Hiker heading into Thurston Lava Tube Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Eight Great National Parks

Happy National Park Week! Choosing some favorites is like putting together a Greatest Hits album: We think it's all great! Here's a compilation of 8 great national parks and some of our favorite adventures within them ... 

Week: 04.20.2022
Regions: Northern & Southern CA

Big Tree Bonanza

Giant Redwood hikes at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park in Humboldt County

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park hike
Hiker looking at the tallest trees on the planet at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park in Humboldt County
Hiker at Fern Canyon in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park in Humboldt County
Hiker on the James Irvine Trail among the tall trees at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park in Humboldt County
Roosevelt elk, canyons draped in ferns and dripping with small waterfalls, oh … and the tallest trees on the entire planet! Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park has all the fixings for world-class hiking.
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Pinnacles of Spring

Hike the High Peaks Trail at Pinnacles National Park

Hiker overlooking Bear Gulch Reservoir at Pinnacles National Park near Monterey
Hiker at Bear Gulch Cave and High Peaks Trail at Pinnacles National Park
Hiker on the High Peaks Trail at Pinnacles National Park near Monterey
Person hiking a scenic trail overlooking the mountain scenery at Pinnacles National Park
Why hike at Pinnacles National Park? Spring's a beautiful time of year here. And you might spy the magnificent California condor soaring while you gain soaring views from the High Peaks Trail.
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North Lake Tahoe, Naturally

Spring Adventures in North Lake Tahoe

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Where do you go to make this spring twice as fun? North Lake Tahoe, naturally! Just 45 minutes from Reno-Tahoe International Airport, North Lake Tahoe’s spring season lets you double up your days with diverse outdoor experiences.
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Magical McClures

McClures Beach in Point Reyes

McClures Beach Point Reyes National Seashore
Person surveying the beach at McClures Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore
Hiker sitting and looking out to the waves at McClures Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore
Person standing at McClures Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore
McClures Beach is a seductive little spot: small, beautiful, and quiet. It’s easy to while away an afternoon-turned-sunset at this pocket cove in Point Reyes.
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Peak-a-View!

Hike to Garfield Peak in Crater Lake National Park

Hike to Garfield Peak in Crater Lake National Park
Hikers heading up the trail to Garfield Peak in Crater Lake National Park Oregon
Hikers on the trail to Garfield Peak in Crater Lake National Park
Hikers sitting and overlooking Crater Lake at Garfield Peak in Crater Lake National Park
Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the entire country and the seventh deepest in the world. For one of the very best perspectives of this shining blue beauty, hike up to Garfield Peak.
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Purely Wild

Hike Channel Islands Santa Cruz Island to Potato Harbor and Cavern Point

Hiker walking along the North Bluff Trail on Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park
Campground sign and Cavern Point sign at Santa Cruz Islands, Channel Islands National Park
Two hikers at Santa Cruz Island Channel Islands National Park
Channel Islands National Park lives up to its nickname as “North America’s Galapagos.” This less-traveled national park is an undeveloped and isolated series of five dramatic and distinct islands reached by boat. Hike the largest of the islands, Santa Cruz.
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Muir Woods Through the Backdoor

Hike into Muir Woods from Mount Tamalpais and the Bootjack Trail

Hike Mount Tamalpais into Muir Woods
A backdoor entrance into Muir Woods? Hike a tranquil trail that starts in Mount Tamalpais State Park and quietly leads into Muir Woods, letting you avoid the busyness of the main parking area.
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Truly Grand Day Hike

Hike the South Kaibab Trail to Skeleton Point in the Grand Canyon

Woman hiking the South Kaibab Trail in the Grand Canyon
Woman at Skeleton Point Grand Canyon
Woman hiking South Kaibab Trail in Grand Canyon
One of the best spring day hikes in the Grand Canyon? See layer upon layer of the park’s grandeur—including the river—on this 3-mile (one-way) journey to Skeleton Point via the South Kaibab Trail.
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Hot Destination

Hike a Classic Trail in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hiker going through the forest in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Hiker on the lava field trail at as part of the Kilauea Iki trail in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Hiker on an ancient lava field at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Kilauea Iki trail
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is nature’s demonstration of how volcanoes built the Hawaiian Islands over the last 70 million years. Do the 3-mile (round-trip) classic Kilauea Iki loop for a forest-to-lava-lake adventure.
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