We went on an outdoor adventure trip of a lifetime with ⁠River Expeditions⁠, the #1 lodging and adventure property & rafting outfitter in the New River Gorge National Park in West Virginia. In this episode we’re recounting every moment of the best three days kayaking and white water rafting on the New River, zip lining […]

June 18, 2024

A Rafting Weekend at New River Gorge National Park with River Expeditions

We’re taking you to Mesa Verde National Park in Southern Colorado to experience the 800+ year old Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings. These incredibly well-preserved ancient ruins will really get you going as you walk through actual steps and pathways the Ancient Puebloan people did nearly a century before. We did Cliff Palace, Long House, and […]

June 11, 2024

Exploring the Ancients Pueblos in Mesa Verde National Park

13 amazing national parks that you can see and enjoy with just ONE day! In honor of National Park Week April 20-28, 2024 we wanted to share some of our favorites and encourage you to take a day to visit. National Parks to Visit in One Day – Episode Transcript 0:35 Welcome to this week’s […]

April 23, 2024

13 National Parks You Can Visit in 1 Day

This episode is part two of our Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks week long trip. We spent three days in Yellowstone National Park. In America’s first and most iconic national park we give you all the details on Yellowstone’s unique geological landscape. From beautiful colorful thermal pools, to magnificent geyers, to abundant wildlife, Yellowstone […]

April 16, 2024

What to See in Yellowstone National Park

In this episode we are is taking you to one of the country’s most iconic national parks – Yosemite National Park located in the central Sierra Nevada region of California. The gem of California boasts towering granite cliffs, gorgeous tall waterfalls, and bear wildlife spotting! We’ve been to this park several times and have a […]

December 26, 2023

Waterfall Hiking in Yosemite National Park

In this episode we share the best things to do in the Great Smoky Mountains including hikes, scenic viewpoints, and experiences in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN. We went to Gatlinburg on two different occasions: Mid-fall to see the fall foliage and get cozy mountain vibes, and in spring to see the lush green foliage. […]

October 3, 2023

Best Things to Do in Great Smoky Mountains and Nearby Cities

We sit down with Heather from River Expeditions, a rafting outfitter and adventure property just outside New River Gorge National Park in West Virginia. Heather has been in the business for decades. In this interview Heather shares her first memories of rafting, how the business has grown, what America’s newest national park has to offer, […]

July 25, 2023

New River Gorge White Water Rafting ft. Heather from River Expeditions

The squad is sharing the best things to do in Acadia National Park both inside the park and outside the park in close by Bar Harbor, Maine. We spent two days exploring the national park and Bar Harbor, Maine. In this episode we’re going to tell you exactly what to do in Acadia National Park […]

July 6, 2023

Things to Do in Acadia National Park

We’re taking you to a very unique national park in America – Gateway Arch National Park! This urban center has historic roots as the gateway to the West during the expansion era in America. This is the perfect day trip from Chicago or stop during a St. Louis trip. You can ride the tram, explore […]

April 25, 2023

Day Trip to Gateway Arch National Park

We’re sharing America’s year-round free national parks that you can visit without spending a dime! This episode details several holidays throughout the year you can visit American national parks for free, we’re honoring national park week and inspiring you to get outdoors by sharing 10 national parks that are free 100% of the time. Are […]

April 11, 2023

Free National Parks You Can Visit Year Round

This is a fun one! We’re exploring Shenandoah National Park and New River Gorge National Park – the newest national park in the United States. Since they are so close you can couple these two into a weekend trip and see the best of both without taking any PTO! This east coast adventure features wild […]

March 21, 2023

Things to Do in Shenandoah National Park & New River Gorge White Water Rafting

In this episode, we are taking you on a majestic trip to some of the coolest hot springs in America. Hot springs are these magical places that you have to have the in on to find and enjoy. Some require hiking in the snow to get to, and some leverage man-made pools to harness the […]

