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Travel in the USA could last a lifetime! You can explore some of the world’s most mind-blowing and unique landscapes from towering mountain ranges and glaciers to golden sandy beaches and pioneering cities … the USA travel bucket list is endless.

There truly is something for everyone in this vast country.

The USA National Park system is second to none and the incredible diversity from Yosemite to Yellowstone, and Zion to the Great Smoky Mountains is astounding. If you are planning to visit multiple parks, be sure to pick up an America the Beautiful National Park pass.

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Plan a road trip to Utah’s spectacular Mighty 5 National Parks: Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon and Zion. This itinerary includes extras such as Monument Valley, Horseshoe Bend and Grand Canyon North Rim. You will find 9 itineraries covering regions and timeframes.

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Choose South Dakota if you love stunning scenery. Badlands National Park, Custer State Park, Black Hills National Forest and Mount Rushmore form the foundations for a fantastic family road trip vacation. This itinerary covers the highlights in 4 fantastic days.

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10 Unmissable Things To Do In Los Angeles For First Time Visitors

Los Angeles is the iconic home of blockbuster movie production, sandy beaches, never-ending sunshine and 50 million annual tourists. But in the entertainment capital of the world, it can feel…
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Horseshoe Bend Page AZ: Pros & Cons of Hiking & Photography at Sunset

Horseshoe Bend is an extraordinarily striking 270 degree U-shaped meander in the mighty Colorado River, close to the small town of Page, Arizona.  When forging a path through super-strong Navajo…
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New York Waterfalls: Hunting The Best Upstate & Finger Lakes Falls

Waterfalls evoke emotion, raise questions about nature, inspire us and are even regarded as world famous landmarks. We're on a hunt to visit the most awe-inspiring, fun, intriguing and beautiful waterfalls…
Beautiful Fall Foliage Yellows at Rainbow Falls in spectacular Watkins Glen State Park Finger Lakes New York

Watkins Glen State Park: Hiking the Stunning Gorge Trail to Rainbow Falls

Picture nineteen waterfalls plunging through a spellbinding natural gorge, complimented by exquisitely crafted man made stone staircases and bridges. No, you have not been summoned to the council of Elrond…
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Taughannock Falls State Park Ithaca NY: Gorge Trail Hike & Epic Overlook

Taughannock Falls State Park is an outstanding highlight of New York's Finger Lakes region and site of the tallest single drop waterfall East of the Rocky Mountains: the incredibly photogenic…
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Buttermilk Falls State Park Gorge Trail: Hiking, Waterfalls & Photography

Frothing waterfalls, jagged gorges and natural beauty in abundance are the highlights of a day hike at Buttermilk Falls State Park in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Buttermilk…
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Robert H Treman State Park: Hiking the Gorge & Rim Trails to Lucifer Falls

Overflowing with wild beauty, rugged gorges and dramatic waterfalls, Robert H Treman State Park in Ithaca, NY is the perfect day out for hiking in the Finger Lakes region. Lucifer…
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Warner Bros Studio Tour Hollywood Review: Is It Worth The Money?

Touring a TV and movie studio simply has to be on your travel itinerary when visiting Los Angeles for the first time. But which of the four major studios should…
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Alcatraz Tour: Is It Worth Your Valuable Time And Money?

Alcatraz Island has a story so intriguing it draws in over 1.5 million visitors each year. But is the Alcatraz Tour worth your valuable time and money? In short, the…
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San Francisco Itinerary: 15 Amazing Things To Do In 3 Awesome Days

San Francisco is a beautiful city bursting at the seams with incredible things to do for first time visitors, but with so much on offer, how do you choose what…
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Best View of Golden Gate Bridge: 5 Amazing Photography Locations

Mighty in allure, pizazz and popular culture, taking in a view of San Francisco's stunning Golden Gate Bridge is worthy of every travel bucket list. Are you searching for the…
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San Diego Itinerary: Best Things To Do For First Time Visitors

San Diego is an outdoors-orientated, laid back and trendy city boasting the best tacos in America. You're in the perfect place to plan your first time San Diego vacation itinerary,…
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One Day In Death Valley National Park: The Perfect Day Trip Itinerary

Death Valley. Who would want to visit such a dramatically end-of-life sounding environment?! Well, we will explain why you should spend at least one day in Death Valley and join over…
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Yosemite Itinerary: Ultimate First Time Visitor Guide (1, 2 & 3 Day Itinerary)

