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Five (more) days in Asheville, NC (again)

We love Asheville. Have I mentioned that? This was our third and longest visit, and it has officially become our long weekend getaway destination of choice, for the reasonable driving distance from our base in Central VA, the delicious beer and food scene,...

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Two days in Jonesborough, TN

This was a great stop for us–fantastic camping, rewarding hiking, good beer and delicious tacos. One activity we missed was exploring historic Jonesborough, which looks quaint and lovely, but we prioritized enjoying our sweet campsite over driving more. We’ll just have to...

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Two days in Custer, SD

Custer is a cute little Western town with a few restaurants, a couple bars, and even a coffeeshop with wifi. It’s the closest town to Custer State Park and Mount Rushmore. We were sort of expecting Mount Rushmore to be...

dog on horsetooth rock

Five days in Fort Collins, CO

I have a strange personal attachment to Ft Collins. I had never been there, didn’t know much about it other than its location north of Denver, but for some reason for something like twenty years I’ve always had a thought...

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Two days in Estes Park, CO

We really wanted Estes Park to be a charming little mountain town. It’s the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, and has a compact, walkable downtown area… that’s full of t-shirt shops and candy stores and tourists. Even in mid-May,...

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Dixie National Forest: Red Canyon

On our tour along Utah’s Route 12, we spent 6 nights boondocking in Dixie National Forest. Red Canyon, with its vermilion cliffs and spires, green pines, and network of hiking and biking trails, was just a couple miles down the road (but...

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Utah’s Scenic Byway 12 Corridor

The stretch of red canyon cliffs and alien rock formations along Utah Highway 12 from just south of Panguitch in the west to Torrey in the east was our favorite part of the trip so far. Along this curvy little road lie the geological wonderlands...

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Five Days in Flagstaff, AZ

Flagstaff is winning the “Could you live in this town?” game, tied with Asheville, a town with which it has many similarities. It has fun, funky downtown area with good restaurants and breweries, and the natural setting is to die...

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Three days in Santa Fe

We had a fantastic stay in Santa Fe, but we struggled a bit to get a real feel for the city. There are several distinct neighborhoods, connected by highways and strip mall corridors. Downtown is touristy; the Railyard District has a...