As avid adventurers and creators, we founded Carefree Creative as a way to live life liberated. For us, that means the amazing opportunity of traveling wherever we’d like (and still getting to run our business at the same time). Here are a few of the awesome places we’ve been; we’ve got wanderlust pretty bad, so check back often to see more of our travels.
- Back Cove Trail - March 23, 2018
- Clifford Park - March 31, 2019
- CMBG - Gardens Aglow - December 13, 2018
- Crescent Beach State Park - February 5, 2019
- Douglas Mountain - December 20, 2018
- East Point Sanctuary - October 18, 2018
- Ferry Beach State Park - January 21, 2019
- Fort Popham - August 18, 2018
- Fortunes Rocks Beach - May 14, 2017
- Fuller Farm Preserve - December 26, 2018
- Horton Woods - November 29, 2018
- Kettle Cove State Park - December 17, 2018
- Libby River Farm Preserve - September 24, 2018
- Littlejohn Island Preserve - May 29, 2018
- Nubble Lighthouse - December 10, 2018
- Popham Beach State Park - May 13, 2018
- Portland Head Lighthouse - February 4, 2019
- Reid State Park - April 13, 2018
- Saco Heath Preserve - March 25, 2018
- Saco River - December 20, 2018
- Sebago Lake State Park - April 26, 2018
- Smalls Falls - August 18, 2018
- Timber Point Island and Trail - May 16, 2018
- Vaughan Woods State Park - December 12, 2018
- York Cliff Walk - December 10, 2018
- Blue Hills Reservation - April 3, 2019
- Cutler Park Reservation - March 20, 2019
- Deer Island - May 7, 2019
- Hammond Pond Reservation - April 12, 2019
- Mystic River State Reservation - March 25, 2019
- Parker River Wildlife Refuge - May 5, 2019
- Ponkapoag Pond - May 8, 2019
- Quincy Quarries Reservation - March 28, 2019
- Red Rock Park - May 7, 2019
- Sandy Point State Reservation - May 5, 2019
The Valley Fire State Park is world renowned for its recognizable stretches of red sandstone formations. The massive Aztec rocks, concealing thousands of years of history, have become a playground for trekkers and climbers alike, with more than 11 trails to follow. Its only downfall is that it can get super busy, so if you're looking for some personal space, you will need to move away from the main attractions.
Buffalo Bill State Park offers a place for a cool dip for wary travelers and an easy selection of campgrounds for those needing a place to rest. But don’t go out of your way to get here, as this state park is more of a lookout for the nearby Buffalo Bill dam than anything else.
Over one million acres of forest puts the ‘big’ in Bighorn National Forest, a destination so vast, diverse and teeming with wildlife that it would take a lifetime to see it all. And with 1,500 miles (2,400 km) of the track to walk down crossing mountains, deep forest and alpine streams, you better get started.
Deep in the Black Hills lies the mammoth Custer State Park. With rolling granite razorback mountains, lush green plains and deep azure waters, this state park grounds itself with its native landscape, steep history, and vibrant flora & fauna.
Featuring the impressive mountain-sized engravings of four of the nation’s previous leaders, Mount Rushmore National Memorial gives you a glimpse into the history in the early 20th century America amidst the gorgeous, tree-lined Black Hills of South Dakota.
A fourteen-acre secret garden hidden away near downtown, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden harbors a slew of different botanical nurseries based on different climates from across the world, including a year-round tropical garden under a futuristic-domed greenhouse.
Opened in 2009, Pappajohn Sculpture Park is a 4.4 acre park filled with avant-garde sculptures by 25 world-class artists. With the Des Moines skyline serving as backdrop, this unique pedestrian park offers the benefits of both the outdoors and an art museum rolled into one.
Home to 18 canyons, Starved Rock State Park boasts stunning hiking trails, dramatic waterfalls, and vertical moss-covered stone formed by glacial meltwater. It's unique beauty formed alongside its 8000 years if history makes it one of Illinois’ most prized destinations.
Once a massive part of the expansion of America’s railroads, Joliet Iron Works Historic Site is now preserved land that has a short but well-maintained walking trail, lined with the ruins and history of the factory that once stood by the Des Plaines River.
