exploring national historic sites

National Parks too crowded? Here are some alternatives. Think of the country’s National Historic Parks and Sites as the quiet middle kid in the country’s national park family. For every popular place like Great Smoky Mountains or Yosemite, there’s also a seldom noticed locale in almost every state in America that boasts so many untold

By James Kaiser @jameskaiser_ Everyone knows America’s national parks are visually stunning, but the story behind the scenery is equally impressive. Many of our most treasured landscapes were saved thanks to the passion and dedication of a few individuals. As we celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th birthday, let’s remember three inspirational people who helped

Colorado Sign

by Dylan Lara @dylanmlara You can take that Road Trip you’ve always dreamt of; without breaking the bank. Road Trips are as American as Apple Pie and Baseball. Route 66 inspired a road trip culture that still thrives on The Mother Road today. Everyone should get a taste of the freedom that open road offers

Mont Blanc Chamonix

Pocket knives are an essential tool in any outdoor enthusiasts kit. But as we use them often for everything from cutting fishing line to cooking to whittling sticks around camp, they are prone to getting dirty and dull. So how do you take care of your pocket knife in order to ensure it continues to

Jordan Pond in Autumn panorama, Acadia National Park

The return of autumn brings optimal weather for camping, conditions that boast cooler temperatures, death to annoying bugs, and nights that stretch longer-all the better to stare at the campfire. And with all this comes the glories of camp-side cooking. To the uninitiated, it’s a potentially daunting experience. But with a few tricks, it’s one

Cadillac Mountain Acadia National Park

Visit Acadia National Park and it’s easy to see why it became the East Coast’s first national park. Acadia National Park has a dramatic landscape of rugged and rocky Atlantic beaches, granite peaks, soaring lighthouses, dense woodland, and copious wildlife will impress you today just as much as it did when it was founded in

Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, Acadia NP, Maine, USA at sunset

Hiking in Acadia National Park is akin to a choose-your-own-adventure book. The total number of trails for hiking Acadia National Park are pretty massive. However, you can easily link together several different trails to satisfy your urge to do it all-or to just wander to places like Sand Beach, a short jaunt off the popular