What’s the best hike in Redwood National and State Parks? All of them! When walking through a redwood grove on a fog-shrouded morning, sounds are reduced to the musical gurgle of water trickling amongst ferns and mossy rocks, light ebbs with the somber mist and rays of sun hang like cobwebs. Stillness and peace weave their spells on you. For those with mobility issues, a number of the park’s trails are ADA accessible, and wheelchairs and beach wheelchairs are available at its visitor centers. Photo by Anna Day (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Need a break from the cold? National Park of American Samoa is the place for you. The quintessential tropical paradise, National Park of American Samoa welcomes you into the heart of the South Pacific where you will discover rare plants and animals, coral sand beaches, and vistas of land and sea. When you aren’t snorkeling, enjoy a walk in the sand or relax in the shade along this quiet and remote beach. Doesn’t it sound like a dream getaway? Photo by National Park Service.
Located in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is anything but dismal. With more than 111,200 acres of seasonally flooded wetland forest and the 3,100-acre Lake Drummond at its center, the refuge contains some of the most important wildlife habitat in the mid-Atlantic region. In the winter, the lake provides a resting place for thousands of migratory birds including Tundra Swans and Snow Geese. In the summer, it’s home to Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets. It’s also an amazing place to witness the start of a new day. Photo courtesy of Tom Hamilton.
Life is better with friends. Just ask these two bear cubs playing leapfrog at Lake Clark National Park and Preserve in Alaska. Be sure to thank your friends today and tell them how much they mean to you. Friends Day Photo by Hunt Karen (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Even in winter, there is plenty of amazing outdoor activities to do at Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska. From early November to May, visitors can explore the park by fat bikes, cross-country skis, snowmobile and dog sled. No matter your experience, you’ll enjoy the stark beauty of winter at Kenai Fjords. Photo by National Park Service.
No matter the season, Yosemite National Park is one of the most beautiful places on earth. What’s your favorite time of year to visit this stunning California park? Photo of a double rainbow 🌈 over Yosemite Falls by Rob Lester, National Park Service.
Happy 103rd birthday, Rocky Mountain National Park!
Established in 1915, Rocky Mountain is one of the nation’s highest national parks. With elevations from 7,860 feet to 14,259 feet, the park makes you feel like you are on top of the world. It is home to 77 mountain peaks over 12,000 feet high and the Continental Divide, which runs north to south through the park. Explore more cool facts about this Colorado park: https://on.doi.gov/2DwCfZ8. Photo of Longs Peak reflected in Bear Lake by Steve Perry (www.sharetheexperience.org).
In many parts of the country, it’s rare to catch a glimpse of a bald eagle, but imagine seeing scores of them in a single day. Welcome to Lake Coeur d’Alene in the winter! With a plentiful supply of spawned-out kokanee salmon, this lake is a favorite wintering spot for eagles. From November to February each year, the Bureau of Land Management records the eagle migration – a record 240 eagles were spotted in just one day in 2013. The spectacle becomes a regional attraction, with activities, tours and boat rides on the lake. Photo by Bureau of Land Management, @mypubliclands
Tucson, Arizona, is home to the nation’s largest cacti. The universal symbol of the American west, these majestic plants are found only in a small portion of the United States and protected by Saguaro National Park. Here you have a chance to see these enormous cacti silhouetted by the beauty of a magnificent desert sunset. Photo by Debbie Angel (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Here’s an amazing pic of the first supermoon of 2018 from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This photo of the full moon over Mauna Loa was taken 400mm telephoto lens from Volcano House shortly after sunrise. Did you see the supermoon? Photo by Volunteer Janice Wei, National Park Service.