Located in Oregon’s beautiful Deschutes National Forest, Newberry National Volcanic Monument is full of unexpected treasures. Not only does the monument contain the largest volcano in the Cascades, it is packed full of beautiful vistas, a varied and rugged landscape, an impressive waterfall and plenty of places to explore. The landscape is so unique and “otherworldly” that it was once even used as a training ground for astronauts between 1964 and 1966 to help train for the lunar landing!
Saint Gaudens National Historical Park may not be on your “short list” of places to see in the United States. As the only National Park Service site that is solely inside the State of New Hampshire, this place is a wonderful spot to spend a half-day exploring the grounds and learning about Augustus-Saint Gaudens, the sculptor after which the park was named.
Located near the end of the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway and Cedar Grove Village Road in the Cedar Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park is the Zumwalt Meadow Trail. This peaceful oasis in an otherwise rugged canyon is a must-do hike in the park.
Suitable for families with young children, this hike is a quick 2.4-mile jaunt. It has enough to keep everyone interested, including a stroll along the Kings River, a suspension bridge crossing, a walk through a boulder field and finally a view of Zumwalt Meadow that seems to come out of nowhere.
Located in the protected western end of Yellowstone Lake, the West Thumb Geyser Basin is the largest geothermal area located on the lake. As you likely know, Yellowstone National Park is full of amazing places to visit, and all of them are different. While not nearly as popular as areas like the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone or Old Faithful, the West Thumb Geyser Basin has unbelievable color and a variety of features that are packed into a relatively small space.
Travel has come to a halt as most of us self-quarantine and practice social distancing; however, that doesn’t mean we have to stop exploring our national parks. No, it’s not quite the same as hitting the trail, but we can channel our national park wanderlust from the comfort of our couches. Films and series featuring our national parks can be streamed on a variety of different TV services. Some short films and TV series can even be accessed via the internet.