Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes

The Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes Tour in Katmai National Park

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The Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes is the site of one of the world’s largest volcanic eruptions. Located in Katmai National Park, a visit to this area makes a great day trip from Brooks Lodge. I know that it can be hard to pull yourself away from the awesome bear viewing of the Brooks Falls viewing platforms, but if you …

Kilauea Iki Photo

How to Hike the Kīlauea Iki Trail in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

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The Kīlauea Iki Trail is a great experience to add to your Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park to-do list. On this relatively short hike, walk through a rainforest, cross a solidified lava lake, and gaze out at the crater from the rim. You also have the option to add on the Thurston Lava Tube. This hike was one of our favorite …

Haleakala National Park

13 Amazing Things to Do in Haleakala National Park

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Haleakala National Park is named for Haleakala, the massive volcano that forms the eastern part of Maui. Watching the sunrise above the clouds and hiking into the crater are two of the best things to do in Haleakala National Park, but there is more to this park than visiting the summit of a volcano. You can also visit the lush …

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Top 10 Things to Do in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

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Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is home to two of the world’s most active volcanoes, Mauna Loa and Kīlauea. If you get lucky with your timing, you can catch Kīlauea in action, as molten lava oozes up from below the Earth’s crust, creating brand new land. But there is more to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park than volcanic eruptions. You can hike …

Sliding Sands Loop

How to Hike the Sliding Sands and Halemau’u Trail Loop | Haleakala NP

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In Haleakala National Park, you can combine two very unique trails into one big day hike. The Sliding Sands Trail, which is one of the most popular trails in the park, starts on the rim of Haleakala and ends on the crater floor. To finish the hike, you can retrace your steps back up the Sliding Sands Trail, or, for …

Mount Rainier

14 Amazing Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

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Mount Rainier is a glacier-capped, active volcano that can be seen from hundreds of miles away. In the summer months, the lower slopes are carpeted with wildflowers. With its old growth forests and network of hiking trails, this is an outdoor paradise for many travelers. In this post, we cover the best things to do in Mount Rainier National Park. …

Best Geysers Yellowstone

Best Geyser Basins in Yellowstone National Park

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Yellowstone National Park has the highest concentration of geothermal features of anywhere else on earth. The land literally smokes, bubbles and hisses. Numerous geysers erupt on a regular basis, including the most famous geyser in the world, Old Faithful. In this post, learn how to visit the geyser basins in Yellowstone National Park and which ones are worth your time. …