The beauty of nature, in all its ravishing diversity, is one of the main joys in life that we as humans may be fortunate to experience. Yet nature, in all its loveliness, does not care about the anxiety that we may feel regarding our brief human presence on this earth.
Yellowstone was our first national park and in many ways has advanced the concept of national parks more than any other unit in the system.
The Marin Healdlands and Conzelman Road offer the best opportunity to view both San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge from an elevated perspective.
Mt. Rainier National Park in Washington State intrigues with its white summit of glaciers, its volcanic legacy, the Paradise Visitor Center and Longmire family heritage, and the hiking and climbing opportunities as a visitor circles the mountain.
North Cascades National Park in Washington State, near Seattle, provides a traveler with good hikes, mountain scenery, and river views with salmon fishing along the Skagit River. Camping is possible at Goodell and Newhalen.
Washington State's Olympic National Park appeals to travelers because of its majestic mountain Mt. Olympus, its rain forests including the Hoh Queets and Quinalt , its rugged coastline with beaches such as Rialto Beach, and over 600 miles of hiking trails. Circle Mt. Olympus and Hurricane Ridge and visit Sequim, Winslow, the Scandinavian towns of Poulsbo, the historic lumber community of Port Gamble, the lovely Victorian legacy of Port Townsend, and the Makah Indian Museum at Neah Bay, Diversions to consider include the Kemper Brewery, an example of micro breweries, and the Olympic Game Farm in Sequim, as well as the state capital in Olympia.
Crater Lake National Park might be called the tour-de -orce national park. It is Oregon's great one-act play, a volcanic crater left over from a major eruption.
A two-week Alaska Grand Tour could take a visitor to Anchorage, Denali, Fairbanks, Juneau, Glacier Bay, Skagway, and Sitka. Part of the trip would be by cruise ship and part by bus tour.
If you plan to take your teenager on a vacation trip, Hawaii offers many attractions, beginning with how to surf, sailing on a catamaran, and snorkeling to see tropical fish.
Alaska's Denali National Park lures visitors with views of the highest mountain in North America, Mt. McKinley, and with superb wildlife viewing of grizzly bears, moose, dall sheep, caribou, and wolves. Take the Wildlife Tour into Wonder Lake. Dogsled mushing demonstrations, flight seeing around the mountain and glaciers, and rafting the Nenana River are other special park experiences.