Category: National Parks

+ Louise Lake in Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park is centered around an active volcano and is a whopping 14,410 feet above sea level. Though it is often hidden behind clouds, it is nevertheless an amazing place. There are some gorgeous trails, waterfalls, glaciers, rivers, wildlife and more to discover in this park. It is one of the most incredible places in the entire Pacific Northwest, not to mention … Read More Mount Rainier National Park

+ Whales in Glacier Bay Boat Tour

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Follow in our steps: Welcome to Part II of our Alaskan adventure. In part I we traveled to Denali National Park as Ambassadors for the Nation’s Vacation. If you have the time, we recommend doing the same! It’s the perfect way to experience Alaska. To get to Glacier Bay from Denali, you’ll hop on a plane in Anchorage and then go to Juneau. From … Read More Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve


Denali National Park and Preserve

Denali National Park and Preserve was the first leg in our expedition as the Nation’s Vacation Ambassadors. We are so thrilled to share our journey with you! Follow in our steps: We drove our van to Seattle and left it in the self-park Park-N-Fly lot off of International Boulevard. It was $9 a day. They don’t take reservations but we didn’t have a problem … Read More Denali National Park and Preserve


The Nation’s Vacation Ambassadors

At the end July we left Delaware and started to travel cross country. Our journey took us a little more than 2,500 miles in about two weeks time. We stopped at as many national parks, monuments and memorials as possible: Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Mount Rushmore, Devils Tower, Yellowstone and Grand Teton.  We made it to Seattle on time and then hopped on a … Read More The Nation’s Vacation Ambassadors


Grand Teton National Park

Follow in our steps: From Yellowstone National Park, head south along the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway and head on into the park!  Best Things to Do in Grand Teton National Park Rent a canoe or kayak at Jenny Lake. Rentals are $20 per hour or $75 for all day. You have to have the boat back by 6:30. Late fees are $100 … Read More Grand Teton National Park


Yellowstone National Park

Nowhere else in the world has as many geysers as Yellowstone National Park. There have been huge volcanic eruptions here as far back as 2 million years ago, 1.3 milling years and ago and 640,000 years ago. By visiting the park, you’ll be entering a 30 x 45 mile wide caldera (also known as a basin). How cool is that?! In this post we discuss … Read More Yellowstone National Park


Visiting Mount Rushmore National Memorial

You’re probably seen photos and even tv shows about Mount Rushmore but it’s just as amazing in person. I’ve been there twice and each time the car rounds the corner and I spot it, I experienced a sense of wonder that someone MADE that! It’s incredible. We highly recommend going to see it if you ever get the chance. Oh and who’s up there? … Read More Visiting Mount Rushmore National Memorial


Devils Tower National Monument

Devils Tower is a place I have been thinking and dreaming about for several years. It all started when I was in the gift shop in Yosemite National Park and happened to see a postcard for Devil’s Tower. Up until then, I’d never heard of it. But the image was seared in my mind and I swore I’d make it there one day. Well, … Read More Devils Tower National Monument

+ Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Things to Know About Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park is technically two units. The North Unit (park lands north of Highway 44) and The South Unit (park lands south of Highway 44). It became a National Monument in 1939 and was redesigned as a National Park in 1978. The park is 244,000 acres and gets around one million visitors a year! Badlands National Park is in the Mountain Time Zone. … Read More Things to Know About Badlands National Park

+ Maine Photo Essay

A photo essay of Maine

Last summer during the last two weeks of August, we pointed our vintage Toyota Motorhome north along the coast of Maine. (This was before we were doing van life in our Ram Promaster.) It was an awesome adventure and one I won’t soon forget. Though the rest of the country was experiencing heat and humidity, we were met with cool breezes, mild temperatures and … Read More A photo essay of Maine

+ tiny island in St. Mary's lake in Glacier National Park

Top National Parks to Visit in 2018

If National Parks are on your bucket list for the upcoming year, then look no further than our list of the Top National Parks to Visit in 2018! We’ve compiled some of our favorites. How many of them have you been to and how many are new to you?! Mount Rainier National Park Located in Washington state, this park is a lush and vast … Read More Top National Parks to Visit in 2018


Yosemite National Park!

One of my favorite places in the world is Yosemite National Park. Just about this time last year I was there with the National Park Foundation and their sponsors, REI, Aramark, Columbia Sportswear and Subaru as part of the #FindYourPark Expedition. It was awesome to revisit and to do it with my wife, Caroline. The first night we arrived we ended up sleeping in … Read More Yosemite National Park!

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