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How to Visit Alaska National Parks

Alaska is home to 8 National Parks as well as many other Federal and State public lands. More than half of all National Park Service land is located in Alaska. The 8 National Parks in Alaska are double the size of all the National Parks in the Lower 48...

The Best Mt Rainier Waterfalls

Mt Rainier National Park is one of our earliest national parks and is famous for the massive volcano right in the middle of the park, Tahoma, or Mt Rainier. Visiting Mt Rainier National Park has so much more to offer that just views of “the mountain”. Mt Rainier waterfalls...

Comet Falls: Dramatic Waterfall Hike in Mt Rainier National Park

Comet Falls is one of the most dramatic and beautiful waterfalls in Mt Rainier National Park. It’s also on a trail with multiple waterfalls to see along the way, not just one! You can extend the hike further to a wildflower meadow. A steep hike with up to 1500...

Spray Park Hike in Mt Rainier National Park

Wildflowers? Mountain views? A dazzling waterfall? YES. This is Spray Park! The hike to Spray Park in Mt Rainier National Park has it all. It is a challenging 6-8 mile hike with up to 2000 feet of elevation gain. There’s variation because of the options for turning around (see...

5 Best Olympic National Park Waterfalls

There are so many things to love about Olympic National Park and the Olympic Peninsula. There are impossibly green ancient forests, gorgeous lakes, rugged open beaches, high alpine meadows, towering mountains and waterfalls! The Olympic National Park waterfalls are stunning and many are a short hike so on your...

Planning Guide and Things to do in Denali National Park

March 2021 Note: Bus trips and campgrounds will be open in Summer 2021! Read the latest on Denali’s operations during the pandemic here. Denali National Park in Alaska is a place many people dream of visiting and it is an incredible place! It’s a different experience from many other...

Mother Mountain Loop Backpacking in Mt Rainier

Looking for a less-hassle or shorter alternative to the Wonderland Trail? Want to experience all Mt Rainier has to offer – epic mountain views, spectacular wildflowers, lakes, forest and the occasional marmot or black bear? Want to do a backpacking trip in a few days instead of weeks? Not...

Olympic Coast Backpacking at Second Beach: Excellent for Beginners

Even though it’s a long drive from Seattle, Olympic Coast backpacking at Second Beach in Olympic National Park is an excellent first backpacking trip for beginners as well as a fun and relaxing trip for those with more experience. The best way to experience one of the best beaches...

Weekend in Port Angeles on the Olympic Peninsula

A weekend in Port Angeles is a change of pace and scenery from Seattle and approachable at an hour and a half drive plus a ferry ride. Port Angeles is the biggest gateway community for Olympic National Park and a hub of economic activity on the Olympic Peninsula. This...

Why you should visit Kootenay National Park in Canada

Most travelers have heard of Banff and Jasper National Parks in Alberta and the crowds there reflect their popularity! Often people have not heard of their close neighbor, Kootenay National Park which is absolutely incredible. Yoho National Park is another nearby winner, but that’s for another post. If you’re...
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