The 11 Best Things To Do in New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans holds a special place in my heart. It was one of those places that if you brought it up I knew I wanted to go but it was never very high on my list. After coming across a flight deal I knew I wanted to book it. I asked a close friend of mine if she wanted to join and when she said “heck yeah” I knew we were going to have an amazing time.

In just the first 24 hours of our trip we got ready in our hotel lobby (because we got there at 6 am; way before our check-in time), had coffee and beignets at Cafe Du Monde, visited the St. Louis Cathedral, walked the French Quarter, rode bikes for 10+ miles around City Park and St. Charles street, took a steamboat down the Mississippi River, listened to local bands at the French Quarter Festival and had dinner.

I visited New Orleans in April of 2016 and the weather was great. There was a bit of rain one day but other than that we had mostly sunny skies which was great for walking around the city and enjoying outdoor activities. There are many things to see and do within the French Quarter but it’s great to mix it up and explore the other parts of New Orleans. You know, the parts that aren’t the hot mess known as Bourbon Street. Don’t get me wrong, I love a frozen daiquiri to cool me down on a humid day but there’s more to do than get wasted on a 50-ounce rum infused beverage. With Mardi Gras upon us, I thought I’d put together a list of my favorite things to do in NOLA.

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Hiking Mt. Whitney and Applying for Permits Through the Lottery

Hiking Mt. Whitney is on the adventure bucket list for many outdoor enthusiast. With an elevation of 14,508 feet, Mt. Whitney is the tallest mountain in the 48 contiguous US states.

Mt. Whitney is a part of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and its trail starts in the Inyo National Forest and enters Sequoia National Park. The summit is also the southern end of the John Muir Trail, “JMT.” Climbing to the summit and back can be done in a day trip or an overnight backpacking trip. Permits are needed for this hike from May 1st to November 1st each year. You can apply for a permit during the Mt. Whitney Lottery between February 1st and March 15th. Lottery results will be available on March 24th.

Mt Whitney in the distance (photo by Monique Tejada, @m00niquee)

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Havasupai Falls Backpacking Guide

If you love chasing waterfalls, enjoy hiking in canyons, swimming in beautiful turquoise waters, and sleeping under the stars then Supai, Arizona should be on your adventure destination list! Supai is an amazing destination where you not only get to experience the famous Havasupai Falls but also Mooney Falls, Navajo Falls, Fifty Foot Falls, Beaver Falls, and more!

Havasupai Falls
Another one of Havasupai Falls because it’s just so beautiful
Beaver Falls from the Canyon

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The Best Things To Do in Oregon, In and Around Portland

I visited Portland, Oregon for the first time in the summer of 2016 and it was a delicious adventure. It’s a great place for those who love to explore the outdoors located just outside the city and an amazing food destination. There’s no shortage of things to do in and around Portland. Here are some of my favorite things I did along with some helpful tips for your trip.

Rent A Car and Get Outside the City

Just outside Portland is the Columbia River Gorge, a scenic canyon that stretches for miles between Oregon and and the state of Washington. If you’re driving from Portland heading east on the I-84 you’ll be driving alongside the Columbia River Gorge. This is the route to Oregon’s most well-known waterfall, Multnomah Falls. And you can stop along the way to visit other falls such as Bridal Veil and Wahkeena. Wahkeena is a smaller waterfall and is very close to Multnomah. It’s an easy half mile hike in and there’s hardly anyone in sight. Most the other waterfalls will be about a three mile hike in. So if you have the time and enjoy hiking I recommend visiting your favorite falls.

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The 9 Best Things To Do in Pai, Thailand

Pai, a small bohemian town located in Northern Thailand is a place you may or may not have heard of but I assure you if you go you’ll never forget. I had read about Pai when researching cities in Thailand. Knowing I would be visiting Chiang Mai, I wanted to check out what other nearby cities I could explore. I chose to stay one night and I’m so glad I did but my 24 hours were not enough.

Here is a list of the 9 best things to do in Pai…

Rent a Motorbike

While Pai may be a small town most of the outdoor activities are outside the city and best reached by a motorbike. Riding a motorbike is also the most affordable way to get around. For less than 200 baht you can rent a motorbike for 24 hours. Basic motorbikes start at 100 baht. Aya Service was the company I used and I opted for the insurance. It was an extra 40 baht and worth the peace of mind.

This pink motorbike was the last motorbike available at Aya Service. Lucky for me I do like the color pink!

If riding a motorbike isn’t your thing tour companies offer packages that take you to some of the amazing spots Pai has to offer.

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