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8 Reasons Why You’ll Fall in Love with Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park Washington

8 Reasons Why You’ll Fall in Love with Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park is a hiker’s dream with over 260 miles of maintained trails. Trails range from easy nature trails suitable for everyone to strenuous, backcountry routes. The most famous of these is the ambitious 93-mile Wonderland Trail, which encircles Mount Rainier! The Wonderland Trail should only be attempted by the seasoned backcountry hiker, but you’re sure to find at least a few trails that are just right for you!

We spent two full days exploring and hiking in Mount Rainier National Park, and highly recommend you plan a trip to this stunning park.

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Just Go to Petrified Forest National Park - Hiking the Blue Mesa Trail

Arizona Petrified Forest National Park

Just Go to Petrified Forest National Park - Hiking the Blue Mesa Trail

Petrified Forest National Park is one of the most car-accessible national parks in the country.  There are several short hikes that are “must dos” if you have the time and energy.  The Blue Mesa Trail in Petrified Forest National Park is one of these hikes.  Coming in at just one-mile (round trip), the Blue Mesa Trail allows hikers to get immersed in the scenery in a way that just can’t be matched by only stopping at the overlook.

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Just Go to Arches National Park - Hiking the Fiery Furnace Trail

Arches National Park Utah

Just Go to Arches National Park - Hiking the Fiery Furnace Trail

The Fiery Furnace Hike in Arches National Park is an experience that most never forget.  From the time you obtain reservations or a permit (which are required-sometimes months in advance) until you finish the hike, the trip is full of anticipation, wonder and surprises around every corner.  If you are lucky enough to be able to go on this adventure, you’re guaranteed to have fun and will enjoy talking about your adventure for years to come!

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Just Go to Glacier National Park - Hiking the Iceberg Lake Trail

Glacier National Park Montana

Just Go to Glacier National Park - Hiking the Iceberg Lake Trail

The Many Glacier area of Glacier National Park is full of great hikes, and the Iceberg Lake Trail is definitely one of the best.  The reward doesn’t come easy, though.  At just under 10 miles (round trip), you’ll have to work to get there.  However, for those that are willing to take on the trip, they’ll enjoy breathtaking scenery along the entire route, a waterfall, several river crossings and an emerald-green, glacier-fed lake, complete with icebergs!

Hiking 10 miles is not something that our family typically does, and as you can imagine, our kids are not usually overly excited to head out on a hike this long.  However, this turned out to be one of our favorite hikes of the park!

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Just Go to Grand Teton National Park - What to See and Do

Grand Teton National Park Wyoming

Just Go to Grand Teton National Park - What to See and Do

While Grand Teton draws in over 3 million visitors each year, it is mind boggling how many people just “pass through” on the way to its bigger brother (Yellowstone National Park), which sits just to the north.  There is so much to see here, that an adventurous family could easily spend an entire week of exploration and still have things left on their list.

Here are some tips on how to plan a trip to Grand Teton National Park as well as what to do while you are there.

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