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When it comes to driving the nation, some of the best sights to behold are our national parks. From the epic Grand Canyon to Acadia in Maine, the national parks each have something special to offer. The guides on our blog to the national parks offer suggestions for the best hikes, scenic drives, and activities at the parks, along with information on where to stay nearby. As the 100th anniversary of the national park system approaches, there’s no better time to discover the wonders the parks hold.

The Tunnel of Trees Scenic Road Trip: M-119
2 days ago

The Tunnel of Trees Scenic Road Trip: M-119

Imagine this: 16 miles of scenic roadway running along the coast and surrounded by trees. Sounds nice, right?

Well, you don’t need to imagine it. This scene exists; It’s M-119 also known as Michigan’s Tunnel of Trees. The route runs alongside the coast of Lake Michigan giving amazing views and makes for a beautiful weekend or afternoon drive. 

In this post, we’re going to tell you everything you need to know about the Tunnel of Trees, a bit of history, how to get there, and what to do along the way. 

So, bring your cameras, pack your lunches, and let’s go.

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Guide to Boise, Idaho
1 week ago

Guide to Boise, Idaho

Did you know that Boise, Idaho is one of the fastest growing cities in America? 

That’s because it’s becoming the newest hot spot for people looking to find a city that has the perfect combination of things to do and natural beauty in a really relaxed atmosphere. 

Many people are moving to Boise, so it must be a pretty cool place to visit, right?

Exactly! And that’s what we’re going to cover in this post. Consider it your quick guide to Boise.

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Visit Charming Seaside, Florida
2 weeks ago

Visit Charming Seaside, Florida

Doesn’t a place called Seaside, Florida sound like the perfect spot for a vacation?

And guess what? It is. Seaside, Florida is the perfect combination of beautiful beaches, a quaint small town atmosphere, and friendly locals to make this a dream beach vacation destination. 

In this post, we’re going to highlight what makes it so special, and why it’s a must-see destination on any road trip along the Florida Panhandle. 

Let’s go!

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Craters of the Moon National Monument
3 weeks ago

Craters of the Moon National Monument

It’s safe to say that most of us are never going to get a chance to spend some time on the moon. So, how about the next best thing? 

The Craters of the Moon National Monument!

What makes Craters of the Moon National Monument so unique is its landscape. While most people go to National Parks to see snow-capped peaks, massive forests, or incredible canyons, this monument is known for being mostly barren. 

In this post, we’re going to share with you everything you need to know to visit Craters of the Moon National Monument, no moon boots or space suits required!

Ready to blast off? (We had to). 

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Chimney Rock State Park
1 month ago

Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock State Park is a nationally recognized heritage site located in Rutherford County, North Carolina, just southeast of Asheville. It has everything you’re looking for during a family vacation- nature trails, outdoor adventure, plenty of photo ops, designated areas for the kids, live music, and the very best view of the North Carolina mountains.

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Big Basin Redwoods State Park
1 month ago

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

The giant redwood trees are something that California is known for. And luckily you can get a taste of them at Big Basin Redwoods State Park

If you’re spending time in the area and want to see some of the best natural wonders of the world, the famous California redwoods, this is the place to go. It’s not far from San Francisco and offers plenty of opportunities for spending some time outdoors, and yes, getting a few special photos for Instagram!

In this post, we’ll cover everything you need to know about spending some time in Big Basin Redwoods State Park. 

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I-94 Through North Dakota and Montana
1 month ago

I-94 Through North Dakota and Montana

We recently began our series on I-94, which covered Wisconsin and Minnesota and I-94 Through Michigan and Illinois. Want to extend your trip? The highway passes by many must-see spots in North Dakota and Montana as well. Follow our guide to make the most of your journey.

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Florissant Fossil Beds
2 months ago

Florissant Fossil Beds

There are all sorts of amazing natural treasures across the country. This is especially true in the American West and Southwest. 

Colorado’s Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is one of them. 

In an unassuming part of central Colorado, visitors will find one of the richest fossil deposits in the entire world. It’s certainly worth a visit, and in this post, we’re going to highlight everything you need to know about Florissant Fossil Beds. 

Ready to take a look?

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National Parks Blog

The Drive The Nation blog places a special emphasis on America’s national parks, because no other natural attractions in the U.S. match their beauty and splendor. Outdoor adventurers, wildlife lovers and other travelers alike love to explore these amazing places. National parks make perfect road trip destinations because they are cost-effective (an annual pass to 300+ parks for the whole carload costs about $80), educational, and simply stunning. Begin your journey to the national parks with our helpful blog articles.