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    Hiking

    Hiking the Narrows in Zion: How to Successfully Hike Bottom-Up!

    Last October I had the opportunity to visit Zion National Park for 3 days during my 2-week road trip visiting Utah’s Mighty Five. The highlight of visiting Zion was definitely hiking the Narrows! If you’re like me, I pretty much knew nothing going into this adventurous hike beforehand. I did some quick research a few days prior and I’m glad I did because being prepared is a MUST for this hike. Looking back, it was an adventure I’ll never forget & is something I recommend you experience during your lifetime (if you’re into these kinds of things, that is). This post will help you prepare so you can have a…

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    How to See Bryce Canyon in One Day [Hike Among the Hoodoos & See 13+ Viewpoints]

    Bryce Canyon National Park boasts thousands of hoodoos formed by numerous freezing and thawing cycles over the years. The colors of these hoodoos are simply beautiful & light up like fire during sunrise and sunset. The cool, crisp air at nearly 8,000-feet elevation may have you struggling to catch your breath, especially if you live just above sea level like me. This park offers over 65 miles of hiking trails and, on a clear day, you can see 200 miles into the distance. If you’re wondering what to do at Bryce Canyon in one day, this post has you covered! In this post, I will tell you how you can…

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    Hiking

    Best Hikes in Yosemite: Your Ultimate Guide to the Park’s Most Stunning Views

    Yosemite National Park does not disappoint when it comes to beautiful scenery and jaw-dropping views. With over 800 miles of hiking trails, Yosemite has something for everyone. Visiting Yosemite & wondering which trails you should hike? This post covers the best hikes in Yosemite, ranging anywhere from easy strolls on a flat, paved trail to strenuous, all-day subalpine hikes. Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links. This means if you make a purchase through a link, I may make a small commission at no additional cost to you. Best Hikes in Yosemite National Park Ground Rules Before we dive into the best hikes in Yosemite, I want to briefly go…

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    Hiking to the Beautiful Emerald Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park

    When visiting Rocky Mountain National Park, hiking to Emerald Lake is considered a must-do! This trail steadily climbs to not one, but THREE gorgeous lakes in just 1.8 miles. This post will tell you all about the trail and give you some tips for hiking to the beautiful Emerald Lake! Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link, I may make a small commission at no additional cost to you. Emerald Lake Hike Trail Stats Distance: 3.6 miles roundtrip Difficulty: moderate Elevation Gain: 600′ Hiking Time: 2+ hours In my opinion, this trail is on the easy side of moderate as far as…

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    Travel

    Yosemite National Park: Your ULTIMATE Guide on How to Get There and Where to Stay Near Yosemite Valley

    Planning a trip to one of America’s most popular National Parks can be a daunting task. Did you get the right price? Is there a hotel close to the park? What are your options for staying in hotels vs camping? That’s why I created this quick guide on how to get to Yosemite National Park and where to stay while you’re there! (If you’re unsure about visiting, read my post on why you NEED to visit Yosemite!) I only included hotels, lodges, & campsites that are within 30 minutes of Yosemite Valley. This is an extremely popular National Park, so arriving early in the day is essential. No one wants…