U.S. National Parks

Ideas for planning your next National Park trip

Bryce Canyon National Park at sunrise

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Not sure where to go on your next National Park adventure and looking for inspiration? Can’t travel right now but want to plan future National Park trips?

We can help with that! We have listed out a few ideas on how to find your next National Park.

Ideas for planning your next National Park trip

  1. Visit the National Park Service’s website homepage for ever-changing content, including monthly virtual tours. For example, June 2020’s virtual tour is Buck Island Reef National Monument in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Then take a look at the Related Articles section to read about other locations. From the homepage, you can select a state to see a listing of all National Park Service sites.
  2. Check out virtual tours of five National Parks (Kenai Fjords, Hawai’i Volcanoes, Carlsbad Caverns, Bryce Canyon, and Dry Tortugas), courtesy of Google Arts and Culture. As of this writing, we have been to all except Dry Tortugas, and we can honestly say all of them are worth a visit (especially Kenai Fjords!).
  3. Read our post about White Sands National Park in New Mexico and learn more about what White Sands has to offer. Not on your list of parks to visit? It wasn’t on our list, either, until it became a National Park in December 2019, but we were pleasantly surprised by how well we liked it!
  4. Read our post about how to spend one day in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. You should really plan to spend more than one day in Yellowstone and Grand Teton, but the post addresses the must-see sights.
  5. We frequently post our National Park photos on Instagram, like these awesome photos taken at Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska. Follow us to see new photos as we add them; the photos may entice you to visit those parks!
  6. Scroll through our Pinterest U.S. National Parks board to find ideas and information for other National Parks you should visit. We are constantly adding to this board, so follow it to get updates of newly-added pins!
  7. Subscribe below to our blog to get notified of future posts containing itineraries and photos of National Parks we’ve visited (shameless plug).

Note about the photo above: the photo was taken at Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah in July 2018. We got to the park earrrrrly in the morning to watch the sunrise from a viewpoint along the park road. A storm in the distance turned the sky shades of purple and pink. If you can stomach the early hour, the sunrise was well worth it. Remember to take along hot coffee and a jacket, as it may be chilly in the early morning. Take a flashlight–who are we kidding, use the one on your phone–to help you navigate in the dark to the spot where you will watch the sunrise.

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