Whether you enjoy fishing, hiking, bird watching, or just a quiet family picnic, Bonneyville Mill County Park has a little something to offer everybody. It’s particularly beautiful in the fall and spring, when seasonal flowers are in bloom. That said, there’s always something to do, no matter what the time of year.
Eternal Flame Falls is a stunning hidden secret where fire and water meet. In a depression behind a waterfall, an active natural gas release fuels a single, eternal flame which constructs a breath-taking scene among the deep, vibrant, green forests of western New York.
Niagara Falls State Park, featuring some of the most famous falls in the world, offers so much more than just that. There are so many different ways to experience Niagara Falls, all of which all give you a fresh perspective, as well as extensive walking trails and a tranquil nature atmosphere with astounding views and rich history.
Named for the rocky stream that runs through it, Stony Brook State Park provides visitors with the scenic features that include lush rolling hills, gorgeous waterfalls, a gorge constructed from layered limestone and sandstone, and diverse saturated botanicals.
With over nine miles of astounding trails boasting exquisite views, stunning gorges brimming with waterfalls, and beautiful vegetation, Robert H. Treman State Park is a one-spot destination for nature enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers.
There are a few sights as picturesque as the reflection of dazzling foliage rippling in the waters of a calm pond. Ponkapoag Pond is an idyllic urban gem, a fantastic hub for both enthusiastic outdoor adventures and hesitant city dwellers.
Boasting 5 miles of public walkways, Deer Island can be enjoyed all year round and is the perfect day out for walking, bicycling, fishing, and nature enthusiasts. With dramatic views of the Boston skyline, you will never tire of visiting this unique, history-soaked island.
A true haven for birds and bird lovers, Parker River is a fascinating place to spend the day during the migration season. With stunning scenery and long relaxing walks, the refuge is somewhere that makes you appreciate the joys of nature.
If long days at the beach followed by a gentle walk through one of Mother Nature’s highlights sounds like a dream day then Sandy Point Reservation is the perfect day trip. Off the beaten track, this stunning area of Massachusetts will blow away the cobwebs and leave you feeling refreshed.
Surrounded by big shopping malls and busy highways, The Hammond Pond Preserve is the perfect place to get back to nature. It is a lovely setting to you can take a rest, meditate or go for a walk, and get back to real life in no time.
Blue Hills enjoys large swathes of unspoiled land where wildlife and nature lovers come together to enjoy the rich Massachusetts land that is steeped in history. Taking its name from the blue hue of the slopes that adorn the reservation, you can enjoy hiking, rock climbing, and skiing in one of the prettiest destinations in the state.
With multiple trails across 140-acres with varying degrees of difficulty, Clifford Park brings back fond memories of being young and exploring the forest at the end of the street. Popular with travelers and locals alike, the range of trails and other facilities make it a fantastic year-round destination.
As you walk through the former granite farm you’ll see a myriad of colors, as local graffiti artists have made their marks along the edges of various cliffs and rocks at Quincy Quarries Reservation. On a nice day, climbers can be seen scaling the cliffs while hikers make their way to the top along the slope of the hills.
With fantastic swimming, boating, hiking, and cycling opportunities, Mystic River State Reservation is the perfect year round destination for families. If you love to get active, the area boasts some of the best canoeing routes in Massachusetts.
Situated along the Eastern shore of New Hampshire’s Great Bay, the National Wildlife Refuge is a place to walk, hike, relax, and, most of all, take in the wonderful sites and sounds of the wonderful wildlife that surround this unique habitat.
The rich marshland of Cutler Park Reservation attracts just as many birds as it does people. You can enjoy invigorating hikes or relaxing fishing trips just a short drive away from the hustle and bustle of Boston. A favorite spot to get away from it all and enjoy the best of what nature has to offer.
Located in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Crescent Beach State Park is welcoming and instantaneously captivates you with the salty ocean air, wooded trails, and perfect crescent-shaped sandy beach. Bonus: it’s right next door to two other excellent State Parks.
Situated in Cape Elizabeth, Portland Headlight is surrounded by stunning rock formations upon which you can look out over Portland Harbor and Casco Bay as the waves crash in. The perfect spot for nature lovers to take a ride on a boat to capture the beauty of Maine.
Ferry Beach State Park is a fantastic location for family outings offering an astounding sandy beach, stunning nature trails, and beautiful picnic areas - a quiet place to relax if you want to dodge the crowds and stay away from the hustles of the neighboring beaches.
