NATIONAL PARKS
 

 
 
 
 
 

Hey there! You’ve found our national parks page! We have a soft spot in our hearts for national parks. If you’re ever in doubt of where to go on your next adventure, try doing a national parks trip! You’ll learn about so much history of the area, and find some breathtaking spots across the globe! If you know what part of the world you’re looking for, click on that national park picture. Otherwise, you can get started by just scrolling through all our national park posts here!



 



 

  • Cinque Terre, What’s That?

    Cinque Terre, What’s That?

    So, you’ve heard about Cinque Terre and have seen pictures of the gorgeous cliffside villages, but still don’t quite understand what Cinque Terre is. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. After spending an entire day researching about Cinque Terre, we still didn’t quite understand it. We thought, if we researched all day and couldn’t really understand Read more about Cinque Terre, What’s That?[…]Read More »
  • Camping in Deiva Marina

    Camping in Deiva Marina

    Camping while visiting Cinque Terre is a great way to save your budget. With the amount of campgrounds in the area, it’s easy to get a bit overwhelmed with searching for the right place! So, search no more, we’ve done the research for you!!   We know you don’t want to spend your time in Read more about Camping in Deiva Marina[…]Read More »
  • Italian Vacation

    Italian Vacation

    Vacation season is upon us and boy do we have everything at our fingertips!!   We have absolutely loved traveling through Scotland in our beloved van, Isobel!! However, when Jay was told he had a week off in the middle of June, we were prepared to leave Isobel and explore elsewhere! Guys, get this… not Read more about Italian Vacation[…]Read More »
  • Iguazu Falls… A Must Read in the Shower

    Iguazu Falls… A Must Read in the Shower

    Pictures can only go so far when trying to tell a story of an event in one’s life. Yes, they are important and a picture can say a million words, but to completely understand Iguazu Falls from somewhere afar, you have to do a bit more than read this post, watch the videos, and look Read more about Iguazu Falls… A Must Read in the Shower[…]Read More »
  • Torres Del Paine.. Read at Your Own Risk

    Torres Del Paine.. Read at Your Own Risk

    When we were “planning” our trip down to South America, we had two must do’s on our agenda. Machu Picchu (which you can read about here) and Torres Del Paine. The gorgeous pictures all over every social media account had us hooked on seeing this beautiful place with our own eyes. Fair warning here.. after Read more about Torres Del Paine.. Read at Your Own Risk[…]Read More »
  • Torres Del Paine.. Trail Talk

    Torres Del Paine.. Trail Talk

      Something you have to see to believe. And we mean really see it.. Not one of those fly down, spend three days doing the “W” trek as quick as you can and then fly home. We mean.. slow down, take it all in, and really enjoy the beauty of this amazing national park.   Read more about Torres Del Paine.. Trail Talk[…]Read More »
  • Huge Glaciers, an Ice Bar, and One Crazy Hostel

    Huge Glaciers, an Ice Bar, and One Crazy Hostel

    So clearly we are doing a fabulous job of keeping you all updated seeing how we are still trying to catch up from our time in South America. But hey, we are getting closer one blog at a time right? To refresh your memory, before getting into El Chalten was our crazy border crossing experience Read more about Huge Glaciers, an Ice Bar, and One Crazy Hostel[…]Read More »
  • The Fabulous Four in Cerro Castillo

    The Fabulous Four in Cerro Castillo

    A pregnancy announcement, one huge bear, and a beautiful castle. So there you have it. We met the perfect people to hitchhike with not only because they were going the same way we were, but they were awesome people to be around. Our first stop on our road trip as the fabulous four was Puerto Read more about The Fabulous Four in Cerro Castillo[…]Read More »
  • Patagonia!!… Parque National Queulat

    Patagonia!!… Parque National Queulat

    Wow, we’re in Patagonia…a place so beautiful it literally brought tears to our eyes. The boat ride from Chiloe was quite the experience. We got all our warm clothes out of our bags, checked our bags in on the bottom floor of the boat, and went to find our seats. The boat was set to Read more about Patagonia!!… Parque National Queulat[…]Read More »
  • Chiloe, Chile!!

    Chiloe, Chile!!

