Yellowstone and Grand Teton are conveniently located right next to each other, so it would be a shame to see one without the other! I spent 8 days here on the heels of a visit to Glacier national park, so if you feel like you want to add that in, check out my 4-day itinerary for Glacier. You’d need an extra day to get from Glacier to Yellowstone – about a 6-hour… Read More

It was a year ago we took this trip, not knowing COVID would take over the world and wreck the rest of our travel plans for 2020. I look back at this trip often and I am so glad I took advantage of a 3-day holiday weekend to do it! The size and location of Carlsbad, Guadalupe and White Sands make them perfect for 3- or 4-day trip. It’s rare to be… Read More

After posting the 3 easy hikes I recommend in Zion, I thought I should also provide shorter options for the park’s most iconic and challenging trails. Angel’s Landing and Observation Point are magnificent hikes, but you don’t have to go the full distance to get a great experience. I’ve done these trails twice each and I am happy to share my tips on how to shorten them for a great experience. CLOSURE… Read More

[Kings Canyon National Park, Aug 28, 2020] On our third full day on this trip, we decided to stay closer to home in Kings Canyon and do some of the things we didn’t have time for on our first day here. We headed out early again, enjoying the solitude on the road and at our first stop, Panoramic Point. There was only one car in the parking lot when we got there…. Read More

[Sequoia National Park, Aug 26, 2020] On day 2 of this trip, we decided to devote our time to Sequoia National Park. It was established the same year as Kings Canyon (1890) to protect over 400,000 acres of forests. The park contains the highest peak in the contiguous US, Mt. Whitney at 14,421 ft (4,441 m) above sea level. Sequoia and Kings Canyon are adjacent and the National Park Service treats them… Read More