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From diverse deserts to breathtaking mountains to expansive forests, national parks across the United States and Canada are waiting to be explored. With expert advice from our authors, you’ll be ready to experience their natural beauty in no time.


Anacapa Island at sunset.

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This updated and FREE PDF version of our National Parks Sampler includes itineraries and travel planning tips for:

  • Yosemite
  • Glacier
  • Canadian Rockies
  • Yellowstone
  • Zion & Bryce
  • Grand Canyon
  • Mount Rushmore
  • Smoky Mountains
  • Acadia
  • The Canyon Is Grand—and So Are the Details The Grand Canyon.From its infinity of layered cliffs to its star-studded night skies, Grand Canyon is cosmic—but sometimes the smallest details can help us gain fresh perspective. Here’s a sampling of the little things that help make the canyon grand.
  • Grand Canyon’s Top Five A rare sight of total cloud inversion, from Desert View Point in the Grand Canyon.Grand Canyon National Park is vast, and so are the possibilities for personalizing your visit. From hiking to history, here are five truly grand options.
  • Make Every Minute Count at the Grand Canyon Tourists at Mather Point in the Grand Canyon.If your time at Grand Canyon National Park is limited, make every minute count with these important suggestions, like using the park’s free shuttle system.
  • Explore the Grand Canyon at Night Evening falling over the Grand Canyon.Sunsets at Grand Canyon National Park are gorgeous, but you don’t have to call it a day when the sun goes down. The canyon’s high elevation, dry air, and dark skies make for spectacular stargazing. Learn more about the best spots and times for viewing the beautiful night sky.
  • Go Glamping (but Still Feel the Touch of Nature) in Zion National Park The trail to Angel's Landing in Zion National ParkLearn more about the best places for a cheap but comfortable camping experience in Zion National Park. You’ll also find important information on encountering western tent caterpillars.
  • Bryce Canyon National Park: Pack Your Camera—and Your Long Underwear Bryce Canyon at sunset.Discover advice on taking photos in Bryce Canyon National Park, as well as tips on what to wear and where to stay if you want to avoid the cold.
  • The Journey to Mount Rushmore National Memorial The Black Hills of South DakotaEvery year, millions of people visit one of the most iconic of our American National Parks. Author Laural A. Bidwell shares advice on the best way to approach the monument and what to do when you get there.
  • Anacapa Island: A Stunning Day Trip Anacapa Island at sunset.If you only have half a day to have your mind blown by the remote majesty of the Channel Islands, take a trip to Anacapa Island. Author Stuart Thornton shares information about how to get there and what to see.
  • Explore Santa Cruz Island’s Sea Caves Fog rising off of Santa Cruz Island, part of Channel Island National Park. Photo © David Wan, icensed Creative Commons Attribution.Santa Cruz Island is the largest island within Channel Islands National Park, and the island’s most breathing features are the sea caves that riddle the coastline and can be explored by kayak. Here is some helpful advice on planning your kayaking adventure.
  • Bike Glacier National Park in the Spring—Sans Cars The evening sun setting over Glacier National Park.Spring is the best time to visit Glacier National Park on a bicycle. Learn more about where to ride and what you’ll see, including gushing waterfalls, harlequin ducks bobbing on rapids in McDonald Creek, and grizzly bears scrounging for carcasses in avalanche debris.

Recent National Parks Articles

  • Visiting North Carolina’s Cape Lookout National Seashore View across the water to a tall lighthouse painted with a black and white harlequin pattern.Cape Lookout National Seashore is an otherworldly place with 56 miles of beach stretched out across four barrier islands. Here’s a list of sights, including eerie Portsmouth Village, as well as information on camping and other accommodations.
  • Everglades Island Airboat Tours and Other Recommended Boat Tours A boat tour on the Loxahatchee River.Florida expert Joshua Lawrence Kinser tells you why Totch’s Everglades Island Airboat Tours are the most historically significant boat tours in the area. He also suggests other tours for those seeking to view manatees or explore the backcountry.
  • Driving Tours of the Grand Canyon’s South Rim Sunset over the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.Interested in driving historic Hermit Road or the scenic 23-mile stretch known as Desert View Drive? Here’s everything you need to know about driving tours of the Grand Canyon’s beautiful South Rim.
  • Essential Information about Driving in the Grand Canyon A stunning sunrise over the Grand Canyon.For the most part, driving in Grand Canyon National Park is relatively easy—so easy that it can lead to a false sense of security. Here are some key tips to make your drive a successful one, including information on backcountry driving, road conditions, and where to fill up your tank.
  • Shenandoah National Park: Scenic Drives, Hiking, Camping, and More Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.Shenandoah National Park is 75 miles west of Washington DC. Whether you’re interested in road tripping Skyline Drive or hiking Old Rag Mountain, author Michaela Gaaserud tells you what you need to know to enjoy the park.

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