    Hitchhiking, beautiful places, and a God who speaks so clearly!! We left Valdivia with the hopes of hitching all the way to Chiloe in one day. We weren’t really sure what that would look like, but thought it was plausible with the possibility of us getting a hitch with the right person. We got up Read more about Chiloe, Chile!![…]Read More »
  • Joshua Tree NP

    Joshua Tree NP

    After leaving the Grand Canyon we drove for about two hours and stopped at the very finest Walmart we could find. This was our last time sleeping in a Walmart parking lot, so we found the classiest one! In the morning, we woke up and made our way to California. We took our last picture Read more about Joshua Tree NP[…]Read More »
  • Grand Canyon NP     

    Grand Canyon NP    

    Well, since we were stuck in Flagstaff for the three days that we were supposed to be in the Grand Canyon, we only had one and a half days to spend there. We decided that we would go to the visitor’s center and see if we could get a back country pass so we could Read more about Grand Canyon NP    […]Read More »
  • Stranded in Flagstaff, Arizona

    Stranded in Flagstaff, Arizona

    Clunk, gurgle, gurgle.. “Is that our car?” “No that’s not good ol’ Zippy, she’s a champ!” Clunk, gurgle, gurgle.. (A bit louder this time) “Uhh.. yep, that’s definitely our car!” “We’re almost to Jiffy Lube, we can make it!” Gurgle, gurgle, no power.. “I think we can roll down to that gas station.” And there Read more about Stranded in Flagstaff, Arizona[…]Read More »
  • Petrified Forest NP

    Petrified Forest NP

    We left Tucson around 10:00 am Sunday the 12th to head up to Petrified Forest National Park in the northeast part of Arizona. This park has very, very little hiking trails, so we knew it would be a park to only spend three or four hours at then hit the road again. Driving up to Read more about Petrified Forest NP[…]Read More »
  • Tucson and Saguaro NP

    Tucson and Saguaro NP

    We made it to Tucson, Arizona in the late afternoon,  as soon as we made it to Kevin’s house the three of us got right back in the car and drove out to Saguaro National Park (East) to explore the Saguaro Forest Drive and hike a few short trails. We have never seen a Saguaro Read more about Tucson and Saguaro NP[…]Read More »
  • Sporadic Trip to The World’s Largest Balloon Festival and El Paso, Texas

    Sporadic Trip to The World’s Largest Balloon Festival and El Paso, Texas

    When we were at the bat viewing at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, the ranger asked the question, “How many of you are here from the balloon festival in Albuquerque?” After more than half the people in the amphitheater raised their hands, we decided we had to find out what this balloon festival was. We looked Read more about Sporadic Trip to The World’s Largest Balloon Festival and El Paso, Texas[…]Read More »
  • Carlsbad Cavern NP

    Carlsbad Cavern NP

    After a quick trip to Guadalupe Mountains National Park, we made our way into New Mexico to tour the Carlsbad Caverns. Carlsbad Caverns National Park is literally right down the road from Guadalupe Mountains National Park. As we were driving, we were waiting for a “Welcome to New Mexico” sign and drove right by it Read more about Carlsbad Cavern NP[…]Read More »
  • Guadalupe Mountains NP

    Guadalupe Mountains NP

    We left Big Bend National Park, and started driving north to find a place to camp for the night. We were finally back into a place where free campsites from freecampsites.net were actually not only present, but were located on roads we were traveling on. The closest one was Marfa Lights. Marfa Lights was a Read more about Guadalupe Mountains NP[…]Read More »
  • Big Bend NP

    Big Bend NP

    We left Emily and Dylan’s and had about a four-hour drive to Big Bend National Park. Big Bend is located right on the border of Mexico and Texas, on the little hook that is on the southwest part of the state. The entrance that our maps were showing as the only one looked like we Read more about Big Bend NP[…]Read More »
  • Congaree NP

    Congaree NP

    After leaving Alexandria, we were able to stop and see family before getting to Congaree National Park. We have family over on the east coast in North Carolina so we headed straight for the Atlantic Ocean. Yes..we finally we able to put our feet in the Atlantic.. We made it literally all the way across Read more about Congaree NP[…]Read More »
  • Washington DC/ Alexandria, Virginia

    Washington DC/ Alexandria, Virginia

    We arrived in Alexandria late on a rainy evening to Madison welcoming us with open arms, a cozy home, and a hot, home cooked, delicious meal. We hung out with Madison for a few hours just talking and catching up with one another. Chris was still at work, so we tried staying up till he Read more about Washington DC/ Alexandria, Virginia[…]Read More »
  • Shenandoah National Park

    Shenandoah National Park

    Shenandoah National Park is hands down one of the most beautiful national parks we’ve been to!! The colors of the trees during fall is something everyone should experience once in their lives!!     We made it to Virginia!! We naturally found the closest Walmart once we got into Virginia and set up home for Read more about Shenandoah National Park[…]Read More »
  • Great Smokey Mountains NP

