• 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!..

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Colorado National Park Road Trip Hero
    Road Trip Tips,  Destination Guides,  National Park Travel

    How to Plan an Epic Colorado National Park Road Trip

    They don't call it Colorful Colorado without reason. Colorado is home to a wide range of ecosystems, from the dramatic alpine landscapes of the Rocky Mountains to the high plains of the east and deserts of the southwest. Add in a four-season climate, plenty of precipitation, and a few million years of geological history, and it's no surprise that there are some places in Colorado that deserve national park status...