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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore: 4 Day Adventure

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is situated in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, along the southern coast of Lake Superior, between the towns of Munising and Grand Marais. The park features an extensive network of nearly 100 miles of hiking trails, which allow visitors to explore stunning beaches, lush forests, sandy dunes, picturesque lakes, unique rock formations, majestic…

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Tahquamenon Falls State Park: 3 Day Adventure

Tahquamenon Falls State Park is situated in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, approximately 80 miles north of Mackinaw City. The park is just ten miles away from the shore of Lake Superior and boasts one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi, the Upper Tahquamenon Falls, at a massive 200 feet wide. Hikers can enjoy 35…

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Red River Gorge: 3 Day Adventure

Red River Gorge, nestled in Kentucky’s Daniel Boone National Forest, is a haven for nature lovers. The area boasts enchanting waterfalls, awe-inspiring sandstone arches, magnificent rock formations, and breathtaking panoramic views from the towering cliff ledges. Red River Gorge offers endless opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts, including hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, cave and canyon exploration, ziplining,…

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Glacier National Park: A 5 Day Adventure

Glacier National Park is located in northern Montana’s Rocky Mountains.  With over 700 miles of hiking trails, you can spend an endless amount of time exploring the park’s gorgeous glacial lakes, lush forests, and majestic mountains.  And if the park’s stunning scenery isn’t enticing enough, there’s not a trail in the park where you are…

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Glacier National Park: 7 Day Adventure

Glacier National Park is located in northern Montana’s Rocky Mountains.  With over 700 miles of hiking trails, you can spend an endless amount of time exploring the park’s gorgeous glacial lakes, lush forests, and majestic mountains.  And if the park’s stunning scenery isn’t enticing enough, there’s not a trail in the park where you are…

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Mohican State Park: 2 Day Adventure

Mohican State Park is in Loudonville, Ohio, about an hour northeast of Columbus.   This 1100-acre park provides an endless amount of outdoor adventures for all ages!  The park’s trails will have you hiking through a hemlock forest, past waterfalls cascading over massive cliff walls, onto outstanding overlooks of the Clear Water Gorge, and beside the…

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5 Fantastic National Park Waterfall Trails

I can get this crew of ours to hike just about anywhere for a waterfall.  We love mountains, meadows, massive rock formations, and more, but nothing beats an incredible waterfall trail.  If you are visiting the National Parks this summer, these 5 fantastic National Park waterfall trails are a must!  And as a bonus, they…

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10 National Park Hikes: ALL 1 mile or less!

It’s almost summer, which means it’s the perfect time to get out and explore the National Parks!  I know not everyone has the time or unlimited vacation hours for some of the National Parks longer hikes, so I made a list of our favorite National Park hikes that are short, but still absolutely STUNNING.   Every…

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Matthiessen State Park: 1 Day Adventure

Matthiessen State Park is in LaSalle County, about 4 miles south of Utica, and about 100 miles from downtown Chicago.  At just under 2,000 acres, this park will take you down into a stunning canyon with massive, moss covered, sandstone walls where there are waterfalls, wildlife, and beautiful arched, stone bridges at every turn.  There…

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7 Waterfalls in 3 Days: Daniel Boone National Forest

Daniel Boone National Forest covers over 700,000 acres of land and spreads across 21 counties in Eastern Kentucky.   This National Forest has over 600 miles of hiking trails that will take you to towering sandstone cliffs, massive natural stone arches, and countless stunning waterfalls cascading into beautiful emerald pools.   This beautiful forest is the perfect…

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6 National Parks in 14 Days: Another Epic Summer Road Trip

Can you guess our family’s favorite way to travel?  If you guessed a road trip- you are right!  We love jumping in the car and heading to places where the internet and cell service are scarce, but the beauty of the outdoors is abundant.   We welcome pausing the rush of everyday tasks and to do…

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5 National Parks in 14 days: An Epic Summer Road Trip

Our crew looks forward to our summer road trip every year.  For us, there’s nothing better than packing up the car, blasting our favorite tunes, and hitting the open road for an epic adventure.  We put a pause on work, school, social media, practices, and everything else on our never-ending to-do list, and instead make…