February 15, 2023

Amazing Hot Springs in America and International

We’re bringing you another full list of iconic national parks without hiking to see and enjoy. We love an “easy day” of 12 mile hikes to reach peak summit views as much as the next person, but sometimes you want to relax and sightseeing in America’s most beautiful natural preserves, and get that too! Some […]

November 22, 2022

Best National Parks for Sightseeing

In South Carolina, nestled in the floodplain forests you will find Congaree National Park with its trails, wildlife, and unique ecosystem that thrives on Hurricanes and the southern humidity it’s known for. What can you do at Congaree National Park?  There’s a lot to do here! Congaree National Park things to do include walking trails, […]

September 20, 2022

Congaree National Park Trails, Wildlife, and Why You Should Visit

The Travel Squad is taking you to all nine of California’s amazing national parks! Each park offers something so different – the hottest place in the world, the tallest trees in the world, the largest trees by volume in the world, islands, forests, deserts, and so much more! It’s hard to say which are the […]

May 24, 2022

The Ultimate National Parks in California List

We’re convincing you that the best time to visit Zion National Park is NOW! It doesn’t matter if you’re visiting Zion in the summer or Zion in the winter, the park has amazing sights and things to do in both seasons! You should visit Zion National Park during both seasons! This is one of America’s […]

May 17, 2022

The Best Time to Visit Zion National Park is NOW!

In this episode we’re taking you on a trip to two of Utah’s Mighty 5 National Parks – Arches and Canyonlands National Park. These two parks are close enough to see both on the same weekend trip.  If you want to visit Arches and Canyonlands in one day that is certainly possible, but it’s better […]

April 19, 2022

Arches and Canyonlands National Parks Weekend Trip

This one is for the non-hikers out there with 11 easy national parks to visit – no hiking required! America’s national parks have so much natural beauty to take in, and much of it you can see and enjoy without trekking miles uphill to the summit. These national parks can be enjoyed to the fullest […]

March 8, 2022

Easy National Parks to Visit – No Hiking Required!

In this episode we are visiting Grand Teton National Park and all of the amazing sights here! We give you all the details on hiking trails, and where to stay and eat in Jackson, Wyoming plus tons of laughs and stories from our few days there. Hikes and Sights to See in Grand Teton National […]

February 8, 2022

Visiting Grand Teton and Sharing the Best Hikes in Grand Teton National Park

In this episode we break down the best national parks to visit by month so you have plans for every season this year!  We explored these national parks during these months and found it to be the perfect time of year for each one. To determine the best national park to visit during each month […]

December 26, 2021

Best National Parks to Visit by Month

We’re taking you to each of the big 5 national parks in Utah to explore the best hikes and sights in each of these unique natural wonders. How many national parks are in Utah? Five! And this episodes goes into each one. We’ve been to all 5 on different trips and love each one for […]

October 5, 2021

The Big 5 National Parks in Utah

We have a special East Coast road trip to celebrate our 100th podcast episode! We used Williamsburg, Virginia as our hub to explore and went to several East Coast road trip stops on this week trip including Virginia, Washington D.C., Rehoboth Beach, Delaware and Ocean City, Maryland.  This action packed week includes amusement parks, food […]

August 31, 2021

East Coast Road Trip – Virginia, DC, Delaware & Maryland

This is an amazing interview with two people we’ve been dying to talk to – Erika and Shane, the father/daughter brains behind Travel Stamps. We are obsessed with this national parks travel stamps book, we collect them at every national park we go to so this was a dream come true episode. We go into […]

July 13, 2021

Travel Stamps Interview on How The Idea Became a Business

This one is a weekender in true Travel Squad style. We fly to Nashville for a honky tonk good time on Broadway, southern food, and a day trip to the amazing Mammoth Caves National Park for some large cave exploration on Mammoth cave tours. Highlights of Mammoth Cave National Park & Nashville- Episode Transcript 3 […]

July 6, 2021

Mammoth Caves & Nashville

We’re taking you on a quick weekend trip to Capitol Reef National Park in Utah for some awesome Capitol Reef hikes – one of which is at sunrise and is absolutely worth it!  In this episode we tell you what to do in Capitol Reef National Park for a two-day visit. We give you the […]

