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In Travel Tips on
March 20, 2017

Best Camping in the Southwest

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The southwest United States has some absolutely gorgeous areas. It’s mostly desert, with some canyons and lush areas thrown in there. Let’s look at the best camping in the Southwest.

Zion National Park

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Zion National Park is seriously stunning. Located in southern Utah, it’s a 229 square mile piece of beauty. The most popular feature is the zion canyon, which is a 15 mile canyon cut into the reddish rock of southern Utah. It’s aboslutely stunning, and has tons of opportunity for hiking and rock climbing.

Havasu Falls

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Although this camping spot is a piece of the next one, I still had to mention it separately because of it’s beauty. Havasu falls is located in the Grand Canyon, in Arizona. Because it’s located within the Havasupai Indian reservation, it’s important to remember that when visiting the gorgeous falls. It’s a great area for swimming and hiking, and there is a campground near by.

Grand Canyon

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You had to know I wasn’t going to mention the southwest without mentioning the Grand Canyon. The canyon is absolutely gorgeous and located in Arizona. And, it’s been carved over the last 6 million years by the Colorado river. Most noteworthy, it lasts over a 277 mile length, and can be seen from space. There are so many things to do along the Grand Canyon, as well as many campgrounds. You’ll have to do some research into exactly which area of the Grand Canyon you’d like to stay, or if you’ll backpack and hike it.

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In Travel Tips on
March 15, 2017

24 Hours in Baltimore

Today I want to share with you all a place that is near and dear to my heart – Maryland. Specifically, Baltimore. This is the city where my mom worked as a nurse for the first time, and the city where my dad flew helicopters and worked for the Maryland State Police. My parents met and married in Baltimore, before moving to Elkton where I was born! I moved to Idaho when I was 6. Without further ado, let’s see what you can do with 24 hours in Baltimore, Maryland.

Baltimore Harbor

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The Baltimore Harbor is definitely one of the more beautiful parts of a sometimes not so pretty city. It provides great views of downtown Baltimore, as well as plenty to do. There are awesome restaurants, boat tours, museums and other activities that sit right on the harbor.

National Aquarium

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One of those museums that sits right on the harbor is the National Aquarium. They have a TON of different aquatic animals, ranging from sharks to frogs to turtles. They really have something for everyone, as it’s interactive and fun for kids and adults alike.

Federal Hill Park

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Federal Hill Park is located just south of the city center, and offers some of the best views of downtown Baltimore and the city in general. Federal Hill was used during the Civil War as a military post, and boasts some super interesting history.

Peabody Library

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The Peabody Library is a spectacular sight. It’s regarded as one of the most beautiful interiors in the world. It’s absolutely stunning, and free for public use, so don’t miss out on this one when you visit Baltimore!

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In Reviews on
March 13, 2017

Best Camping in the Northwest

My family and I spent tons of time camping all over the Northwest throughout my childhood and adolescence. I wanted to share with you guys my favorite spots for camping in the northwest.

Mt. Rainier

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I have a serious love for Mt. Rainier. Whether it’s flying over it on a flight out of Seattle, or camping at the bottom of it, Mt. Rainier is gorgeous. It can also be seen from Seattle on a sunny day! Mt. Rainier is gorgeous, and hosts tons of different campgrounds. It also has hiking trails and for the talented, you can hike to the top.

Crater Lake National Park

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This is a landmark in Oregon that will just absolutely take your breath away in person. It’s stunning that the surrounding area just juts up around it. Again, since crater lake is a national park, there is camping all over the place.

Cape Disappointment

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Cape Disappointment is located at the southwestern corner of Washington state. As you look across the Columbia river, you’re actually looking at Oregon! Cape Disappointment has a stunning lighthouse that it’s most famous for, as well as several campgrounds.

Salt Creek Recreation Area

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Salt Creek Recreation Area is located in northern Washington. Across the strait of Juan de Fuca is Canada! Salt Creek used to be a World War II Military camp, so there’s tons of awesome history in this campground. It’s also extremely beautiful.

Wallowa Lake State Park

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Located about an hour from La Grande, Oregon, Wallowa is absolutely stunning. Since the mountains look like the Swiss mountains, they have designed the little camping area to look like you’re in Switzerland. There’s also an awesome gondola (I LOVE Gondola’s….of course I forced my dad to take me on it) that goes up the side of the mountain and will give you awesome views.

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In Travel Tips on
January 30, 2017

Cutest New England Towns

New England is an area of the country that is near and dear to my heart. I think New England is absolutely gorgeous. I’m originally from Maryland, and my dad is from Rhode Island so we’ve spent a lot of time back east. These small little towns are a must visit on your next trip to New England. Here are the cutest New England towns.

New Castle, New Hampshire

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New Castle is made up entirely of islands, and features a gorgeous lighthouse that overlooks the Atlantic ocean.

Camden, Maine

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Camden is an absolutely stunning little down, dubbed the “jewel of the coast”. It sits underneath the mountains that dot Maine’s coast, and is a great spot for sailboating.

Newport, Rhode Island

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This is a town that I hold near and dear to my heart. This is where my dad is originally from, and when I was 12 we went on a tour of the house he grew up in. We also spent some time on the beach, and doing the famous mansion walk which has beautiful homes right along the coast to look at.

Provincetown, Massachusetts

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Provincetown sits right at the very end of Cape Cod. It’s a stunning town, with really historic roots, like the pilgrim monument.

Woodstock, Vermont

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Woodstock, Vermont is a gorgeous little town, home to some of the most beautiful fall foliage you’ll ever witness. It’s also home to some pretty impressive covered bridges.

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In Travel Tips on
January 27, 2017

24 Hours in Miami

After Rolling Loud announced it’s lineup, Nate & I knew we would need to be heading to Miami come the beginning of May. So, we’ve been doing some research into things we can do in Miami, so here’s what you can do with 24 hours in Miami, Florida.

24 Hours in Miami | Castaway Couple

The Beach

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Any one of Miami’s gorgeous beaches will do, although this picture was taken at Miami beach. Miami sits right on Florida’s coast, meaning there are miles of gorgeous beach area. There’s tons to do in the ocean as well, like boat rides, parasailing or just plain swimming in the ocean.

24 Hours in Miami | Castaway Couple

South Beach

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Despite it’s name, there’s tons to do in South Beach other than hang out by the ocean. You can do that of course, but there are tons of shops, restaurants and bars just waiting to be visited. This area is typically packed with tourists, but it’s usually for good reason.

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Little Havana

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Get a taste of Cuba without heading over the border by exploring Little Havana. Given Miami’s proximity to Cuba, many Cubans have migrated to the US via Miami. This makes it a hotpot of cuban culture, music and food. All of which can be found in Little Havana.

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Go Clubbing

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Miami is famous for it’s clubs, and when you think getting drunk in Miami, you’re definitely going to want to check out some of the over-the-top clubs Miami has to offer. Many of the clubs in Miami are harder to get into because they cater to the rich and famous, but there are some things you can do in order to get into some of the more exclusive clubs.

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