It was the spark that ignited my love affair for U.S. National Parks, and subsequently, all national parks. For years, Yellowstone seemed so far away. It was like a distant dream until I finally set my goal to see it in the summer of 2017.
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Since so many of our own community have recently shown us exactly what NOT to do during this time, we wanted to compile a list of 10 Travel Tips that might be helpful if you are considering travel during what has become the current height of this pandemic.
We never imagined 2020 would play out the way it has, but aren’t we lucky to still be alive? Our dream is still very much alive, too. In the meantime, please call your parents or grandparents and plant seeds of hope. Imagine the day in the not-too-distant future when you can open the passenger seat, invite your family to join you, and head out to see the redwoods and prairies.
Oft-ignored, Capitol Reef National Park seems to be the underrated cousin, but it can compete with stunning scenery and experiences, especially when the golden hour casts a glow across rock formations.
Looking for dose of history with your powdery white sandy beaches? Then look no further than the Florida Unit of Gulf Islands National Seashore in Pensacola.
This planet is going to be a home to us much longer if we keep making changes to better care for it. Even though the U.S. has pulled back on climate change initiatives, we can still do things in our individual lives until we do, eventually, join the rest of the world.
Grand Canyon’s Phantom Ranch is One of the Most Unique Lodging Experiences in the National Park Service
Considering this lodging is 5,000 feet and a 10-mile trek below the south rim, it’s no easy journey, but once you arrive at this rustic oasis at the bottom of the largest canyon in the world, any aches and pains accumulated along the journey will seem well worth it.
This patchwork, ever growing, has been slow to recognize the rights of people who were neither white nor male. And despite the fact laws have been enacted to protect and endow greater rights to marginalized Americans, those rights have often not so easily been wrested from the hands of those in the majority.
Let’s get into the meat and potatoes of budget travel: your actual budget. Because it’s all fun and games until you get home from your magical time spent frolicking and forest bathing and soaking up that Vitamin D…aaaaaand then you look at your bank account.
For anyone who believes in the vision of Hello Ranger, you’ll find yourself right at home with the National Trails System. And while we may not have one of the famous “Triple Crown” trails, there are still thousands of miles of National Trails winding through the heartland.
I urge you to find hope in small, daily ways. Put something on your calendar this week that exists just for you. Get out the map and plan a national park hike or visit one of the hundreds of national park historic sites in the next month if possible. Hope weaves into our stress resiliency by lifting our spirits in hectic times. Do not wait for it to show up. Build it up in meaningful ways and support others’ hopes whenever possible.
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park preserves one of the most significant routes for westward expansion in the U.S., anchored by a pass that served as the primary route for early settlers into Kentucky from Virginia and Tennessee.
If Glacier National Park is the “Crown of the Continent,” its three grand hotels are its most precious jewels. However, a smaller, lesser-known lodge, the Belton Chalet, was the first to welcome guests when the park opened in 1910. We think it’s a hidden gem.
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