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America’s National Parks – Ranked Best to Worst

By Renee Hahnel | April 28, 2018

Most articles ranking America’s National Parks are based on other people’s impressions and not necessarily from the experience of the author. That’s because it’s quite the feat traveling to all 59 National Parks, let alone in one consecutive trip, AND manage to document ones impressions along the way. That’s where we come in! In 2017,…

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See Every US National Park on this EPIC Cross-Country Road Trip

By Renee Hahnel | August 16, 2020

In 2017 I traveled to every single US national park with my husband. During the planning stages we very quickly realized there wasn’t much online to help us plan our itinerary. Of course there were blog posts listing all the national parks and plenty of people saying how they would hypothetically road trip to all…

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How To Plan the Perfect National Parks Trip

By Renee Hahnel | July 27, 2020

The USA is home to so many incredible national parks and countless opportunities for adventure! In 2017 I visited every US national park, so you could say I know a thing or two about planning a national parks trip 😉 In this blog post I am sharing everything you need to know to plan the…

The 15 Most Underrated National Parks in America

The 15 Most Underrated National Parks in America

By Renee Hahnel | June 21, 2018

In 2017 my husband and I took a road trip to all the US national parks. We set off thinking we knew exactly which parks would be the best and which parks would be just so-so. Mother Nature has a funny way of tricking us… because boy did she prove me wrong for some of…

15 Least Crowded National Parks in the US

15 Least Crowded National Parks in the US (and Why You Need To Visit Them!)

By Renee Hahnel | September 24, 2018

America’s national parks are getting busier each year and it can be challenging at times to escape the crowds. During my road trip to visit all of them, I typically found myself enjoying the least crowded national parks the most. It was those moments of solitude that I look back on with some of the…

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12 Best National Parks To Visit In The Fall

By Renee Hahnel | September 9, 2020

Fall is one of the best times of the year to take a national park adventure! Not only are crowds generally quieter and accommodation is cheaper, but you also get to see the beautiful fall foliage and changing colors! In this blog post I am sharing the 12 best national parks to visit in the…

The Ultimate Guide to Exploring Yosemite National Park

The Ultimate Guide to Exploring Yosemite National Park

By Renee Hahnel | June 14, 2020

Yosemite National Park truly is among the most beautiful places on the planet! It was the very first national park I visited and one I have gone on to explore numerous times since. In fact, during our 2017 trip to all the national parks, my husband and I ranked Yosemite #6 in the country based…

The Ultimate Guide to Exploring Zion National Park

By Renee Hahnel | July 25, 2020

Zion National Park is one of the most unique places on earth, and one that truly showcases the diversity of landscapes in the National Park System. In this guide I’m sharing all the information needed to plan your dream Zion National Park trip! Whether you are a adventure-junkie or just looking to explore Zion from…

The Ultimate Guide to Exploring Grand Teton National Park

The Ultimate Guide to Exploring Grand Teton National Park

By Renee Hahnel | May 10, 2020

Grand Teton National Park is one of my favorite places on earth. It’s home to insanely beautiful mountain peaks (including the Grand Teton itself sitting at 14,000 feet), abundant wildlife, world class hiking terrain, and picturesque landscapes everywhere you turn. I have visited Grand Teton National Park at least 6 times since moving to the…

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Mount Rainier National Park Guide: Everything You Need to Know

By Renee Hahnel | July 24, 2019

Mount Rainier National Park has to be one of the most stunning places in the entire world! From meadows of wildflowers, to old-growth forest, to beautiful waterfalls and rivers, and incredible mountain views… Mount Rainier really is a nature lovers dream. I have visited the park at least 10 times now, including during my 2017…

The Ultimate Guide to Exploring Kenai Fjords National Park

The Ultimate Guide to Exploring Kenai Fjords National Park

By Renee Hahnel | September 17, 2020

Kenai Fjords National Park is a uniquely wild place and definitely a must-visit destination in Alaska. It was one of our favorite national parks from our trip to visit all of them in 2017. In fact, Kenai Fjords ended up ranking at number 2 when we rated all the national parks from best to worst!…

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Guide to Olympic National Park: 59 National Parks Road Trip

By Renee Hahnel | September 13, 2017

Olympic National Park has it all – beautiful coastline, lust rain forests, and soaring mountains. Located in the northwestern corner of Washington State, the Olympic Peninsula is only a 3 drive from Seattle and can also be accessed via ferry from various points (including Canada!) Olympic is full of natural beauty, diversity, and endless of…

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Unforgettable Scenic Flight Over Grand Teton & Yellowstone National Parks

By Renee Hahnel | May 21, 2018

Imagine flying over one of your favorite mountain ranges in the world… I was recently lucky enough to get the chance to do just that, with a scenic flight over Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks with Fly Jackson Hole. It was an unforgettable experience, to say the least. Do you know what was even…

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Guide

By Renee Hahnel | June 8, 2017

As part of our 59 National Parks Road Trip, we have been sharing mini guides to each of the parks on the Drink Evolve website. Click here to check out the rest of the guides! Below I share with you our guide to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, including hiking tips, itinerary ideas and fun facts.…

The Best National Park in America? A Guide to Lake Clark National Park

By Renee Hahnel | September 18, 2017

Lake Clark has definitely been a favorite on the Evolve National Parks Road Trip! My husband and I are currently on an adventure to all 59 National Parks in the United States and have been sharing more of our park guides over on the Evolve blog! Below I share with you our guide to Lake Clark National Park and…

Exploring Bear Country in Katmai National Park, Alaska

By Renee Hahnel | September 10, 2017

Exploring Bear Country in Katmai National Park, Alaska We soar above the wild and rugged Alaskan terrain of Katmai National Park and Preserve. It’s my first time in a float plane and I am surprised at how smooth the ride is considering its tiny size. We land on vibrant aquamarine Naknek Lake and instantly spot…

A Guide to Gates of the Arctic National Park

By Renee Hahnel | October 9, 2017

Today I am sharing a guide to Gates of the Arctic National Park, including hiking tips, photography ideas and fun facts. As part of our 59 National Parks Road Trip, we have been sharing mini guides to each of the parks on the Evolve website. Click here to check out the rest of the guides! A Guide to…

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Olympic National Park Adventure: 24 Hour Getaway from Seattle

By Renee Hahnel | October 29, 2018

An Olympic National Park getaway is the perfect 24 hour or weekend adventure from Seattle. This park has it all! I’m talking a beautiful coastline, lust rain forests, and soaring mountains. You will have a hard time choosing what to do with your time… and that’s where this post comes in! My husband and I have…

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Holiday Gift Guide for National Park Lovers

By Renee Hahnel | December 12, 2019

My love for the national parks began in 2012 when I first visited North America. My husband and I road tripped across the US and Canada for three months, stopping at a handful of national parks and monuments. I still remember stepping into Yosemite Valley for the first time and being absolutely blown away by…