National Parks You Need to Explore Part 1

National Parks You Need to Explore Part 1

 

Yosemite, California

This is one of the all-time greats. People are usually blown away when they see the Yosemite Valley. Half Dome and El Capitan are two of the most popular highlights of the park. If you hone in with the camera or binoculars, you will usually see people climbing the rock face. 

Another highlight of your visit is the waterfalls. If you visit in the spring when the snowmelt is at its peak, the size and power of the falls are impressive. Three of the largest waterfalls in the world are here: Yosemite Falls, Sentinel Fall, and Horsetail Fall. Make sure you plan enough time to go hiking on one of the many trails here. Whether you’re in the mood for a leisurely stroll or interested in more of a challenge, there is an unforgettable view of one of the waterfalls in Yosemite to fit your hiking level.

Bryce Canyon, Utah

Bryce Canyon is a place that most people never see other than the main road. That’s because the main scenic road, which is 17 miles long, is so convenient and scenic that you might not think you need to go off the beaten path. But you need to. Hiking the hoodoos in Bryce Canyon is one of the most unique experiences in the world. The seclusion, the beauty, the geology, doesn't exist anywhere else in the country. There are many other great trails that hike along the rim, and through the varied terrain. 

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Many experienced RVers say that Grand Teton National Park is their favorite or one of their top favorite National Parks. There is so much natural beauty and such a large variety of things to do. It is also located near the town of Jackson Wyoming, which is an incredible adventure town.  

One of the best boondocking spots in the country is the Grand Teton View. It allows you to immerse yourself into the forest up on a mountain filled with wildlife. It doesn't get more bucolic than this. 

Mormon Row is a popular place for photographers. Take a country drive and make stops at your leisure to see bison and world class views of the mountains. Absolutely breathtaking.  

Death Valley National Park, California

One of the hottest and most unique locations on earth is Death Valley. Plan your trip according to the season avoiding a visit in the summer. It is so hot it’s not worth the risk to your health. 
In the off-season, it’s gorgeous. It’s also MASSIVE so make sure you plan your days in advance including the travel time, roads, and the weather. Speaking of the weather, if you’re lucky enough to visit during a rainstorm you’ll observe a completely changed and rarely-seen landscape.  

Don't miss these park highlights:

  • Badwater Basin is the lowest point of elevation in the USA at 282 ft below sea level. It’s also a salt flat that extends as far as you can see and even walk out on.  

  • Zabriskie Point offers an entire view of the valley and unbelievable hiking into the small canyons. 

  • Artist’s Drive is a short drive that takes you to colorful hikes and views that are so unique that you’ll forget this isn’t man made art.  

  • Don’t forget about the dunes! There are many groups of sand dunes that provide beautiful views, with opportunities for photography and hiking. There are campgrounds at the base of the mesquite flats sand dunes. You can even relax and cool off at the pool while you stare at the dunes.  

 

Glacier National Park, Montana

Possibly, the best National Park in the USA is Glacier National Park. It has limitations on when you can visit due to the large amount of snow. This is truly a wild and rugged place. Grizzly bears roam free and there are many world class hike opportunities.  

If you like to ride bikes, Going-to-the-Sun Road is considered one of the most scenic roads in the world and can be biked at the beginning of the season before vehicles are allowed. It is a bucket list bike ride.  

Avalanche Lake is a must do hike. It’s relatively easy and flat but the reward at the end is overflowing with beauty. Walking out to dip your toes into a lake surrounded by snowcapped mountains, while snow melt waters flow into this lake, is on another level.  

Don't miss spending some time at the lodges. You can eat at the waterfront restaurant at Lake McDonald Lodge. At the lodge, you will also find rangers to help you gain knowledge of the park, book an excursion, or even rent a boat to head out and explore by water.  

West Glacier Village is an area where you can also rent a boat among many other supplies from outfitters. They even have groceries so if you forget bear spray or ice cream, you know, the important stuff.