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Gifford Pinchot National Forest Hikes - Lava Canyon Trail #184. This photo shows the Southern side of Mt. St. Helens in Washington State, including the debris fields left after the 1980 blast melted ice and snow and sent a flood of debris that carved out the Lava Canyon. The Lava Canyon Trail provides a challenging, yet rewarding view of Muddy Creek and the canyon re-carved by the melted ice and rock that resulted from the volcanic eruption.

Gifford Pinchot National Forest Hikes – Lava Canyon Trail #184

Discover the Best Gifford Pinchot National Forest Hikes Near Mt. St. Helens. Hike the 2-mile Lava Canyon Trail to see lava formations, waterfalls, & more! Lava Canyon Trail #184 has both an accessible, paved hiking path and a moderate to difficult section of trail that follows the Muddy River down to the base of the canyon.

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A mother and daughter pose in an open window at the Brunner, New Zealand, while another daughter stands nearby, on railroad tracks that lead toward a museum building on the site.

New Zealand Itinerary – Brunner, Waiuta, and Motueka

We planned day four as a driving day to cover about 1/3 of the length of the South Island, from Hokitika all the way to Motueka, on the South Island’s North Shore between the Abel Tasman National Park and the wine-growing region of Nelson, Picton, and Blenheim. If you have a little more time, you could easily break this into two segments and stay in Reefton, the first town in New Zealand and all of the Southern Hemisphere to receive electricity. You can easily cover the distance with a few fun stops in less than a full day.

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The Best Place to Stay in Venice, Italy - Hilton Molino Stucky - A view of the front exterior of the Hilton Hotel on the Island of Giudecca, Venice. The hotel maintains a private taxi service to San Marcos and sits just 10 minutes from the bus station and cruise ship docks.

The Best Place to Stay in Venice, Italy – Hilton Molino Stucky

The Hilton Molino Stucky, on the Venetian island of Giudecca, wins our pick for the best place to stay in Venice. The hotel not only provides fantastic amenities like a rooftop restaurant and bar with views of Venice, a rooftop swimming pool, a Hilton Honors executive lounge with one of the best hotel breakfasts we’ve ever had, and comfortable rooms in a remodeled flour mill. The Hilton Molino Stucky also provides a water taxi shuttle to and from St. Mark’s Square and sits just 10 minutes from St. Mark’s and the bus terminal near the ship docks, so you’re only ever about 10-15 minutes from any point of departure and adventure in Venice.

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“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” - Jack Kerouac