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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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Summit Lake State Park: 1 Day Adventure

Summit Lake State Park is located about an hour east of Indianapolis, IN, near the city of New Castle. At about 2700 acres, this park includes a gorgeous 800-acre lake that provides stunning water views from every hiking trail in the park. There is also, two kayak trails, a beach, and 3 boat ramps to…

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Summit Lake State Park: 2 Day Adventure

Summit Lake State Park is located about an hour east of Indianapolis, IN near the city of New Castle. At about 2700 acres, this park includes a gorgeous 800-acre lake that provides you with stunning water views from every hiking trail in the park. There is also, two kayak trails, a beach, and 3 boat…

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Voyageurs National Park: 3 Day Adventure

Voyageurs National Park is located in northern Minnesota, just outside International Falls, where its waterways share a border with Canada. Voyageurs’ 218,000 acres is over one-third beautiful, blue water, has over 500 forested islands and 655 miles of both rocky and sandy shorelines. It was truly impressive- and not a single spot in this park…

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McCormick’s Creek State Park: 2 Day Adventure

McCormick’s Creek State Park is located in Spencer, Indiana about 60 miles south of Indianapolis. At just under 2,000 acres, it was founded in 1916 as Indiana’s first state park! The 10 miles of hiking trails will take you through lush, dense forest, a limestone canyon, along the lovely McCormick’s Creek and right up to…

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Fort Harrison State Park: 2 Day Adventure

Fort Harrison State Park is a 1700-acre park located just 12 miles north of downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. Those 1700 acres offer hiking, biking, swimming, golfing, fishing, horseback riding, hayrides, bird watching, sledding, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. You can even take a glance into history by visiting the military museum and preserved Citizens Military Training Camp…

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Mounds State Park: 1 Day Adventure

Mounds State Park is one of Indiana’s smallest state parks at 290 acres, just about an hour northeast of Indianapolis, Indiana. Don’t let its small size fool you, because this park packs a lot of history and beauty into every one of those 290 acres. The most unique aspect of this park is it offers…

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Clifty Falls State Park: 2 Day Adventure

Clifty Falls State Park is located in the lovely, historic town of Madison, Indiana, just a few steps north of the Ohio River. It is also just a short drive from Indianapolis, Louisville and Cincinnati, so if you are from or visiting any of those areas this is a detour you will want to take.…

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Shades State Park: 1 Day Adventure

Shades State Park is located in Waveland, Indiana about 60 miles west of Indianapolis. If rugged hiking is your crew’s jam, then this is the park for you! This park is an absolute favorite of ours! The hiking trails are certainly rugged and will take you up the sandstone cliffs and down the shady ravines…

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Yellowstone National Park: 4 Day Adventure

Located in the states of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, Yellowstone National Park became the first national park in March of 1872. From its unique geothermal features (over 10,000 geysers, hot springs, mud pots and fumaroles) to its endless amount of wildlife (almost 400 different species of animals!), to its unbelievable landscape (countless lakes, rivers, mountains),…

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park: 2 Day Adventure

Theodore Roosevelt National Park is located in western North Dakota and comprised of three separate units- North Unit, South Unit and Elkhorn Ranch Unit with the lovely Little Missouri River connecting the three. The Park has over 70,000 acres of flowing prairies and stunning buttes and is home to so much wildlife- longhorn steer, bison,…

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Grand Teton National Park: 3 Day Adventure

Grand Teton National Park is one of our favorites! I had been there prior to this last trip, but Scott, my husband, had never been, and I remember LOVING it the last time I was there. But…. I was a little worried right before we went, that I had hyped it up too much and…

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Custer State Park: 1 Day Adventure

Custer State Park is South Dakota’s first and largest state park at over 70,000 acres, and shares its southern border with Wind Cave National Park. We absolutely loved this park (possibly more than some of the national parks we have visited), and it is definitely a must stop if you are in the area seeing…

