Riding the Cherohala Skyway Through a Mountain Wilderness

Having the Cherohala Skyway in two states, travelers can either choose the Tennessee access route from Tellico Plains to Robbinsville or the North Carolina access route from Robbinsville to Tellico Plains. Our access point was Robbinsville. Though the official Skyway is 36 miles long, the distance between Robbinsville and Tellico Plains is about 50 miles. To […]

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Where Are America’s Best Kept Secrets? Think Utah!

As the most popular national parks get more crowded, where do you go to escape? In this post, we’ll explore two such parks in Utah. The attraction: Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah (2.6 million visits) The alternative: Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah (983,000 visits) Location: Southern Utah Best places to camp: Anywhere in the backcountry […]

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Oasis In The Desert: Borrego Springs

The tiny resort community of Borrego Springs is not a place you just happen on, en route to someplace else. It’s off by itself, surrounded into perpetuity by Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Borrego Springs is an ultra-mini Palm Desert, with views of the nearby Santa Rosa Mountains just as beautiful, the weather just as pleasing, but without the […]

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park: Stunning Stillness & Unforgettable Beauty

The park’s name was derived, in part, from that of an early Spanish explorer, Juan Bautista de Anza, who came through in 1774 in search of a land route from Sonora, Mexico, to Spanish settlements along the California coast. The explorer’s name is combined with “borrego”, the Spanish word for bighorn sheep that live in […]

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Monsters in the Desert: Sky Art Sculptures of Borrego Springs

Something prehistoric. Something mythical. Something otherworldly. Here, in the middle of the desert, is a magical menagerie of free-standing sculptures that will astound you. Imagine driving along Borrego Springs Road and something catches your attention—a dark form in the desert landscape. You spy a horse as it rears off to the side of the road. […]

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Borrego Springs: Stars, Art & Citrus In A Laidback Desert Town

Smack in the middle of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park lies the unpretentious town of Borrego Springs, population 3,429. It’s the only California town that is completely surrounded by a state park, and that’s just one item on its list of bragging rights. It’s also an official International Dark Sky Community—the first in California—dedicated to protecting […]

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park: Badlands, Palm Oases, Canyons & More

This park’s combo name, pairing the name of famed Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza who crossed this desert in 1774, and the Spanish word for sheep (“borrego”)—referring to the region’s native bighorn sheep, this desert preserve—California’s largest state park—protects more than 600,000 acres of badlands, palm oases, slot canyons, and cactus-studded hills. Situated northeast […]

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