Trip Ideas: Parks of the West

There’s a longstanding debate over which coast is best. I haven’t been to the East Coast much but I’m sure it’s pretty great! However, being from and living on the West Coast, I have to say… West Coast is the best coast. Don’t believe me? Well if you ever find yourself with a lot of vacation days, money, and a thirst for nature (I currently only have 1/3 of those), then this article is for you! I’ve been fantasizing about the ultimate road trip across the Western coast (and a little inland) for awhile now and I finally laid it all out.

If you ever go on this trip (or parts of it), I’d love to hear about your experiences!

NOTE: This trip and these places are just suggestions based on what I’ve read, not based on experiences I’ve had, unless otherwise noted. The trip idea starts and ends in Los Angeles since that is where I live. One day I hope to take this trip but for now, I’ll continue planning it!

Based on what I’ve read and heard, here are some ideas:

(1) ZION NATIONAL PARK (UT)

Angels Landing, The Narrows, and Observation Point

(2) SALT LAKE CITY (UT)

(3) NATIONAL ELK REFUGE (WY)

(4) GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK (WY)

I don’t know much about this park but Renee & Matthew Hahnel, two incredibly inspirational photographers, recently did a trip to all 59 National Parks and posted this article about Grand Teton on Evolve’s website.

(5) YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK (primarily WY)

Old Faithful and the Grand Prismatic Spring

(6) GLACIER NATIONAL PARK (MT)

(7) WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK (Alberta)

(8) BANFF NATIONAL PARK (Alberta)

(9) YOHO NATIONAL PARK (Alberta)

(10) JASPER NATIONAL PARK (Alberta)

The drive on Icefields Parkway seems worth the trip in and of itself!

(11) VANCOUVER (British Columbia)

(12) SAN JUAN ISLANDS (WA)

Whales!

(13) SEATTLE (WA)

(14) OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK (WA) 

(15) MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK (WA)

(16) PORTLAND (OR)

(17) HISTORIC COLUMBIA RIVER SCENIC HIGHWAY (OR)

I’ve driven on this highway and it’s amazing! There are so many places to stop and hike, see waterfalls, and look out over the Columbia River that acts as a border between Washington and Oregon. I’d especially recommend the look out at the Women’s Forum Scenic Viewpoint.

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(18) MOUNT HOOD NATIONAL FOREST (OR)

(19) CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK (OR)

(20) SAMUEL H BOARDMAN STATE SCENIC CORRIDOR (OR)

(21) REDWOOD STATE & NATIONAL PARKS (CA)

(22) SAN FRANCISCO (CA)

(23) BIG SUR (CA)

 

Photos on the map are stock images from the Internet. Photos in the blog post were taken by me.

 

 

2 thoughts on “Trip Ideas: Parks of the West

  1. This trip would be amazing! I’ve only done a few of these (Zion, Rainier, Portland, Columbia Gorge, and San Fran) but I would love to make a trip out of all of these places someday. I have a dream of taking a month off work and then flying down and traveling around the west hitting up a bunch of these places. I’d love to add some of the California national parks to this list too!

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    1. That’s so cool that you’ve been to some of these places! I’ve never been to Zion and Rainier but I’m hoping to this year so if you have any recs, let me know. I also learned of another cool spot in Oregon: Samuel Boardman State Park! So many places to see 🙂

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