June 15, 2021

Capitol Reef Hikes & What to Do in the National Park

We went on our first weekend road trip to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks over Easter weekend. We drove 5 hours from San Diego and did one park on each day of this April weekend. We share the best things to see in Sequoia National Parks, and adjacent Kings Canyon National Parks.  There are […]

April 20, 2021

Weekend Hiking Trip to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

Olympic National Park Hikes & Mt Rainier National Park Hikes in 4 Days We’re taking you up to the Pacific Northwest of the United States to two amazing national parks that you can experience  in one trip. Mt. Rainier and Olympic National Park are four hours driving apart, but are so different.  Mt. Rainier National […]

January 26, 2021

Mount Rainier & Olympic

We’re taking you on another Pacific Northwest trip to explore two amazing national parks for some of the best hikes in North Cascades and Glacier National Parks. Both parks offer amazing mountain views, gorgeous green scenery, and great hiking trails. You can experience both parks in just a few days, we’re giving you the highlights […]

January 26, 2021

Best Hikes in North Cascades & Glacier National Parks

We’re taking you to Arizona on a two-day road trip from Saguaro National Park to Petrified Forest National Park. These are two amazing desert parks that don’t require a lot of hiking, but each have a unique layout with one-of-a-kind sights to take in. You can expect to hear about the interesting petrified wood logs-turned […]

December 1, 2020

2 Day Road Trip from Saguaro National Park to Petrified Forest National Park

This one is sharing the 10 best national parks we LOVE and know you’ll love to! In this episode we also announce the launch of our new trip itineraries! If you love nature, hiking, and traveling in the U.S. then this episode is for you! We have been to sooooo many national parks and have […]

October 6, 2020

10 Best National Parks You’ll Love

We are taking you with us on a 3 day weekend getaway to Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Located in New Mexico and Texas, these two parks are only an hour apart, although they are in different states, which makes it easy to experience both of them on a weekend trip. Carlsbad Caverns […]

April 14, 2020

Carlsbad Caverns & Guadalupe Mountains

We’re going on a weekend trip to visit Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, a place with gorgeous orange and red colors, rock formations like hoodoos and archways. We loved Bryce Canyon and you will too! We’re sharing the best hikes in Bryce Canyon for those that love longer hikes and those that are looking […]

March 3, 2020

The Best Hikes in Bryce Canyon

This is a HOT episode because we’re exploring the hottest place in the world and bringing you the best things to do in Death Valley National Park. The travel squad goes on a 48-Hour weekend trip to Death Valley National Park from San Diego. We provide tips for visiting Death Valley National Park and things […]

December 24, 2019

Things to Do in Death Valley National Park

This one is a hoot! We go to Hot Springs National Park Arkansas for an overnight adventure soaking in hot springs, enjoying nature, and enjoying our friends’ company! This weekend adventure flew us into Dallas with a road trip to Hot Springs, Arkansas. The only place in the country where the town, and everything in […]

December 17, 2019

Iconic Visit to Hot Springs National Park Arkansas

We spent three days in Denver on a July weekend to celebrate Jamal’s birthday. There were so many fun things to do in Denver! You just have to know you’re not going to stay in Denver proper to do all of them. Denver for purposes of this episode consist of many of the surrounding nature […]

October 29, 2019

How to Spend 3 Days in Denver

WE attempted to brave the worst storm in California in 20 years to take a Hwy 1 road trip through Big Sur, but a major mudslide that took out part of the highway prevented us from seeing it all. We recount the mudslide that put a wrench in our plans, but how we recovered for […]

October 1, 2019

The [Almost] Iconic Hwy 1 Road Trip

3 days, 4 states, and so much later on this American Southwest road trip. In episode #8 we tell stories from our three day road trip through Arizona, Utah, Nevada, and California and give you tips on how to see it all when you take this trip for yourself. We cover: If you want to […]

September 10, 2019

Grand Canyon & American Southwest Road Trip