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 rainforests 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

Trover photo by Mark Lloyd.

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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

Trover photo by Alex Sam

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10 U.S. National Parks to Visit This Spring

With the recent centennial of the National Park Service, it’s never been a better time to visit one of America’s beautiful National Parks. Spring is especially ideal for a visit to the U.S. National Parks because it typically means fewer crowds, cooler temperatures, and wildflowers galore!

There are tons of great National Parks to visit all over the world, but here are our recommendations for the top 10 U.S. National Parks to visit this spring:

1. Glacier National Park in Montana

Trover photo by Mary Hill

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Fall: 7 Unexpected Places

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” so says F. Scott Fitzgerald in The Great Gatsby. It’s true. Fall ushers in cool breezes, changing leaves, and a longing for back to school time. While many people think of the east coast when when the leaves start changing, there are many places in the US where you can find gorgeous quilts of fall colors. We have rounded up some places where you can watch the leaves turn color and start over again. Plan your next fall getaway with us.

1. Shenandoah National Park

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Photo by Sue Cummings & Bruce Howard.

2. St. Andrews, Scotland

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Photo by City Circus Wandering.

3. Quebec City, CA

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Photo by My Wanderlusty Life.

4. Munich, Germany

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Photo by Sparkz.

5. The Ozarks, Arkansas

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Photo by J. Bo.

6. Napa Valley, CA

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Photo by Girl Gone Travel.

7. Leavenworth, WA

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Photo by Micha Ollerton.

Ready to jump in some piles of leaves this fall? Find more inspiration for your fall getaways here, here, and here. And as always, come on by Trover.com to meet some fellow travelers and find out more about the planet you inhabit.

State Fairs: 7 Festivals of Food and Fun

Nothing says old fashioned fun like a state fair. Started in the United States during 19th century to showcase agricultural achievements, the first state fair was held in 1841 in Syracuse, New York. Today’s state fairs include rides and amusements along with music and entertainment. The other great activity at a state fair? Food of course! Here are Trover’s blue ribbon picks for some of the best state fairs in the US:

1. Washington State Fair

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Photo by Quinton Doroquez.

2. South Carolina State Fair

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Photo by Elza Hayen.

3. Minnesota State Fair

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Photo by Angelica B.

4. Utah State Fair

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Photo by Ryan Miller.

5. Iowa State Fair

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Photo by Jumpseat Explorer.

6. Texas State Fair

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Photo by Brittany Willis.

7. North Carolina State Fair

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Photo by Niko Batista.

Feeling festive? More choices for celebrating here. 

We have more festivals to see here and check out this list from our very own Julia here.  And as always, come on over to Trover.com to share your awesome travel photos.