Welcome! I’m Sierra!

I’m so glad that you are here! I am Sierra Schmidt, lead writer and photographer behind Island + Alpine.

I live in beautiful Texas Hill Country with my sweet family – husband & three kiddos. We happily fill our days with exploring our area and making fun day trips, and are always planning our next trip!

We strive to provide detailed travel itineraries as well as plenty of photos for visual inspiration. Our main goal is to encourage everyday families like us to seek adventure and make space in their daily lives to explore the world around them!

Whether you love to spend your vacation on the beach or exploring an adorable mountain town or everything in between, you are in the right place!

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For travel questions, business inquiries, or just to say hello, feel free to reach me directly at islandandalpine@gmail.com. I hope to get the opportunity to chat with you very soon!

Headshot Photo Credit: Jenna in Denver with Flytographer

My favorite:

Beautiful Beaches

  • Lanikai Beach, Oahu
  • Hidden Beach, Lake Tahoe
  • Kailua Beach, Oahu
  • Anini Beach, Kauai
  • Bodega Bay, California

Mountain Towns

  • Lake Tahoe
  • Breckenridge
  • Asheville
  • Estes Park


  • Kauai
  • Lake Tahoe
  • Rocky Mountain NP
  • Oahu
  • Yosemite

Bucket List Spots

  • Croatia + Slovenia
  • Switzerland
  • Acadia NP
  • Mo’orea
  • Banff + Jasper
  • Everywhere!