10 Incredible Summer Hikes in Washington State

Attention outdoors lovers! Are you itching for a new adventure but can’t pick a destination? Well, it’s a good time to visit The Evergreen State. You will be astonished by a stunning diversity of landscapes it has to offer. From the deserts of Eastern Washington to the rain forests and beaches of the Olympic Peninsula, and from the long range of peaks in the North Cascades to the active volcanoes of Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens, Washington State is spectacular. Although it may not be known for the best weather all-year-round, the summers here are one-of-a-kind. Here’s a list of ten incredible summer hikes that show off just how beautiful this state is:

1. Tolmie Peak Fire Lookout
Mount Rainier National Park – 7.5 Miles Roundtrip – Difficulty: Moderate

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20 of the Most Picturesque Lighthouses in America

Lighthouses have long served an important purpose for sailors and seamen navigating stormy seas and charting unknown coastlines. Even in today’s world of GPS navigation and high-tech equipment, these beacons of light continue to guide the way.

But what draws most to these traffic signals is their simple, captivating beauty. From rugged rocky outcrops in the north to sandy scenic coastlines in the south, American lighthouses offer some of the most picturesque and dramatic coastal views in the country. With hundreds of lighthouses throughout the U.S., there’s much to explore. Here are some of our favorite and most picturesque lighthouses in America:

1. Walton Lighthouse in Santa Cruz, California

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16 Ways to Explore the Natural Beauty of Slovenia

Slovenia may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think outdoor adventures and scenic landscapes. But this tiny Central European country is packed with dramatic waterfalls, stunning mountain peaks, and sparkling emerald waters around every corner.

With prime spots for hiking, kayaking, and simply taking in that fresh mountain air, Slovenia has something to offer for every kind of traveler. So in addition to taking in its idyllic towns and delicious eats, make sure to check out some of these natural beauties on your next visit:

1. Lake Bled

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Peru Travel: 10 Essential Experiences

With vibrant culture, diverse terrain, and fascinating Inca heritage, Peru is a hotspot for South American travel.

In the Peruvian city of Cusco, June 24th marks the celebration of Inti Raymi, also known as the Incan Festival of the Sun. In honor of the winter solstice celebration, we’ve collected 10 of our favorite discoveries throughout Peru:

1. Machu Picchu

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5 Outdoor Theater Experiences to Add to Your Bucket List

Who said great theater needs to be enjoyed in stuffy old buildings? These outdoor theater destinations bring the stage outside for a truly unforgettable arts experience.

Whether listening to Puccini under the stars in Italy or watching Shakespeare on the dramatic English coast, these venues are bucket list must-haves for any theater lover:

1. The Minack Theatre in Porthcurno, England

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2. The Epidaurus Theatre in Epidavros, Greece

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3. Festspielhaus Bregenz in Bregenz, Austria

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4. “Impression” West Lake Show in Hangzhou, China

5. Arena di Verona in Verona, Italy

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Looking for more fresh and fun entertainment venues to add to your list? Check out some of our favorite destinations here, and don’t forget to share your own arts discoveries on Trover!