While most of the traffic and crowds stay on the beautiful Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park, high above the valley is the hike to the Sentinel Dome. This moderately challenging hike climbs steadily before terminating on top of a granite “dome” with amazing views of El Capitan, Half Dome and multiple waterfalls. It also has a breathtaking view down into Yosemite Valley. If you’re like us, you’ll want to stay and take in the view for as long as you can.
There is nothing so southwest as the Saguaro cactus, and there are few trails that get you quickly immersed into Saguaro National Park like the Valley View Overlook Trail. This short trail is a terrific way for visitors of all ages and capabilities to get out and really experience the park and views of the Avra Valley.
The Bristlecone Loop Trail is an easy hike that includes Rainbow Point and Yovimpa Point. From these vantage points you have different (and great!) views. Plus, along the way you’ll be among the twisty Bristlecone Pines. While you won’t have the same breathtaking experience as you will on the Queens Garden and Navajo Loop Trail, we highly recommend heading out here, getting out of the car and taking this short walk to see a different part of Bryce Canyon!
Located in the southern end of California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range, Sequoia National Park draws well over a million visitors a year. The Giant Forest area of the park is home to some of the world’s largest trees by volume, including the General Sherman Tree, the largest tree on the planet! Although giant trees are the main attraction, Sequoia National Park is also a great destination for your next wilderness adventure. Hikes and attractions in the park, and in neighboring Kings Canyon National Park, can keep you busy for days.
Traveling high above Lake Louise in Banff National Park and away from most of the crowds is the Plain of Six Glaciers Trail. This amazing hike includes breathtaking views of glaciers, sheer cliffs shaped by avalanches, a tea house and the opportunity to visit several high-mountain lakes.