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Top Northern California Attractions in Redding & Upstate

  • June 7, 2018

When people think of Northern California they often just consider the landmark destinations like San Francisco and the Napa and Sonoma wine country. However, Redding and UpState California, the real northern California, is the vast area north of Sacramento all…

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The Best in Zion National Park Lodging

  • March 25, 2018

One of our favorite summer trips, with the best hike ever was to Zion National Park. This is one of Utah's most visited parks and for good reason - it is an amazingly immersive experience whether you stay inside the…

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Bear Viewing in Alaska with Regal Air

  • January 22, 2018

One of the biggest attractions for visitors to Alaska is to see wildlife in their natural habitat. This can be achieved almost everywhere in Alaska from seeing a bald eagle fly overhead in Anchorage to hiking with moose at Flattop Mountain.…

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National Parks in the Bay Area

  • April 17, 2017

During our recent visit to the San Francisco Bay Area, we unexpectedly found ourselves at a national park site that we didn't even know existed. Researching this a bit more, I was surprised to learn there are 10 national park sites…

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6 Things Not to Miss at the Grand Canyon

  • April 10, 2017

Visiting the Grand Canyon is often high on travelers’ bucket lists. Part of the Grand Canyon makes up one of the most famous of all the US’s national parks, while other sections are located on lands still owned by Native…

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Camping in the Mojave National Preserve

  • February 9, 2017

If you read our post on Exploring the Mojave Preserve, you might remember that the basic premise for this park is a place for self discovery, adventure and exploration. This extends to where you will stay as well. Given that…

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Exploring the Mojave National Preserve

  • February 6, 2017

If you are like most people, you have heard of the Mojave Desert, but your association might be limited to images of barren landscapes dotted with military bases. The Mojave definitely represents some of this, but it also has so much…

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Exploring Saguaro National Park in One Day

  • November 14, 2016

One of our main reasons for our recent visit to Tucson was to explore Saguaro National Park. And to get a other junior ranger badge of course! Reading the name saguaro, you might not know exactly what it is (or even…

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Sky’s the Limit Observatory in 29 Palms

  • July 25, 2016

One of the best places in Southern California for star gazing is in and around Joshua Tree. We have been out several times specifically to do this, but only recently learned about the Sky's the Limit Observatory in 29 Palms.…

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29 Palms: A Joshua Tree Hidden Gem

  • July 21, 2016

We have been to Joshua tree too many times to count, but we continue to find new areas to explore. On my most recent trip, I had the opportunity to stay in Twentynine Palms near the Oasis of Mara entrance.…

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Finding Adventure in Dinosaurland

  • April 21, 2016

Last summer we took a 10 day road trip through Arizona and Utah with our family friends from Texas. While researching that trip I came across Dinosaur National Monument in northern Utah and western Colorado. We weren’t planning to be…

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Family Day Trip to Muir Woods

  • April 4, 2016

The Bay Area is one of my favorite places on earth. Not just because I lived there for almost a decade, but because no matter where you turn you are surrounded by so much beauty. The abundance of beautiful scenery,…

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