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Attraction of the Week: Cuyahoga Valley National Park

While everyone has heard of Yellowstone, The Grand Canyon, and The Smoky Mountains amongst others, many are unaware of the more off-the-beaten path national parks in our country. One of these such places is Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio. Located just 20 minutes outside of Cleveland, a trip to this park can easily be […]

10 Moderate Waterfall Hikes near Asheville

Nature lovers will appreciate the endless opportunities for recreation in Western North Carolina. Spectacular waterfalls encompass the entirety of the the WNC region. In fact, there are 200 in Transylvania County alone. Fortunately, “The Land of Waterfalls,” is a quick daytrip from Asheville. Many gorgeous waterfalls also lie on the Blue Ridge Parkway, one of […]

Pittsburgh’s Bicycle Heaven: The World’s Largest Bicycle Museum and Shop

If you are into quirky, oddball attractions, then you will definitely want to plan some time to visit “the world’s largest bicycle museum and shop” while exploring Pittsburgh. Craig and Mindy Morrow opened Bicycle Heaven in 2011. Craig started with one bike which he found in the junk and proceeded to collect vintage bikes while […]

Things to do in Highlands: A Cool High Altitude Escape in North Carolina

At 4111 feet, Highlands is one of the highest elevated towns in North Carolina. The small community of just over 1000 residents is located within the beautiful Nantahala National Forest. The cool summer temps (typically in the mid 70’s) make Highlands an ideal escape from nearby hot and humid southern climates like Charlotte, Atlanta, and […]

20+ Amazing Local Restaurants in Asheville

Asheville is widely considered to be the top foodie destination in North Carolina. While you can find plenty of Southern staples like BBQ, biscuits and gravy, and sweet potato pancakes in town, the culinary scene is diverse enough to attract visitors from around the world. Many of the city’s award-winning restaurants feature international dishes from […]

Hiking Hotspot: Glen Falls in the Nantahala National Forest

One of the most amazing waterfall hikes in all of Western North Carolina (a region home to hundreds of beautiful falls) is Glen Falls. On this short hike, you will get to see not one, but three incredible waterfalls. If you are limited on time, Glen Falls is the perfect option as you do not […]

5 Easy Waterfall Hikes in the Smokies

The Smoky Mountains National Park is home to over 100 waterfalls. Fortunately, many of these natural wonders are easily accessible via an easy-moderate hike of no more than a few miles. According to the NPS, ample rainfall (the area sees over 55 inches per year) and elevation gradient creates the perfect condition for waterfalls. The […]

Hiking Hotspot: Three Waterfalls Loop in the Great Smokies

There are many beautiful waterfalls within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The park sees over 55 inches of rain per year in the lower altitude areas and up to 85 on some peaks. This translates into lush greenery and powerful waterfalls especially during the rainy late spring/summer months. Some of the most popular falls […]

Bryson City: Gateway to the NC Smoky Mountains

Bryson City, a charming small community of just under 2000 people in Western North Carolina, is a hub to exploring the southern end of the Smoky Mountains. Along with being home to a very popular scenic train ride, it’s also an outdoor lover’s paradise. With easy access to great hiking trails, whitewater rafting, tubing, mountain […]

5 Must-Do’s in Clearwater, Florida

Clearwater is most famous for being home to miles of pristine sugar sand beaches. Time and time again, the soft white sands and clear waters, has led to Clearwater Beach being rated amongst the top beaches in the country. Quartz crystals give Florida Gulf beaches their trademark white sand. Off the beach, there are plenty […]