Vermilion Lakes: Quick and Easy Guide

bench next to Vermilion Lakes in Banff

Vermilion Lakes is often overlooked among Banff National Park’s more famous attractions.  Vermilion Lakes is a diverse landscape of wetlands, geology, and wildlife that offers stunning views of Banff’s most recognizable mountains, as well as alpenglow sunrises and sunsets. Vermilion Lakes supports activities like cycling, paddling, photography, fishing, and birdwatching and is a great place […]

The Best (and Worst) Times of Year to Visit the Grand Canyon

Photo of the Grand Canyon

Are you planning a trip to the Grand Canyon but not sure when to go? Is there really ever a bad time to visit the Grand Canyon? The answer is YES! When you visit will highly affect your enjoyment. Not only does the Grand Canyon experience sweltering heat and snow, but certain times of the […]

Driving in Rocky Mountain National Park: 10 Things to Know

One of the most unique things about Rocky Mountain National Park is that you can drive over its portion of the Continental Divide on a paved highway.  Some of the highest elevations in the country, otherwise reserved for the most seasoned backcountry hiker, can be accessed with ease, no trucks or SUVs needed.  Most of […]

Best Campgrounds In and Around Arches National Park

The best campgrounds for visiting Arches National Park are in the Moab area. Which ones are the best depends on the experience you are looking for, the equipment you have, and your level of camping comfort. The good news is, that there are so many camping options in the Moab area, there’s something for everyone […]

A Complete Guide to Shuttles in Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park Hiker's Shuttle in front of the visitor center

Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park are wonderful road-trip destinations, but what if you do not have a car? Some areas of Rocky Mountain National Park are accessible via the optional, free shuttle system to the Bear Lake Corridor as well as Moraine Park during the peak season (Memorial Day through September). There are […]

14 Great Things To Do When Visiting Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Mount Rushmore

There’s more to Mount Rushmore than just great faces blasted into a mountain.  Not that, that isn’t cool enough, but there is much more to experience at Mount Rushmore that you don’t want to miss out on. Giving yourself ample time to visit the memorial is a must and whether you are just passing through […]

Bright Angel Lodge: An Honest Review

Every year 5 million people visit the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, but where do they all stay? Fortunately, there are 5 hotels within the Grand Canyon Village. The Bright Angel Lodge was designed by Mary Jane Colter in 1935 and built for tourists on moderate incomes. There are 90 rustic cabin units, some […]

9 AWESOME Things to Do in Williams, AZ (+ Helpful Guide)

Heading to the Grand Canyon and considering staying or stopping in Williams, Arizona? Williams, Arizona is a popular town to stay and explore for visitors heading to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Affordable lodging, a good variety of restaurants, and excellent tourist activities, including the Grand Canyon Railway, make it an appealing option […]

Four Spectacular Rocky Mountain Road Trips

What can be more exciting than a road trip? A road trip between national parks, of course!  There are many incredible road trips to take that can start at Rocky Mountain National Park reaching in all directions to offer some of the best Rocky Mountain scenery and experiences. In this piece, four such trips are […]

19 Amazing Things To Do in Moab (+ Handy Tips)

Moab is a giant outdoor playground. Famous for its stunning landscapes, landmarks, geographical features, and formations, it’s a bucket-list destination for outdoor enthusiasts. If you’re planning a trip to this iconic area prepare to be busy as there is no shortage of things to do. Moab is one of my favorite places in the world. I […]