Cathedral Valley Loop Guide

Complete Guide to the Cathedral Valley Loop: Things to Do, Driving Route & Maps

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Cathedral Valley is a rugged, remote district of Capitol Reef National Park. Few people travel out this way, to see this valley and its sandstone monoliths, colorful Bentonite hills, and vast desert scenery. But that’s part of its appeal. If you like the idea of leaving the crowds behind and exploring the backcountry, the Cathedral Valley Loop is an awesome …

Chasm Lake and Longs Peak

How to Hike to Chasm Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park

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Chasm Lake is one of the most spectacular lakes in Rocky Mountain National Park. For the first part of the hike, you will walk the same trail as hikers on their way to Longs Peak, the highest point in the park. Once the trail splits, the hike gets a little easier and you are treated to breathtaking views of Longs …

Guide to the White Rim Road

White Rim Road: Detailed Planning Guide and Checklist

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Driving the White Rim Road is a bucket list adventure. Over the course of 100 miles, you will circle around the Island in the Sky mesa. Along the way, you will drive along cliff edges, past canyons carved out by the Colorado and Green Rivers, and to viewpoints that will take your breath away. Once you do this drive, you …

Drive the White Rim Road

How to Drive the White Rim Road: Map, Photos & Driving Tips

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Driving the White Rim Road is the experience of a lifetime. If you are looking for adventure, solitude, incredible views, and a totally different way to experience Canyonlands National Park, put this drive on your list. Along the drive, you will gaze up at the Island in the Sky mesa and peer down into the canyons carved out by the …

National Parks Hikes

20 Fun, Short Hikes in the National Parks

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One of the best ways to experience the national parks is from a hiking trail. Hike to amazing viewpoints, deep into the forests, through scenic canyons, and to hidden lakes and waterfalls. Along the way, you have a better chance of spotting wildlife and potentially leaving the crowds behind. Here are 20 fun, short hikes in the national parks. Every …

Notch Trail

How to Hike the Notch Trail in Badlands National Park

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The Notch Trail is the most thrilling trail in Badlands National Park. This hike is pure fun. It features a walk through a scenic canyon, a climb up a wooden ladder, and a brief walk along a cliff trail. The Notch Trail ends with a beautiful view of the Badlands. Facts About the Hike Distance: 1.5 miles round trip Difficulty: …

GPS Yellowstone Day Trip

The Perfect Yellowstone Day Trip from Grand Teton National Park

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If you are in Grand Teton National Park and have an extra day to spare, why not day trip to Yellowstone National Park? With one day, you have just enough time to hit the highlights…Old Faithful, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Grand Prismatic Spring, and the wildlife in Hayden Valley. In this post, learn how to plan the perfect Yellowstone …

How to Visit Shenandoah

Best Things to Do in Shenandoah National Park

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Shenandoah National Park preserves a section of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. Skyline Drive is the main thoroughfare through the park, a road that twists and turns for 105 miles from north to south. For those who want to explore the park beyond Skyline Drive, 500 miles of hiking trails travel through the park. In this post, learn about …

Summerland Hike to Panhandle Gap Photo

Summerland Trail to Panhandle Gap Hike | Mount Rainer National Park

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In Mount Rainier National Park, hiking the Summerland Trail to Panhandle Gap is on the longer and more difficult side, but it has a little bit of everything…old growth forests, fields of wildflowers, views of Mount Rainier, the chance to spot wildlife, high alpine views, and panoramic views out to Mount Adams. I wouldn’t classify the Summerland Trail as off-the-beaten-path …

Shenandoah Hiking List

10 Great Hikes in Shenandoah National Park

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500 miles of hiking trails travel through Shenandoah National Park. These trails range from short, easy summit hikes, gorgeous walks to waterfalls, to challenging climbs up the tallest mountains. You also have the option to walk a few miles of the legendary Appalachian Trail. In this post, we have 10 great hikes in Shenandoah National Park to share with you. …

