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My husband and I recently took a trip to Seattle and loved visiting the Pacific Northwest, a stark difference from our desert home in New Mexico.
Since each region of the U.S. differs widely in terms of the weather, culture, food, and lifestyle, I decided to use my next few posts for “Blogs We Love” as a chance to highlight unique blogs in each region.
These are not comprehensive lists, so if you know of another great regional-focused blog, let us know in the comments.
Let’s begin in the West.
The Local Arrow is the blog of Hasson Company Realtors, an Oregon real estate agency. The blog posts “guide you through Pacific Northwest Living.”
Looking for recommendations on local events, shopping, restaurants, or home inspiration? The Local Arrow has you covered. And, of course, you can check out some of the local listings if you are considering buying a home in the area.
Follow @HassonRealtors on Twitter.
Josh McNair lives in California and manages this blog with his wife Amie. California Through My Lens documents the couple’s weekend travels throughout the state they call home.
McNair is a self-taught photographer and includes stunning photographs in his posts. If watching a video is more your speed, most articles also include YouTube videos of the pair exploring the location.
California has myriad landscapes to explore and this blog does a great job covering them. If you’re overwhelmed with the amount of options in the Golden State, start with the map of locations to find attractions near you. I also recommend checking out the “Bizarre” section for some off-the-beaten-path travel ideas.
Follow @CAthroughMyLens on Twitter.
Heather Balogh Rochfort started this blog in 2005 when she left her job as a magazine editor to hit the road in search of adventures. Since then, she’s traveled the world with her husband and young daughter and eventually returned home to Colorado.
Balogh Rochfort is especially passionate about encouraging women to go outdoors and experience things like backpacking and camping more often. She has great travel posts about locations spread across a number of countries and continents, including Colorado and areas closer to home.
Follow @AColoradoGal on Twitter.
Big Wild Adventures is a family-run business based in Montana that leads guided backpacking and canoeing trips throughout the West, including Montana, Wyoming, Utah, and Alaska.
The site has helpful trekking and canoeing gear lists and plenty of additional resources to help you get the most out of your wilderness adventures. Posts are typically short and many are broken down into 2-3 part series. If you’re curious about the level of difficulty of a specific trip, the site’s handy rating system can help.
Here are a couple helpful posts: Swimming and Water Safety on Guided Yellowstone Hikes; and Three Great Montana Backpacking Destinations — An Overview.
Follow @BigWildAdventures on Facebook.
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Rocky Parker works in Audience Relations at PR Newswire. Check out her previous posts for Beyond Bylines and connect on LinkedIn. When she’s not working, Rocky typically can be found cooking, binge watching a new show, or playing with her puppy, Hudson.