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National park tips: Here's how to hike Half Dome in Yosemite

To hike Yosemite's Half Dome in a day, you need a permit, mild weather and an early start — by dawn, usually. It's a 16-mile round trip, with 4,800 feet of elevation gain. Plan on 10 to 12 hours.<p>Do it after Memorial Day, when rangers put up steel cables to help climbers cover the last 400 feet to …

The Quietest Place In America Is One Square Inch In Olympic National Park

As travelers, we're always looking for places to unplug, unwind and totally disconnect from the hectic world we live in. Away from human buzz, we're able to get in touch with ourselves while truly getting away.<p>So apparently, <b>we should head to this single square inch of land in Olympic National Park</b> …

Discover the wonders of Yellowstone in winter

Ready to get face-to-face with a giant bison? How about seeing the Old Faithful geyser erupt—without any crowds?<p>Welcome to Yellowstone National Park in winter. I’ve been there in summer as well as winter. Winter is an entirely different experience. We combined a visit with a ski trip to Big Sky in …

What’s open (and opening soon) in Olympic National Park

Wildflowers are blooming in lowland forests, birds are migrating back — along with human visitors — and Olympic National Park employees are gearing …

A Park Ranger's Guide to Yellowstone

There are few people living who know Yellowstone better than <b>Jeremy Schmidt</b>. The Jackson Hole, Wyoming-based writer and photographer has spent 40 years as a ranger, “winterkeeper,” and guide in the park.<p>The author of more than a dozen books, Schmidt is a longtime contributor to <i>National Geographic</i> …

Google brings 40 US national parks to Street View

Visit Alcatraz or Montezuma Castle without booking a flight.<p>Google just made it easier to visit some of the US' biggest landmarks without hopping on an airplane. It's teaming up with the National Park Service to offer 360-degree Street View imagery for 40 national parks and historic sites, ranging …

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National Parks Road Trip: Northern California and Oregon

Lassen Volcanic > Crater Lake > Redwood<p><b>Gateway Airport:</b> Sacramento, California<p>This multiday adventure journeys from the southern reaches of the Cascade Range to the mist-shrouded Northern California coast. Two national parks—Lassen Volcanic and Crater Lake—showcase equally remarkable examples of …