Camping in Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park has four developed campgrounds: Jedediah Smith and Del Norte Coast (Mill Creek) campgrounds in the North, and Elk Prairie and Gold Bluffs in the South. We ended up at Mill Creek Campground in the Del Norte Coast State Park section, and I am so glad we chose this site! The Mill Creek…

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Hiking in Redwood National Park: Coast

While the park may be famous for its towering redwoods, the coastal section has a beauty all its own and definitely should not be missed. In truth, it was probably my favorite part of the park. The trees are incredible, no doubt, but as a Southern CA girl, my heart always lies with the ocean.…

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Hiking in Redwood National Park: South

For our second full day in the park, we headed South to Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. The trail guide for the South section of the park is ginormous, and would take days to do it all! And just like the North guide, the trail distances are listed one-way, not round-trip (unless it is a…

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Hiking In Redwood National Park: North

Redwood National Park is sort of an odd park to navigate. The park originally started out as a handful of state parks, and then was taken over by the National Park Service and merged into one park. However, because they were all separate parks, they are still divided by stretches of towns and non-park territories.…

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Crater Lake Boat Tour and Wizard Island

If you have more than one day to spend in Crater Lake, take some time to get down to the lake! Getting to the lake requires a bit of time, effort, and skill, as it is a steep 1.1 mile hike down to the shore, and then another 1.1 miles back up out of the…

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Lodging in Crater Lake

Crater Lake National Park has only one large campground within park borders (as well as one tiny first come, first served site), so during peak season, it fills up quickly. Sadly my friends and I were not among those who planned ahead enough to reserve their spot early, so we had to find a place…

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Hiking in Crater Lake National Park

With over 90 miles of hiking trails in Crater Lake National Park, there are plenty of options to suit every time frame and skill level. In addition, many of the trails are fairly short, so it is easy to pack a lot into one day. With only two days to spend in the park, my…

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Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Standing only a short drive away from the port of Hilo on the big island of Hawai’i are Kilauea and Mauna Loa, two of the world’s most active volcanoes, oozing lava from deep within the Earth’s core. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park was established to protect these awesome volcanoes, and provide a safe way for visitors to…

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Haleakala National Park

Most people come to Maui for the beaches and party towns; we came to see the cold, dry summit of Haleakala. Haleakala National Park is one of two national parks within the state of Hawaii, and since it is one of my bucket list items to visit them all, the beaches had to wait. I…

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Saguaro National Park – Tucson Mountain District (West Side)

After a lunch stop in Tucson (one convenient aspect of having a city in the middle of a National Park) we headed into the West side of the park, the Tucson Mountain District. It was approximately 45-60 minutes between the two halves, but we were able to get some sightseeing in along way, including a…

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