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Pros: great camping and hiking, wildlife (black bears), the natural fog that often hangs over the mountains Cons: hungry wildlife (black bears), you need to hide your food well

Great Basin National Park

Pros: amazing hiking among one of the oldest trees on the planet (Bristlecone pine), Lehman Caves (cave bacon & popcorn, soda straws…) surprising colors in the autumn Cons: long drive to the park Overall, it’s a definitely one of the most amazing parks in the US. A place that we want to come back and explore more. Important links: Map of the park Top attractions by Tripadvisor Check out this great guide… Read More

In August 2019, we went to Salalah to experience the famous Khareef season. It lasts for about 3 months. In the coastal part of Dhofar, the weather changes to a constant drizzle that allows wadis to fill up, waterfalls to flow, and all the seasonal flora to go green. Check out the video from our landing approach to Salalah airport. An annual Khareef festival is organised in Salalah to celebrate the monsoon… Read More

Pros: beautiful sand dunes with magnificent mountains in the background, sand-boarding Cons: enough activities just for a day (night) or two, need to visit in the winter again to e.g. hike Zapata Falls Relevant links: Official Park’s website Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve (Wikipedia) Local adventure with 9 activities to explore

Pros: beautiful hikes through forests, amazing snowy peaks, wildlife, close to Yellowstone Cons: requires time and experience to truly explore (e.g. climb Grand Teton)

Pros: that pleasant feeling of a place that you know from pictures, but is a hundred times better in real life; best sunrise ever; Bright Angel Trail – on of the best day hikes I have NOT done Cons: you will want to come back, you will not look at other canyon the same way

The hidden beauty of Fanja and Bidbid, Oman.

FIVE highlights of the area including: 1) Table Top Mountain, 2) Fanja old town and fort, 3) Wadi Fanja, 4) Bidbid fort, 5) Bidbid Nafaa View Point.

Pros: stunning sunset (e.g. Artist’s Palette), many places of interest Cons: gets hot and nowhere to hide

Pros: opportunities to spot amazing wildlife, each island is different, lots of hiking options Cons: need islands’ flora to regenerate to pre-industrial age as virtually no trees anymore

Pros: Mesa Arch, 4×4 100-mile White Rim Road Trail, Dead Horse Point State Park nearby not to be missed Cons: No trees=no cover from the scorching sun