10 Days Exploring The Pacific Northwest

10 Days Exploring The Pacific Northwest - The Wander Guide - A Travel and Lifestyle Blog

10 Days Exploring The Pacific Northwest - The Wander Guide - A Travel and Lifestyle Blog

10 Days Exploring The Pacific Northwest

Last September Kyle and I took our vacation to explore the west coast of Washington and Oregon. We both prefer being in the mountains or a big city rather than spending a vacation lounging at the beach all day, so this was a perfect destination for us. I’ve always been drawn to the beauty of both states. As an outdoor lover and photographer, this was a dream vacation. As a planner, I always make a trip itinerary with a general outline of each day and things to see and do in each place we visit. I have grown to be more spontaneous and relaxed, while still being organized. Something we did differently on this trip was to not book any hotel until that night. Road trip style. We didn’t want to feel rushed. We also wanted the freedom to spend more time in places we found interesting. So, part of the plan was to not have a plan. I was a little really worried at first. It was a little stressful at times. BUT it made the experience even better. (I can say that now, but I know there were times on the trip that we were extremely annoyed with each other.)

How we structured our 10 Days Exploring The Pacific Northwest

Here’s an outline of our trip. We visited Seattle, Olympic National Park, Mount Rainier, Portland, Columbia River Gorge, and Mount Hood.

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Mount LeConte Hiking Trail In The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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The Mount LeConte Hiking Trail is one of the most popular hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Mount LeConte is the third highest peak in the park, which means the views are amazing. There are a ton of great hikes in The Smokies but this one remains one of my favorites. It was challenging and the longest hike that I have completed (so far). This hike definitely needs to be on your bucket list!

The Mount LeConte Hiking Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Exploring Washington DC: Travel Guide & Review

Exploring Washington DC - The Wander Guide Travel Review

Exploring Washington DC - The Wander Guide Travel Review

 

Washington DC : Travel Guide

Washington DC is one of those cities that I will go to over and over again. It’s extremely tourist friendly, there’s a plethora of fantastic museums (that are FREE!), and plenty of good restaurants and bars. I was able to visit Washington DC for the fourth time last month, and although I have been there several times I still had a blast exploring new areas. If you are planning to visit PACK YOUR WALKING SHOES! That is the best piece of advice I can give you. Kyle and I walked 10+ miles the first day we were there. I’ve visited in both the summer and winter and it gets REALLY hot and REALLY cold, so plan your attire accordingly.

Getting around is fairly easy. I would suggest purchasing a metro pass and utilizing the metro as much as possible. It’s really easy to navigate and there are stops close to everything you will want to see. TIP: Use Google Maps and select public transportation. It will tell you exactly how to get there on the metro. This is what I always do. I also like to grab one of the free maps they have a the metro station, just in case I need it. I also noticed the metro stations had a lot of workers there to help people purchase metro passes and direct them on where to go if they were confused. I felt comfortable using the metro on my own as there were plenty of tourists around.

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Welcome to The Wander Guide!

The Wander Guide - A Travel and Lifestyle Blog

The Wander Guide - A Travel and Lifestyle Blog

I’m over the moon to announce my new lifestyle blog, The Wander Guide!

I’ve had this idea floating around in my head for months, so that is how The Wander Guide was born. I keep a notebook in my purse to write down ideas and have been throwing around names for my blog but I never really liked anything. Finally, today, I decided to stop waiting around and just do it already! I think it is a fitting name to describe how I view travel, and life, and experiences. I’m a planner at my core but have recently been more spontaneous, which has definitely been a good change of pace.

So, what will I write about?

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