Mackinac Island, located in Lake Huron in Michigan, holds a significant place in American history as the country’s first ex-national park. The island’s natural beauty and historical significance led to the establishment of Mackinac National Park in 1875. Although the… Read More »Mackinac: America’s first ex-national park
A national park is a protected area that is designated by a government to preserve its natural, cultural, or historical significance. The criteria for designating a national park may vary from country to country, but they generally involve considerations such… Read More »How many national parks are there?
The 61 National Parks contain some of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring places in the United States. From Acadia to Zion, these parks attract over 300 million visitors each year. However, not all national parks receive the same level of… Read More »The 10 least-visited National Parks in the US
Today, Mackinac Island is a popular tourist destination known for its beautiful scenery, historic sites, and charming Victorian architecture. The island has strict regulations to preserve its historic character and natural beauty, including a ban on motorized vehicles. This small… Read More »Mackinac Island History
UPDATE 06/24/23: Almost every road in the park is now open – you can check statuses here. UPDATE 06/02/22: The Cascade Highway is officially open as of May 10. A very snowy April and May means that there is still… Read More »Is North Cascades Good to Visit in June? Best Time to Visit [June 2023 Update]
Across the 2,650 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, you’ll encounter almost everything nature has to throw at you. Snow, rain, howling wind in some parts; bleak, dry, and arid desert in others- even active volcanoes! Stretching from one US… Read More »What National Parks are on the Pacific Crest Trail?
Planning a visit to Colorado’s RMNP soon? There tons of things on your list- where to stay, where to hike, what to bring, etc. One of those things, for most people, is the likelihood of running into animals that are… Read More »Bears in Rocky Mountain National Park? What You Need to Know
On the far outside, these two terms don’t seem to have that much that separates them. But, once you start learning about outdoor pursuits and trying to choose trails for your next trip, the differences between backpacking and mountaineering become… Read More »Backpacking vs mountaineering: what’s the difference?
Yes. Just to avoid any ambiguity, the answer is yes – backpacking is very safe, and, in many ways, it’s safer than living in a big city. While there are still a bunch of different ways to get yourself injured… Read More »Is Backpacking Safe? What the Numbers Say