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.

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 […]

Hike Report: Half Dome’s Diving Board in Yosemite

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 […]

Things To Do In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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 […]

Things To Do In Grand Canyon National Park

Here are my tips for visiting Grand Canyon National Park, and our top 10 things to do at the Grand Canyon. This post specifically covers the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, which is where over 90% of visitors to Grand Canyon National Park go. (The South Rim is the side closer to Phoenix, Arizona […]