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United States of America

See America First

In keeping with the popular slogan of the early 1900s US National Park Service campaign, we have chosen to “See America First.” We have visited more than half of the United States in the last year.

Things to See in the United States

Watch the bison wander through hot springs in Yellowstone, Wyoming
Boondock on BLM land
Raft with the sea otters in Morro Bay, California
Get your kicks on Route 66
Watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean
Wander the Superstition Mountains, Arizona
Camp on the beach of South Padre Island, Texas
Watch the sunrise over Grand Teton, Wyoming

50 Nifty United States

Let Me Break It Down For You

It's hard to consolidate the attractions of a country spanning 3,531,905 square miles. It has prolonged coastlines along the Atlantic and Pacific. It is bisected by the Appalachian, Rocky, and Sierra Nevada mountain ranges. It rises to the arctic circle in Alaska and flirts with the equator in Hawaii. And while I may attempt to draw broad generalizations from our years of exploration, perhaps you may want to delve deeper into a single state.

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United States

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Boondocking

12 destinations

Boondocking or "free camping" is staying over night in informal campsites such as undeveloped campgrounds, parking lots, or driveways.  This can mean drastically different camping styles depending on the individual.  We have had our share of secluded nights in the wilderness and noisy truck stops.  The common thread through all of these? We didn't pay a cent for the site.

Camping

10 destinations

Hiking

23 destinations

We are dedicated hikers.  Trails offer a unique opportunity to engage with a new region's environment. Whenever we have a lull in our travels, we are on the eye for a trail.

Kayaking

1 destinations

Overlanding

13 destinations

Sailing

1 destinations

Visiting Parks in the United States

Be it National, State, or regionals parks, the United States are chalk full of amazing parks.

  • New Mexico

    New Mexico is a colorful and dramatic state of deserts and mountains. Water is a precious commodity. Which lead to the authorization of the Rio Grande Project back in 1905. This program to provide power and irrigation
  • Nevada

    Strange things happen in the desert. It is a place of extreme temperatures and temperaments. It is a place of rugged self-sufficiency and creative invention born of necessity. Those that survive here are the outliers. And in
  • Nevada

    Looking out the window while driving Nevada Highway 374, the land seems desolate. Sparse, dry shrubs dot the flat desert landscape, ringed it by mountains. Yet, drive two miles northwest on Rhyolite Road and there are the remains of a

Hiking in the United States

Mountains, desert, remote, or urban.  There are hiking trails all over the map.  Here are some of our favorites!

  • New Mexico

    New Mexico is a colorful and dramatic state of deserts and mountains. Water is a precious commodity. Which lead to the authorization of the Rio Grande Project back in 1905. This program to provide power and irrigation
  • Nevada

    There's no shortage of activities to enjoy along the shores of Lake Mead. The expansive reservoir is flanked by mountains for hiking, surrounded by beaches for exploring, and filled with water for boating. But we feel like biking.
  • Nevada

    Sand dunes are strange and magical places. They seem like rare occurrences exclusive to distant lands such as the Sahara. But there are many sand dunes found across America. While more notable dunes such as those found

Camping in the United States

Be it RV parks, BLM boondocking, developed campsites, truck stops, or Walmart parking lots, there is a wide range camping options out there and we’ve had our share of it all.

  • New Mexico

    New Mexico is a colorful and dramatic state of deserts and mountains. Water is a precious commodity. Which lead to the authorization of the Rio Grande Project back in 1905. This program to provide power and irrigation
  • Arizona

    Tuscon, Arizona is in a magical warm pocket where winter never seems to fully take hold. While the rest of the country may be freezing, we toss our coats in the car and explore the surrounding country in short
  • Arizona

    Lake Havasu is a popular resort destination on the border of Arizona and California. It's charming, from the little of it that we've seen. But it's sufficiently built up to not be a place for boondocking. While
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Lexi lives in a truck camper down by the river.