Travel Stories

The King's Highway, today known as U.S. Highway 17, is a gorgeous, fun route to explore on a road trip from Charleston, SC to Wilmington, NC.

The End of Drive By Tourism On My Trips

After skipping over a national park with just a two hour visit I finally decided I needed to end drive by tourism on my trips, and I found the result absolutely wonderful.

Road Trip: Highway 328 from Columbia to Myrtle Beach

A road trip along Highway 378 from Columbia to Myrtle Beach will take you to Congaree National Park, Woods Bay State Park, and the beautiful towns of Sumter, Lake City, and Conway.

10 Favorite State Parks (So Far)

I've traveled to over a hundred state parks across the country so creating a list of my ten favorite was difficult, but I did it. Here's why you should visit these parks for yourself.

…Hello 2018!

A new year is here. A fresh 365 days. So what will I do? Where will I go? The sky is the limit and I plan to use every day to the fullest. Here are a few things I plan to do this year.

Goodbye 2017…

So many things went right, so many others went wrong. 2017 was an amazing year of adventure and exploration. Here are the highlights of the year now left behind.

Did you know it’s possible to drive 621 miles from Front Royal, Virginia to Townsend, Tennessee without ever leaving a national park property? The Skyline Drive, Blue Ridge Parkway, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park are connected in a way just begging for the ultimate road trip through the southern Appalachian Mountains. Autumn is one […]

7 Days of Fall Colors on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Last autumn I was finally able to check something off my travel bucket list: drive the entire Blue Ridge Parkway end to end in a single trip. The falls colors were just starting to peak, the weather was beautifully perfect, and I had nothing but time. I started in Waynesboro, Virginia. Seven days and 469 […]

36 Hours in Knoxville, Tennessee

You can always tell when the football team has a home game as thousands of fans flood the streets in vibrant orange, but Knoxville is so much more than just the home of the University of Tennessee Volunteers. The birthplace of the Tennessee River is also known as the Red Panda Capital of the World, […]

Behind the Scenes: How I Capture Photos of Amazing Sunsets

Everyone loves a good sunset photo. A splash of color across a partly cloudy sky over a breathtaking landscape can brighten the worst of days. But it takes a lot more work than you might think to capture one of those amazing sunset photos. In fact I usually begin that daily ritual two hours before […]

36 Hours in Columbia, South Carolina

I didn’t know how much I wanted to visit Columbia until the first time I visited. South Carolina’s capital city features block after block of fine dining and dive bars, museums and entertainment venues, outdoor recreation and unique shopping. The city has a little bit for everybody and a lot for anybody, and it certainly […]

Experiencing the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse in Cades Cove

With just three days until the total solar eclipse was set to sweep across the country I still hadn’t really decided where I wanted to plant my feet for the event. I had discovered so many amazing places between South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky. But after months of traveling and pondering I […]