Grinnell Lake in Glacier National Park

A Most Beautiful Hike to Grinnell Lake in Glacier National Park

If you’re looking for an easy day hike in Glacier National Park, look no further than the Grinnell Lake hike. This beautiful 6.8 mile round-trip-trail makes an excellent recovery-day-hike when visiting the Many Glacier area. Basically a walk in the woods (if you choose the south shore option), the trail to Grinnell Lake also passes […]

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Mesa Arch Canyonlands

Mesa Arch Sunrise Photography Tips for Boomer Travelers

Are you planning a trip to Canyonlands National Park? During your research, did you see the iconic photo of Mesa Arch framing distant sandstone formations as the rising sun casts an illuminating glow on everything in one of the best Utah parks? Did it inspire you to take the same photo? You don’t have to […]

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National Park Apps

The Best National Park Apps for Boomer Travel

Have you seen our recommendations for best national park apps? This is the most recent update that includes eliminating apps that are no longer published plus we introduce you to our latest finds. In our opinion, every day is a good day to explore U.S. National Parks. From the ever-so-popular Grand Canyon—we recommend visiting the […]

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John Day Fossil Beds in eastern Oregon is a fun boomer travel adventure

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument: Tips for a one-day visit

If you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-path national parks experience in Oregon, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument more than qualifies. And road tripping in the remote, rural countryside of eastern Oregon’s John Day River Basin is a visual treat. Fossils, hidden in the region’s rock layers, are the true star of this trip. And you’ll […]

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On a May Crater Lake trip, see Crater Lake National Park dressed in snow.

Crater Lake in May: how to plan your trip before the crowds arrive

When Alan and I were planning a last-minute Crater Lake trip for late May, we should have known something was up. Reservations for three nights at Crater Lake Lodge in southern Oregon‘s Cascade mountains? Score! Have you tried to get last-minute reservations at a national park lodge? It’s almost unheard of. There was a very […]

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national park travel inspiration from coloring books

National Park Travel Inspiration from Coloring Books

What inspires you to explore a specific U.S. National Park? For Alan and me, National Park travel inspiration comes from many sources—books, maps, blogs and more. Although words tell us what to see and do or how to make the most of a trip, it’s the visual that truly inspires our boomer adventures. After seeing […]

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Visit a national park for good health

Why Visiting a National Park is Good For Your Health

When you’re planning a U.S. National Park adventure, I’m guessing that the health benefits of national parks rarely cross your mind. You’re probably anticipating scenic views, wildlife watching and nature experiences that will be part of the trip. But visiting a national park for good health is just as important as the natural beauty that you’ll […]

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Visit Lamar Valley in the winter

Visiting Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley in the Winter

Are you thinking about visiting Yellowstone National Park’s Lamar Valley in winter? In this article, I’m sharing a Lamar Valley day trip itinerary plus where to stay and how to plan your trip to this northern region of Yellowstone known for winter wildlife watching. For years, I’ve wanted to visit Lamar Valley in winter, especially […]

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