15 Books about Gettysburg to Inspire Your Civil War Travels

The Virginia Memorial at Gettysburg

I wrote yesterday about my visit to Gettysburg over the weekend.  While browsing the gift shop at the Visitor’s center, I stopped to check out their extensive selection of Civil War inspired nonfiction and novels.  Between visiting Gettysburg and seeing Margaret Mitchell’s house in May, I’ve spent a lot of time this year thinking about the Civil War and … Read more

How to Visit Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado’s UNESCO World Heritage Site

USA - Colorado - Cliff Palace ruins at Mesa Verde, Colorado, USA.

When we first started our 7-month road trip around the Western United States to tour the National Parks of the West, we had no idea that one of the most historical and unique UNESCO World Heritage sites sat just hours outside of our backdoor. We set out to visit Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado’s UNESCO … Read more

The Best National Parks in Alaska

Alaska - Denali Highway

Looking for the best national parks in Alaska? From national parks to national monuments to preserves, here are the best Alaska national parks! Yukon Charley Rivers National Preserve Yukon Charley Rivers National Preserve is a 4000 square mile area in Alaska, close to the border with Canada. The preserve was established in 1978 to protect … Read more

The Best National Parks in Kentucky

USA - Kentucky - Mammoth Cave National Park

Looking for the best national parks in Kentucky? From national parks to national monuments to preserves, here are the best Kentucky national parks! Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park This national historical park which commemorates the 16th president of the United States of America is located at Lincoln Farm Rd, near Louisville, Kentucky. There are … Read more

The Best National Parks in Oregon

USA - Oregon - Crater Lake National Park

Looking for the best national parks in Oregon? From national parks to national monuments to preserves, here are the best Orgeon national parks! Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail is a 4900-mile route that stretches across 16 US states. The trail, which honors the Lewis and Clark Expedition, follows … Read more

The Best National Parks in Washington State

USA - Washington State - Mount Rainier

Looking for the best national parks in Washington state? From national parks to national monuments to preserves, here are the best Washington national parks! Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve Enjoy a walk on the beach while taking in the stunning views of the landscape at Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve. This reserve was created in … Read more

The Best National Parks in Hawaii

Looking for the best national parks in Hawaii? From national parks to national monuments to preserves, here are the best Hawaii national parks! Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail Named to mean “trail by the shoreline”, the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail was established in 2000 to preserve the Hawai’ian culture and history. The 175-mile trail … Read more

How to Visit the Statue of Liberty, NYC’s UNESCO World Heritage Site

UNESCO World Heritage Site #2: The Statue of Liberty

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,With conquering limbs astride from land to land;Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall standA mighty woman with a torch, whose flameIs the imprisoned lightning, and her nameMOTHER OF EXILES. From her beacon-handGlows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes commandThe air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame. “Keep, ancient lands, your storied … Read more

The Best National Parks in Arizona

USA - Arizona - Rafting on The Colorado River in the Grand Canyon at sunrise

A guide to Arizona’s national parks! National Parks in Arizona Canyon de Chelly National Monument Located close to the eastern edge of Arizona, this spectacular landscape is home to the Novajo tribe. This scenic monument is rich with American history and filled with activities and sights to explore. The rocks over the years have been … Read more

The Best National Parks in Nebraska

Nebraska - Agate Fossil Beds

A guide to Nebraska’s national parks! National Parks in Nebraska Agate Fossil Beds National Monument This park was established to preserve the rich heritage of the Lakota and Cheyenne tribes who once occupied the areas and led armies of America Indians to war against the US army who continuously encroached on the land. In this … Read more