    Great Smokey Mountains NP

    On the way to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, we planned on making a stop to see Halie. Halie is a little girl our family used to foster that moved to Tennessee. We were so excited to go and pick her up and hang out with her for a bit. We hung out at her Read more about Great Smokey Mountains NP[…]Read More »
  • Mammoth Cave NP

    Mammoth Cave NP

    Saturday we woke up and jetted over to Kentucky to Mammoth Cave National Park. We had to pre-book a cave tour for this national park, and let us tell you.. This was the first time we actually had to be somewhere at a specific time in about three weeks. Let’s just say we were running Read more about Mammoth Cave NP[…]Read More »
  • Hot Springs NP

    Hot Springs NP

    We drove and drove until somewhere in the middle of Kansas where we found a Walmart to set up camp for the night. What we didn’t know was that this Walmart was not open 24 hours, causing us to have to hold going the bathroom all night!! We got up and got on the road Read more about Hot Springs NP[…]Read More »
  • Rocky Mountains NP

    Rocky Mountains NP

    After getting refreshed from a nice shower and lunch at Great Sand Dunes NP, we made our way up to Rocky Mountain NP. We camped about 20 minutes outside the park at a freecampsite.net location that was quite nice. We set up camp, made some spaghetti for dinner, and called it a night. Although we Read more about Rocky Mountains NP[…]Read More »
  • Great Sand Dunes NP

    Great Sand Dunes NP

    We left Black Canyon of the Gunnison and had about a five-hour drive ahead of us. Knowing this, we looked for a free campsite just outside of Great Sand Dunes NP. We were out of luck with this search, but found a town not too far past Great Sand Dunes NP that had a Walmart Read more about Great Sand Dunes NP[…]Read More »
  • Black Canyon of The Gunnison NP

    Black Canyon of The Gunnison NP

    Black Canyon of the Gunnison is a national park located in the beautiful state of Colorado. This national park isn’t very well known, making it one of Colorado’s best kept secrets. With a great backcountry campsite, amazing trekking, and little to no tourist, you won’t want to miss Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park! Read more about Black Canyon of The Gunnison NP[…]Read More »
  • Mesa Verde NP

    Mesa Verde NP

    When we woke up on the side of the street it was still raining. We got out and ran to the gas station to freshen up, then got on the road to Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. It rained, no poured, this entire drive. Literally it was raining so hard and we hadn’t showered Read more about Mesa Verde NP[…]Read More »
  • Canyonlands NP

    Canyonlands NP

    Canyonlands NP is only about a 45-minute drive away from Arches NP making the ride there very short and enjoyable. We headed into the park, expecting to camp at a free campsite just outside the park. As we drove past the campsite, we decided to not set up camp yet, but instead head in and Read more about Canyonlands NP[…]Read More »
  • Arches NP

    Arches NP

    Arches National Park was a really fun park to run through and explore. With the free wild camping, the short and long hikes, and amazing red rocks all around, Arches National Park is a must! Everywhere you look there’s gorgeous views, crazy rock formations, and unbelievable arches!     Heading into Arches NP we began studying Read more about Arches NP[…]Read More »
  • Capital Reef NP and Salt Lake City

    Capital Reef NP and Salt Lake City

    CAPITOL REEF After Bryce Canyon NP, we made our way over to Capitol Reef NP. This was the drive we were told we had to stop to get a burger in Boulder, UT at Burr Trail Grill. We were driving by the burger place and nearly missed it. Thank goodness we didn’t!! We both ordered Read more about Capital Reef NP and Salt Lake City[…]Read More »
  • Bryce Canyon NP

    Bryce Canyon NP

    Once we left Zion, we wanted to find a free campsite in between Zion and Bryce, so we quickly got out our phones and went searching. We came across one that seemed perfect, just 20 minutes outside of Bryce. As we were approaching the park, Heather wasn’t feeling that great, but we just dismissed it Read more about Bryce Canyon NP[…]Read More »
  • Zion NP

    Zion NP

    We made it to Utah!! Before we got to Zion we stopped and camped out.. so before you get to read about Zion NP you get to hear about our awesome camping experience.   We took of from Great Basin NP after dinner and were wanting to get a couple hours of driving in before Read more about Zion NP[…]Read More »
  • Great Basin NP

    Great Basin NP

    To start this post off, sorry we haven’t been able to update everyone sooner than now. We have been out of good service and Internet availability for a few days. We stopped at a coffee shop just for all you that want to read our blog 🙂   Great Basin National Park is located in Read more about Great Basin NP[…]Read More »

 



 





 


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