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Kancamagus Highway: 1 Day Adventure

If you are visiting New England, this scenic 35-mile drive between Lincoln and Conway, New Hampshire, is a must see!  The Kancamagus Highway has 360 views at every overlook, spectacular hiking trails, and all the waterfalls you could want as you wind through the stunning White Mountain National Forest.  A day on the Kancamagus Highway…

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Prophetstown State Park

Prophetstown State Park is located in West Lafayette, IN, about an hour northwest of Indianapolis.  The park is named after a Shawnee village established by two brothers- The Prophet and Tecumseh- in 1808.  The village was a meeting place for more than 14 Native American tribes hoping to prevent the advancement of European settlement in…

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Acadia National Park: 3 Day Adventure

Acadia National Park is located on the coast of Maine, just outside the town of Bar Harbor.  Made up of several islands, with over 65 miles of coastline, 158 miles of hiking trails and another 45 miles of historic carriage roads to explore, Acadia is a park you will not want to miss!  The park’s…

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Franconia Notch State Park

Franconia Notch State Park is located right in the middle of the stunning White Mountains, just a short drive outside the city of Lincoln, New Hampshire.  This park is tucked into the mountain pass between the Kinsman and Franconia mountain ranges and offers an endless amount of beauty to its many visitors.  This state park…

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Crawford Notch State Park

Crawford Notch State Park is located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, about 14 miles northwest of Bartlett.  This park quickly became one of our favorite state parks!  Whether you’re summiting one of the many majestic mountain peaks or scrambling to the massive cascading waterfalls, this park is one you will not want to…

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Day Hiking With Kids: What’s in Our Packs?

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Great Sand Dunes National Park: 1 Day Adventure

The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is located in Mosca, Colorado, about 2.5 hours southwest of Colorado Springs.  The park was created to protect the 5 billion cubic meters of sand nestled just below the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains.  And while the park and preserve are home to the tallest sand dunes…

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Great Sand Dunes National Park: 2 Day Adventure

The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is located in Mosca, Colorado, about 2.5 hours southwest of Colorado Springs.  The park was created to protect the 5 billion cubic meters of sand nestled just below the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains.  And while the park and preserve are home to the tallest sand dunes…

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Rocky Mountain National Park: 2 Day Adventure

Rocky Mountain National Park is located about 60 miles northwest of Denver, CO between the towns of Estes Park and Grand Lake.  The park’s 265,000+ acres is filled with over 60 majestic mountain peaks that top over 12,000 feet and over 150 gorgeous glacier lakes with the dreamiest of reflections. The park is also home…

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Rocky Mountain National Park: 4 Day Adventure

Rocky Mountain National Park is located about 60 miles northwest of Denver, CO between the towns of Estes Park and Grand Lake.  The park’s 265,000+ acres is filled with over 60 majestic mountain peaks that top over 12,000 feet and over 150 gorgeous glacier lakes with the dreamiest of reflections. The park is also home…

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Mesa Verde National Park: 1 Day Adventure

Mesa Verde National Park is located in southwestern Colorado just outside the city of Cortez.  Mesa Verde’s rich landscape became home to the Ancestral Puebloan people approximately 1400 years ago.  Over a 700-year period, their communities flourished in what is now the national park we see today.  Inside the park’s 52,000 acres are almost 5000…

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Mesa Verde National Park: 2 Day Adventure

Mesa Verde National Park is located in southwestern Colorado just outside the city of Cortez.  Mesa Verde’s rich landscape became home to the Ancestral Puebloan people approximately 1400 years ago.  Over a 700-year period, their communities flourished in what is now the national park we see today.  Inside the park’s 52,000 acres are almost 5000…

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Dead Horse Point State Park: 1 Day Adventure

Dead Horse Point State Park is located in eastern Utah, approximately 33 miles outside of downtown Moab.  The visitor center at Dead Horse Point State Park is just 14 miles from the Island in the Sky Visitor Center at Canyonlands National Park.  If you are in the area, this is a must see!  I would…

