Tag Archives: Nature

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 […]

Things to do in Drake Bay, Costa Rica: Osa Peninsula travel guide

Visiting the Osa Peninsula is one of the best things to do in Drake Bay, Costa Rica

Drake Bay feels wild. Only reachable by boat or with a few rough river crossings, bordering Corcovado National Park, and minutes away from major whale migration routes, this village is the place to get in touch with nature on your Costa Rica vacation. It feels authentically Tico (Costa Rican), spared the package tourism and surfer mobs […]

Backpacking Costa Rica: The ULTIMATE budget Costa Rica travel guide

Rio Celeste is an essential stop when backpacking Costa Rica.

Backpacking Costa Rica: Top experiences Jungle trekking and wildlife watching in Corcovado National Park Whale watching on the southern Pacific coast Chasing waterfalls and impossibly blue rivers in Bijagua Waking up to the sounds of howler monkeys at the world’s most affordable jungle lodge in Uvita Trekking through dense cloud forest in the Monteverde area […]

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. […]

Hiking Grandfather Mountain: A guide to High Country’s best views

Sunset at the end of an epic Grandfather Mountain hike

Steep ladders with sheer drops on all sides. Cable-assisted climbs along narrow ledges. Rock scrambles down 100-foot-long chutes. Hiking Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina’s High Country isn’t for the faint of heart. Hikers brave the obstacles to reach the views from two summits — Macrae Peak and Calloway Peak. Plus, there’s a swinging bridge, plenty […]