• 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...

  • Denali National Park Itinerary Hero

    A Perfect Denali National Park Itinerary: 2 or 3 Days in the Alaskan Wilderness

    If there's one place that everyone wants to visit in Alaska, it's Denali. There's something special about this part of the state, where there are no major human developments, and the continent's tallest mountain rises to tower above the surrounding land. Denali National Park may not be one of the most-visited parks in the country, but it's certainly one of the most memorable...

  • Great Basin Hero

    How to Make the Most of One Day in Great Basin National Park

    Ever since I learned about Great Basin National Park, I became fascinated and driven to visit. From the ancient Bristlecone Pines to the naturally stunning Lehman Caves to the incredible dark skies overhead each night – Great Basin packs a lot in despite being the only national park in Nevada. I always knew though: because of its remoteness, I would probably visit as part of a road trip and only have one day in Great Basin National Park...

  • 12 Days in Alaska Hero

    How to Spend 12 Days in Alaska: An Unforgettable Itinerary for 2024

    12 days is a long time. In America, most workers receive just two weeks – 10 business days – of paid vacation each year. Adding in weekends and one holiday, the longest single trip you could take in any given year is just 17 days long. If you choose to spend 12 of those precious vacation days in Alaska, you’re committing a big part of your vacation budget for the year to explore this bucket list destination. But don’t worry – it’s absolutely worth it...

  • Saguaro National Park Itinerary Hero
    Itineraries,  National Park Travel

    A Perfect Saguaro National Park Itinerary: 1-3 Days in the Sonoran Desert

    I don't consider myself a botany nerd, but there are some really cool species in the American Southwest. As the harshest climate in our country, the plants (and animals) that have adapted to the deserts of the United States are fascinating. Best of all, our National Park system protects many of them: wildflowers bloom in one of the most hostile places on earth (Death Valley); trees grow slowly to preserve energy but withstand the sands of time (Joshua Tree or Great Basin); cacti become so efficient at managing sparse water that they grow to tower over us (Saguaro)...

  • Two Days in Yosemite Hero
    Itineraries,  National Park Travel

    Two Days in Yosemite: Itinerary for a Short Weekend

    When you think about the National Parks in America, what comes to mind? The Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone. Noble Denali standing above the Alaskan Tundra in Denali National Park. The sunset beyond the dramatic landscape of the Grand Canyon. And Yosemite: the eventual National Park that inspired Preservationist John Muir to fight so hard to help create the National Park Service we have today...

  • 10 Days in Alaska Itinerary Hero

    10 Days in Alaska: How to Plan Your Epic Alaska Itinerary in 2024

    If there is one destination about which I receive more questions than any other, it's Alaska. At the core, everyone wants to know: how do you plan a trip to Alaska? What's the perfect Alaska itinerary? Since I started this blog, I've become a bit of an expert in Alaska trip planning and at times I publish so many stories that it seems like I'm running an Alaska travel blog! After all, I grew up in Alaska and I go back to explore my 'home' state at least once per year and twice in both 2021 and 2022...

  • Arches National Park - Park Avenue
    Itineraries,  National Park Travel

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

    The sun rises over the red rocks of southwest Utah. Long shadows form and warp as the light comes on – and suddenly the shapes materialize. Big, sweeping arches, carved from the rock over time by wind and water, are breathtaking in their natural beauty. This is Arches National Park, one of Utah's Mighty 5. One glance more than demonstrates why this place earned its protection for future generations...