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Canyonlands National Park: 1 Day Adventure

Canyonlands National Park’s colorful landscape of deep canyons, massive mesas and spectacular rock formations is in southeastern Utah, about 30 min from Arches National Park and the city of Moab. The park is divided into four districts: Island in the Sky, The Needles, The Maze, and The Rivers.  And although each district may seem close…

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Canyonlands National Park: 2 Day Adventure

Canyonlands National Park’s colorful landscape of deep canyons, massive mesas and spectacular rock formations is in southeastern Utah, about 30 min from Arches National Park and the city of Moab. The park is divided into four districts: Island in the Sky, The Needles, The Maze, and The Rivers.  And although each district may seem close…

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Arches National Park: 1 Day Adventure

Arches National Park is in eastern Utah, just north of the city of Moab.  The park’s landscape is covered in every hue of red and orange across spectacular sandstone arches, massive fins, giant balanced rocks and incredible towers and pinnacles. It is home to the world’s largest collection of natural arches with over 2,000 of them…

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Arches National Park: 2 Day Adventure

Arches National Park is in eastern Utah, just north of the city of Moab.  The park’s landscape is covered in every hue of red and orange across spectacular sandstone arches, massive fins, giant balanced rocks and incredible towers and pinnacles. It is home to the world’s largest collection of natural arches with over 2,000 of them…

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park: 1 Day Adventure

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is located in western Colorado, near the city of Montrose. While this park is one of the smaller, and less visited, of all the national parks, it is by no means lacking in immense beauty and magnificence. The sharp cliffs, roaring Gunnison River and vast skies are spectacular.…

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park: 2 Day Adventure

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is located in western Colorado, near the city of Montrose. While this park is one of the smaller, and less visited, of all the national parks, it is by no means lacking in immense beauty and magnificence. The sharp cliffs, roaring Gunnison River and vast skies are spectacular.…

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Starved Rock State Park: 1 Day Adventure

Starved Rock State Park in located in Oglesby, Illinois, about an hour and a half southwest of downtown Chicago. Starved Rock State Park is comprised of 18 impressive canyons, abundant with massive cliff walls, stunning overlooks, and gushing waterfalls. This park provides many opportunities to hike, fish, boat, horseback ride, and even ice climb in…

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Starved Rock State Park: 2 Day Adventure

Starved Rock State Park in located in Oglesby, Illinois, about an hour and a half southwest of downtown Chicago. Starved Rock State Park is comprised of 18 impressive canyons, abundant with massive cliff walls, stunning overlooks, and gushing waterfalls. This park provides many opportunities to hike, fish, boat, horseback ride, and even ice climb in…

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Hocking Hills State Park: 2 Day Adventure

Hocking Hills State Park is located about an hour south of Columbus, Ohio in the town of Logan. The hiking trails are spectacular as they wind through a landscape filled with striking cliffs, rushing waterfalls, massive caves and deep gorges that provide stunning views at every turn. The park also offers opportunities to fish, bike,…

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Hocking Hills State Park: 3 Day Adventure

Hocking Hills State Park is located about an hour south of Columbus, OH, in the town of Logan. The hiking trails are spectacular as they wind through a landscape filled with striking cliffs, rushing waterfalls, massive caves and deep gorges that provide stunning views at every turn. The park also offers opportunities to fish, bike,…

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Spring Mill State Park: 1 Day Adventure

Spring Mill State Park is located in Mitchell, Indiana, just under two hours south of Indianapolis. At over 1300 acres, this park truly offers everything- a museum dedicated to a Hoosier astronaut, that houses an actual space capsule; hiking trails through lush, green forests; a serene lake that provides opportunities for fishing, kayaking, and canoeing;…

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Spring Mill State Park: 2 Day Adventure

Spring Mill State Park is located in Mitchell, Indiana, just under two hours south of Indianapolis. At over 1300 acres, this park truly offers a lot of everything- a museum dedicated to a Hoosier astronaut, that houses an actual space capsule; hiking trails through lush, green forests; a serene lake that provides opportunities for fishing,…

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