Hillary + MattExplorer

A writer + photographer on a journey to see the world. Dreamers. Doers. And, yeah, we don't mind missing a shower or two. www.andtheretheygo.com

Raft the Lower Urubamba River in Peru

Santa Maria, Peru

The Urubamba River is 450 miles long, but don't worry - you only need a small section of the Lower Urubamba River to experience Class III and IV rapids.

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Hike Clouds Rest

Mariposa County, California

The "younger" brother of the world famous Half Dome, Clouds Rest is in fact a solid 1,000 feet taller despite receiving significantly less attention.

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Photographing the Sunset at Canyon Junction Bridge

Hurricane, Utah

The view of the Watchman from Canyon Junction Bridge is one of the most highly photographed views in Zion National Park.

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Explore Lake Edith in Jasper National Park

Jasper, Canada

One of the warmer lakes in Jasper National Park, Lake Edith is a great spot to post up and spend the day hanging in the summer sun.

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Explore Lake Annette in Jasper National Park

Jasper, Canada

With a paved path around the lake, picnic tables, fire pits and grills, and fresh glacial fed waters, this is the ideal spot to bring your whole family or group for a summer day in Jasper National Pa.

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Photograph Spirit Island and Maligne Lake

Improvement District No. 12, Canada

Spirit Island in Maligne Lake, is only accessible via canoe, kayak, or boat tour. As it's a 14km paddle to the island with sometimes strong winds, most people opt for the boat tour.

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Photograph the Grand Teton at the Snake River Overlook

Moose, Wyoming

The Snake River Overlook is a well-known stopping point in Grand Teton National Park and for good reason. You get a spectacular view of the Snake River leading up to the Grand Teton.

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Climb Down into the Depths of Carlsbad Caverns

Carlsbad, New Mexico

The Carlsbad Caverns is an experience like no other. There is a seven mile scenic road that leads into the park, which will direct you towards the ranger station and entrance to the caves.

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Watch the Sunrise at Crater Lake


Drive to the overlook at Crater Lake well before sunrise. Actually, you should probably just sleep in your car for a bit to make sure you're not late for this incredible sight.

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Camp in the Gros Ventre Wilderness

Jackson, Wyoming

Take highway 89 out of Jackson, headed north, and turn on to Gros Ventre Rd. This will take you right past the campground, wild rivers, and ample hiking.

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Explore Cadillac Mountain

Bar Harbor, Maine

Seeing the sunrise on top of Cadillac Mountain is an absolute must when in Acadia National Park. Not only is it awesome to catch the first sunrise in the U.S.

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Night Photography in Moab

Moab, Utah

Moab, Utah should be on every photographer's "to do" list.

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Sandboard in Great Sand Dunes National Park

Alamosa County, Colorado

Outside of the national park there are two different companies that can rent sand boards and sleds for your day use at around $20 per board per day.

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Photograph Salinas de Maras

Urubamba, Peru

Cascading down a hillside valley not far from Cusco, the nearly 3,000 salt pans at Salinas de Maras sit at an elevation of 3,380 m.

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Hike Machu Picchu Mountain

Aguas Calientes, Peru

Getting There: When you're purchasing your ticket for Machu Picchu, there is the option to add on "Machu Picchu Mountain". To do this hike, you need to purchase this add-on.

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Backpack to Saddleback Lakes

Stanley, Idaho

The adventure starts taking a boat shuttle over between the north and south ends of Redfish Lake. The cost is $7.50 per person each way and is payable at the marina.

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Photograph Moraine Lake

Improvement District No. 9, Canada

Showing up at Moraine Lake before dawn is a must as to avoid the multitude of tours busses. The morning sun is subtle and magical.

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Drive the Icefields Parkway

Improvement District No. 9, Canada

Starting at Lake Louise, a friend and I decided to drive up the Icefields Parkway which goes through Banff National Park into Jasper National Park.

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Exploring Lake Louise

Improvement District No. 9, Canada

Lake Louise is one of the most photographed lakes in Canada, with reason. Many tourist walk the paved path round and head home. They miss out though.

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Hike along the Athabasca Glacier

Jasper, Canada

This is not an advertisement for the guided tour, but you will see so much more of the glacier than if you do a bus tour or just visit the roped off visitor area.

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Hike to the Peyto Lake Overlook

Improvement District No. 9, Canada

Peyto Lake is a scenic location on the Icefields Parkway about 40 km (25 miles) north of the town of Lake Louise.

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Kayak to Spirit Island in the Canadian Rockies

Improvement District No. 12, Canada

You'll find Spirit Island in the heart of Canada's Jasper National Park.

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Capture Sunrise at St. Mary Lake

Browning, Montana

One of the more popular spots to photograph this lake is from the Wild Goose Island pullout. However, I prefer to get off the beaten path a little bit and avoid the crowds.

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Hike to Apikuni Falls at Glacier National Park

Browning, Montana

From the parking lot follow the trail to the left to Apikuni Falls.

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