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El Tovar Hotel Review

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 […]

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 […]

Milky Way Over Racetrack Playa

A little over a year ago, I made my first visit to Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park. (I wrote some nonsense about it and alien life here following the trip.) I was instantly enamored with the place. It was beautiful, tranquil, photogenic, and a bit mysterious. It was also a challenge to visit. […]

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 […]

My First Winter Day in the Sequoia

Every tree calls for special admiration…Were they mere mechanical sculptures, what noble objects they would still be! How much more throbbing, thrilling, overflowing, full of life in every fibre and cell, grand glowing silverrods—the very gods of the plant kingdom, living their sublime century lives in sight of Heaven, watched and loved and admired from […]

Snowy Sunrise at Crater Lake National Park

In the previous post, we had just finishing photographing a gorgeous sunset at Crater Lake National Park. The next morning, we were up bright and early (which actually is a misnomer: it was early, but most definitely dark) for sunrise. This time, the plan was to hike out for a better view, either to Watchman […]

Winter in Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park is a beautiful place, and it’s even more beautiful in the winter with a fresh blanket of snow. I added it to my photography bucket list a while ago, when I started seeing a number of brilliant shots of it. Like most photographers, I prefer my mountains covered in snow, and […]

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel Review

Fairmont Banff Springs is a hotel in a castle. That’s right: a castle. I don’t know what more I need to write in this review. If you have a pulse, at some point in your life, you have wanted to live in a castle. Well, here’s your chance…at least for a night or two. Okay, […]