National Parks

Vacation planning resources for the U.S. National Parks, including Yosemite, Glacier, Death Valley, Grand Canyon. Info, tips and photos by Tom Bricker.

Yosemite Firefall 2019 Photo Report

This year, I opted to visit Yosemite National Park during “Firefall Season” over Presidents’ Day Weekend. In this post, I’ll share my 2019 Horsetail Falls photos, plus commentary and tips for those planning on shooting the Firefall this year or in the future. Note that while this offers advice, it’s not comprehensive. For that, refer […]

My Sunrise Hike at Pinnacles National Park

Pinnacles National Park is a U.S. National Park in Northern California, south of San Francisco and an hour inland from Monterey Bay. It’s known mostly for its stunning rock-spires formed by an extinct volcano and an abundance of California Condors. Pinnacles was established as the United States’ 59th National Park, elevating it from a National […]

10 Beautiful Canadian Rockies Photo Spots

Thanks to craggy peaks, pristine lakes, and more, the Canadian Rockies is one of the most iconic photography locations in the world. Yoho, Jasper, and Banff National Parks feature Canada’s finest mountain ranges, making these places a bucket list destination for many photographers. Even after visiting all of these places, the Canadian Rockies remain on […]

My Top 10 U.S. National Parks (So Far)

If you’ve perused the National Parks category of the blog, you might know that I’m a huge NPS enthusiast. In this post, I wanted to share my favorite parks from Maine to Hawaii, and everywhere in between. For a number of years growing up, we took two vacations every year: Florida in the late winter […]

Is Muir Woods Worth Visiting?

Muir Woods National Monument is a 550 acre park filled with old growth coastal redwoods; a humbling place just outside of San Francisco, California in Golden Gate National Recreation Area. In this post, we’ll share some thoughts and photos of these giant trees. If you’ve never seen redwood and sequoia trees, it’s an absolute must-do on any […]

Hiking Grinnell Glacier Trail in Glacier National Park

Grinnell Glacier Trail is a 12-mile roundtrip hike in Glacier National Park starting at Swiftcurrent Lake and leading to Upper Grinnell Lake, with some beautiful scenery along the way. In this post, I’ll share photos from the hike and my experience doing it, along with other info so you can prepare for this hike. For […]

Things to Do in Acadia National Park

Looking for the best activities in Acadia National Park, or tips & tricks for the things to do in and around the park in Bar Harbor, Maine? Here are our top 10 picks for things to do in Acadia National Park, which is located mostly on Mount Desert Island. In this post, we’ll share some […]

Things To Do In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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 […]

I Took Some Pictures of Rocks

Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park is one of my favorite spots in California. This is the location famous for its mysteriously moving rocks, and in this post, I’ll share the best photos I’ve taken out on Racetrack Playa, from the couple of times I’ve camped out there. First, I feel behoved to reiterate […]

Top 10 Things To Do In Glacier National Park

Here are my tips for visiting Glacier National Park, and my top 10 things to do in the area around the park in Montana. This post specifically covers my favorite things of what I did on my trip to Glacier, and should not be viewed as comprehensive. You’d need a month or more to even […]