• 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...

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    Destination Guides,  National Park Travel

    The 17 Best Kenai Fjords National Park Cruises from Seward (2024)

    The sky is clear and the sun creates a million sparkles of light on the face of the ocean. A humpback whale erupts from the shallow waves in a full breach. A glacier cracks loudly making the phrase "white thunder" make sense as a giant piece of ice falls into the water. An otter rides the wake of our boat, holding onto a rock it will use to crack open the clamshell in its other paw for lunch. These are some of the quintessential experiences you can have on a Kenai Fjords National Park cruise...

  • 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...

  • Newest National Parks Hero
    National Park Travel

    What are the Newest National Parks?
    5 Recently-Established Parks to Visit

    When it comes to America's national parks, there's something for everyone. With over 425 individual units (including National Parks, National Monuments, National Historic Sites, and more) and 63 National Parks specifically, you can get out and explore the wonders of this country whether you like the outdoors, our history, or something a bit quirkier (like me – I love old trees!)...

  • 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 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?...

  • Alaska National Parks Hero
    Destination Guides,  National Park Travel

    Alaska National Parks: All You Need to Know to Visit (2024-2025)

    Towering snow-capped peaks. Cerulean rivers of ice. Vast expanses of jewel-toned tundra. Water meandering from the mountains to the sea. Alaska is a wild place, and some of its most wild and jaw-dropping natural wonders are protected as National Parks. There are eight National Parks in Alaska – Denali, Gates of the Arctic, Glacier Bay, Katmai, Kenai Fjords, Kobuk Valley, Lake Clark, and Wrangell-St. Elias – and all together they protect some 41,460,625 acres... or roughly the size of Wisconsin!..