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21 Best Lakes in Upstate New York for a Lovely Vacation Getaway

New Yorkers! Craving a relaxing lake vacation in Upstate New York? Need to get away from the hustle and bustle of living in NYC? I have good news for you — Wherever you live in our beautiful state, you don’t have to travel far for a wonderful lake vacation in New York. That’s because New…

Peekamoose Blue Hole: 13 Important Things to Know Before Visiting This New York Gem

For years, I’d been dreaming of visiting the elusive Peekamoose Blue Hole in the Catskills of New York. A crystalline, emerald-blue, natural swimming pool tucked within the verdant Sundown Wild Forest in the Catskill Forest Preserve. Living in New York City, many of us New Yorkers are hungry to reconnect with nature. And a natural…

38 Incredible Places to Visit in the Dominican Republic From East to West

dominican republic natural pool enclosed by rocks and cacti

The Dominican Republic is the most visited travel destination in the Caribbean. Every year, over five million travelers from around the world arrive in the tropical island nation. And for good reason! Our island is considered a “micro-continent” because it offers a little bit of almost everything, from bright blue beaches to chilly tall mountains….

31 Charming Small Towns in Upstate New York State + Hidden Gem Getaways

alexandria bay a small town in upstate new york

Family-owned businesses, farmers’ markets, and museums are just a few of the reasons why I love exploring small towns in my home state of New York. Just a drive or a bus/train ride away, I love leaving the busy energy of New York City behind me for the peaceful charm of small towns in Upstate…

34 Uniquely Beautiful Things to Do in the Finger Lakes – Vacation Guide

The Finger Lakes region of New York spans across 11 lakes in a region that was formerly covered by glaciers. The two most popular are the biggest and deepest: Seneca Lake (618 ft) — home to the iconic Watkins Glen State Park, and Cayuga Lake (435 ft) — which faces Cornell University in Ithaca. In…

19 Beautiful Day Trip Hikes From Las Vegas + Overnight Trails

Plants at sunset with rocky mountains in the background in Red Rock Canyon, Nevada.

Desert. Snowy mountainside. Red sandstone. Flowing wetlands. All this- and more- is found throughout the Las Vegas valley and mountains of Nevada. If you’re looking for a break from casinos and Las Vegas city living, here are 19+ Las Vegas hikes for all levels; from day trips to multi-day hiking adventures to experience all of…

13 Unique Facts About Joshua Tree National Park to Know Before Planning Your Visit

From a silent, vibrant sunrise over desert sands to a darkened, plum, starstruck evening- traveling through Joshua Tree National Park can be awe-inspiring. Just a few hours from Southern California, visiting is not only generally accessible but fulfilling- physically and spiritually. Before exploring this majestic desert and to better contextualize your experience, check out these…

48 Fun & Beautiful Things to Do in the Dominican Republic

Things to do in the Dominican Republic people in boat tour.

As a Dominican American who has traveled around the Dominican Republic countless times, I’m thrilled to share with you all of my favorite things to do in the Dominican Republic! This year, we welcomed 10 million tourists and became the Caribbean’s top travel destination! And it’s no surprise why. From the stunning beaches to our…

31 Breathtaking Waterfalls in New York State (Upstate NY + Near NYC)

woman swimming in bish bash waterfalls looking back

Did you know that thousands of waterfalls rush through New York State? The sight of these natural wonders can take your breath away along with the experience of exploring their unique settings. Most of us New Yorkers don’t explore our own backyard, and thus lose out on experiencing these natural hidden gems. If you’re a…

17 Beautiful Gatlinburg Waterfalls to Explore + Stunning Hiking Trails

a view of the town of gatlinburg from afar with the mountain backdrop

Whether you’re searching for Gatlinburg waterfalls, whiskey, or epic hiking trails, the eastern Tennessee mountain town of Gatlinburg is a gateway to adventure. Start your journey by choosing a cozy place to stay, finding cool local spots to dine in, and planning your romp through the surrounding mountains. Be sure to include these wondrous Gatlinburg…