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    Director of a Fitness & Rec Center in Seattle, WA. Photography and adventure enthusiast. Love to be outbound.

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    11 days ago

    Get there early

    You're at the Grand Canyon, so it's almost impossible to find a bad campground. I've camped here multiple times over the years as a resident Phoenician. Get there early so you can beat the never ending influx of traffic. Enjoy the fresh air next to the "giant hole in the ground." Dog friendly too.

    Decent spot

    The wildflowers at Picacho Peak are beautiful, plus the hike is an experience on its own. Yellow wildflowers abound everywhere, so have your camera fully charged.

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    11 days ago

    An AZ favorite

    Lost Dutchman is one of my go-to places for wildflower photos. The Superstition Mountains as a backdrop certainly don't hurt! It's never a bad experience.

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    12 days ago

    A Grand Canyon must

    Like photographing a sunset FROM the watchtower, it's also nice to capture a sunrise or sunset OF the watchtower. It adds another element or viewpoint to the wide chasm beneath it that you obviously can't miss

    A Grand Canyon must

    Not only is a cool place on the Grand Canyon, it's kind of mandatory to view and capture a sunset from the watchtower. You'll find pictures of them everywhere on the internet, but everyone needs their own.

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    12 days ago

    A local favorite

    This spot is okay, but it's full of bros and college girls wearing perfume. The area is developing so much it's losing its desert feel. I'd leave it for the locals. Try somewhere in Papago Park (close by) instead. Great workout spot, however, if you're looking for a challenging run.

    Saguaros everywhere

    I'm from Phoenix, and this drive even impressed me with the number of saguaro cacti everywhere. It's even better if you can get out and do a hike, but the drive itself still gives you a decent idea of how much character the various saguaro cacti have in such large numbers

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    12 days ago

    Tourist trap

    If you don't like crowds, stay far away. In the summer months of Arizona this is an incredibly busy place. There are so many other swimming holes in Sedona where you can enjoy the water and not have to worry about an e-coli infection, which is common in this park.

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    12 days ago

    Worth driving by

    I wasn't impressed, so I went again, and again. Never really stuck with me. It's worth looking at though since it doesn't take much effort to walk up to it.

    A desert within a desert

    These are definitely Arizona's badlands. Easy and beautiful drive. If you're coming into Phoenix from northern New Mexico you should always take your time to make this drive since it's on your way.

    Favorite summer spot

    I've hiked this trail so many times in the last two years I feel like I could go blindfolded. The views are aplenty, the water is beautiful, and if you go early you'll encounter wildlife. Keep your eyes open for bald eagles.

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    12 days ago

    Different

    The Badlands offer so many short and unique hikes. This is one of them. You feel like you step thousands of years back into history because there are a number of peaks sticking straight out of the desert, but aren't technically monuments either. Watch out for rattlesnakes.

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    12 days ago

    A favorite of mine in WA state

    This is a beautiful trail any time of year. During the warmer months the water takes on different shades of blue and green. During the fall and winter months it becomes dark and rainy. Both offer terrific experiences of the area. I'd recommend this year round as a way to get away from the city but not have to drive for 2.5-3 hours

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    12 days ago

    Nice surprise

    The hike itself was a solid workout. However, I didn't find it as enjoyable as I thought I would until I made it to Sandbeach Lake. It's gorgeous. A fun place to hang out and eat lunch. A lot of fun exploration too. It can get very cold up there, and if it's windy it can be brutal. Dress prepared for varied weather.

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    12 days ago

    Great day hike area

    Deception Pass is a wonderful getaway if you live in the city of Seattle. The bridge itself is very PNW, and blends in well with the surrounding environment. You'll have more fun exploring than coming here to photograph the bridge.

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    12 days ago

    Beautiful, but busy

    The hike itself is pretty and not that difficult, which means it's full of people. I'd recommend going early; as early as 7am before the crowds fill up the parking lot and the hikers who play their music loud. For a cool experience go up there in the spring, too, when it's snow and the lake is still somewhat frozen over. I'll include photos to the adventure.

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    12 days ago

    Another planet

    The Badlands in general feel like you leave earth, but I'd say this drive is the most scenic of the park. Take your time, don't be afraid to stop and get out of the car for photos (although you should watch for rattlesnakes). It's a beautiful drive during sunset, especially.

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    13 days ago

    Great place to get away from the city

    My girlfriend and I use Deception Pass as our go-to to get out of the city and just want to chill somewhere. The water is beautiful to look at no matter the time of year, and even though it is highly trafficked the North Beach Trail does allow you some peace and quiet.

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    13 days ago

    Unique

    Ever want to hike through a missile range in the middle of a desert? It's a strange juxtaposition to be hiking through one of the most beautiful sites in the country that needs to be shut down occasionally for missile testing. Spend plenty of time here, and like everywhere else make you see the light coming off the sand for either sunrise or sunset. It turns the place into a movie set.

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    15 days ago

    Iconic view of Rainier

    One of my favorite spots to take in or photograph a sunrise. It's generally very quiet, the air and water is calm, and you can hear wildlife doing their thing. I had 3 deer walk across a shallow part of the lake underneath Rainier for a beautiful scene. You could hear their footsteps all the way across. Be ready though. Weather changes fast, so if you have clouds nearby I've had moments where I had to jump in my car to get to higher ground because they'll engulf the area and obstruct your view of Rainier completely.

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    16 days ago

    Must see

    I lived in Denver for a little over a year. My apartment faced the Front Range. Watching sunset every night over those mountains was not only a treasure, but a fulfilling experience. The light dances in the sky, off the clouds, and through storms. It's something everyone should see experience in their lifetime.

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    16 days ago

    Go early. Unforgettable

    Jenny Lake campground was the most memorable camping experience of my life. Go early, as mentioned. I was at the campground by 5am waiting for someone to leave. Had planned to stay 2 nights, ended up staying a 3rd, would have stayed longer had I not made plans in Bozeman. The amount of wildlife I encountered was insane just at the campground (bear, elk, deer). It's also a 5 minute walk to Jenny Lake. It's tough to beat.

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    16 days ago

    Cool, but crowded

    I went mid-summer in July, so the crowds should have been expected (pre-pandemic). While I liked the cave, I think I was underwhelmed because I visited Carlsbad Caverns less than a year before. The history of it is still fascinating. I actually found the rolling green hills outside of it on the drive in full of wildflowers and trees just as exciting. It was a strange juxtaposition because you're basically walking above the cave system you had no idea was there.

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    16 days ago

    A moderate, uphill jaunt until you reach the climb

    I hiked this trail to the saddle after watching sunrise at Reflection Lake. I'd recommend getting to the trailhead by 8am in order to secure parking. The hike itself is completely uphill on a gradual incline. A beginner could handle it, but expect to go slow if you're new to hiking. Otherwise, it's pretty easy to fly up. Don't forget to turn around regularly for tremendous views of Tahoma. In the early light it's gorgeous. Also, this trail has a section over the saddle that's beautiful to hike around when you're done climbing to the peak or just choose not to.