Laura Hill

  • Experiencing The Beautiful Ghirardelli Square

    If you’re looking for a wonderful spot to spend an afternoon while in San Francisco, make sure to visit Ghirardelli Square! There are all sorts of delicious food options, amazing little shops and the people watching is exceptional.  I highly recom...

  • Wandering Through Pier 39, San Fransisco

    So many activities!  If you're taking a down day from more strenuous adventures, then this a worth-while walk through during your visit to SF. Whether you want to hunt for trinkets in souvenir shops or photograph sea lions, this is a great place t...

  • Walk Forrest Park in St. Louis

    Perfect for getting steps in or spreading out a blanket and having a picnic.  The grounds are beautifully manicured, with lots of vibrant flowers and greenery.  The park boasts multiple water features which are lovely to sit out and relax by. This...

  • Kayak Woods Canyon Lake

    Is there any better way to spend a Saturday, then paddling on a glassy, peaceful lake?  You can rent kayaks at the Woods Canyon Lake Marina, or bring your own (if you’re bringing your own kayak, make sure you bring a PFD too, as it’s Arizona law)....

  • Horseback Ride in the Sonoran Desert

    This picturesque location is truly unique; featuring Saguaro Lake, the spectacular Bulldog Cliffs and the Salt River winds through the Ranch property, and you’re able to experience it all on horseback. What I loved most is that the horses were wel...

  • Spend a Day at Silver Strand State Beach

    A day at the Silver Strand State Beach is a must, playing in the surf and searching for seashells. Parking can be challenging, as all beaches on Coronado Island are very busy.  I recommend coming early in the morning and planning to stay all day. ...

  • Relax in Alamo Park with the Iconic Painted Ladies

    If you’re ever in San Francisco, you’ll definitely want to spend a bit of time in Alamo Square gazing at these stellar examples of San Francisco history.   This is a beautiful and popular green space, where you have uninterrupted views of the icon...

  • Hike the Oak Creek Trail

    Great, short hike in Red Rock Crossing. Make sure to check out the hundreds of cairns at Buddha Beach. Beautiful views of Cathedral Rock.  Lots of places to relax and have lunch, with picnic tables near the parking lot.  Lots of parking, good amou...

    1.1 miles 26 ft gain

  • Explore Slide Rock State Park

    This beautiful State Park, which is the original location of the Pendley Homestead, is a historic apple farm (the apple trees are still there!). This is a favorite stop for families in the summertime, so if you come then, make sure to arrive early...

  • Get Active at the City Museum

    If you're in St. Louis, make sure to add the City Museum to your to-do list.  This indoor-outdoor space features incredible slides, hidden stairways, and the craziest most random playgrounds. Here's what their website has to say – “Expect the u...

  • Hike Inner Basin Trail #29

    When the golden fall color is at its peak is when this trail (and Locket Meadow camping) is the most popular.  I recommend getting there as early as possible, because parking goes FAST.  And note that the drive up to the trailhead is a bit sketchy...

    3.2 miles 757 ft gain

  • Explore Sedona Wind Caves

    These beautiful caves are located mid-way through a short 0.5 mile hike, rated moderate.  And if you weren’t looking, you would never know they were there…  note that they are before the end of the trail, on the right as you hike. The caves are we...

    0.5 miles

  • Hike Woods Canyon Lake Loop Trail

    This hike is a ~4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail that circles Woods Canyon Lake, on the beautiful Mogollon Rim.  Peaceful and easy, this trail is suitable for all skill levels, and is great for families looking to spend a bit of time in nature...

    3.7 miles 154 ft gain

  • Wander the Ancient City of Ephesus

    Spend a day wandering the ancient city of Ephesus, and you'll be transported back to ancient Greece.  The ruins that are everywhere you look speak to a long history of the location being the trade center of the ancient world.  This is a very popul...

  • Explore the Ruins of the Coliseum

    Incredibly impressive, no trip to Rome would be complete without a visit to this amazing structure.  There are lots of tours that take you around the inside, and down into the depths of the ruin.  Wonderful spot for photography, and great for adul...

  • Stroll Pine Creek's Lavender Farm

    The building was built in the early 1900’s by the first settlers of Pine, the farm was turned into a lavender farm.  There’s a little shop, and the owner also does cooking classes!  Wonderful way to spend some time in the northern Arizona sunshine...

  • Visit Devils Kitchen in Sedona

    Great spot for photos, and is at the beginning of one of the best trails in Sedona.  The parking lot can get full easily, since this is a very popular trail.  The sinkhole is close to the trailhead, but I encourage you to continue on down the Sold...

    0.5 miles

  • Hike to the Birthing Cave

    The hike is an easy one, flat and not too long.  In the spring you'll see lots of flowers. Note, the popularity of this Sedona cave has grown in the past year, so you will most likely encounter other hikers and mountain bikers.  You start from the...

    2 miles 291 ft gain

  • Taking a Jeep Tour of Sedona

    I can’t get enough of those magnificent red rocks!  Sedona is an outdoor enthusiasts’ playground, and a wonderful way to start off your adventure is with a jeep tour! Experienced local guides know all the insider information about Sedona, includin...

  • Experiencing Castle Hot Springs

    The grounds of this location are absolutely incredible – food is amazing, and the hot springs are magical.  Each hot spring boasts its own naturally occurring hybrid mix of minerals, which vary from place to place depending on the geology of the a...

  • Hiking in Hells Canyon Wilderness

    Spanning 9,951 acres of backcountry a few miles northwest of Lake Pleasant and about 25  miles north of Phoenix, Hells Canyon Wilderness area offers a quick way to escape into an untamed swath of desert that’s more paradise than purgatory.I have t...

  • Fish Woods Canyon Lake

    You can rent a charming metal fishing boat at the Woods Canyon Lake Marina, or bring your own (if you’re bringing your own boat, make sure you bring a PFD too, as it’s Arizona law).  Note that gas motors are NOT permitted on boats (only trolling m...

  • Kayak the Lower Salt River

    It's not an Arizona summer without time spent on the Salt River!  And there's no better way than by kayak.  Summertime on the Lower Salt is full of people, mostly in tubes and on SUP's.  Getting on the river in the early hours of the morning help ...

  • Exploring Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco

    Wanting to spend some time walking around San Francisco?  The world-famous Fisherman’s Warf is a great place to get some steps in! The Wharf has everything from shopping, restaurants, farmers market, drinks, parks and more. There is basically some...