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A guide to visiting Death Valley National Park, California

I didn't really know what to expect when it came to visiting Death Valley in California. Well, that's not entirely true, I expected it to be hot. Death Valley is a National Park that's below-sea-level and is renowned for being in a steady drought. It's where you find record making temperatures in the summer but when we visited this was not the case. It rained, it poured and thunder and lightning all night. We ended ...

The best day hikes and backpacking in Death Valley National Park, California!

I didn't have many expectations for Death Valley. I'd never really heard much about it apart from the fact it gets super hot. But on our visit to Death Valley during our 3 month USA road trip, not only did it pour down with rain more than it did at any other point during our trip, but I was genuinely surprised about how pretty and extensive the park is. In fact, I'd put it out ...

Complete guide to visiting North Cascades National Park

North Cascades National Park, Washington was the last US National Park we visited during our three-month cross country road trip. The year we visited winter had been kinda crazy all along the west coast so some roads were still closed at the beginning of June! It's true, the summer season in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest is short but it's a beautiful one! Plus, even if you visit outside of the winter months, you're ...

Guide to visiting Mt Rainier National Park, WA

Up there with my favourite US National Parks visited during our three-month road trip across America is Mt Rainier. Visiting Mt Rainier when we did meant there was still plenty of snow and the lakes were frozen (mid-May), but this made it even pretty. Plus, we were treated to an absolute beauty of a sunset and I saw my first ever bear! It happened to be wandering across the road once we turned a corner ...

The best Mt Rainier day hikes & backpacking trails

One of the top things to do at Mt Rainier is to take a hike. Pretty much all the hikes will offer impressive views of Mt Rainier and other mountains nearby, lots of them are also covered in wildflowers at certain times throughout the year and there are numerous clear lakes near Mt Rainier too. If you' plan to visit Mt Rainier National Park then make sure to make time for a Mt Rainier day ...

Some of the best North Cascades National Park hikes!

If you're visiting the North Cascades National Park and looking for some of the best North Cascades hikes then you're in the right place. The North Cascades is sometimes referred to as "The American Alps" and you'll soon understand why when you visit. It's full of glacial mountain peaks, forests and lakes. The terrain is q uite rugged and because of this a lot of the hikes are on the more moderate/strenuous side. You have ...

A guide to visiting Redwood National Park

During our 3-month road trip across the USA, one of the national parks we visited was Redwood National Park. I hadn't realised beforehand quite how far it was away from major cities. This didn't matter for us since we were road tripping and heading north up the California coast anyway, but if you're planning on visiting Redwood National Park and State Parks then it requires a little bit more planning. Yes, you can see redwoods ...

9 Best hikes in Redwood National Park

With every national park in America we visited, we tried to fit in a good hike. In some national parks, we managed to fit in more than one hike (like in Arches National Park). We did one big day hike in Redwood National Park and a couple of shorter walks to see some of the more famous big trees. If you're looking for hikes in among the California Redwoods then check out the list below ...

A complete packing list for Arches National Park

Heading to Arches National Park and wondering what to pack? It can be tricky knowing what to take with you when you visit a National Park. This is especially true when it comes to packing for Arches. It's a desert environment so you want to make sure you stay cool and covered to prevent overexposure form the sun. There's also extra considerations to bear in mind if you're hiking in Arches. But don't I've put ...

Everything to know about the Joffre Lakes hike in Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, BC

I think I probably see a picture of the Joffre Lakes hike on instagram every day. This British Columbia lake with its famous blue waters north of Whistler has become pretty famous over the years: almost too famous. I’d been meaning to hike to Joffre Lakes, in Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, for a while but somehow never got round to it until recently. There are a lot of lakes in BC and I wanted to ...