Parks & Gardens

Jardin des Tuileries

Jardin des Tuileries

Peace and elegance in the heart of Paris

Every great city must have a great park that reflects its personality. In London, Hyde Park welcomes families, footballers and aristocrats alike to it bucolic grounds. In Amsterdam, Vondelpark is relaxed and informal, a place where stoners and runners can both find bliss on a sunny afternoon.… Continue Reading →

Statue of Liberty in Paris

Statue of Liberty Paris

Lady Liberty has a little sister!

Britain has Big Ben. France has the Eiffel Tower. Italy has the Leaning Tower of Pisa. America has the Statue of Liberty. For generations of Americans and those aspiring to become Americans, the Statue of Liberty is a symbol of ideals America was founded on.… Continue Reading →

Mammoth Cave

Mammoth Cave - Frozen Niagara

Fat Man’s Misery. Ruins of Karnak. Giant’s Coffin. The Bottomless Pit.

No, those aren’t the titles of Stephen King short stories. They’re all geological features that can be found at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky.

Mammoth Cave is the largest cave system in the world. The caverns stretch for more than 400 miles underneath the 52,000-acre national park, which was established in 1941, even though people have been touring the cave system since 1816.… Continue Reading →

Minnehaha Falls

Minnehaha Falls

An wildly urban waterfall

Minneapolis is a unlike any other large city we’ve ever visited. It’s a city that truly loves nature and integrates it into the very fabric of its urban infrastructure. You can ride your bike around the entire city by following the Grand Rounds scenic byway. Its lakes are clean and clear with excellent beaches, and the Mighty Mississippi looks more like a crisp northern river than the Big Muddy.… Continue Reading →

Carara National Park

Tree at Carara National Park

Exploring a rainforest in Costa Rica

Carara National Park is a popular and easy to access rainforest near San Jose. The hiking trails are easy and well marked, and will guide you through several different types eco-systems which are home to many different species of animals including white-faced monkeys, sloths, anteaters, alligators, herons, scarlet macaws, manakins and more.… Continue Reading →

Portland Japanese Garden

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A Slice of Japan in Portland


The Portland Japanese garden, located in Washington Park, near the International Rose Test Garden is an extremely lovely and faithful rendition of traditional Japanese gardening. Although some of the trees and plants are a little wilder and larger than those you would see in Japan, the mood and spirit of the garden is extremely authentic.… Continue Reading →

International Rose Test Garden

Stop & Smell the Roses at Portland's International Rose Test Garden

Stop and smell the roses in Portland

Founded in 1917 to expand and capitalize on the Portland’s nickname “The City of Roses”, the International Rose Test Garden is tucked into Washington Park, the wild and wonderful wilderness on the west side of the city.

Packed with over 7,000 plants and 500 species of roses, the park is an exercise in sensory overload.… Continue Reading →

Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood

The Timberline Lodge

All Work And No Play…

Just kidding. A trip to the Timberline Lodge is actually not a lot of work, and once there, there is plenty of opportunity to play. The outside of the building was used for the exterior shots of the Overlook Hotel in Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining.… Continue Reading →

Multnomah Falls and the Columbia River Gorge

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Gorge-ous Views of the Columbia River Gorge from Multnomah Falls

Just beyond the city limits of Portland lies some pretty amazing natural beauty. The Columbia River Gorge is just minutes from downtown, yet it feels like you are in the middle of nowhere. The Columbia River starts in Canada and winds its way southwest to the Pacific Ocean, forming some of the northern border between Oregon and Washington.… Continue Reading →

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

vietnam veterans memorial

“A Tangible Symbol of Recognition From the American People”

The Vietnam War had dominated headlines, caused turmoil at home and abroad, took the lives of soldiers on all sides as well as civilians in southeast Asia. Twenty years after the first U.S. soldiers were killed in the conflict, the healing process finally had a voice. Continue Reading →