7 Amazing Hotels Near the Great Smoky Mountains

Located on the border of Tennessee and North Carolina, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited park in the entire national park system. People from near and far make the drive to see this gorgeous park that is full of hiking trails, scenic driving routes, and wildlife. When planning your trip to…

6 Stunning Short Hikes in the Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited park in the entire national park system. And for good reason. It has numerous scenic driving tours, plenty of amazing lookouts along the roads, and well-maintained hiking trails that range from easy to strenuous. The month of October is especially spectacular in the park as…

The Hai Van Pass: A Motorbike Adventure in Vietnam

The Hai Van Pass, otherwise known as Ocean Cloud Pass, is a ~12 mile stretch of roadway between the cities of Da Nang and Hue. The National Route 1A road snakes up the side of the mountain with stunning views of the Da Nang Bay 1,600 feet below. The road has countless bends with poor visibility…

What to Pack for a Vacation in Vietnam

Planning a trip to Vietnam? The country is very diverse in terms of landscape and climate so figuring out what you should pack can be incredibly challenging. We spent 3 months exploring Vietnam from July to October and encountered extreme heat, a lot of rain, and a few chilly days. We spent time trekking through…

56 Weird & Wonderful Things to do in Portland, Oregon

Portland is really… REALLY weird. We might have stolen the “keep Portland weird” catchphrase from Austin, Texas but I’d argue that if our Unipiper was leading us into a battle over weirdness, we would undoubtedly win. If you’re headed to Portland and want to get a little weird, here are 56 ways to do it….

Guide to Da Nang, Vietnam: The Top 14 Things To Do

Da Nang is a large, bustling city that offers spectacular mountain views, white sandy beaches, and plenty of activities to keep adults and kids entertained for hours! You’ll need at least 3 days in the town of Da Nang to explore all of the highlights – and even more to spend time relaxing at your…

Guide to Sun World Ba Na Hills in Da Nang, Vietnam

During our 3 month trip to Vietnam, one question plagued us for our entire trip. “Are you going to that new giant hand bridge?” The Golden Bridge in Sun World Ba Na Hills had just opened in June of 2018 and photos of those giant, ancient-looking hands were flooding people’s social media feeds. We weren’t…

Visit the Phenomenal Phong Nha Caves in Vietnam

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003 as it is home to the oldest karst mountains in Asia as well as literally hundreds of cave systems. This complex underground cave system also includes the largest cave in the world by volume – Hang Son Doong. You’ll have to…

A Guide to Trekking in Sapa, Vietnam

Sapa is located in the Lào Cai Province and is a region that draws visitors from across the world. The town is situated on the side of one of the many mountains in the massive Hoàng Liên Son mountain range and overlooks the valley below. The valley floor is filled with rice terraces that change from…