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This North Dakota National Park is Way Better than Expected

I caught myself judging North Dakota before I went. Even though Theodore Roosevelt National Park is the North Dakota national park that inspired our country’s conservation efforts, I didn’t expect much. Ask anyone: North Dakota is just a boring plains state. It’s home to Little Missouri National Grassland — that’s one MILLION acres of fields, …

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3 Days in Rocky Mountain National Park (for Hikers!)

Rocky Mountain National Park captures your heart immediately: snowy summits provide a gorgeous backdrop, alpine forests and fresh air are waiting to be explored, and there’s wildlife everywhere if you’re willing to look. While many people visit on a day trip from Denver, you’ll want 3 days in Rocky Mountain National Park if you want …

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Best Hikes in Olympic National Park: 4 Unmissable Trails

Switchback Trail at Klahane Ridge, Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park offers so much to see that planning a trip can be overwhelming.  There are several distinct ecosystems in the park, spread over a vast distance without a lot of roads through the interior.  However, by choosing the best hikes in Olympic National Park, you can see all the highlights: mountains, temperate rainforests, the …

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Visit America’s National Parks for Free!

bandalier national monument rock formations

If there’s one thing the United States does better than almost all other countries, it’s making the great outdoors accessible to everyone.  The U.S. National Park Service manages 59 national parks.  Together with national monuments, preserves, and other protected areas, there are 400+ sites covering 84 million acres — and they’re all free August 25-28! Active travel …

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Chiricahua National Monument: A Perfect Day Hike

Chiricahua Mountains | US National Parks

For tourists, there’s one key difference between national parks and national monuments: there are generally far fewer visitors at national monuments than at “full-fledged” national parks.  National monuments can be just as beautiful, offer just as many hiking and camping opportunities, and you still get in free with an America the Beautiful Pass. Actually, side …

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Kayaking the Channel Islands, California’s Unknown National Park

santa cruz channel islands

Eighteen million people live within sixty miles of Channel Islands National Park but that’s nothing compared to the number of animals that make their home there. Just like the Galapagos, long-term isolation created a home for unique animals and plants.  The Channel Islands and the surrounding waters are preserved the way coastal southern California once …

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Unlimited Entry to U.S. National Parks with America the Beautiful Pass

The America the Beautiful Pass is a great way to see many parks in the US National Parks system. It gives you free admission for up to 4 adults per park entrance for an annual fee of $80. Read here for more information about the pass. #nationalparks #nps100

When traveling in the United States, my absolute favorite thing to do is visit national parks.  The amount of variety in natural settings within the USA is mind-blowing: in the past year alone I’ve seen the glow of a volcano, gone rock scrambling in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and driven through desert landscapes.  With 401 sites of …

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