National Parks

Learn about the national parks of the Western U.S., including Yellowstone, Zion, Glacier, Yosemite, Sequoia, Arches, Grand Teton, Grand Canyon, and more. Discover hidden places away from the crowds, find the best time to go, and get the scoop on where to stay and eat.

Hatcher Pass scenic drive in Talkeetna Mountains, Alaska in fall.

9 Hikes to See Fall Color in the West

Walk amongst the golden leaves.
A couple hike to North Window in Arches National Park, Moab, Utah.

Complete Guide to Arches National Park

In this wonderland of rainbow-shaped rock formations, easily accessible adventures abound.
Two hikers walk through the creek in Coconino National Forest, Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness, West Fork Oak Creek Canyon.

Best Places to Enjoy Fall Color in Arizona

Bask in the season with a day trip or hike.
A group of rafters on the South Fork of the American River in California.

5 Western Whitewater Rafting Trips to Take in the Fall

Paddle some of the best runs this season. Here are 5 whitewater rafting trips you'll love!
Sunset at Watchman peak along the Virgin river in Zion National Park, Utah

Visiting Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks in Fall

Without the summer crowds and heat, southern Utah’s iconic national parks come to life.
Pink sunset at Pinnacles National Park in California.

5 California National Parks Deliver Top Thrills

Hike volcanic terrain, sleep under the stars, and catch condors in flight at these California parks.
AAA Members hike through a massive tree trunk in Redwood National and State Parks.

Best Places to See Redwoods

Stand among the giants from Southern Oregon to Central California.
A hiker rests along the shore of the Great Salt Lake from Antelope Island State Park in Utah.

8 Must-Visit State Parks in Utah

Skip the national park crowds at these stellar state parks.
The bright orange facade of the Downtown Clifton Hotel in Tucson.

7 Boutique Hotels Near National Parks

These motor lodges, inns, and resorts offer picturesque views and easy park access.
A mountain goat (Oreamnos americanus) stands in a meadow above Hidden Lake, Glacier National Park.

Complete Guide to Glacier National Park

Plan your trip from where to stay to the best trails to explore.
The Organ sandstone rock tower seen along Arches Scenic Drive with dramatic storm clouds looming overhead in Arches National Park, Moab, Utah.

7 Quiet, Less-Traveled National Park and Preserve Roads

Find unparalleled views without the packed overlooks and unending lines of cars.
A group of friends camp on Second Beach in Olympic National Park, Washington.

9 Best Beach Campgrounds in the West

Fall asleep to the sound of waves and wake up to an ocean oasis.
A hiker puts on a rain coat near a fjord in Norway.

How to Stay Dry and Comfortable Outdoors

From hot-weather camping clothes to special snow gear, here’s what to bring for every climate.
rock monolith looms over Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming

Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming

See it up close on the interactive trail network for kids and families.
Metal bear-proof food lockers outside canvas tent cabins in Yosemite National Park's Half Dome Village

How to Keep Animals and Bugs Away Outdoors

Outsmart raccoons, avoid bears, and repel mosquitoes, flies, and ants with these tips.