North South Lake State Park

As one of the biggest and most popular campgrounds in the Catskills of New York, North South Lake State Park hosts over two-hundred campsites clustered around the Northern-most of it’s namesake lakes. This campground is the perfect launching point for many nearby hikes and viewpoints. A popular and relatively easy hike to the Catskill Mountain … More North South Lake State Park

Moreau Lake State Park- A Fall Foliage Favorite

In the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains and oft overlooked in favor of the ever popular Lake George, Moreau Lake State Park has quickly become one of my favorite New York parks for hiking through the fall foliage. I can’t keep using the phrase “hidden gem”, but really; people ought to be talking more about … More Moreau Lake State Park- A Fall Foliage Favorite

Cuyahoga Valley- Ohio’s Backyard National Park

Smack in between New York and Chicago, Cuyahoga Valley National Park is one of the most bizarrely designed National Parks I’ve ever been to. Perhaps it is because the park was originally a National Recreation area, but the fact that it features natural, man-made, and private attractions is fairly unique to the park. Residential areas … More Cuyahoga Valley- Ohio’s Backyard National Park

A Shortcut Through Petrified Forest National Park

While perfectly able to host a multi-day adventure, the Petrified Forest National Park’s relatively small size and prime location smack in the middle between Interstate 40 and Highway 180 in Arizona makes it the perfect drive through park. A straight drive through the park takes about an hour, end to end, but obviously stopping points … More A Shortcut Through Petrified Forest National Park

Las Vegas’ Surprising Neighbor; Red Rocks Canyon National Conservation Area

Just a half hour drive west of Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area hosts a 13-mile scenic drive with plenty of hiking, rock climbing and biking options to offer. While currently the park is only allowing admissions at pre-booked times, exploring the park can take as much time as desired once inside. The … More Las Vegas’ Surprising Neighbor; Red Rocks Canyon National Conservation Area

Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse- The Colossal Sculptures of South Dakota

Once known as the Six Grandfathers (Tȟuŋkášila Šákpe) by the Lakota Sioux who lived in the area, the mountains now more commonly known as Mount Rushmore are something of a visible representation of injustices faced by the native occupants of this land. While the territory was originally protected by the Treaty of Fort Laramie (1868), … More Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse- The Colossal Sculptures of South Dakota