Fuller Farm Preserve is hands down one of the most beautiful locations in Scarborough, featuring numerous intertwining hiking trails, native botanical and animal species, a seasonal waterfall. The large rolling hills that lead you back into the thick woodlands offers a stunning view any time of day.
Meandering through the evergreen lined winding roads of Southern Maine brings you to the base of the wooden dreamscape of Douglas Mountain. Small earthen packed trails, babbling brooks, quaint wooden bridges and of course, a nearly 150-year-old lookout tower make Douglas Mountain the perfect hike.
For a memorable day out in North Eastern Maine head to the majestic waterway that is Saco River. The river provides ideal conditions for canoeing, kayaking, and tubing or you can simply breathe in the amazing views from a spot on the riverbank.
Secluded rocky coastline, sandy beaches, walking trails abutting a hidden cove, and being within walking distance to two other state parks make Kettle Cove State Park an ideal stop in Maine.
Gardens Aglow is a pinnacle evening event put on by the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in partnership with the Boothbay Harbor Festival of Lights. It provides a dazzling opportunity to dive into the creative minds of renowned landscape architects in a brilliant display of light for the holiday season.
Vaughan Woods State Park is the perfect place to walk quietly among sleeping giant trees, as they stand guard and shade you from the afternoon sun, and listen to the frozen lake echo it’s melting yearning for spring.
The Nubble Lighthouse brings all the beauty of the Maine coastline into a scenic stop less than a half hour from the border of New Hampshire. I found myself in a childlike trance trekking the rocky cliffs and tidal pools - of course with my camera in hand.
Nestled alongside the main drag in York Harbor, York Cliff Walk is a mile-long walk starting at the York Harbor Beach and ending on Millbury Lane. The York Cliff Walk gives us that much-needed sight and the salty smell of the North Atlantic ocean greeting the dominating granite cliffs of Maine.
Curated for exploration, Libby River Farm Preserve has short, but well-marked trails, hand-crafted stone steps, and sturdy wooden bridges and walkways. Immerse yourself in the plethora of bird songs and chirping chipmunks as you explore this bit of Maine history.
Boasting stunning stacked falls with a luscious river ecosystem, Smalls Falls is really the perfect place to escape everyday life. Huge tree roots intertwine with the rocky pathway, who’s ascent exposes large mountain pools, perfect for an adventurous swim.
Like a mother awaiting her sons return from sea, Fort Popham stands quietly guarding the entrance to shipbuilder’s most important city; Bath. Thirty-foot solid granite walls encompass the 36-gun emplaced fort on this small spirt of land. Explore the sweeping sandy beaches, granite cliffs and tidal pools at this strategic location on the coast of Southern Maine.
Littlejohn Island Preserve is an east coast island oasis reachable by car off of Cousins Island in the beautiful Casco Bay near Yarmouth. The boardwalk covered trails leads to the sea (as places often do in Maine), and private rocky beaches hidden from the stresses of everyday life.
Timber Point Island and its accompanying trails tastefully weave through lush evergreen forests, plush sandy beaches, the occasional pebble beach, and low-lying marshes while still providing a wide array of wildlife and educational stops.
Popham Beach State Park is one of mid-coast Maine’s most popular oceanside attractions. Long sandy beaches, gentle ocean breezes, and an island you can literally walk to make this a must-see spot.
One of the original five state parks, Sebago Lake State Park stands as a testament of the beauty that is Southern Maine, boasting a crystal-clear lake surrounded by tall pines and towering mountains.
Reid State Park is really the epitome of the beautiful Maine Coastline - with big sandy beaches touching the icy cold Atlantic to dip in, huge rocky coasts and tide pools to explore, and frogs to catch in the woody bogs after a hike.
Saco Heath Preserve is an extremely delicate goldilocks expanse of land - with excellent growing conditions. Get lost along the blueberry bush lined trail while keeping a keen eye out for nesting birds of prey in the Dr. Seuss-esque trees.
Fortunes Rocks Beach is quintessential; there are no perfect words that can aptly describe the picturesque views of the sun at dusk and dawn, the crashing waves plus spectacular stretch of sand - contrasting with rocks - jutting out of the water not so far from the shore: simply magnificent.