Beginner’s guide to hiking on a glacier in Alaska

Glacier-related activities are one of the main reasons to go to Alaska, and the absolute highlight of our trip was actually hiking on one. We signed up for MICA Guides‘ Advanced Trek on Matanuska Glacier north east of Anchorage, and despite the name, the only experience you need is a healthy sense of adventure. TimeContinue reading “Beginner’s guide to hiking on a glacier in Alaska”

Beginner’s Trail Guide: Grewingk Glacier Lake in ​Kachemak Bay State Park

This six-mile trek around Kachemak Bay State Park was the most ambitious hike of my Alaska trip. But, it wasn’t as nearly as strenuous as I thought it would be thanks to the trail being almost completely flat except for the last mile. You can do a slightly shorter hike by only hiking to GrewingkContinue reading “Beginner’s Trail Guide: Grewingk Glacier Lake in ​Kachemak Bay State Park”

Beginner’s Trail Guide: Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park

The three-mile round trip hike to Exit Glacier was the most beginner-friendly trek I did during our road trip to Alaska. And don’t worry, beginner-friendly doesn’t mean you lose out on panoramic mountain views and an up-close look at a big ol’ glacier. The entire hike took me just over an hour, with plenty ofContinue reading “Beginner’s Trail Guide: Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park”

Beginner’s Trail Guide: Tonsina Trail in Seward, Alaska

Seward was one of our favorite towns during our Alaska road trip, and I could’ve stayed a week there for the hiking alone. There were a ton of great options, and the Tonsina Trail in Caines Head Recreation Area was a fantastic way to kick off the trip. While steep in places, this 4.5-mile roundContinue reading “Beginner’s Trail Guide: Tonsina Trail in Seward, Alaska”

Beginner’s guide to Grand Teton National Park

I remember seeing Grand Teton in a textbook as a kid. The image of the super rugged but also beautiful snow-capped mountains was so striking. The Tetons seemed like they were on another planet that I’d probably never get to. I think eight-year-old me would be pretty excited to know that I finally did getContinue reading “Beginner’s guide to Grand Teton National Park”

Beginner’s Trail Guide: Mystic Falls at Yellowstone National Park

There is no shortage of waterfalls in Yellowstone National Park, but if you’re looking for a shorter hike that’s beginner-friendly, Mystic Falls is your best bet in the southwest section of the park. The trailhead is located at Biscuit Basin, a 10-minute drive from the Old Faithful Inn. After 2.5 miles (round trip), you’ll haveContinue reading “Beginner’s Trail Guide: Mystic Falls at Yellowstone National Park”

Beginner’s Trail Guide: Trout Lake in Yellowstone National Park

The hike to Trout Lake is a great way to top off a morning of wildlife watching in the Lamar Valley (extra bonus: have roadside breakfast at Soda Butte Creek on your way). This 1.2-mile round trip hike in the northeast section of Yellowstone is initially steep but totally doable for beginner hikers. Once youContinue reading “Beginner’s Trail Guide: Trout Lake in Yellowstone National Park”

Beginner’s Trail Guide: The Byzantine Road on the Greek island of Paros

When we decided to go to Greece for our honeymoon, I didn’t think hiking would be a big part of it. But the islands have beginner-friendly trails that are a must for anyone traveling there. Besides the Caldera Path in Santorini, our other big hike was the Byzantine Road on another Greek island called Paros.Continue reading “Beginner’s Trail Guide: The Byzantine Road on the Greek island of Paros”

Beginner’s Trail Guide: Hiking the Caldera in Santorini

When you think Greek islands, you think Santorini. Your next thought may be white houses, cliffs, sunsets…but hiking? Yeah, hiking didn’t come to mind when we first decided to go to the Greek islands for our honeymoon, either, but I was really excited to find out there are some really spectacular trails. Santorini’s Caldera PathContinue reading “Beginner’s Trail Guide: Hiking the Caldera in Santorini”