National Parks

Glacier National Park: backbone of the world

Montana's wild beauty on center stage.

"I have to stay up here all summer and look at this,” our guide mockingly bemoaned while guiding us across exquisite Two Medicine Lake on the eastern side of Glacier National Park. We surveyed the ...

Joshua Tree for the uninitiated

Reasons to make the nearby national park your next weekend adventure.

There are few things as graceless as someone begging for help with pure and unbridled fear in their eyes. Which about sums up my position at Indian Cove Campground during the waning hours of a ...

Defining BIG in Sequoia National Park

A six-hour drive from San Diego makes this a doable road trip.

I expected it to be colder here in January. I packed snow boots, hiking boots, three jackets, and two sweatshirts for the 36-hour trip. Usually, I pack light – only a small carry-on bag for ...

Into the Zion Narrows

One of America's great hikes in Zion National Park.

Joshua, age 10, is an aspiring photojournalist. This is his first published work. In my ten years on this earth, the Grand Canyon had been the most beautiful spot I had ever seen. That is, ...

Grand Canyon in the winter – best time to visit?

Skip the crowds and see this national treasure in a new light.

The Grand Canyon is such a magnificent piece of real estate that the awesome impact of its natural beauty can't be totally absorbed in one visit. That's why a trip to the Grand Canyon in ...

Must-see Joshua Tree

Camp, hike, climb or stargaze – the closest national park is 3 hours away.

During the winter months, there's nothing more accelerating for the spirit than peacefully camping out in a temperate desert like Joshua Tree National Park. Less than three hours away from downtown San Diego, the park ...

Big Bend Country, Texas

Exploring one of the least-visited national parks in West Texas.

Big Bend is a massive national park that most outside of Texas have heard little about. The whole West Texas area that bends into Mexico, between El Paso and San Antonio, is often called “Big ...

Hunting big trees in California

From Western Sierra sequoias to Humboldt redwoods.

With its varied climates, landscapes and ecosystems, California is a one-of-a-kind state. When European settlers first arrived here, one of the signs of this uniqueness they discovered were the mammoth trees of California, the sequoia ...

California's castle in the sand

The historic Scotty's Castle in Death Valley National Park.

When castles and California are mentioned in conversation, Hearst Castle, which dominates a stretch of Central Coast skyline, usually comes to mind. You might be surprised to learn that a less opulent but even more ...

Cuc Phuong, Vietnam: a typhoon experience

Category 3 storm on a motorbike.

It was October 27th, 2012, and the sun was shining down on North Vietnam. My friends and I had planned a motorbike trip to the national park of Cuc Phuong, some 120 kilometers south. Due ...

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