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Mary’s Rock

At just over 3 miles, Mary's Rock is a short hike but yet manages to provides a good work out, offers expansive views from the summit, and is very pet-friendly. ROUTE SUMMARY The trailhead is at the end of the Meadow Spring parking area which is fairly large with flush toilets and portable water. Although... Continue Reading →

Yosemite National Park

Is there a place more treasured within the U.S. National Park system than Yosemite National Park? This country's modern understanding of conservation of public lands begins with the Yosemite's designation as a National Park. While the idea of Yosemite has great importance, the Park itself offers unimaginable beauty that can only be experienced in person!... Continue Reading →

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Tucked at the base of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range which rise up to over 13,000 feet in Colorado, Great Sand Dunes National Park, home to sand dunes rising up to 750 feet, is truly a unique and exotic wilderness wonder. Created as a the result of wind and rain eroding the mountain ranges... Continue Reading →

Grand Canyon National Park

Each national park has it's own beauty, specialness and some even have iconic status, but Grand Canyon National Park stands above them all. It is one of the most well-known parks and over 6 million people visit this wonderous place on any given year. Of course the beauty of this 6,093 foot gorge carved by... Continue Reading →

Grand Teton National Park

When I close my eyes and imagine a mountains, the rugged mountain range of the Grand Teton National Park is what comes to mind. The beauty and majesty of the snowy peaks of Tetons is not an exaggeration. Although small in land mass compared to other national parks, especially Grand Teton's neighbor, Yellowstone, this park... Continue Reading →

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park has been on my list of must travel places for as long as I can remember. As an East Coaster, I've always appreciated that a national park jewel existed on this coast too! I will admit the more popular parks in the west coast have always called to me, perhaps because Acadia... Continue Reading →

Death Valley National Park

I knew Death Valley National Park had the lowest point in the country and that it was really hot, which both seemed intriguing and enough for me to add it as a quick stop on my whirlwind road through national parks in the west. However, I was not prepared for the wide-ranging geography and dramatic... Continue Reading →

Crater National Park

The vivid and dazzling blue lake that is the core attraction of Crater National Park is one of the most mesmerizing places I've visited. The only National Park in Oregon, Crater National Park offers a range of adventures from hiking, star gazing, boat tours, fishing to scavenger hunts. While most National Parks are quiet in... Continue Reading →

Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park is a rich archeological site that contains well-preserved dwellings of the Ancient Pueblo people dating back to 7500 B.C. Despite the barren look of the landscape many native communities from the Paleo-Indians to the Ute thrived in this land. Unlike other National Parks, Mesa Verde was established with the explicit purpose... Continue Reading →

Roosevelt Island

Located immediately outside of the city and the Mount Vernon Trail, Roosevelt Island, a tribute to President Teddy Roosevelt, is a gem among the local outdoor spaces in the D.C. area. Parking for the island is right off the GW Parkway and the entrance is on the right at the end of the parking lot... Continue Reading →

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