Valley of Fire State Park is an excellent (and very manageable) day trip out of Las Vegas. Highlights include red sandstone formations, a scenic drive, a few short hiking trails, petroglyphs, and desert flora and fauna. Be sure to pack a picnic lunch, sunscreen and plenty of water!
As first-time visitors to Death Valley National Park, we seriously underestimated the scale of America's hottest, driest and lowest national park. A day-trip to the largest national park in the lower-48 is barely enough time to get a sense for the dramatic and varied landscape and definitely not enough time to get out to do much exploring on foot. If we ever make a return visit to Death Valley NP, we'll plan for an overnight stay in the park, for more boots on the ground hiking time plus opportunities for sunrise and night photography.
Our route from Halifax to Baddeck could have been a little shorter than the 400 km we drove. We ended up doing some back-tracking that could have been avoided by checking the tide tables in advance. Our two main stops were lunch at Sugar Moon Farm and witnessing the tidal bore surge on the Salmon River near Truro.
With just one full day to explore Halifax, it's possible to craft an itinerary that includes history, architecture, beautiful outdoor spaces and walking paths. Our top picks: Halifax Central Library, a walk along the harbour front, Halifax Citadel and the Halifax Public Gardens.
After 25 amazing days in New Zealand we said "Hei konā rā" (Māori informal good-bye). After three months back home, reflecting on the places we stayed, the roads we traveled and the adventures we experienced, we've compiled a list of "stuff" we noticed over the course of our travels: things we noticed because they're different …