Navigating the Crowds and Summer Snow at Rocky Mountain National Park

Kat stands atop a rocky bluff overlooking mountains

Dear Rocky, we need to talk. I love you, but you’re a bit of a hot mess …

Poor Rocky Mountain National Park has a problem: it may be too beautiful for its own good.

In July, the nation’s fourth most popular park is inundated with visitors who want to experience the majesty and tranquility of the Rockies, and who can blame them?

The 4th of July holiday landed on a Thursday in 2019, and we decided to fly out to Colorado for an extended weekend for some awesome hiking and sightseeing.

It turns out we weren’t the only ones who had this idea.

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The Perfect Day On Maui’s East Coast: Hana to Kipahulu

Beach yoga in Hana, Maui

Driving nonstop from Paia Town to Hana in Maui can take two and a half hours one way. After diverting on short detours for Auntie Sandy’s divine banana bread, crawling through funky lava tubes and posing for photos next to glorious rainbow trees, there’s hardly enough time left in the day to do a proper hike at Waiʻānapanapa State Park. That is, if you intend to turn around and head back the same day. Some people might like that breakneck pace. We had other plans in mind.

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