Tag Archives: National Parks

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With the white and icy blue snow contrasting against the red, brown and tans of the canyon walls, winter is a spectacular time of year to visit the Grand Canyon’s South Rim! With over six million visitors a year traveling to view the canyon, the winter months tend to see far less sightseers due to […]

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Our son has had a lifelong dream of discovering and digging up ancient dinosaur bones. So, when we were planning our fall break Utah road trip I knew we had to make a stop at the Dinosaur National Monument. Dinosaur National Monument is located on the border of Utah and Colorado—in a wild landscape of […]

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Bryce Canyon National Park makes a great family destination all year long, but visiting off-season—like in the fall—has numerous advantages. 1. Lighter crowds Like most of our trips, we prefer to travel off-season—especially since Bryce Canyon receives over 1.5 million visitors annually with the bulk during the summer months. That’s a lot of rubbing elbows […]

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Nature in winter can be one of the most beautiful things you will ever witness. The crisp white of fallen snow seems to sharpen the contrast of the other colors in the environment. The greens and browns of the landscape pop out and the blue of the sky and deep water appear endless. On our […]

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With nearly 4 million people visiting the majestic Yosemite National Park each year, it is hard to avoid the crowds. People from around the world flock here to see the soaring granite cliffs, peaceful grassy meadows, raging waterfalls and au inspiring vistas. Let’s face it, Yosemite’s unforgettable splendor is one of the reasons California is […]

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Tucked away in northwest Washington, on nearly 1million acres, is the geographically diverse Olympic National Park. Within the park’s boundaries are snowcapped mountains, amazing waterfalls, glacial lakes, rugged coastlines, temperate rain forests and an array of wildlife — it’s no wonder this spectacular landscape was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sol Duc Falls Less […]

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Slightly larger then the state of Rhode Island and comprised of two different deserts, Joshua Tree National Park is an arid wonderland located in the Californian southwest. Recently we braved the sun and took advantage of the cooler winter temperatures to hike and enjoy the fascinating spike-leafed Yuccas, or commonly called Joshua Trees. Created as […]

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Located just outside of Tucson, Arizona and divided into two districts is Saguaro National Park. Featuring over 150 miles of clearly marked hiking trails that take visitors along to enjoy the clear desert vistas and towering majestic saguaros of this national park. While spring time and winter are some of the most beautiful and hospitable […]

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Tucked into the foothills and crest lines of the Sierra Nevada Mountains is Sequoia National Park. Home to giant Sequoia trees, beautiful meadows, and breathtaking vistas the land was incorporated into a National Park in 1890. But man had already done its damage cutting down hundreds, if not thousands, of giant Sequoia trees for logging. […]

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Between Flagstaff, Arizona and Albuquerque, New Mexico lies the badlands of the four corners states. Most think of it as 1,000 miles of desert, but if you’re up for a short drive off I-40, you will be well paid with the vistas of colors and cords of petrified wood at the Petrified Forest National Park […]

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A little less then 7 hours drive from the greater Los Angeles area, Zion National Park is an often over looked jewel of the national park system. Originally named Mukuntuweap National Monument, it was created in 1909 by President Taft after paintings and photographs of the area’s beauty were exhibited at a World’s Fair then […]

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