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Mid-range Hikes in Jacksonville, Florida

If three to four miles of hiking is your sweet spot, here are three free trails each with a distinct atmosphere. +Jacksonville Arboretum, 1445 Millcoe Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32225 If you want to learn how to identify Florida flora, this … Continue reading

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Short Hikes in Jacksonville, Florida

If you’re looking for a quick place to get some fresh air and Florida scenery, you’re short on time, or toting the kids – these hikes are perfect for you. Both are free and located about 10 minutes away from … Continue reading

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Timucuan Preserve in Jacksonville, Florida

One of the hidden gems of Jacksonville, Florida is its National Park. Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve is one of the largest urban park systems, named for the Native Americans that had many chiefdoms in Florida and Georgia during Spanish … Continue reading

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Big Talbot Island in Jacksonville, Florida

Northern Florida doesn’t get flocks of tourists like the rest of the state, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t exceptional gems worth seeking out. Big Talbot Island is one of the most unique parks in all of Florida, you can’t … Continue reading

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Doi Inthanon National Park from Chiang Mai, Thailand

The roof of Thailand is located in Doi Inthanon National Park from Chiang Mai, a great day trip from Chiang Mai. A part of the Himalayas, the park ranges in elevation reaching over 8,000’. Temperatures can be in the 50s … Continue reading

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Doi Suthep-Pui National Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Just north of the city in the hills over 3000’ elevation sits Doi Suthep-Pui National Park, the quintessential day trip from Chiang Mai. It has every element to create a magical day including a golden temple, waterfalls, and awesome views. … Continue reading

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Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand

One of the most unique and incredible experiences available in Thailand is to interact with elephants. How you choose to do so hopefully is informed. Long before any of my research about the country I thought for sure that I … Continue reading

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