45 Bucket List-Worthy Things to Do in the Southwestern United States

45 Bucket List-Worthy Things to Do in the Southwestern United States

The American Southwest is home to some of the most stunning natural landscapes imaginable. Canyons, hoodoos, and dwellings left behind by ancient inhabitants are just some of the amazing things to do in the Southwest and every last one of them is bucket list-worthy....
Hiking the Dream Lake Trail

Hiking the Dream Lake Trail

The Dream Lake trail was my absolute favorite hike in Rocky Mountain National Park. It branches off from the Bear Lake area and takes you up to a series three more alpine lakes: Nymph Lake, Dream Lake, and Emerald Lake. We stopped at Dream Lake thanks to non-ideal...
Driving to the Top of Pikes Peak

Driving to the Top of Pikes Peak

Driving up Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs is one of those classic American experiences that everyone should try at least once. My dad went as a kid, and it’s always been on my list of places to visit. I finally got a chance to drive up the Pikes Peak highway,...
Hiking Alberta Falls

Hiking Alberta Falls

The Alberta Falls trail is fairly easy and offers a rewarding view of a cool little waterfall. The trail to the falls is about 1.6 miles, and hikers can continue past the waterfall for a few miles to view some scenic lakes and ponds. We decided to turn back after...
First Timer’s Guide to the Garden of the Gods

First Timer’s Guide to the Garden of the Gods

I’d somehow never heard of Garden of the Gods until I started planning my trip, yet quickly found that it’s one of the top attractions in Colorado Springs. As soon as I saw pictures of it, I knew I’d have to visit. It’s an incredible naturally...
Hiking the Gem Lake Trail

Hiking the Gem Lake Trail

Rocky Mountain National Park is full of gorgeous scenery and offers all kinds of hiking trails, from an easy stroll around Sprague Lake to a climb to the summit of Longs Peak. As Midwesterners (aka from low elevation) of average fitness level, we stuck to the...