Around the US, College, National Parks

Colorado Road Trip: Denver, Pikes Peak, and Sand Dunes NP

In my freshman year of college, my mom and I began planning a post-graduation road trip through Colorado. The itineraries varied; my first idea was a two-week exploration of the entire state, which was kind of a lot. Ultimately, I spent four days in Colorado - three with my family and one bonus day on… Continue reading Colorado Road Trip: Denver, Pikes Peak, and Sand Dunes NP

Around the US, West Virginia

One Day Around Berkeley Springs, WV

Despite living in West Virginia for most of my life, I had never actually visited the state's Eastern Panhandle until summer 2020. Our day around the Berkeley Springs area was actually part of a longer road trip; I was taking an exam in Martinsburg, which is close by, and we were visiting family friends in… Continue reading One Day Around Berkeley Springs, WV

Around the US, College, National Parks

New Mexico Road Trip: Carlsbad, White Sands, and Las Cruces

Since starting college, I thought it would be fun to do a spring break road trip, and I planned out different hypotheticals (including a hiking-intensive 9 National Parks in 9 days trip that, physically, I don't actually think I could do). Last fall, with the pandemic still dragging on and online classes keeping us in… Continue reading New Mexico Road Trip: Carlsbad, White Sands, and Las Cruces

Around the US, College

Arizona Summer 2017

In the summer of 2017, I did two programs at the University of Arizona prior to officially starting school there in the fall (Arabic Jumpstart and UAdvantage) as well as a road trip out west with my family. My blog has evolved a lot since then, so I'm combining those posts here to keep them… Continue reading Arizona Summer 2017

Around the US

One Day in Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis, Tennessee is famous for music - blues and rock 'n roll in particular.  With Graceland just a short drive from downtown, the city has a special connection to Elvis, and Beale Street is famous for soul food and blues.  However, it's about an eight-hour drive from where we live, so I was a little… Continue reading One Day in Memphis, Tennessee

Around the US, West Virginia

A Week in West Virginia

As a proud West Virginian, I'm always excited to offer travel suggestions for those coming to visit this wild, wonderful state! I was fortunate enough to show one of my close friends around my home state a few weeks ago, and though I don't think one week is anywhere near enough time to explore all… Continue reading A Week in West Virginia

Around the US, Hidden Gems, National Parks, West Virginia

Hidden Gems: US Route 60

Besides  the well-known National Parks, the US Park Service also recognizes certain National Rivers such as the New River in West Virginia (As of 2021, this is the newest official National Park).  This "park" technically includes 70,000 acres of land along the river, and the best way to see it all, in my opinion is… Continue reading Hidden Gems: US Route 60