Yosemite is a treasure trove of beauty and one of the crown jewels among USA National Parks. This Yosemite itinerary will help you plan the most efficient way to spend your…
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Delicate Arch Sunset Hiking & Photography Tips: Arches National Park

Delicate Arch and its deep bowl-like depression are the stars of an extraordinary sunset show in Arches National Park, Utah. Mother Nature has chiseled some of her finest landscapes in…
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Utah Road Trips: 9 Amazing Itineraries To Plan Your Dream Vacation

Boasting dramatic landscapes and fascinating rock formations, Utah is home to one of the most popular road trips in the US: The Utah Mighty 5 National Park circuit. Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol…
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Arches and Canyonlands In One Day: A Whirlwind Itinerary In Moab, Utah

Are you short on time in Moab, Utah and trying to decide which National Park you should visit between Arches vs Canyonlands? Well, we have insider news for you that…
Bryce Canyon to Zion National Park 3 Day Itinerary Road Trip Guide Utah

Zion to Bryce Canyon: 2 Awesome Utah National Parks • 3 Day Road Trip

Utah is home to one of the best road trip circuits in the US with its 'Mighty 5' National Parks trail. Don't have time to complete the entire circuit? Not…
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Mesa Arch Sunrise: Fighting For Prime Position (Plus Photography Tips!)

Have you ever heard of the battle royale taking place each morning at sunrise, in the moments leading up to an electrifying scarlet glow illuminating Canyonlands National Park's Mesa Arch?…
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Joshua Tree Day Trip, California: The Perfect One Day Road Trip Itinerary

Joshua Tree National Park is the perfect Californian day trip destination. J-Tree or JT as known locally, is a popular vacation and weekend getaway spot, but first time visitors can…
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Yellowstone Itinerary 4 Days: The Ultimate First Time Visitor Guide

Yellowstone National Park had been sky high on our travel bucket list since - well, forever! Who hasn't always wanted to visit one of Earth's most unique and natural marvels?!…
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Unmissable South Dakota Road Trip & Awesome 4 Day Itinerary

Are you researching where to go on your next USA road trip? The likes of Utah and California are immensely popular road trip states but are you looking for something…
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5 Amazing Things To Do In Custer State Park, South Dakota

Custer State Park is one of the largest, most diverse State Parks in the United States and a firm contender for our personal favorite. What isn't to like about stunning…
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America The Beautiful Pass: Will You Save Money At US National Parks?

Is the 'America the Beautiful Annual National Parks Pass' worth buying? This is the question we asked ourselves before setting off on an epic 3 month US road trip -…
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Black Elk Peak Hike: South Dakota’s Most Stunning Trail & Viewpoint

Black Elk Peak hike in the Black Hills National Forest is simply stunning. We were genuinely blown away by the outstanding natural beauty of South Dakota's most popular hiking trail.…
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The Complete Mount Rushmore Vacation Planner, South Dakota

Mount Rushmore is one of the United States most iconic and revered monuments. Who among us hasn't always wanted to go on vacation to the see those gigantic expressionless sculptures…
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Badlands Photography: South Dakota’s Captivating National Park

Badlands is more like 'Goodlands' when photography is concerned. South Dakota's popular National Park is fairly isolated but once you arrive, you know it's worth the extra effort. Surprisingly excellent…
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The 4 Best Things To Do In Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Don't be fooled by the adjective 'bad' in Badlands National Park, South Dakota. There is nothing 'bad' about this vast landscape brimming with fantastic rock features ... Except maybe the…
Kristen stood underneath overhanging tree branches and gorgeous yellow leaves Capitol Reef photography

Capitol Reef Photography: Utah’s Mighty 5 Surprise Package

Capitol Reef National Park offers a different take on photography to its 'Mighty 5' siblings. It is true Canyonlands, Arches, Zion and Bryce Canyon are blessed with stunning rock formations that…
Fruita Barn in Capitol Reef National Park with huge orange rock behind

Capitol Reef National Park Itinerary: An Easy Half Day Visit

Capitol Reef National Park is Utah's quieter, smaller and lesser known of the epic 'Mighty 5 road trip circuit'. But that doesn't mean it's any less worth visiting than the…

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