Tag: National Parks

Yosemite’s best attractions recommended by local expert

People who visit Yosemite National Park for the first time are usually overwhelmed by the amount of information that’s available about Yosemite. After all the reading many first time visitors to Yosemite still ask the basic questions: So what are the main tourist attractions in Yosemite National Park? What are the must-see places? Wouldn’t it be cool to talk to someone local to Yosemite and just ask him? That’s what I did! I had the privilege to ask Douglas Shaw this very questions: what are the main tourist attractions in Yosemite National Park? And he was very gracious to answer quite a few more questions. Read on to find out the best places to visit in Yosemite National Park.

Hiking the Upper Yosemite Falls Trail

Yosemite Falls thumbnailYosemite National Park is my favorite national park. I go there every time I get a chance. Most of the times I visit Yosemite National Park in the early summer or spring. This is usually the best time to see the waterfalls at full capacity. But how about the winter? I got a chance to visit Yosemite National Park in mid-November and while there was not much water in the waterfalls, I enjoyed the different colors of the trees due to changing seasons. One of my favorite trails in Yosemite National Park is the Yosemite Falls trail. Read on to find out about my experience hiking this trail and to see some great pictures.

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona – Is it overrated ?

Grand National Park, Arizona - Sunset ThumbnailWhen we planned to visit the Grand Canyon this past spring, one question kept coming up: Is the Grand Canyon overrated? Everyone wants to visit it, but what if it’s just one big hype and nothing more? Sure, the pictures looked nice, some reviews were great, but what is there to see anyway…just some rocks? Well, I was about to find out why The Grand Canyon National Park is so grand!

Grand Canyon National Park – photos and first impressions from South Rim

Grand Canyon National Park - ThumbnailWe visited Grand Canyon National Park as part of our Las Vegas trip. Actually, this was the last part of our trip. After a stop at Hoover Dam we kept on going through the desert all the way to Williams Arizona. After spending the night there, we visited the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. I struggled with taking pictures and not being able to capture the vastness of the Grand Canyon. I found it very difficult to be purposeful in taking great pictures. One has to go visit and enjoy the view…the entire view. See more pictures from Grand Canyon National Park.

Backpacking Through Kings Canyon National Park, California

King's Canyon National Park, CaliforniaWhen I mention King’s Canyon National Park, quite a few people still ask where it is. This is very different than when talking about Yosemite or Sequoia National Parks because everyone knows about these two places. Even though King’s Canyon is a lot less popular, it is a great place to visit and just like Sequoia, it is a backpacker and hiker’s paradise.

Sequoia National Park, California – It’s not just about big trees

Sequoia National Park, CaliforniaWhenever people talk about Sequoia National Park they mention the Sequoia trees that made the park famous. But Sequoia National Park is home to many other natural attractions. Yes it’s true that the big trees are the main attraction and they will produce awe in everyone looking at them, but when you combine these amazing trees with the spectacular views and incredible hiking trails you get…an amazingly spectacular and incredible place ! That’s Sequoia National Park.

5 Best Yosemite Hikes You Can Do in One Day

Yosemite National Park, CaliforniaYosemite National Park is a great travel destination both for the backpacker and the entire family. Weather you love to backpack for days or you just enjoy day hikes with your family, Yosemite National Park has something for everyone. I have visited Yosemite many times and each time I have done something completely different and fun. However, if you’re visiting for the first time there are a few Yosemite hikes you simply must do.

Best 1 Week in Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite National Park, CaliforniaYosemite National Park is a great travel destination both for the backpacker and the entire family. Weather you love to backpack for days or you just enjoy day hikes with your family, Yosemite National Park has something for everyone. I have visited Yosemite many times and each time I have done something completely different and fun. However, if you’re visiting for the first time there are some things you must see.