Our Top 20 North American Stops

It’s been a year of adventure and making new friends. For our last post of 2016 we thought we would highlight our top 20 stops in North America this year. This could be a city, attraction, park, site, hike, etc.; anything.  We feel so lucky to have been able to see this much in such a short time. We have focused so much on international trips that we missed a lot that the US has to offer. With some of these places we didn’t even know that they existed and randomly came across them while driving. I should mention that we have only been on the western third of North America. Denver was the farthest east we went.  Many were on our bucket lists and lists we thought we would never get to. While working in the corporate world I had a huge list of places that I didn’t think I would get to because I wouldn’t have enough time in a lifetime. I no longer have that list and it is a great feeling.

So here are our top 20 in no particular order.

1. Grand Canyon – Arizona


2. Buckskin Gulch (Wire Pass) – Utah


3. Ice Lake Trail – Colorado


4. Great Sand Dunes National Parkm – Colorado


5. Crystal Mill – Colorado


6. Oneonta Gorge – Oregon


7. Glacier Bay National Park – Alaska


8. Grand Tetons National Park – Wyoming


9. Denali National Park – Alaska


10. Haystack Rock – Oregon


11. Tumalo Falls – Oregon


12. Pioneer Cabin Trail – Idaho


13. Mt. Democrat – Colorado (14er!)


14. Horseshoe Bend – Arizona


15. Zion National Park – Utah


16. Emerald Lake (Yoho National Park) – Canada


17. Lake Morraine (Banff National Park) – Canada


18. Johnston Canyon Cave – Canada


19. Buena Vista – Colorado


20. Cripple Creek – Colorado


We also have an Honorable Mention. Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. I had wanted to see this place, but it logistically it was difficult from LA. It was a must since we were so close to it when we were at Zion. Their work his is nothing but remarkable. The hours and dedication that the people there put into it is humbling. I couldn’t believe how many animals they had. It was hard being there as I wanted to adopt so many. Dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, horses, donkeys.  It is any animal lovers sanctuary. All the tours are free. They have some “celebrity” animals there.  You might have heard of the Missouri 500 or the Vick-tory dogs.  It is worth the side trip.


Check out our blog posts for further information, or just ask! Let me know what some of your favorites were so we can add them to our list!


20 thoughts on “Our Top 20 North American Stops

  1. I totally agree about Best Friends Animal Sanctuary! it is my heaven on earth. I’ve only been once, but planning on going back.


  2. Crystal Mill had a LOT more water when you were there (my Crystal Mill shots will be published in tomorrow’s blog post). I must say that I’m a little disappointed that your stay at Twin Lakes with me didn’t make the top 20. 😉

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  3. The places you guys list are amazing, but what’s really stunning is how you’ve captured the beauty in your photos. Great work, and great list. Best Wishes!

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