Road trips are an excellent way to see a variety of different locations without being tied to a particular schedule. You get to go at your own pace, customize your itinerary and it allows for flexibility. Even before I booked my flight to Ireland, I knew I wanted to rent a car and drive on my own. I didn’t want to be limited to tour stops and I wanted to be able to stop as I pleased. I had never rented a car in another country and was a bit apprehensive about driving on the other side of the road but I decided to go for it! Keep reading if you’re interstate in learning more about road tripping Ireland and Northern Ireland.
For the outdoor enthusiast, visiting national parks is a pastime. I wanted to visit the oldest national park, Yellowstone National Park and I finally did so on my Wyoming National Parks road trip for the first time this summer!
Yellowstone is so large it’s in three different states: Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. However, most the park is in Wyoming. Another beautiful national park is Grand Teton. This picturesque park is so breathtaking, it will make you cry. Okay, not really, but photos don’t do this place justice and if you’ve seen photos you may think that’s hard to believe. I recently visited the two parks and I want to tell you about my experience. So, if you’re planning a Wyoming national parks road trip, please read on.
“Lost City of the Incas,” one of the seven wonders of the world, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; whatever you’ve heard Machu Picchu referred to as know that “magical” is probably the best way to describe it. That sounds pretty cliche, right? But it’s true. The entire Inca Trail was nothing short of a life-changing experience. Arriving at Machu Picchu gave me this feeling, this extraordinary feeling I can’t really put into words. It may have been an adventure high with a mix of the high elevation and coca leaves but it was truly enchanting. If you’re reading this you’re probably planning your own Machu Picchu experience. Read on and I’ll tell you all about hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, including my packing list and tips/tricks to making your adventure that much more amazing.
Wildflowers are out in Southern California and everyone is out to see the “super bloom” in a variety of different places. The winter rains came down heavily in the southland which brought out more flowers and lots of greenery. Hills that were once dry and barren are now lush and green which has left us with some beautiful scenery. So here I’ll share my Southern California wildflower guide so you can visit the blooms while they’re still out.
Anza-Borrego State Park
Borrego Springs, San Diego County
I recently took a trip to Anza-Borrego State Park in San Diego County to see the flowers before they’re gone again. Anza-Borrego doesn’t usually get this amount of wildflowers in the spring, this is something rare for the state park. In fact, this super bloom is so rare for the area that it’s brought people from all over the states and even across the world. If you visit the park on a weekend, be patient and prepare for traffic jams. I visited during the week and the crowds were still pretty heavy.
Be sure to stop at the Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association for a free wildflower map. Also please support the ABDNHA if possible by purchasing an item (large or small) from the store. The people working the store are very helpful and recommended a loop for us to drive and see the flowers.
There’s plenty of trails for hiking and if you’re more about the hiking than the wildflowers check out the slots!
Sedona, Arizona isn’t exactly a hidden gem. I would say it’s pretty well known but not as heavily visited as say the Grand Canyon. However, Sedona is a magical wonderland that deserves a visit if you love desert landscapes and enjoy the outdoors. The backdrops of the mountains and rock formations are breathtaking. Just driving on the freeway and approaching Sedona is an experience in itself. There’s just something about the reddish-orange formations against the clear blue skies that will leave you in awe.
And if you enjoy the desert but love camping in a cooler climate then head over to Fossil Creek for the night and enjoy the activities and scenery that the area has to offer. More on Fossil Creek below.