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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

8 destinations

Hiking

22 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

12 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.

  • Tennessee

    Explore the 11-mile loop around the historic log buildings, postcard-perfect views, and local wildlife of Cades Cove.
  • Tennessee

    The Mountain Farm Museum is an oasis of calm in the chaos of the Great Smokey Mountains, America's most visited National Park. Located on the North Carolina side of the park, this living history museum doesn't experience the same
  • California

    After tearing through the American west, it is a relief to finally take a bit of time to relax in the Alabama Hills. Those familiar with the location are envious. Those who are not familiar probably question what a place

Hiking in the United States

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

  • Tennessee

    Ritchie Hollow hiking trail is a 2.7-mile point to point trail connecting a parking lot along the Tennessee River to the Davis Pond campground in Prentice Cooper State Forest. The route covers a 1,200-foot elevation gain that ramps up
  • Tennessee

    Ruby Falls is the tallest and deepest waterfall in North America, just outside of Chattanooga. See stalactites, stalagmites, and other rock formations.
  • Utah

    Call it "Cowboy's Chaps", "Old Maid's Bloomers", or "Salt Wash Arch", the Delicate Arch is Arches National Park's largest freestanding arch.

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.

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Lexi lives in a truck camper down by the river.