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    10 Best Things to Do in Zion National Park

    In October of 2018, I had the privilege of taking a road trip to Utah’s Mighty Five National Parks. Zion National Park turned out to be one of my favorites. With its unique jaw-dropping views, it did not disappoint! After spending 2-3 days in Zion, I have comprised a list of what I think are the 10 best things to do in Zion National Park. Use this list to help plan your trip and make sure you don’t miss the best of Zion! Update: Since some of the trails listed in this post are closed due to rockfall, I have listed two additional things to do in Zion at the…

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    Hiking the Laurel Falls Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains

    I recently visited the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for my birthday this fall and finally got the chance to hike the Laurel Falls trail! This is one of the easiest waterfall hikes in the park & I definitely consider it a “must-do” when visiting the Smokies, especially in the fall. In this post, I will tell you about the trail, share some pics, and give you a few tips for hiking this beautiful trail to this 80-foot waterfall! 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. Laurel Falls…

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    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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    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…