All in The Great Outdoors
Paradise. Cocktails, sunshine, turquoise waters and Jimmy Buffet playing on the radio. Pretty much sums up what it’s like to vacation in Keys. This archipelago island chain sits off the southern edge of Florida, is known for it’s laid back, quirky, carefree attitude. It has appealed to everyone from US Presidents to literary greats like Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams.
But there is way more to experience than just another Margarita. Check out our must see list below!
Zion, Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon National Parks are all such magical places. They had been on my list for a long time, but I hadn’t realized how close they were situated to each other. After doing some research I was excited to find out I could plan an awesome roadtrip, doing a “best of” tour at each park. I highly recommend this trip to people who are pressed for time, but still want to see everything! Even with only a few days in each spot, we felt that we were able to experience everything we had hoped. All three parks have amazing and legendary sites that everyone needs to experience at least once. Even standing there in person you still won’t believe what you’re seeing is real life!
Here is a look at our 8 day Southwest Roadtrip itinerary…
Bryce Canyon National Park is a place you need to see to believe. The unbelievable and surreal landscape is like something out of a science fiction novel. Crimson “hoodoos” fill the landscape for as far as the eye can see down into the canyon below. The park has a 18 mile scenic drive that takes you to a bunch of amazing viewpoints. This drive is a great way to begin your visit because you’ll be able to get a good sense of the park and get all of the eye candy you’ll want to see right away! Believe me you’ll just stand in awe of the tall spires in front of you and marvel at the bright orange landscape. What better way to head down into the canyon on a thrilling guided horseback adventure!?
Being situated at 8,000-9,000ft in elevation, hiking around the park can be a bit of a challenge for those not acclimated, though totally worth it, even if you need to take frequent breaks.To give your legs and lungs a break, take a horseback ride down into the canyon! We had opted to go with Canyon Trail Rides for our trip and loved every minute of it!
When I was planning a trip to the UAE I randomly came across a website for a company called Absolute Adventures, running trekking trips in nearby Dibba, Oman. Our itinerary up to that point consisted largely of touring cities, and this looked like a great opportunity to escape for a little while to what looked to be an unbelievably scenic place. When you're given the opportunity to go hiking in Oman, you take it!
Banff's Via Ferrata was definitely one of the best adventures I’ve ever done and highly recommend it to anyone! It's like the glamping of climbing! All of the amazing views, thrills and adventure but with all the safety features to make it worry free! There is a reason why Banff was voted the top place to visit in 2017 and this will show you why!
Ever dream of sleeping comfortably under the stars and waking up to a view of one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world? Yes!? Then you need to go glamping in the Yosemite Valley!
Yosemite National Park is approximately a four hour drive West of San Francisco, CA and has some of the most incredible sights in the world. The park itself is MASSIVE, but a good chunk of it is easily accessible by car, shuttle or on foot. There are many accommodation options both inside and outside of the park but my favorite is a stay at Housekeeping Camp.