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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
  • A Worthwhile Detour to Dead Horse Point State Park Dead Horse Point State Park in Utah.A venture to Utah’s Canyonlands National Park would not be complete without a short detour to the awe-inspiring Dead Horse Point State Park. Learn more about visiting Dead Horse Point.
  • 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.

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  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia A one story brick guard house with high arches featuring double doors and paned windows.Plan a visit to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. In addition to historic buildings, the park offers many outdoor adventure opportunities, including trail hiking, boating, and biking, as well as guided ranger tours.
  • Traveling to Mauna Loa via the Saddle Road On the road to Mauna Loa.The Saddle Road is a great option for accessing Mauna Loa and its trails. Read on for more information about getting to Mauna Loa and what you’ll see along the way.
  • Visiting Assateague Island Two chestnut colored ponies walk along the sand by the rolling waves.While Assateague is perhaps best known for its resident herd of wild ponies, the island is also home to a beautiful 37-mile beach, dunes, wetlands, and marsh. Read about camping, birding, and more on Assateague Island.
  • Discover Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and Volcano Village Steam rises up in great white clouds from the crater of Kilauea volcano.Interested in experiencing the indomitable power of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park? Get a quick overview of the park and Volcano Village as well as helpful info for hiking, lava viewing, and more.
  • Wild New York Letchworth Gorge in Finger Lakes National Park.The Adirondacks, Catskills, and Finger Lakes are particularly well known for their wild places, but every region of the state offers something special. Here’s where to go to get outdoors in New York state.

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