Photos from a three-week roadtrip all across the western U.S., from Colorado, to California, to Washington. We were only able to spend a brief day or two at each park, but it was an amazing experience nonetheless.
- Great Sand Dunes - incredibly large sand dunes in front of snow-capped mountains.
- Garden of the Gods - surprise appearance of gigantic jagged red rocks right next to Colorado Springs.
- Mesa Verde - ancient cliff dwellings, petrogylphs, and fun hikes through the valley.
- Black Canyon of the Gunnison - one of our favorites, incredibly steep & jagged cliffs, looks pre-historic.
- Canyonlands - another favorite, incredible views of a near-infinite expanse of canyons, fun offroading.
- Arches - truly awe-inspiring sights of natural arches, our favorite was Tower Arch (explore & avoid crowds)
- Goblin Valley - very impressive state park, the 'little wild horse' hike has some amazing slot canyons
- Capitol Reef - only had a chance to drive through but very nice scenery and cool petroglyphs
- Great Basin - my favorite: intricate limestone caves, incredible stargazing, amazing hike to a 13,000ft peak
- Death Valley - incredible alien-looking landscapes, be careful and make sure to bring water (it was 124°F)
- Sequoia - home to the world's largest trees, great driving through the windy mountain paths
- Muir Woods - lush redwood forest right outside of San Francisco, very cozy and peaceful
- Crater Lake - Gigantic donut-shaped lake created from a volcanic eruption, still snowy in the summer!
- Olympic - Humongous mountains next to the ocean and home to many rainforests and waterfalls