Yosemite National Park: The Complete Guide for 2020

Massive granite cliffs, majestic waterfalls, and abundant wildlife: Yosemite’s U-shaped valley features profound natural wonders, earning its spot as the most-visited California national park. With more than 1,200 square miles of protected land within its borders, there’s opportunity for endless adventure. Walk amongst Giant Sequoias, explore the high country, swim in alpine lakes, hike up […]

Theodore Roosevelt National Park: The Complete Guide for 2020

Get in touch with your inner cowperson at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. While some national parks blow your socks off the minute you see them, this vast wilderness in western North Dakota creeps up on you slowly. Its namesake, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, referred to the area as “an abode of iron desolation,” which captures […]

Death Valley National Park: The Complete Guide for 2020

Death Valley National Park. Just let that sink in for a moment: Death Valley. What sort of place could possibly inspire such a macabre moniker? Well…how about one of the hottest and driest places in the Western Hemisphere? How about a vast, Mars-like landscape of rust-red dunes and badlands that extends over three million acres […]

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park: The Complete Guide for 2020

Prepare to be stunned by the great gorge that carves its way through the heart of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Reaching from top to bottom in a whopping 2,250 feet of vertical at its tallest point, its been whittled out over millions of years by the ceaseless flow of the Gunnison River. […]

Rocky Mountain National Park: The Complete Guide for 2020

For the better half of the last century, Rocky Mountain National Park was overlooked in favor of tried-and-true gems like the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and Yosemite. But in the last ten years, substantial increases in annual visitor numbers has allowed Rocky Mountain National Park to creep up the list and become not only the most […]

Shenandoah National Park: The Complete Guide for 2020

Less than two hours south of Washington, D.C, sits Shenandoah: 196,000-acres of craggy outcrops, rock bridges, cascading falls, and dense forests. At the only national park in Virginia, fox, black bear, deer and salamander thrive in the state-protected trees while campers and hikers adventure high atop the park’s Blue Ridge for fresh mountain breeze. This […]

Grand Teton National Park: The Complete Guide for 2020

Prepare to be stunned by Grand Teton National Park. A wonderland of gnarled and twisted rock spires that jut to over 4,100 meters above sea level, it occupies a 40-mile stretch of the great Rocky Mountains, just 10 miles south of Yellowstone. But it’s not just soaring summits here. Landscapes range from wildflower meadows to […]

Grand Canyon National Park: The Complete Guide for 2020

You’ve read about it in books. You’ve seen it in the movies. Offering unique adventures and otherworldly views, Grand Canyon National Park lives up to the hype plus some. This “great wonder of nature” (President Theodore Roosevelt’s words, not mine) is the largest of the three Arizona national parks, open year-round, and welcomes over 5.5 […]

Olympic National Park: The Complete Guide for 2020

Olympic National Park might just be the closest the United States comes to New Zealand. At Olympic (AKA, the one and only national park in Washington), lofty mountains crash skywards to snow fields while dense rainforests teem with life below. Fueled by a constant supply of precipitation (up to 150 inches per year!), these lands […]

Lassen Volcanic National Park: The Complete Guide for 2020

There’s no doubt about it: Lassen Volcanic National Park is a weird and wild place. Where else can you lurch from steaming fumaroles and broiling mud plots to idyllic alpine scenery with the turn of a hiking trail? Where else can you scramble up Cinder Cone scree slopes by day and gaze into some of […]

Bryce Canyon National Park: The Complete Guide for 2020

As if the word hoodoo isn’t cool enough, the park where you can find these towering geologic creations is even cooler. Hoodoo means “to bewitch,“ which is the exact effect that Bryce Canyon’s whimsical rock formations and winding trails will have on you. Bryce Canyon National Park is a treasure trove for those who like […]

Saguaro National Park: The Complete Guide for 2020

“Do whatever you want” – the Saguaro cactus. Pronounced “suh·waa·row,” these tree-like blossoming desert cacti are kind of hard to define. They can live 200 years. They can grow up to 49 arms. But there’s no pressure, so some of them don’t grow any arms at all. Some Saguaros spend 10 years growing only two […]