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The Most Epic Drives In and Around National Parks

It should be no surprise that we LOVE driving, and we’ve done a lot of it! A lot of the time, our favorite memories are driving to and around national parks—although we love a good hike, too. These are our favorite drives… so far

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Step Back in Time at Yosemite’s Historic Ahwahnee Hotel

Yosemite’s Ahwahnee Hotel has to be one of the swankiest hotels in all the national parks. And while queens, presidents, and celebrities have stayed there over the past century, park visitors in hiking boots are also fortunate to be able to experience this crown jewel for themselves.

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One Night at Badlands National Park and a Lifetime of Memories

For an unknown reason, Badlands National Park intimidated me from afar. I wasn’t sure that it was a park I wanted to visit (alone). Being budget-conscious, I didn’t want to spend money on hotels, so I booked the campsite despite my fears. Coincidentally, this park ended up being my favorite!

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The Boondocking Basics for Van-Lifers

Boondocking, aka “dry camping,” is a kind of vehicle or RV camping without connection to services such as water, sewer, or electric. In a lot of cases, you trade these services, neighbors, and noise for solidarity, space, and beautiful sights and stars! Oh, and it’s usually free!

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An Artistic Approach to Creating Culture

Creating a culture of community is something the art world has been doing for centuries—in fact, it might be the longest running community known to the human race. This is such a powerful concept to look to for inspiration.

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5 Tips for First-Time RVers

As the nation begins to try to unravel it’s way out of the COVID-19 pandemic, RV travel is experiencing a renaissance. Americans are ditching the airplanes, hotels, and cruise ships for the comfort of traveling with their own bed, kitchen, and bathroom. Whether you plan to rent an RV, buy one to camp in now and then, or hit the road for months at a time, we’ve got some tips and tricks for you.

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From Luxury Lodges to Glamping Resorts: How to Visit National Parks in Style

One thing we can say for sure: where you stay will affect your entire park experience. If you don’t plan on setting up a cot next to your car and sleeping under the stars at highway rest stops while 18-wheelers rumble past you, and would prefer to have a roof over your head, the following categories of lodging can be found throughout the parks, and close by.

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Tent & Car Camping 101

Tent setup in Badlands National Park/Photo by Kaci Preston

Let me start out by explaining that there are two forms of camping—with a tent or just your vehicle. Both techniques are technically considered car camping because you have your vehicle, and both are excellent ways to immerse yourself in nature and explore national parks.

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Hello Ranger Needs a Backcountry Ambassador—Is That You?

One aspect of our ambassador program that’s important to highlight is backcountry camping. Especially when talking about traveling America’s national parks and camping, there’s nothing more quintessentially adventurous than a foray into the wilderness, far away from any visitor centers, museums, and crowds.

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Hello Ranger Needs a Van Life Ambassador—Is That You?

One lifestyle aspect of our ambassador program that’s important to highlight is Van Lifestyle. Especially when talking about traveling America’s national parks and camping, it’s a prominent piece of the nomadic puzzle, right up there with RVs, tent camping, and hotels and lodges. There’s just something so freeing, alluring, and quintessentially all-American about the van life experience, and we want to share that with readers and intrepid explorers.

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