The Narrows hike in Zion National Park is one of the most beautiful and different hikes in the desert southwest of the United States. On most hikes, you are trying to keep your feet dry, but in The Narrows, dry feet are not an option as you are actually hiking in the Virgin River. The towering walls stretching up 1000' on either side of you makes the hike well worth it though, and as the day heats up, the cool water and shadows of the canyon can be very pleasant indeed.
Today was our last day on the Olympic Peninsula and I’m sad to think we’ll be leaving tomorrow. What an incredible place! I had forgotten how much this place reminds me of southern Alaska, with the snow-capped mountains in the distance and big glacial rivers carving their way through thick rainforest. I love this place.
There's no road more symbolic of the American road trip than Route 66. Built in 1926, the road originally ran from Chicago to Santa Monica, California, aiding the westward migration of those hoping to escape the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. In the 1950s became the road of choice for vacationers dreaming of those California beaches.