Guadalupe Peak or Devil’s Hall: Which Trail to Hike in Guadalupe Mountains

The king of all hikes in the Guadalupe Mountains is the Guadalupe Peak trail, which climbs 3000 ft. over the course of a 4¼ mi. (one-way) hike. Although the park is in the desert, its wet season comes in the summer, when it occasionally sees days of heavy fog and rain, which can make hiking to the peak a wasted …

What You Need to See at Carlsbad Caverns National Park

While the Big Room of the Carlsbad Caverns is more than 750 ft. underground, it is well paved and well lit. If you want to see parts of the caves that most visitors can’t access and have the physical ability to do so, try your luck in Spider Cave. Only one tour is offered a week, and they fill up …

The Ultimate Guide to Big Bend National Park

In Big Bend National Park, you’re right in the middle of the desert, where clouds are scarce and the views are unparalleled. You can meander along the roads of Big Bend in your car or four-by-four, but that would be an insult to this beautiful landscape. The Lost Mine Peak hiking trail (4¾ mi. round-trip) takes visitors up 1300 ft. …

The Ideal European Trip Itinerary: 15 cities in 6 weeks

Having trouble planning your European trip? Don’t worry, we know there are too many incredible cities to visit, so we’ve put this bucket-list European itinerary together to help you navigate your options. Brace yourself. This is one serious trip, but it’s absolutely worth it. We recommend you tackle it with us, so you don’t miss out on any of these …

Sydney Bridge Climb: A View Unlike Any Other

 On my first day in Sydney, I climbed a hill to watch the sun set over the city. I didn’t know the name of anything yet and the city seemed enormous. With the glow of an orange sky in the background, I remember being able to make out a handful of figures ascending the arch of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. I …

Meat Lovers, Meet Croatian Food

Meat lovers are spoiled for choice in Croatia. Although Croatian food varies by region, with strong Italian influences in Istria and an emphasis on seafood in Dalmatia, visitors to Zagreb and its surrounding areas will find most Croatian menus dominated by meat — from lamb to pork, and from duck to veal. Here’s a short list of our favorite meaty meals: …

Plan a Trip to Greece: How to Make the Most of 10 Days

Planning a vacation can be stressful and time-consuming, especially when you’ve only got a few days on location. Here’s a quick guide to planning  your next Greek vacation and how to make the most of those all-too-short days. Athens (3 days) You can’t plan a trip to Greece without visiting the Acropolis, so soak that in on day one. Complete …

Berlin Landmarks: Touring Through Germany

By: Nick Grundlingh, a Let’s Go! researcher-writer My PlacePass tour of the Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag Dome checked all the boxes on the “What makes a good tour” form. Arvid, my group’s tour guide, gave us fresh insights into things we generally knew about, as well as taught us things that I had no prior knowledge of at all. In …

Iceland Glacier Trekking: An Adventure Through Falljökull

By: Eric Chin, a Let’s Go! researcher-writer I’ve always thought it would be awesome to be a mountaineer. Who hasn’t, at some point in their life, dreamed about strapping on a harness and spikes and scaling a sheer mountain face, or standing on the summit of Mt. Everest? That’s why this PlacePass tour caught my eye. We all know what …

Cliff Diving In Split, Croatia

By: Gavin Moulton, a Let’s Go! researcher-writer “If you climbed these cliffs in communist times, you’d catch a bullet.” That was not the reassuring news I wanted to hear as I was about to jump off the edge of a cliff next to Yugoslav dictator Tito’s former villa, which is currently an active Croatian military compound. All manmade threats to my …