West Virginia

West Virginia is located within the Appalachian Mountain range and is often referred to as the Mountain State due to its abundance of hills and mountains. As such, West Virginia is known for a wide range of outdoor recreational activities, including skiing, rock climbing, and hiking.

Highest Point in Pennsylvania

The highest point in Pennsylvania is located on Mount Davis, which sits along the Negro Mountain ridge near the Maryland border. It was named after John Nelson Davis, an early settler and former owner of the site. He was also an American Civil War veteran, land surveyor and naturalist. In terms of high points in the United States, this one is pretty straightforward and easy to get to.

Pittsburgh

The city of Pittsburgh is located in southwestern Pennsylvania at the junction of three rivers. It is often referred to as Steel City because of its hundreds of steel-related businesses. It is also known as the City of Bridges as there are 446 of them, which is more than any other city in the world. Pittsburgh provides plenty of opportunities to step back in time to learn about its history, appreciate American art and just enjoy the skyline.

3 days in New York City

There is so much to see and do in New York City. With towering skyscrapers, iconic landmarks, and an incredible arts, entertainment, food, fashion and nightlife scene, you could easily spend weeks, months, years (or even a lifetime) exploring NYC. Even though we've been twice before, when we were invited to a wedding in Brooklyn, we didn't hesitate to book our plane tickets.

Boston’s Freedom Trail

Boston is considered the birthplace of the American Revolution. Ties between the thirteen American colonies and Great Britain started to unravel in 1765. And Boston was at the forefront of years of protests and acts of rebellion to gain independence. Today visitors can tour many of the historic monuments and sites in downtown Boston and relieve an important piece of American history.

10 days in Maui – Part II

Maui is the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands and is often referred to as the Valley Isle. This refers to the flat bridge of land between the two volcanoes that make up the island: Haleakala to the east and the West Maui mountains to the west. With miles of sandy beaches, lush green jungles, and rugged volcanic landscapes, Maui offers a wide range of activities on land and in the water.

10 days in Maui – Part I

Maui is the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands and is often referred to as the Valley Isle. This refers to the flat bridge of land between the two volcanoes that make up the island: Haleakala to the east and the West Maui mountains to the west. With miles of sandy beaches, lush green jungles, and rugged volcanic landscapes, Maui offers a wide range of activities on land and in the water.

Old Rag

Old Rag is reputed to be the most popular hike in Shenandoah National Park in large part because of this intense rock scramble, which also makes it one of the most strenuous hikes in the park. I visited Shenandoah back in 2017 and Old Rag was easily one of my favourite hikes.

Sliding Sands

Starting at an elevation of 10,000ft, this trail winds down to the crater floor, providing views of cinder cones and a volcanic landscape.

Haleakalā National Park

Haleakalā National Park was named after Haleakalā, a dormant shield volcano that forms more than three quarters of Maui. The park consists of two distinct areas: the summit district high up in the mountains (or rather, volcano), and the Kīpahulu district located along the coast. The landscape (and temperature) difference between the two areas is also very extreme, making for a unique hiking experience in both areas of the park.