Hiking Trails in Congaree National Park

Hiking is the best way to see everything in Congaree National Park. Even though this park is just 30 minutes from downtown Columbia, South Carolina, it feels rural and isolated. The park protects 27,000 acres of hardwood bottomland forest and all the wildlife that call this area home. What does…

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Top 5 Best Plantations to Visit near Charleston, SC

Charleston, South Carolina is the USA’s new favorite vacation destination, hosting everyone from bachelorette parties, couples, and families and catering to history buffs, foodies, and sun worshippers. There’s so much to do in this laid-back Southern city that it can be overwhelming to plan a trip here. So today, let’s…

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The Complete Guide to Santee State Park

Santee State Park is all about Lake Marion and enjoying the lake life! South Carolina’s largest lake is home to some of the state’s biggest fish. Whether you bring your own boat or rent from the on-site concessionaire, get out on the lake and see what you can find! Swimming…

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Celebrate Presidents’ Day at the 7 Most Famous Presidents’ Homes

Presidents’ Day in the United States is a peculiar holiday. It’s another one of those federal holidays that most people don’t get off of work, yet retailers use as an excuse to run a sale. If you are lucky enough to get the day off, you’ll likely find yourself wondering…

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The Complete Guide to Edisto Beach State Park

Explore one of South Carolina’s oceanfront state parks with a visit to Edisto Beach State Park. Spend the day at the beach, hike all the trails, learn some history of the area, and watch the sun set over the marsh! There’s no better way to spend a day in South…

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Biltmore Gardens: When to Go & What to See

The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC is known primarily for the enormous & beautiful mansion, but the Biltmore Gardens deserve recognition of their own. Frederick Law Olmsted, famed landscape architect of New York’s Central Park, designed the Biltmore gardens and the entire grounds of the Biltmore Estate as well. Olmsted…

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12 Best National Parks to Visit for Black History Month

The first National Parks Free Entry Day of 2021 is MLK Day on Monday, January 18th! What better way to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday in January, or Black History Month in February, than visiting a key site from the Civil Rights Movement? The National Park Service (NPS)…

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My Top 11 Travel Photos of 2020

There's no denying that 2020 was a rough year, but I think we're all tired of reliving just how awful it was. A new year has started and, buddy, the bar could not be lower! Rather than dwelling on the disappointments and cancelled trips, let's look at the silver linings…

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Travel Year in Review: My Silver Linings of 2020

At first, I thought it may be pointless to even put this travel year in review post together. It’s 2020. What a dumpster fire of a year. But it’s good to remember the positive things and there were some silver linings! I explored my home state more quickly and thoroughly…

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Best Eastern US Road Trip Itinerary

The United States is huge, but it can still be difficult to avoid other people when planning a vacation. For instance, how do you plan a road trip in the eastern US without running into huge crowds? Go during shoulder season and pick outdoor activities. Try this one-week road trip…

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