Road Trips

8 Parks: Sierras to the Rockies

8 Parks: Sierras to the Rockies

Embark on a road trip through California, up the picturesque Pacific Coast. It culminated in the Grand Teton National Park on a journey of beauty and diversity. 8 Parks: Sierras to the Rockies started along the iconic Highway 1. It traces the rugged coastline with its dramatic cliffs and breathtaking ocean views.  As we ventured northward, the landscape transitioned from coastal splendor to the towering redwoods of Big Sur. Crossing into Oregon, the scenic beauty continued to captivate, with stops at Cannon Beach and the mystical Crater Lake. Finally, the journey ended in Grand Teton National Park, where the majestic peaks and pristine lakes left an indelible mark. The contrast between the rugged coastal beauty and the grandeur of the Tetons made this road trip an unforgettable odyssey, blending nature's contrasting wonders into a harmonious travel experience.

A Journey Through the Scenic Owens

A Journey Through the Scenic Owens

Visiting the Alabama Hills, ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Mono Lake, and Northlake in the Owens Valley promises diverse experiences in A Journey Through the Scenic Owens ValleyThe Alabama Hills offer stunning rock formations, popular among photographers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. In the ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, marvel at the oldest living trees on Earth, some over 4,000 years old. Mono Lake, known for its otherworldly tufa formations and diverse birdlife, provides a unique landscape for exploration. Northlake, surrounded by towering mountains, offers tranquil beauty and excellent fishing opportunities. In the Owens Valley, outdoor adventures abound, from hiking and camping to birdwatching and stargazing. Whether seeking rugged landscapes or serene wilderness, the Owens Valley has something for everyone. Plan your visit today and discover the natural wonders of this diverse region on A Journey Through the Scenic Owens Valley

Along the Southern Border

Along the Southern Border

Exploring the  US national parks along the southern border is a fantastic adventure. Each park has its unique beauty and activities. You can hike, camp, and see incredible wildlife. From the towering saguaros in Saguaro National Park to the vast canyons of Big Bend, there's something for everyone. Guadalupe Mountains and Carlsbad Caverns offer amazing hikes and fascinating underground caves and they are close to each other. In White Sands, enjoy sledding down the gypsum dunes and stargazing at night. These parks are perfect for family trips or solo adventures. Plan your visit and discover the wonders! Saguaro National Park: Explore towering saguaros and desert landscapes in Arizona. Big Bend National Park: Discover rugged canyons and diverse wildlife in Texas. Guadalupe Mountains National Park: Hike to Texas' highest point and explore ancient fossilized reefs. Carlsbad Caverns National Park: Marvel at vast underground caverns and witness a bat colony in New Mexico. White Sands National Park: Enjoy sledding down gypsum sand dunes and stargazing in New Mexico.

Great Basin to Lake Powell

Great Basin to Lake Powell

This is a road trip that started in San Diego and went from the Great Basin to Lake Powell. Visiting Great Basin National Park is an incredible journey into nature's wonders. Located in Nevada, the park showcases stunning landscapes, including ancient bristlecone pine forests and Wheeler Peak, the park's highest point. Visitors can explore Lehman Caves, home to unique limestone formations and a variety of cave-dwelling creatures. In Capitol Reef National Park, located in Utah, travelers are treated to majestic rock formations, colorful canyons, and the iconic Waterpocket Fold. Scenic drives and hiking trails offer opportunities to experience the park's natural beauty up close. Nearby, Page, Arizona, is a gateway to several breathtaking sights, including Lake Powell, a vast reservoir offering boating, fishing, and water sports. Antelope Canyon, with its mesmerizing slot canyons and swirling sandstone formations, is a photographer's paradise. Horseshoe Bend, where the Colorado River makes a dramatic 180-degree turn, provides awe-inspiring views from the rim. Nearby, visitors can explore the towering sandstone cliffs and rock formations of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Whether you're marveling at ancient caves, hiking through colorful canyons, or cruising on a tranquil lake, these destinations offer unforgettable experiences for nature lovers and adventurers alike. Plan your visit today and discover the beauty of the Great Basin, Capitol Reef, and the sights around Page, Arizona. Great Basin to Lake Powell was a stunning trip.

