.  The states in-and-around the Great Lakes have a wide range of uniquely beautiful and amazing things to see and do.  One of the most well known and frequently visited of the region’s tourist attractions is undoubtedly Mackinac Island in Lake Huron.  While the island was used as a military fortification in the country’s formative years, today the island is geared more towards servicing tourists that are looking to leave their car behind and enjoy a vacation free from the hustle-and-bustle of everyday life.

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.

Multnomah Falls Visitor Guide

If you are a big fan of waterfalls, then you are in for a real treat if you ever visit the Portland, Oregon area.  There are some incredibly beautiful falls in North America, with Niagara Falls in New York State probably the most famous of those.  Though Multnomah Falls in Oregon doesn’t get the notoriety that Niagara Falls gets, it is a beautiful waterfall in its own right.

Ultimate Guide to Viewing Northern Elephant Seals in California

If you like wildlife, especially marine wildlife, the state of California in the United States has some absolutely wonderful wildlife viewing experiences available to visitors.  One of my favorite of these experiences is seeing the large Northern Elephant Seals along the coast of the state.  It really is impossible to appreciate how large and powerful these seals are until you see them on a beach with your own eyes.

Hoover Dam Visitor’s Guide

It is a marvel of the achievement of modern man.  It is the taming of one of America’s mightiest rivers.  A river that has sculpted such beautiful landscapes as the Grand Canyon.  Constructed starting in 1931, the Hoover Dam sits on the border between the states of Arizona and Nevada and harnesses the massive power of the Colorado River to provide electricity to much of the West Coast of the United states.

Antelope Canyon Visitor’s Guide

Twenty years ago, very few people had heard about Antelope Canyon.  Flash forward to today and it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the American Southwest.  As more-and-more people post pictures of this stunningly beautiful place on social media, the popularity of Antelope Canyon continues to grow.

No other canyon I have visited, and I have visited a lot, is illuminated as beautifully by sunlight as Antelope Canyon is.  The rays of sunlight that enter the canyon make the canyon walls glow the most beautiful shades of red and orange.  It is breathtaking.

Monument Valley Visitor’s Guide

If Monument Valley looks familiar to you, there is a very good reason for that.  It is one of the most used locations for media of all formats.  Over the decades there have been dozens-and-dozens of movies that were filmed among Monument Valley’s beautiful buttes and mesas.

Visitor’s Guide to Horseshoe Bend

If you are into grand and beautiful vistas, then you aren’t going to want to miss a stop at Horseshoe Bend in Northern Arizona.  Nowhere else is the Colorado River’s sculpting of the sandstone of the American Southwest more beautiful.  

Unlike some stunningly beautiful spots in this world, Horseshoe Bend is not very difficult to get to.  It is a short and easy one mile hike from the roadside parking to the viewpoint, so it is something that everyone is able to enjoy.  In this guide we will let you know how to get to Horseshoe Bend, when the best times to visit are, and show you some of the stunning pictures we have been able to take of Horseshoe Bend during our many visits over the years.