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Wind Cave National Park: 1 Day Adventure

Wind Cave is in southwestern South Dakota and is home to one of the world’s oldest and largest mapped caves in the world at almost 150 miles mapped to date! Instead of the usual stalactite and stalagmite formations, Wind Cave is known for its boxwork, so the inside of the cave looked very different than…

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Badlands National Park: 1 Day Adventure

Badlands National Park is located in southwestern South Dakota and is made up of beautiful buttes, canyons, pinnacles, and prairies. It is a park that you will not want to miss! Also, surprisingly, we saw a ton of animals there- bison, bighorn sheep, pronghorns, prairie dogs and so many birds! Watching the sheep scale the…

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Congaree National Park: 1 Day Adventure

Congaree National Park is home to the last 11,000 protected acres of what used to be 35 million acres of old-growth floodplain forests that used to grow in the southern United States. The bald cypress, old-growth oaks, and loblolly pines are all equally impressive and among some of the tallest trees on the east coast.…

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New River Gorge National Park: 2 Day Adventure

New River Gorge National Park is the newest national park located in West Virginia, and home to the world’s second oldest river- New River. This place did not disappoint! It was unbelievably gorgeous and there is enough to do there to last you quite a few visits- over 100 miles of hiking trails, horseback riding,…

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New River Gorge National Park: 4 Day Adventure

New River Gorge National Park is the newest national park located in West Virginia, and home to the world’s second oldest river- New River. This place did not disappoint! It was unbelievably gorgeous and there is enough to do there to last you quite a few visits- over 100 miles of hiking trails, horseback riding,…

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Mammoth Cave National Park: 2 Day Adventure

Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky is home to the world’s longest known cave system, at over 420 miles surveyed to date. Right there in Kentucky- who knew?! Certainly not this family, who happens to be FROM the Midwest. This cave system is impressive to say the least. The Rotunda, a large circular room within…

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Brown County State Park: 2 Day Adventure

Brown County State Park is the largest state park in Indiana at an impressive almost 16,000 acres. This park is filled with rolling hills, stunning vistas and delightfully peaceful lakes. With so much space, comes an endless list of adventures. On-site activities include 18 miles of hiking trails, fishing, horseback riding, swimming, and 27 miles…

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Turkey Run State Park: 2 Day Adventure

To be honest, the first time we went here, I did not do any research…. not my best move😊 It is in the middle of Indiana, so I was expecting some hiking trails through the woods or along a lovely river…. something beautiful but not too strenuous. I can not stop laughing as I write…

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Indiana Dunes National Park: 2 Day Adventure

Indiana Dunes National Park is located on 15 miles of Lake Michigan’s shoreline in northwest Indiana. In it’s 15,000 acres, there is the opportunity to experience so many different environments- dense forests, fields of gorgeous wildflowers, marshes full of wildlife, large sandy dunes, and beautiful beaches. This park truly has it all. Plus, our family…

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Cuyahoga Valley National Park: 2 Day Adventure

Cuyahoga Valley National Park is located in northeast Ohio, where this park has you walking along the beautiful Cuyahoga river, hiking through impressive rock formations and trekking to some absolutely stunning waterfalls. It even has a working train running through it! I spent the first 22 years of my life in Ohio and had never…

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Shenandoah National Park: 2 Day Adventure

You can find Shenandoah National Park on the crest of the spectacular Blue Ridge mountains, in northern Virginia. This park has over 500 miles of amazing hiking trails filled with the dreamiest mountain views, meadows covered in endless amounts of wildflowers, and incredible rushing waterfalls. And if that is not enticing enough, the scenic 105-mile…

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park: 3 Day Adventure

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is over a half a million acres of beautiful mountain ridges, stunning waterfalls, grassy prairies and hundreds of different species of wildlife, which is the reason this park sees over 14 million visitors a year. The park can be found on the border of Tennessee and North Carolina and…

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