Tips for Exploring Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

Off the coast of Florida‘s Atlantic shoreline lies its largest barrier island, and on that island, you’ll find Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Canaveral National Seashore. Herein lies two federally protected public lands you could potentially explore for days. I, sadly, only had one, but I made the most …

5 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Blue Spring State Park

The stars of Blue Spring State Park are the manatees. Everyone loves them. Just look at those cute little noses! These wonderful mammals flock to the spring each winter when the ocean and St. Johns River become too cold. The spring is always 72 degrees, nice and toasty for these warm-blooded …

Quick Visitors Guide to Kennedy Space Center

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be an astronaut. I actually started out watching Jurassic Park, obsessing over dinosaurs, and aspiring to become a female Dr. Alan Grant. But something changed along the way, and I wanted to explore outer space and discover the future instead of …

What to Expect When Driving the Alaska Highway in Winter

There aren’t many cars driving the Alaska Highway in winter. Construction hasn’t started, but occasionally semi-trucks will pass you at flying speeds in the middle of snow storms. Mostly, though, you’ll find yourself on safari, sharing the road with caribou, bison, and sheep. Essentially, you have the road to yourself. …

Beginners Guide: Day Trip to Dry Tortugas National Park

I don’t think I’ve met anyone who doesn’t want to visit Dry Tortugas National Park. Additionally, I don’t think anyone who has been had anything bad to say. It makes sense. This incredible national park has something for everyone. Are you a nature lover? Dry Tortugas features some of the …

What to Wear in Alaska: Complete Packing List

So, you’re planning a trip to Alaska? Congratulations! You’re about to lay eyes on some of the most beautiful scenery you’ve ever seen. But you already knew that. What you’re struggling with is what to pack, and it’s understandable. The weather in Alaska can change in a heartbeat. Plus, you can …

Why the Big Island is the Best Island to Visit in Hawaii

The largest island in America’s 50th state is a treasure. After visiting three islands in October 2017, I determined the Big Island is my favorite, and the best island to visit in Hawaii period. It showcased the most diversity, from perfect white sand beaches to boiling craters. It also hosts …

The Ultimate Checklist for America’s 417 National Parks by State

Did you know there are 417 National Parks in America? The National Park Service manages more than the national parks you’ve heard of, like Yosemite and Yellowstone. There are also national monuments, national historical parks, national battlefields, national seashores, and more. I bet you’ve heard of some of them, too, …

Visit Delaware: America’s Best Kept Secret

Delaware is small. It’s a simple fact. This is the second smallest state in the nation, and because of that, it gets overlooked. Jokes like “Dela-where?” take precedence. But here’s what you didn’t know: it’s a hidden gem. One of its many nicknames is The Diamond State, for crying out …