Continental Divide Mt Ida

Continental Divide Trail to Mt Ida, Rocky Mountain National Park

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While hiking to Mt Ida, you really feel like you are walking on top of the world. For much of this hike you walk along the Continental Divide, so you have panoramic views across the park. It gets even better once you reach the summit of Mt Ida. From here, at an elevation of 12,899 feet, the entire park stretches …

Mount Rushmore Travel Guide

Mount Rushmore: 10 Things to Know Before You Go

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Mount Rushmore is one of the most famous landmarks in the United States. Located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, this national memorial draws 2 million visitors per year. Mount Rushmore is worth a quick visit, whether you are touring South Dakota or road tripping across the United States. In this post, learn how to visit Mount Rushmore, with …

Badlands Sunrise Photo

15 Best Things to do in Badlands National Park

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Badlands National Park is a highly underrated park in the United States. The colorful buttes, spires, and pinnacles create one of the most photogenic landscapes in the country. Bison and bighorn sheep roam the largest mixed-grass prairie in the United States. The sunrises and sunsets are magical, the hiking trails are short and sweet, and for those looking for more …

Best National Park Hikes

20 Epic Day Hikes in the National Parks

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With 62 national parks and thousands of miles of hiking trails, your options are endless for exploring the American national parks. We narrowed down the list for you to 20 of the best day hikes in the national parks, 20 amazing ways to explore this beautiful country. Hike to the tallest peaks, through massive canyons, and to gorgeous alpine lakes. …

Hikes in Grand Tetons

15 Best Day Hikes in Grand Teton National Park

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Grand Teton National Park truly is a hiker’s paradise. Hike through picturesque canyons, around glacier-fed lakes, and up to the highest peaks. Wildlife sightings from the hiking trails are frequent, with elk, moose, and bear making regular appearances. If you want to add some adventure to your visit to Grand Teton, strap on your hiking shoes and take your pick …

Watchman Trail Zion

How to Hike the Watchman Trail in Zion National Park

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The Watchman Trail is a relatively easy hike that offers nice views over Springdale and the southern end of Zion National Park. Since this trail starts at the visitor center, no shuttle is necessary, making this a convenient trail to hike if you are struggling to get shuttle reservations. Here’s how to do it. Facts About the Hike Distance: 3.3 …

National Parks with Kids

10 Best National Parks to Take the Kids

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If you are planning a family vacation in the United States, the national parks make an excellent destination. There are currently 62 national parks in the USA…that’s a lot to choose from. We have narrowed down the list to 10 great national parks to take the kids. When you are traveling with kids, you want a place that’s easy to …

Paintbrush Divide Hike Grand Teton

Paintbrush Canyon – Cascade Canyon Loop Trail | Grand Teton National Park

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The Paintbrush Canyon – Cascade Canyon Loop is one of the best hikes to do in Grand Teton National Park. In just one hike, you can visit a handful of the park’s top spots: Jenny Lake, Inspiration Point, Lake Solitude, Cascade Canyon, and Paintbrush Canyon. Throw in panoramic views across the Teton mountain range and a few moose, and you …

North Cascades National Park Guide

9 Best Things to do in North Cascades National Park

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Wild, rugged, remote…North Cascades National Park is highly underrated park, especially for hikers and backpackers. The scenic drives and overlooks give you a glimpse of the beauty of this place, but to truly discover the majesty of the North Cascades, you’ll have to hit the hiking trails. Here are the 9 best things to do in North Cascades National Park. …

Skyline Trail Loop Hike

Skyline Trail Loop & Panorama Point, Mt. Rainier National Park

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For jaw-dropping views of Mt. Rainier National Park, it’s hard to beat the Skyline Trail Loop. The entire hike is a beauty. Starting in Paradise, you will hike past lovely Myrtle Falls, through pine forests, and then ascend the slopes to the base of Mt. Rainier. From Panorama Point, enjoy spectacular views over the park, and on a clear day …