Although I was born and raised in Canada, I have now lived in the United States for over 25 years. I still have a lot more of this big and beautiful country to explore but I’ve made a good start so far – visiting 31 of 50 states.

Currently I am enjoying slow travel around the USA (5 year road trip!) usually spending a month at each location. It’s also fun to go away for a few days or a weekend getaway to see someplace new. While in southern Utah I decided to spend a couple of days in Page Arizona and another 5 day trip to Moab to visit a few of the national parks in Utah all in one road trip.

What I’m learning as I drive around America is that each region has it’s beauty. There is no one place that I can call my favorite spot in the United States – my favorite place is always where I am currently exploring!

I hope you enjoy traveling in the United States as much as I do.


My adoptive hometown. I moved to Austin in 1999 after visiting for 3 weeks and falling in love. Austin is the gem of Texas, that’s what I usually tell people when they ask what Austin is like.

Some folks know that Austin is different than the rest of Texas. There’s loads of cool street art and snazzy shopping districts in Austin now. It used to be packed with a lot more of the weird and cool and funky….alas it is still my home and I still LOVE AUSTIN!

Check out this list of 15 Fun Free Things to Do in Austin

One of the main draws form me, besides the incredible music scene, is the outdoors in Austin – you can hang out with the peacocks at Mayfield Park, explore the beautiful Zilker Botanical Garden, run, bike, kayak or paddle board at Lady Bird Lake, or find a field of bluebonnets at the Wildflower Center.

Explore the 5 Best Hikes in Austin

Canoeing with the view of downtown Austin Texas skyline

View of downtown Austin skyline


Although Big Bend National Park is one of the least visited national parks in America it is one of the best places to go hiking. It’s also a great Texas road trip with some cool and cute small towns like Alpine, Marathon, Marfa, and Terlingua to name a few.

Get all the info about hiking in Big Bend and roadtripping in West Texas.


Don’t tell Austin, but this is my new favorite city in the United States.

Lafayette has a great and groovy music scene and the best Cajun food around. They know how to cook and how to use seasoning in Louisiana! And they know how to pass a good time – Laissez les bons temps rouler!

There are tons of great things to do in Lafayette Louisiana and many excellent day trips from Lafayette – including visiting the Evangeline Oak in St Martinville.

Plan a week in Acadiana with my 7 Day Lafayette Road Trip Itinerary.

I love all the small towns around Lafayette. You can make day trips and half day trips in every direction from Lafayette and get to know more about Cajun Country. Check out 11 Amazing Day Trips from Lafayette.

Plate of boiled crawfish from Hawk's

Boiled Crawfish from Hawk’s


One of my first nomad homes in 2015 – I stayed for 7 weeks and loved Tucson! There is some great hiking around Tucson – 7 Falls was my favorite.

Here is my guide to Tucson AZ

To the northern region of Arizona you can find amazing views and hiking at the Grand Canyon, and in Page – home to the famous Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, Lake Powell, and the Glen Canyon Dam.


If you want to explore 5 US National Parks in one trip, then southern Utah is your happy place! You can easily visit all five Utah National Parks during a 2-week road trip: Arches, Bryce, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion – all amazing places!

If you don’t want to commit to a multi-day road trip then enjoy day trips – Bryce Canyon is doable in one day. And you can see a lot in Arches National Park in one day.

There are also some cool Utah State Parks such as Fremont Indian State Park. And national monuments – not yet national parks but still significant and worth visiting – Cedar Breaks National Monument for example – it’s like Bryce but not so busy!


America’s oldest city is a beauty! St Augustine Florida has beautiful beaches, cute gopher tortoises, and tons of amazing birds. St A is a fisherman’s paradise. Add the historical sites into the mix and you have the perfect place for a solo travel or family vacation.

Check out my 50 Best Things to Do in St Augustine for some ideas on your next Florida vacation.

And you’ll want to visit the Best beaches around St Augustine. I went to them all, tough job but someone has to do it!


Autumn in New England – a dream of mine for many years – but the dream came true when I spent a whole month in beautiful mid-coast Maine. Stunning fall colors and a plethora of sweet small towns are waiting for you in Maine.

You may FALL in LOVE with MAINE just like I did! Read my guide to mid-coast Maine and the charming small town of Belfast Maine.

Belfast Maine is an ideal location for a Maine vacation. There is wonderful hiking at Camden State Park, the unique hike at Rockland Breakwater, and stunning views and coastal hikes in Acadia National Park.

Maine road trip in fall, sighting of a weathered barn and a tree with bright red leaves

Maine road trip in fall, sighting of a weathered barn and a tree with bright red leaves


From beautiful beaches to hip bars and restaurants the Bay area of California is a fun place to stay and play! You can visit San Francisco and hop across to the East Bay to Berkeley and Oakland – check out 10 Fun Things to Do in Oakland.

Then drive across the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin County – home to Point Reyes National Seashore and gorgeous coastal redwoods at Muir Woods National Monument.

