6 Unique Things to do in Grants Pass, Oregon

6 Unique Things to Do in Grants Pass, Oregon

6 unique things to do in Grants Pass, Oregon and why it’s easily one of the most charming cities to visit in Southern Oregon. As little as two years ago, Grants Pass wasn’t known for its bustling downtown. If you lived in Josephine County, where the city is located, you would have one of the lowest […]

Top 7 Things to Do in Ashland, Oregon

7 Things to do In Ashland, Oregon

These are the best things to do in Ashland, Oregon to get a good overview of the city and all it has to offer. I think I’ve already raved enough about Ashland on this blog that you guys should know how much I’ve enjoyed my time there. It is a one-of-a kind place and easily a […]

20 Gorgeous Photos to Inspire You to Visit the Oregon Coast

Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor, Oregon - USA Travel

Note: this post contains affiliate links  With the stress of the US election and its results still ringing in our ears, I think we could all use a post that reminds us of the beauty that still exists in America. Last month, I visited the southern parts of the Oregon coast for a short trip, […]

Ashland, Oregon in the Fall – Why You Need to Go!

The Peerless Restaurant - Ashland, Oregon - USA Travel

The Best Time to Visit Ashland, Oregon? The fall. This is why. Although the city is stunning at anytime of the year, I personally think the best time to visit Ashland, Oregon is in the fall. I visited the city for the first time last summer when I went to my first Oregon Shakespeare Festival […]

Things to do in Jacksonville, Oregon: A Pioneer Gold Rush Town

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The best things to do in Jacksonville, Oregon to explore the best of pioneer gold rush history in Southern Oregon. Travel and history so often go hand in hand. It’s one of the aspects I enjoy most about a new place, learning about the events and the people that came before I was standing there […]

The Surprising Reason I Didn’t Like Portland, Oregon

What is Portland Oregon Like? The Surprising Reason Why I Didn't Like Portland, Oregon - USA Travel

What is Portland, Oregon like to live in? This was my honest first-hand experience with the Pacific Northwest City. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” // Martin Luther King Jr.  I’ve gone back and forth about whether I wanted to write […]

A Complete Guide to the Best Southern Oregon Wineries

Grants Pass Southern Oregon wineries - Serra Vineyard

A Guide to the best Southern Oregon wineries to visit around the Applegate valley, including wine tasting options Ashland, Medford, Grants Pass, and Jacksonville. Unless you’re involved in the Oregon wine scene, you probably won’t know much about the vast amount of Southern Oregon wineries that are open for wine tasting. When you think of […]

The Best Ways to Enjoy Portland in Winter

The Best Ways to Enjoy Portland in Winter

Being in Portland in winter doesn’t have to mean holing up at home watching the rain outside. There is plenty to keep you busy in this city, even in the colder months! It’s my first true winter living in a colder climate. I grew up in California, where it generally never dips below 40 or […]

2015, A Year of Change

2015 A Year of Change - The Atlas Heart

When I look back on 2015 it is with fondness for how far I’ve come since I rung in the New Year at a little bar in Wellington, New Zealand. At that time, I had no idea what this year would bring, how many firsts I would have, and the amount of change I would […]

My (Almost) First Impressions of Seattle

International Fountain - Seattle, Washington

It wasn’t exactly my first impression of Seattle, since I had been to the city 8 years previously to look at colleges – wow, I feel old! However, it truly felt like I was seeing it for the first time when I went for a visit this month. I looked at travel so much differently back then, and at […]