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.

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 Sequoia National Park

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, […]

Lava Viewing at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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 […]

Things To Do In Rocky Mountain National Park

This post covers our tips for visiting Rocky Mountain National Park, and our top 5 picks for things to do in the park. Located within driving distance of Denver, Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the best ‘getaway’ National Parks you can visit. Its main park loop is easy to navigate providing short […]

Best Places to Eat Near Acadia National Park

If you like lobster and seafood, you’ll find a lot of great restaurants in Bar Harbor & Mount Desert Island, Maine, all of which are near Acadia National Park. We are big lobster fans, so on our visit to Maine, we made sure to have lobster for every single meal. Literally. Lobster for breakfast, lobster […]

Yosemite National Park Photo Spots & Tips

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 […]