The Gourmet Campers

Pros: Guadalupe peak trail – highest peak in Teas, El Capitan during sunset, opportunity to visit White Sands National Monument on the same trip Cons: can get very windy on top...

Pros: great camping and hiking, wildlife (black bears), the natural fog that often hangs over the mountains Cons: hungry wildlife (black bears), you need to hide your food well

Great Basin National Park

Pros: amazing hiking among one of the oldest trees on the planet (Bristlecone pine), Lehman Caves (cave bacon & popcorn, soda straws…) surprising colors in the autumn Cons: long drive to...

Pros: beautiful sand dunes with magnificent mountains in the background, sand-boarding Cons: enough activities just for a day (night) or two, need to visit in the winter again to e.g. hike...

Pros: beautiful hikes through forests, amazing snowy peaks, wildlife, close to Yellowstone Cons: requires time and experience to truly explore (e.g. climb Grand Teton)

Pros: that pleasant feeling of a place that you know from pictures, but is a hundred times better in real life; best sunrise ever; Bright Angel Trail – on of the...

Pros: easy to visit Cons: not really a national park, so don’t visit if you don’t have to Great article about the “park” – Gateway Arch National Park: The Second Newest...

Pros: stunning sunset (e.g. Artist’s Palette), many places of interest Cons: gets hot and nowhere to hide

Pros: opportunities to spot amazing wildlife, each island is different, lots of hiking options Cons: need islands’ flora to regenerate to pre-industrial age as virtually no trees anymore

Pros: Feels like ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth‘, bats and guano extraction Cons: enough activities only for a day