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Welcome to The Smart Route

Browse the Trip Reports, Hike Guides, or Top Ten lists, or search for a place or topic to help you plan the perfect trip.

About me

My name is Beau Livengood - I'm a travel professional and a professional traveler. I've worked as a travel agent, written about travel, and work for an airline. I live in Cleveland, Ohio, with my wife Amanda and our twin children and we travel every chance we get.

Why The Smart Route?

The hardest part of planning a trip, for me, is trying to figure out how to fit everything together. I usually have an idea of a place we want to go or one or two things I want to do, so I spend minutes on the “what” and hours on the “how.” The Smart Route was created so you can find expert advice along with trip reports from other travelers to help you plan the perfect trip.