Why Mount Rainier National Park is One of the Best Seattle Day Trips

You’re having a great time exploring the wildflower-strewn alpine meadows of Mount Rainier National Park, when, suddenly, you hear a sharp screech—almost a whistle. It’s a sound you haven’t heard before, making you stop in your tracks. Looking around, there’s nothing that stands out to your human eyes. As...

Stony Man Trail – Best Sunset Hike in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

I’ve talked a lot about how great Shenandoah National Park is for sunset and sunrise watching. There are a few summits and overlooks that are downright spectacular, which made me rave about this national park’s potential before. And that was when I hadn’t even hiked up to Stony Man,...

Could This Be the Best Waterfall Hike in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia?

The Doyles River-Jones Run Loop is easily my all-time favorite waterfall hikes in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia. An occasionally strenuous circuit hike, this loop trail takes you past three large waterfalls and countless smaller ones. You can start this wonderfully woodsy waterfall hike at various points along Skyline Drive....

7 Recommended Hikes in Joshua Tree National Park, California

Iconic Joshua trees stand tall in a desert landscape dominated by huge jumbles of rock. Arid hills form a remarkable backdrop. Blue skies offer a stark contrast to the yellows, browns and greens of this unique scenery. Roadrunners scurry across the sandy desert floors while ravens circle overhead. Rattlesnakes...