Curiosity. It’s why the first explorers set sail, why we built a rocket to the moon, and what moves each and every one of us to travel. The opposite of being curious is being bored, and we think being curious is a lot more fun.
That’s why we’re sending Nat Geo Young Explorer Shannon Switzer on a quest to uncover off-the-beaten-path treasures as she wends her way around the American West this summer. Her search for secret places is wide open. We’re talking epic and minute, people and places, oddities and beauties. Anything a curious traveler wouldn’t want to miss.
Sometimes the biggest curiosities are in our own backyards — the things we know best, and have had time to investigate our whole lives — and sometimes they’re way beyond. It’s the difference between being a native and being a tourist, if you will.
That’s why this SoCal native will need a helping hand from our readers to uncover the secret spots only (okay, mostly) locals know about along her route. Shannon will be heading up the California coast to Oregon and Washington, across to Montana, down through Yellowstone and the Southwest, then back to San Diego (her hometown stomping grounds) for a July 4th finale.
The adventure begins this Monday, June 4th. Follow Shannon’s journey here on the blog, on Twitter @CuriousTraveler, and on Instagram @ShannonSwitzer.