• Oregon Coast Road Trip Hero
    Itineraries,  Road Trip Tips

    The Complete Oregon Coast Road Trip Guide (with 3 Itineraries!)

    There's nowhere on earth quite like the Pacific Coast of North America – especially because we're fortunate that there are coastal highways along pretty much every mile from the northwestern tip of Washington to the California-Mexico border. Along that stretch, the Oregon Coast is considered one of the best stretches to drive due to the diversity of scenery and experiences you can have along the way – and the lack of crowds you might encounter further south on the Pacific Coast Highway or north on the Olympic Peninsula...

  • One Day in Canyonlands National Park Hero
    Itineraries,  National Park Travel

    How to Make the Most of One Day in Canyonlands National Park

    One of the most important human emotions is wonder. You can find it through incredible meals, jaw-dropping art, or admiring epic views. No matter the means, wondrous experiences create an indelible mark in your memory. I had one such experience in Canyonlands National Park, where my breath was taken away by the stunning natural beauty that southwest Utah is so well known for...

  • Hawaii Volcanoes Hero
    Itineraries,  National Park Travel

    How to Make the Most of One Day in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

    When you think of paradise, what comes to mind? Swaying palms, hot and humid air, and a coconut in hand, right? Me too – and Hawaii has them all. But while you're exploring Hawaii, there's a violent volcanic force shaping the world you walk on. The Hawaiian islands are all formed by volcanoes, and you can still see the evidence of this, especially on the youngest Big Island. If you only have one day in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, this guide will help you see the best of the park in a short timeframe...

  • One Day in Lava Beds Hero
    Itineraries,  National Park Travel

    How to Spend One Day in Lava Beds National Monument

    I knew it when I first spotted it on a map years ago: someday, I had to visit Lava Beds National Monument. I was standing in a visitor center near Mt. Shasta, one of the southernmost Cascade volcanoes, on a trip to explore the region. After learning about lava tube caves near Shasta, my eyes roved over the map to see it: a whole national monument dedicated to these same types of caves. Let's GO! I thought... before realizing just how remote this particular National Park Service unit is...

  • One Day in Capitol Reef - Valerie at Hickman Bridge
    Itineraries

    How to Make the Most of One Day in Capitol Reef National Park

    Over my years of traveling through the National Parks across the American West, I've developed a soft spot for the underrated ones – the ones most people overlook or skip for the ones they consider "grander" or more well-known. This includes parks like Olympic in Washington, Pinnacles in California, Great Basin in Nevada, and most recently, Capitol Reef National Park in Utah. Each of these parks offers (and all of them, really!) something special and is worthy of a visit – even if you only have one day as part of a road trip or other adventure...

  • One Day in Oregon Caves Hero
    Itineraries,  National Park Travel

    How to Spend One Day in Oregon Caves National Monument

    Is there anything more impressive than stepping into a room of stone, carved away over millions of years by the forces of time, water, and wind? Caves are easily one of the coolest features of our incredible rocky mantled planet and are often a primary feature at my favorite national parks. It should come as no surprise then, that I jumped at the chance to spend a day in Oregon Caves National Monument as part of my big Oregon road trip in late 2023. A whole park just for caves? And a few big trees?! Sign me up!...

  • Rocky Mountain National Park Hero
    Itineraries,  National Park Travel

    How to Make the Most of One Day in Rocky Mountain National Park

    The Rocky Mountains have long captured the imagination and spirit of exploration. Early American explorers saw them as a fortress wall to overcome in search of better prospects out west; today they continue to divide the continent between the (still) wild and generally less developed west and the agricultural stretches of the Great Plains, Midwest, and Atlantic coast...

  • One Day at the Grand Canyon Hero
    Itineraries,  National Park Travel

    How to Make the Most of One Day at the Grand Canyon

    The American West is full of bucket list places: the Golden Gate Bridge. The Space Needle. Literally all of Alaska. But in all the places I've written about so far, there are few that compare to the Grand Canyon. People travel from around the world to see the Grand Canyon, and unlike the Great Wall of China (another bucket list spot), it truly can be seen from space! But despite its grandeur and the wonder it inspires, can you really enjoy it if you only have one day at the Grand Canyon?...

  • Sequoia National Park - Giant Sequoias
    Itineraries,  National Park Travel

    How to Make the Most of One Day in Sequoia National Park

    Standing among the giants, it's impossible not to gaze up in wonder. The Giant Sequoia is one of the world's biggest trees – but calls a very small area home. There are just 73 groves of these trees in the world – and all of them are located between 5,000 and 8,000 feet in elevation on the western slopes of California's Sierra Nevada mountains. It's these trees that Sequoia National Park was established to protect...