Traveling National Parks

A great feature about living in California is the access to several National Parks all within driving distance. Here I am sharing all the National Parks I have visited in CA, WY, UT & WA.

Grand Teton National Park

This is my favorite National park thus far. It's also only an hour and half from Yellowstone National Park. A great feature of the Tetons is that you don't have to go on extreme hikes to get incredible views of the jagged mountains.

w. woodsworth

"Come forth into the light of things and let nature be your teacher...”

Mt Rainier National Park

Rainier is a close second favorite. There are fire lookouts all over the park & make for amazing views! Check out my blog post on hiking Washington here.

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite is absolutely mind-blowing. With iconic views of Half Dome & El Cap, it's an absolute must visit National Park. Located about 5 hours north of Orange County, it's an easily accessible park. There's hiking, waterfalls & an abundance of wildlife. I highly suggest visiting in the winter, check out my "Winter in Yosemite National Park" blog post!

Tunnel View

Bryce Canyon National Park

I visited Bryce in November, so it was too cold to hike. It is very close to Zion National Park which is on my bucket list. I can’t wait to visit Bryce again & get into the canyons!

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone is extremely unique! I wasn't quite prepared for what this park had to offer. The geysers are like a giant science project. Yellowstone Falls is a must-see along with Grand Prismatic. Fun Fact- you can swim in the Boiling River when weather permits!

Some tips when visiting our national parks


Drive slow for wildlife

Pay close attention to & obey the speed limits in the parks! You have to consider the wildlife you may encounter & they don't stop for cars! Yosemite has a 35 MPH limit throughout most of the park & a bear ran across the road in front of my car! I had plenty of time to stop since the speed limit was so low.


Keep your distance from wildlife

I've read that you should keep at least 100 yards (one football field) from any wildlife. This is not only to protect the animals, but to also keep yourself safe! Seeing a moose or bear in a National Park is not like being in the zoo! It can be dangerous, so don't risk it to get a photo. Also, do not feed any animals!


save on entrance fees

National Parks have a $35 entrance fee. Note: the fee covers 7 days, not nights. Unless you have a pass to camp, you must exit the park & return the next morning. If you plan to visit multiple parks in the year, buy a National Parks pass which is only $80 for one year from the purchase date.


Leave your furry friends at home

The general rule when it comes to bringing your dogs is if you can't drive a car on the trail, you can't bring your dog with you. Except service animals of course. I leave my little guy at home when I travel to National Parks!


Leave it as you found it

There is nothing more upsetting than seeing litter in the parks. Be mindful of nature, the animals & others around you. Don't be trashy!

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