Pacific Coast to the Tetons

Pacific Coast to the Tetons

Embarking on a road trip from the Pacific Coast to the Tetons including Redwoods, Olympic, Yellowstone, and Grand Tetons National Parks promises an unforgettable adventure. In Redwoods National Park, located in California, marvel at the coastal redwoods, some of the tallest trees on Earth. Olympic National Park, offers diverse ecosystems, from rainforests and rugged coastline to alpine meadows and glacier-capped peaks. Yellowstone National Park, spanning Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, boasts geothermal wonders like Old Faithful and a diversity of wildlife.They include bison and grizzly bears. Finally, Grand Teton National Park, also in Wyoming, captivates with its mountain scenery,  lakes, and abundant outdoor recreational opportunities. Along the road trip, enjoy scenic drives, hiking trails, and opportunities for wildlife viewing and photography. Whether you're exploring forests, admiring coastlines, witnessing geysers, or hiking among peaks, these national parks offer something for everyone. Plan your road trip today and embark on a journey to discover the natural wonders and beauty of Redwoods, Olympic, Yellowstone, and Grand Tetons National Parks.

Quick Escapes to Joshua Tree National Park

Redwoods to The Rockies

This was our first long road trip. Over a five-week period, we visited the Redwoods National Park in California, the coast of Oregon, the Olympic National Park in Washington, the Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, and the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

Sierras to Voyageurs

Sierras to Voyageurs

Embarking on a road trip starting in California and journeying to Badlands National Park, Devils Tower, Wind Cave National Park, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, and Voyageurs National Park promises an unforgettable adventure. We called this trip Sierras to Voyageurs. Begin your journey in California, soaking in the sunshine and exploring the vibrant cities or picturesque coastal towns. As you travel eastward, marvel at the rugged beauty of Badlands National Park in South Dakota, where you can hike among the dramatic rock formations and spot wildlife like bison and bighorn sheep. Next, visit Devils Tower in Wyoming, an iconic geological landmark sacred to Native American tribes and renowned for its towering presence. Continuing into South Dakota, explore the underground wonders of Wind Cave National Park, home to one of the world's longest cave systems and diverse wildlife such as elk and pronghorn. In North Dakota, experience the rugged beauty of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, with its scenic overlooks, colorful badlands, and abundant wildlife, including bison and wild horses. Finally, journey to Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota, where you can explore pristine lakes, dense forests, and rocky shorelines, perfect for fishing, boating, and wildlife watching. Along the way, enjoy scenic drives, outdoor adventures, and cultural experiences, creating memories to cherish for a lifetime. Check out our Sierras to Voyageurs road trip.

Summer in Colorado

Summer in Colorado

Our Summer in Colorado road trip included four national parks that offers incredible experiences amidst stunning natural beauty. Rocky Mountain National Park boasts majestic peaks, alpine meadows, and diverse wildlife, perfect for hiking and wildlife watching. Mesa Verde National Park showcases ancient cliff dwellings and cultural heritage of the Ancestral Pueblo people. Great Sand Dunes National Park features towering sand dunes, offering sandboarding and hiking adventures. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park mesmerizes with its steep cliffs and dramatic canyon views, ideal for scenic drives and photography. Each park offers unique landscapes and outdoor activities, from exploring ancient ruins to sand sledding and admiring rugged canyons. Whether you're seeking adventure or tranquility, Colorado's national parks provide unforgettable experiences for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Plan your visit today and discover the wonders of Rocky Mountain, Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes, and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Parks.

The Wave Plus 5

The Wave Plus 5

Embarking on a Utah to Arizona road trip within a time constraint of 8 days requires careful planning to maximize the experience while covering key destinations. A few years ago, we were fortunate enough to secure a Wave permit through the online lottery. Although we prefer not to limit ourselves to just one day at each location, the timing of the trip in October and work constraints made it necessary for us to stay in motels and lodges throughout the Utah-Arizona Road T...

Two Days at Toroweap Overlook

Two Days at Toroweap Overlook

Driving to the Toroweap Overlook is an adventure for travelers in the rugged beauty of the Grand Canyon's North Rim. The journey to Toroweap involves navigating a remote dirt road, providing a sense of isolation and seclusion. As visitors approach the overlook, the landscape transforms into a  panorama of sheer cliffs and breathtaking canyons, showcasing the beauty of the Grand Canyon. Upon reaching the Toroweap Overlook, travelers discover a  vantage point, offering a breathtaking view down to the Colorado River below. Toroweap's solitude and unspoiled nature beckon photographers and nature enthusiasts, offering a unique and authentic Grand Canyon experience. The expansive views and untouched wilderness forge an unforgettable connection with the raw power and timeless beauty of one of the world's most iconic natural wonders. Our 2 days at Toroweap Overlook is something we will never forget.