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The Top Ten Attractions in Flagstaff, Arizona

Flagstaff is the gem of Arizona. This small, high altitude mountain city is located just 2 hours north of Phoenix, however, at 7000 feet, the climate, geography, and vibe is completely different. As opposed to the harsh climate and exotic cacti of the Sonoran desert, Flagstaff sees 4 distinct seasons and is located within the […]

6 Not-So-Scary Halloween Attractions

From ghost tours, to haunted houses, to terrifying corn mazes, there are no shortage of extreme Halloween experiences across the country. In fact, the Halloween scare factor seems to grow by the year with every haunted house trying to outdo the next. Some of these places are so intense that guests need to sign a […]

10 Gorgeous Gardens to Visit

Strolling around a beautiful garden is a great way to add on a bit of nature and relaxation to any vacation experience. There are dozens of fantastic gardens in cities across the US. From exotic cacti in Tucson, to an extravagant fall pumpkin display in Dallas, to a beautiful bonsai collection in Asheville, each of […]

Walking in a Winter Wonderland: 10 places to see snow in Arizona

Images of Saguaro cacti, sagebrush, and beautiful mountains often come to mind first when thinking of Arizona. And, of course, who doesn’t associate the desert with insane summer heat?! We have all seen the skeleton “But it’s a dry heat” joke. However, temps are actually quite enjoyable throughout the winter season (averaging 60-70 degrees with […]

15 Most Picturesque Trails in Arizona

It’s really hard to narrow down the list of most scenic trails in Arizona. Really, the entire state is gorgeous and loaded to the brim with amazing mountain and cacti scenery. Both the weather and geography vary dramatically across the state, and thus, the hikes also vary in scenic beauty. This leads to an incredible […]

Brew with a view: 10 Coffeeshops with Amazing Scenery

While most hotels today are equipped with a Keurig machine, it’s nice to get out and about and explore small businesses while traveling in a new area. Nothing starts off a vacation better than a great cup of local coffee. Today, you can find fantastic independent shops pretty much anywhere you travel. No need to […]

20+ Incredible Waterfalls to Add to your Bucket List

Waterfalls truly are a sight to behold, and fortunately, they can be found in all 50 states. While some areas like the Pacific Northwest and the mid Atlantic are home to an incredible array of magnificent waterfalls, these gems of nature can be found just about anywhere. Whether tall or small, seeing a beautiful waterfall […]

20 Hikes with Fabulous Mountain Scenery

Hiking is one of the best cardio activities, one of the rare few which is enjoyable at the same time as being calorie busting. Getting out on the trail is a great way to work up a sweat while also taking in the sights and sounds of nature. Planning a vacation near a great park […]

8 Easy Bike Paths with Incredible Mountain Scenery

It’s easy today to find a great bike path pretty much anywhere you travel. Former rail trails are often converted into recreational paths. Today, there are hundreds of these rail trails, with at least one in nearly every state. Additionally, beach front paths, preserves, and parks provide further more opportunity for enjoying biking in a […]

15 Bike Paths with Relaxing Water Views

Biking has become my favorite weekend pastime. It’s a great way to get out of the house, enjoy a leisurely workout, and take in some fresh air, all while having a great time. Unlike more vigorous workouts like running & tennis, biking can be considered a more laid-back alternative, especially if you pick a flatter […]