Read more about the Bay area:

Point Reyes National Seashore

Ladybug hike in Oakland

Marin County – Muir Woods


I used to think Palm Springs was only for rich folks who golf and shop during their vacation. Now I know better. Twice I visited this jewel of Southern California. There’s a reason it became known as the playground for Hollywood, but you can have just as much fun as those tinsel town peeps, I’ll show you how.

Read my giant guide to Palm Springs

One of my favorite national parks in the United States is Joshua Tree – it’s a quick trip from Palm Springs!

Did you know you can travel from the desert to the alpine forest in Palm Springs?! Take the incredible Palm Springs Tram up to San Jacinto Mountain for outstanding views, wonderful hiking, or enjoy dining at the restaurant.


Portland Oregon is the unofficial sister city to Austin Texas. You’ll find a healthy hipster crowd and outdoor loving folks in Portland – one of the most bicycle friendly cities in America. Find out what to do in Portland OR with my 3-day Itinerary. It’s a great city of solo travelers!

One of the beautiful things about Portland is that you can visit the mountains and the beach within easy reach. Spend a day (or more!) on the Oregon coast.

St Johns Bridge from Cathedral Park neighborhood on the North Portland Peninsula

St Johns Bridge from Cathedral Park neighborhood on the North Portland Peninsula


Not that many people would take such a road trip but if you have the time or just want to check out some of the highlights from along the way you can live vicariously through me. I took six months to make my way from Austin to Portland.

Hop over and check out ATX to PDX via the highways.


Biggest city in the Pacific Northwest region, Seattle is a happening tech city. There are a ton of fun things to do in Seattle – art, great food, quirky and funky places, boat trips and trippin’ out on the music. Seattle is another great solo traveler city in the PNW!

Find out what to do in 1 day in Seattle – you will be amazed!


Before visiting Yellowstone National Park, I looked in wonder at photos of the waterfalls, geysers and hot springs – Grand Prismatic Spring and its otherworldly beauty. I dreamed of visiting Yellowstone.

One day I decided to plan a road trip to Yellowstone (and Glacier) National Park on my way from the southern United States up to Canada in the springtime. This was one of my smarter decisions in life!

Check out 5 Reasons you should Visit Yellowstone. Then find out all the details you need to plan a visit to Yellowstone National Park here.

Grand Prismatic Spring is a sensational sight at Yellowstone National Park

Grand Prismatic Spring is a sensational sight at Yellowstone National Park


The logical thing to do after visiting Yellowstone on my way to Calgary was to visit Glacier National Park in Montana. About eight hours drive from Jackson Hole WY to West Glacier it’s a beautiful drive. I fell in LOVE with Glacier immediately!

A great intro hike to Glacier National Park is the Trail of Cedars.

Then check out the wonderful hike (from the same trailhead) to Avalanche Lake – it’s a beauty! I hiked it twice :)

Grab your beverage of choice, get comfortable, and dig into my Ultimate Guide to Glacier National Park.

Now you have some ideas about places to travel in America. Next you need to decide how you will travel – bus, car, train, or plane? Each mode of transportation has it’s pros and cons. Personally, I prefer to travel by car but it’s also easy to get around the bigger cities (and many small towns) on foot or via ride-share such as Uber or Lyft.

No matter how you travel in the United States I hope you have a wonderful time exploring! Have FUN!

Constellation Loop Trail Prescott Arizona

Constellation Loop Trail Prescott Arizona

When you visit Prescott Arizona you have to hike Dells at least once. Constellation Trails is an excellent place to start exploring the Dells rock formations. These granite boulders create an interesting hiking experience. At times the hiking trail is slick, while walking on the granite rock surfaces, as well some dirt and sand pathways. […]

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In Northern Arizona near the small town of Cottonwood, a short drive from Sedona, you will find a beautiful park with a very strange name. Of course, there is a story behind the name. Keep reading to find out how Dead Horse Ranch State Park became known by this odd name and why you should […]

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Sedona is famous for its stunning red rocks, pleasant climate, and spiritual vortexes. People from around the world travel to Sedona to enjoy the outdoors, spiritual renewal, and to visit the New Age shops and spas. For a unique experience in Sedona you’ll want to visit the Peace Park, which features a Buddhist temple and […]

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Hiking West Fork Trail Oak Creek Canyon Sedona Arizona

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Looking for a cool hike in Sedona? Oak Creek Canyon hiking the West Fork Trail is the place to enjoy some relief from the sun and heat of Arizona. Escape to the Coconino National Forest. Oak Creek Canyon is a beautiful red rock canyon north of Sedona, on the scenic highway Route 89A. The West […]

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Summer is here and it’s hot but you can still get outdoors and enjoy the beauty Arizona has to offer. But how to keep cool in the heat? Did you know there are 5 gorgeous lakes all within a short drive of Prescott? Pack up your best picnic lunch and get yourself to the lake […]

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Out of the six lakes I visited around Prescott Arizona, Watson Lake is my favorite for hiking. Walking in and around and on top of the Granite Dells is an Arizona experience you shouldn’t miss. What are the Granite Dells? The Dells, as the locals call the area, consists of granite rock formations with smoothed […]

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