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Two Incredible Days in Castle Crags: Itinerary & Guide

Castle Crags State Park is a beautiful, highly underrated state park in California. With picture-perfect views of granite towers, endless hiking and climbing, and close proximity to Mount Shasta and beyond, Castle Crags is certainly worth a few days. If you have two days to spend in the area, this guide is for you! Here’s my 2 day Castle Crags Itinerary.  When...

Hiking the Castle Dome Trail in Castle Crags State Park: Ultimate Trail Guide

The Castle Dome Trail is one of Castle Crags State Park’s best hikes. This trail is short but intense, with plenty of elevation gain rewarded with incredible views of the Castle Crags and Mount Shasta in the distance. If there’s only one hike you do in this state park, make it this one! Castle Dome Trail in a nutshell Views ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 4.5 out of 5...

Everything You Need to Know About the Heart Lake Hike Near Mount Shasta

The Castle Lake to Heart Lake hike is short but sweet—it’s only a few miles long but the views are unmatched! Read on to learn everything you need to know about the Heart Lake Hike near Mount Shasta. Heart Lake Hike in a nutshell Views ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 5 out of 5. Technical Difficulty ⭐⭐ Rating: 2 out of 5. Overall Experience ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 4.5 out of 5. Heart Lake...

Travel Journal #11 | A much needed update

Hello friends! It feels like it’s been AGES since I’ve just sat down with a cup of tea and written a blog post… and that’s because, well, it has been ages! In my last travel journal entry, I announced ‘Exploring Edinburgh’, which didn’t really happen. I made one post about the cutest street in all of Edinburgh and one post...

Ultimate Trail Guide: Hike the Bright Angel Trail to the 1.5 Mile Resthouse

The Bright Angel Trail is one of the most famous trails in Grand Canyon National Park. With many stops along its steep switchbacks down into the canyon, this path allows you to choose how far you want to hike. For a short hike, opt to hike the Angel Trail to the 1.5 Mile Resthouse. With sweeping views of the Grand Canyon, this is a great option to see how you do with...

The Ultimate Guide to Backpacking the Hetch Hetchy Loop in 3 Days

If you’re looking for itineraries for 3 days backpacking in Hetch Hetchy, look no further! This loop brings you to stunning campsites and viewpoints, and is such a lovely way to experience Yosemite National Park. Here’s the ultimate guide to backpacking the Hetch Hetchy Loop in 3 days. I’ll share what I wish I packed, what information you need to...

How to Get to Muir Woods Without a Car

Muir Woods National Monument is an incredible day trip from San Francisco. This young redwood forest was untouched by logging in the early 1900s, so the trees are tall, abundant, and quite frankly, magical! If you don’t have access to a car in San Francisco but still want to visit Muir Woods, this guide is for you. Here’s the easiest and cheapest way to...

A Trail Guide to the Delicate Arch Sunrise Hike | Arches National Park

Delicate Arch is one of the most iconic natural features in Utah (it’s even on their license plates!) — and for good reason. Aside from the strange formation being something to marvel at itself, this natural arch perfectly frames the stunning rolling hills and rock formations around it. Because this arch is so popular, the best time to see it without the crowds...

Zion and Bryce in One Day: The Ultimate Day Trip!

If you’re passing through Utah and only have one day to visit Zion National Park and Bryce National Park, don’t you worry! While you may not see all of the iconic sights, you certainly can get a little taste of what these national parks have on offer. From sunrise views to lunches looking over thousand-foot drops, this itinerary is sure to get your heart...

The Ultimate Guide to the Grütschalp to Mürren Hike: Stunning All Year!

Located in the beautiful Jungfrau region of Switzerland, the Grütschalp to Mürren hike gives you panoramic views of some of the most iconic Swiss mountains. Even better? There’s very little incline, making this a great beginner’s hike. And, EVEN BETTER, this hike is accessible year round. It’s hard to believe that you can go hiking (really! Without...