[This blog post will be continuously updated with new information. Last Updated Mar 2, 2022] As more and more national parks institute timed entries, reservations and lotteries, planning your national park trip requires more advance planning than ever. I have yet to see all this information in one place, which inspired me to do it! To compile it, I visited each national park website in addition to relying on my own experience… Read More

[Los Angeles, CA, Nov 25, 2021] Pinnacles National park protects a mountainous area in California’s Central Valley. The park is an easy drive from both Los Angeles and San Francisco (4.5 and 3 hrs, respectively). Nevertheless, it remains fairly unknown due to steep competition from various other tourist spots nearby and, of course, California’s bigger and better-known national parks like Yosemite and Sequoia. Pinnacles became a national monument in 1908. President Barack… Read More

If you’ve never been to Idaho and want a taste of what this state has to offer, this is a great starter itinerary. You’ll get both city and outdoor adventures, which is my favorite type of vacation. This itinerary does not include travel time; we arrived the evening before and left early the morning after the 3 days described below. How to Get There You’ll want to fly in and out of… Read More

[Stanley, ID, Sep 5, 2021] If you venture only as far out as Ketchum, you will be missing one of the most scenic places in the United States. The Sawtooth Wilderness north and west of Ketchum is a federally-protected 217,000-acre area with 40 trails and over 350 miles. The Sawtooths are part of the Rocky Mountain range and contain more than 50 peaks over 10,000 ft. The closest town to the wilderness… Read More

[Ketchum, ID, Sep 4, 2021] After a full day in Boise, we were ready for some outdoor adventures in the Sawtooth Mountains, about 2.5 hours east of Boise. The most well-known area there is called Sun Valley, which can refer to the resort town itself or to the entire area, which includes the town of Ketchum. When it comes to skiing, Sun Valley isn’t necessarily the first location that comes to mind,… Read More