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Zion National Park - Watchman Trail

Utah Zion National Park

Zion National Park - Watchman Trail

It’s no secret that Zion National Park is full of great hiking opportunities for hikers of all skill levels.  While the trails to Angels Landing and Observation Point tend to get a lot of publicity, some of the shorter, family-friendly hikes are also outstanding and deserve their time in the spotlight as well!

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Saguaro National Park - What to See and Do

Arizona Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park - What to See and Do

Saguaro National Park is named after the giant cactus that are native to the Sonoran Desert.  These impressive plants live as long as 150 years or more, and may take between 75-100 years to grow their first arm (if they grow one at all!).

This minimally visited park is located just about 2 hours south of Phoenix, yet it only draws around 800,000 visitors each year.  Sure, this park is relatively small (just over 91,000 acres) and easily ranks in the bottom-half of parks by size.  Though this park lacks in size, there is a great deal to do and explore. 

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North Cascades National Park - Hiking the Maple Pass Loop

North Cascades National Park Washington

North Cascades National Park - Hiking the Maple Pass Loop

North Cascades National Park isn’t particularly well known, let alone the Maple Pass Loop.  Heck, we almost passed this hike up in favor of other, shorter trails inside of North Cascades.

What a mistake that would have been.

The Maple Pass Loop Trail ended up being one of our family’s most favorite hikes of all-time, and it remains as Pete’s #1 hike in all his 43 years of traveling.

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Glacier National Park - What to Pack

Glacier National Park Montana

Glacier National Park - What to Pack

In Glacier National Park, the weather can be unpredictable in the summer and figuring what to pack for your trip can be a challenge.  Unlike other National Parks to the south, this park can see snowfall during most months of the year.  You could find yourself in freezing temperatures at any time during the year as well.

Don’t worry, though!  This amazing park is one of our favorites, and with a little planning you’ll be more than prepared for your trip. 

Here are a few of the “must pack” items that we think you’ll need when planning a trip to Glacier National Park in the summertime.

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Acadia National Park - Hiking the Bubbles Trail

Acadia National Park Maine

Acadia National Park - Hiking the Bubbles Trail

It wasn’t until our most recent visit to Acadia National Park that it really hit us how many different hiking trails there are in this amazing piece of landscape on the Maine coast.  In our recent visit, we were able to finally take on one of the park’s most sought-after hikes, the Bubbles Trail.  While it can be a bit of a challenge to get parking during the peak times of day, we highly recommend taking this hike.  As it only takes a little over 90 minutes, the hike up the Bubbles will only take up part of your day and the views are totally worth the effort!

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