Half Dome is the most popular hike in Yosemite National Park. It’s both a thrilling and heart-stopping experience but also requires careful planning! One of the planning steps is securing a permit - whether day hiking or backpacking. This post provides all the details you need to know to get one of the coveted permits.
Yosemite National Park
Everyone should experience the iconic beauty of Yosemite - epic waterfalls, famous rock faces, breath-taking alpine meadows - in person at least once! From a stroll in the woods, rock climbing, to a serious backpacking adventure on the John Muir Trail, Yosemite offers an adventure for everyone.
Great Sand Dunes National Park
My attempt at sand sledding the dunes at Great Sand Dunes National Park, the last stop on my road trip, ended in an epic crash but not before I soaked up the exotic wilderness wonder of this unique place.
Grand Canyon National Park
I experienced the grandeur of the Grand Canyon National Park during my three-day rim-to-rim hike (climbing down the North Rim, traversing across the canyon floor, and climbing up to the South Rim).
Grand Teton National Park
The Teton mountain range is a marvel unto itself. As impressive as the mountains in Grand Teton National Park are, the lakes are equally awe-inspiring and open to a range of adventures! Even if camping is not your thing, consider making an exception and experience the magic of a lakeside campground.
Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park has been on my list of places to adventure in for awhile. Who wouldn’t want to hike up precarious cliffs to see breathtaking views of the ocean? And topping it all off with lobstah!!! So after months of sheltering at home for COVID, I took a road trip to Maine and Acadia!
Death Valley National Park
Before I visited Death Valley National Park, I knew that it was really hot and contained the lowest point in the country. The extremes of Death Valley bring to the forefront a kind of natural beauty I’ve never experienced - naturally occurring bursts of color on sand, sand dunes, canyons and so much more!
Crater National Park
Whether sitting by the lake or seeing it from a mountain top, the intense and dazzling blue color of Crater Lake is mesmerizing. While the lake is the core attraction of Crater Lake National Park, there’s so much more than the Lake to experience here including the most intense starry night skies.
Mesa Verde National Park
Unlike other National Parks, outdoor activities are not the primary reason to visit Mesa Verde National Park. Created with an explicit purpose of preserving the archaeological heritage of the area, visitors can learn about the history of the land through the over 5,000 artifacts and 600 dwellings that exist within the Park.
Arches National Park
The naturally forming rocks at Arches National Park makes this a memorable place to visit. Because the trails in Arches are short, I was able to combine several hikes into a day, experience much of the park in two days, still not feel exhausted, and visit the three other National Parks nearby.