Archive: National Park

Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park Review & Tips

Posted on May 18, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  3 Comments

Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park is a coastal park on the big island of Hawaii. In this post, I’ll review the park, share some photos I took when we went here, and offer some tips for visiting. First, a bit of filler. Uh, I mean background… Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park contains 420 acres […]

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Things To Do in Sequoia National Park

Posted on Mar 20, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest, Tips  •  5 Comments

If you only have 1-day in Sequoia National Park (and Kings Canyon!), here’s what I recommend seeing. Everything on this list can be accomplished in a day or under as part of a relatively quick stop on a California road trip. In fact, that’s the only way I’ve ever visited Sequoia National Park–driving up from Bakersfield, […]

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Lava Viewing at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Posted on Mar 13, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports, Tips  •  60 Comments

Recently, we hiked out to see the “firehose flow” at Kīlauea Volcano’s Kamokuna ocean lava entry in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. This post is about our experience hiking out to the viewing area, along with some photos of the lava entering the ocean. I’ll also provide some lava viewing & photography tips, and recommendations for […]

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Yoho National Park Trip Report – Part 1

Posted on Jan 12, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  5 Comments

Everyone knows the best time to begin a trip report is a year and a half after you started writing Part 2 of that report. In the spirit of that, today’s post is Part 1 of my trip to Yoho National Park in the Canadian Rockies. Timing-wise, this trip falls shortly after my post about […]

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El Tovar Hotel Review

Posted on Jan 7, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Hotels  •  9 Comments

El Tovar Hotel is the iconic Grand Canyon National Park lodge that is located directly on the South Rim. This review features room photos, thoughts on whether staying here is worth the money, and more. I won’t bury the lede: if you have the means, El Tovar is unquestionably where you should stay when visiting […]

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Yosemite National Park Photo Spots & Tips

Posted on Jan 2, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  22 Comments

Yosemite National Park is quite possibly the most beautiful location in all of California (or even the United States) with great options for photography ranging from unique mountains to rivers to waterfalls to even gorgeous lodging. It’s truly an oasis for landscape photographers, and it’s no surprise that it draws us in herds. If you’ve […]

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Things To Do In Joshua Tree National Park

Posted on Sep 14, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Tips  •  3 Comments

Here are my recommendations for Joshua Tree National Park, and tips for accomplishing it all as part of a relatively quick stop on a California road trip. For me, this is the great thing about Joshua Tree–it is relatively easy to hit the major highlights in a few hours if that’s what you want to do, […]

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The Incredible Journey to Half Dome’s Diving Board

Posted on Aug 25, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  18 Comments

For today’s 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service, I wanted to share a hike I made over the weekend to the “Diving Board” in Yosemite National Park, a spot made famous by Ansel Adams’ “Monolith” photo. This location stands a stone’s throw from the face of Half Dome, offering a close-up view of that […]

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Things To Do In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Tips  •  21 Comments

With its large size and variety of year-round offerings, it’s no surprise that Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the United States’ most visited National Park, with over double the number of annual visitors that the second most popular National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, sees. This post provides a guide to Great Smoky Mountains […]

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Things To Do In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Tips  •  13 Comments

Looking for tips and the best activities in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park? Here are our top 10 picks for things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This National Park is located on the Big Island of Hawaii, about 45 minutes from Hilo Airport and 2 hours from Kona Airport. While Volcanoes National Park is […]

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