Category: Recreation

Best Places to Stay in Death Valley

Death Valley may sound intimidating, and to some degree it is. It holds the record for having the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth, and its sweltering heat also makes it the nation’s driest national park.

But behind the deathly name lies gorgeous land formations, salt pans, and trails. In fact, Death Valley is the largest national park in the lower 48! This destination is worth a stay over multiple days, and having the right accommodation is key to making the most of this desert trip.

With such a variety of lodging options within the park, here’s a guide on the best places to stay in Death Valley:

Private Accomodation

The Oasis at Death Valley

If you’re willing to spend a little more cash for your trip, The Oasis at Death Valley is the closest you’ll get to a luxury experience there. The property has three accommodation options: The

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The 10 Best Airbnbs in Hawaii

I’ve long been enchanted by the different islands in Hawai’i. Each one has has its own flavor, with some presenting desert, 4×4 road adventures while others have lush waterfalls and sacred mountains.

My favorite way to stay when I visit the islands is in Airbnbs, and there are plenty of unique ones all over Hawaii from ocean view homes to tree houses! These are some of the best Airbnbs you can find in Hawai’i:

  1. Peaceful Rainforest Treehouse Retreat

Location: Volcano, Big Island

About the Airbnb: A solar-powered 1-bedroom treehouse that accommodates 2 guests. It has an outdoor shower, a patio and a garden. It does not have a kitchen. The host commits to Airbnb’s 5-step enhanced cleaning process.

This Airbnb is perfect for: Forest fairies in search of a fairy good time (see what I did there?) amongst the birds.

The volcano area of the Big Island is the spot

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The Highway 95 Road Trip from Reno to Las Vegas

Once upon a time, I believed that all there was to Nevada was endless desert and desolation. I owe this in part to the barren, dry drive between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, which I’ve traversed more times than I care to count.

This is a common assumption. Most people don’t realize that Nevada is full of hidden treasures, plenty of greenery, gorgeous mountains, and wild west history. On the 95 freeway between Las Vegas and Reno, it’s also known as the “free range art highway.”

As a card-carrying member of the Weird Art Lovers Association (JK but if that’s a real thing let me know), the more I learned was available off this highway, the more I wanted to road trip it. If you need to get between the two biggest cities in Nevada, allow me to persuade you to make it into a real road trip. Because this

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What to Expect when Staying at the Mizpah Hotel, the Most Haunted Hotel in America

Welcome to the Mizpah Hotel, an historic beacon of central Nevada’s mining boom that came and went and left behind it a trail of tiny towns and ghost towns.

Mizpah Hotel has been called the most haunted hotel in America, and during my US 95 road trip between Reno and Las Vegas, I just had to stop in and check it out for myself.

Was it truly haunted? Is it worth visiting yourself? Read on to learn all the juicy details.

The History of the Mizpah

Besides the glitz and glitter of Las Vegas and the biggest little city in the world, there aren’t a whole lot of big towns in Nevada. As you drive through, it may very well feel like the land time forgot. But for those of us who love the weird and the amazing along with the wild west history, it’s full of treasures.


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48 Hours in Death Valley National Park

For some people, visiting the desert for fun sounds unthinkable. But for me it’s an enchanting adventure, and I’d love to help you see it that way too.

While a tropical beaches, forests, and jungles all have their special beauty, The desert offers something so unique. It’s vast expanses as far as the eye can see, silence and peace, an incredible sky, and landscape that changes color throughout the day depending on the sun. 

In the desert, it’s the landscape itself that is the main star, and to me, Death Valley is one of the most beautiful deserts in the world. This is how to enjoy 48 hours in Death Valley National Park:

The Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

The Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes
The dunes around 3:30pm near the winter solstice

Most access Death Valley from the California side, meaning you’ll meet the The Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes first. They’re easy to access, just off

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The Ultimate US 395 Freeway Stops and Road Trip Itinerary

The US 395 road trip is one of the most action packed adventures in the west.

Having driven it many times between where I grew up (SoCal) to where I live now (Reno), I keep discovering new things to do along the way regardless of the season.

Here are some of the best things to do, slight detours, and stops to make on the US 395 freeway, my (second to PCH) favorite road trip in California.

1. Red Rock Canyon

If coming from Los Angeles, your first exciting stop is the Red Rock canyon.

This isn’t much of a detour at all and you’ll reach it before the town of Ridgecrest and after Mojave at the 14 junction.

If you don’t feel like stopping, you can see some of it from the road, but the seasonal four-wheel-drive route through the canyon is pretty impressive!

2. Lone Pine –

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