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61 National Parks: Classifications, Tips, and Cool Facts

There are presently 61 U.S. National Parks. 20 of them are a stone’s throw away from civilization, 33 are remote or borderline remote, and 8 Parks are very remote. Those near civilization include Acadia, Mount Rainier, Redwood, Rocky Mountain, Badlands, Great Smoky Mountains, Joshua Tree, Hawaii Volcanoes, Haleakala, Zion, Saguaro, Cuyahoga Valley, Mesa Verde, Arches,
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Wondrous Whale Watching in Mexico

Wondrous Whale Watching in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – The whale, big as a locomotive, surged out of the water, streaming foam, airborne and spinning as though for the sheer joy of it, before gracefully slicing back under the waves. We watched silently, jaws agape, never having been so close to such a huge, fast-moving creature.
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4 National Parks To Visit this Winter

4 National Parks To Visit this Winter There are 4 National Parks you will want to visit in the USA this winter season. Often overlooked, Death Valley Park in California / Nevada is in my Top 10 list. Death Valley in winter is most pleasant, though crowded with baby-boom retirees. The vistas are unimaginable. Whether you lodge or
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Butterfly Garden at the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Oklahoma

Chickasaw Country Family Friendly Things to Do

Chickasaw Country is a great place to learn about other cultures and expand your horizons. This is easy to do with all of the fun, family friendly activities offered. Here are a few of our favorite activities from our trip! The Chickasaw Cultural Center The Chickasaw Cultural Center offers many activities and hands-on exhibits to
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Clearwater Marine Aquarium - you definitely can't miss this family-fun spot in Clearwater, Florida!

Things to Do in Clearwater, Florida

The Clearwater Marine Aquarium opened in 1972 in a former water treatment plant and focuses on rescuing sick and injured marine species. (The large pools are well-suited for rehabilitation efforts!). Their rehabilitation facilities help them care for the animals and eventually release them back into the wild when possible. The Aquarium also prides itself on
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Grand Canyon National Park things to do

Grand Canyon National Park Things to Do

While the beautiful Grand Canyon National Park is home to some of the most stunning natural landscapes in the west, there is much more to do than hike! Check out a roundup of some of our favorite activities below, from train rides and Navajo cultural demonstrations to lake activities and more! Grand Canyon Railway The
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Mendocino County: Things to Do

During our recent visit to Mendocino County, we had a ton of fun adventures we couldn’t find anywhere else! Not only is it a perfect place for family fun, the location provides a variety of exciting outdoor activities that are perfect for tapping into your inner explorer. Check out some of our favorites! Skunk Train
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Panda spotting in Sichuan, China

Visit Sichuan: A Magical Place in the Heart of Mainland China

Located in south central China, the Sichuan Province is completely surrounded with natural beauty. To its west lie the Hengduan Mountains that connect to the Tibetan Plateau; the Qinling Range is situated northeast; and the Yunnan Province Mountains are to the south. Then there’s the Sichuan Basin as well as distributary channels of the Yangtze
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Visiting Katmai National Park: Adventure, Bears & Beauty, Oh My!

Visiting Katmai National Park: Adventure, Bears & Beauty, Oh My!

Of all the national parks in the park system, few bring out as many questions as does Katmai National Park. American Samoa may draw out the jungle explorer in us to wonder of logistics and flight or ship docking times. And the same could be said of Gates of the Arctic and Kobuk Valley, though
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Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

Learn & Play: Things to Do in Tucson, Arizona

As a top family-friendly destination in the USA, it makes sense that Tucson, Arizona has a ton of places to learn new things, get active and play! From top-notch museums to hiking trails and more, you’ll definitely find something for everyone. Here are a few of our favorite things to do in Tucson, Arizona! Arizona-Sonora
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1920's history of Oxnard, CA

Learn: Where to Discover the History of Oxnard

To learn about the history of Oxnard, head to Heritage Square. The district was created in 1991 and currently displays historic structures that were restored and relocated. The houses that stand in district were originally farm houses, when the district was full of life in the 1920s. People would work on their farms all day,
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Visiting the beaches of San Diego

Discovering a Reconstructed San Diego and Why You Need to Visit

The very first time I learned of the city of San Diego, I was at a raucous party in Kansas City. I was only 18 years old at the time and was coming home from my first adventure out west. Two buddies and I had stuffed ourselves into an old Dodge Swinger (manual 3-speed on
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