Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota

Voyageurs National Park is located in Northern Minnesota on the Canadian border. The large network of lakes and boreal forests create a remote and ecologically diverse park. The park name commemorates the French-Canadian fur traders, called “voyageurs” who were the first European settlers in the region, but the region has been occupied for 10,000 years … More Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota

Isle Royal National Park, Michigan

Isle Royal is the largest island in Lake Superior, located near the Canadian border. Although we accessed the island by sea plane departing from Grand Marais, Minnesota, the island is technically part of northern Michigan. It is an UNESCO International Biosphere Reserve and due to its remote location, the landscape is pristine. Indigenous people including … More Isle Royal National Park, Michigan

North Cascades National Park, Washington

North Cascades National Park is basically the Glacier National Park of Washington, featuring dramatic peaks, alpines lakes, and glaciers along the Canadian border. The park is bisected by the Skagit River, which unfortunately has a series of dams along it. The North Cascades Ranges is the most expansive glacial system in the contiguous United States … More North Cascades National Park, Washington

Channel Islands National Park and Pacific Grove, California

Channel Islands National Park is located just off the coast of Ventura, California. It is a series of islands protected for the variety of species each boasts. We sat awhile on the beach watching surfers and scanning the horizon for the islands. Unfortunately due to COVID, the only boat service wasn’t operating so we couldn’t … More Channel Islands National Park and Pacific Grove, California

Olympic National Park, Washington

Olympic National Park is located on the Olympic Peninsula if northwestern Washington. The park features alpine areas with the Olympic Mountains and glaciers, temperate rainforests, drier forests, and pacific coastline. These three distinct ecosystems form the stunning scenery of the park. The Hoh people are native to the region. The rainforests are filled with old-growth … More Olympic National Park, Washington

Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

Lassen Volcanic National Park features Lassen Peak, the largest plug dome volcano in the world. The area surrounding Lassen Peak is still volcanically active with boiling mud pots, hot springs, and fumaroles. Sulphur Works geothermal area is just off the scenic highway through the park and is basically a mini-Yellowstone. Lassen Peak had a series … More Lassen Volcanic National Park, California