Oregon: Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake is a must-see landmark during any trip to Southern Oregon. There are two ways many people enjoy the lake–one is to drive the 33-mile Rim Drive and stop at the many vista points overlooking the water. The other is to make the one-mile hike down a switchback trail to the water’s edge.

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Pennsylvania: Gettysburg National Military Monument

Gettysburg located in rural Pennsylvania probably would have remained a sleepy little town but for the American Civil War and the battle that took place there on July 1 to 3 1863. Here the Confederate and Union forces fought a fierce battle that resulted in the highest losses of any conflict in the Civil War. For those like myself, who can’t imagine a bloody melee such as took place at Gettysburg there is an amazing visitor center complete with videos, memorabilia and a fantastic cyclorama.

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Wyoming: Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone was the first National Park in the United States of America and today remains one its most popular. It offers spectacular scenery, geothermal features (including the iconic Old Faithful) and numerous opportunities for spotting incredible wildlife; such as bears, bison and wolves. This article covers our visit to several of the main areas of Yellowstone and encounters with some amazing wildlife.

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Wyoming: Grand Teton National Park

Jackson, Wyoming is a quaint little town set in the Rocky Mountain range with a distinct Western feel. It is the gateway to the exclusive Jackson Hole ski resorts and consequently has its fair share of pricey boutique shops and restaurants. But there are deals to be had! It is also a great base to explore National Elk Refuge and Grand Teton National Park and as a stopping off point on your way to Yellowstone National Park

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Arkansas: Fort Smith National Monument

As we trekked across from Oklahoma on our way to Alabama we stopped off at the small, historic town of Fort Smith. The former garrison which gave its name to the town is now a National Monument which we took the opportunity to visit. We also were able to check out the historic center and the local visitor center; a former bordello.

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