Category Archives: North America

Is Manuel Antonio worth visiting? Guide to Costa Rica’s most popular park

Capuchin on Manuel Antonio Beach in Costa Rica

At first glance, Manuel Antonio National Park seems like something out of a movie. Tropical jungle-fringed beaches with turquoise water. Sloths galore. Mangrove forests that protect some of the most biodiverse landscapes in the Americas. The question of “is Manuel Antonio worth visiting?” seems absurd on the surface. But then reality sets in. Costa Rica’s […]

Backpacking in Yellowstone National Park: The ULTIMATE Guide

Backcountry hiking Yellowstone is the best way to see the park.

If you’ve visited Yellowstone, chances are you’ve waded through crowds on a packed boardwalk to snap people-filled pictures of the famous geothermals. It’s undeniably an amazing place — and one you’ll never have to yourself. But there is another way. Backpacking in Yellowstone National Park gets you away from the crowds, far from the nearest […]

Hiking in Stanley, Idaho: The BEST day hikes in the Sawtooths

The Baron Lakes are one of the best hikes in Stanley, Idaho.

Idaho is so much more than potatoes. Over 60% of the land in this Rocky Mountain state is public. You can camp just about anywhere, hike the 10,000-foot peaks, and unwind in the hot springs. The Sawtooth Mountains near Stanley are one of the highlights, with dozens of alpine lakes to explore. Hiking in Stanley, […]

Little Wild Horse Canyon and Bell Canyon Hike Near Goblin Valley, Utah

Slot section on the Little Wild Horse and Bell Canyon Loop Trail

Southern Utah is jam-packed with slot canyons to explore. Whether you’re a seasoned canyoneer or have never been in a slot canyon in your life, you can find a safe canyon trip that rivals the beauty of Arizona’s Antelope Canyon — with none of the logistical challenges. Two of the best beginner canyons are Little […]

Capitol Reef Itinerary Ideas for One, Two and Three Days

A truck on the scenic drive -- typical for a Capitol Reef itinerary

Capitol Reef National Park is the most underrated of Southern Utah’s Mighty 5. Most visitors simply drive through between Bryce Canyon and the parks near Moab. But stay a little longer and you’ll discover a land of red-rock cliffs, colorful sunsets, challenging trails and deep backcountry. Whether you’re a hiker or a road tripper, you […]

Things to do in Escalante, Utah: Gateway to Grand Staircase-Escalante

One of the best things to do in Escalante Utah is hike to Lower Calf Creek Falls

Utah is famous for the Mighty 5 National Parks. And for good reason — from the red cliffs of Zion to the rivers of Canyonlands to Arches’ namesake formations, they’re some of the treasures of the United States. But nestled between Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef is a well-kept secret: the tiny town of Escalante, […]

Foothills Trail Thru Hike: The BEST backpacking in South Carolina

Sunrise from Sassafras Mountain on my Foothills Trail thru hike

Towering waterfalls. Thunderous river gorges. Wildflower fields. The highest peak in South Carolina. And stairs. So many stairs. This is your life when you attempt a Foothills Trail thru hike. The Foothills Trail runs 77 miles from Oconee State Park to Table Rock State Park in South Carolina, crossing briefly into North Carolina twice along […]

Hiking Mt LeConte in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Mt LeConte elevation is over 6,000 feet, making it a great spot for views of the Smokies.

Towering cliffs. Panoramic vistas. Caves, waterfalls, and fire-scarred slopes. Hiking Mt LeConte is the #1 thing to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Mount LeConte is not the Smokies’ highest summit (that’s Clingman’s Dome). Nor is it the park’s hardest hike. But a trek to the top provides a sense of journey unlike anything […]

One Day in Bryce Canyon: The PERFECT Bryce Canyon day trip itinerary

One of the most important Bryce Canyon tips: Visit the hoodoos!

Bryce Canyon National Park is easy to squeeze into a Utah road trip. It’s a short drive from Zion, on the way to Escalante/Capitol Reef National Park, easily accessible from Kanab or even Page, Arizona. But if you only have one day in Bryce Canyon, it can be hard to narrow down what to do. […]

Best trails in Bryce Canyon National Park: 10 epic Bryce Canyon hikes

The best hiking in Bryce Canyon is in the amphitheater area.

Bryce Canyon is an essential stop on a Utah road trip. At 8,000 feet, its high-elevation landscape is totally unlike the other Mighty 5 national parks in southern Utah. The best trails in Bryce Canyon take you right up to iconic “hoodoo” rock formations, through pine forests, along desert streams, and under the red-rock rim. […]