US National Parks

The United States boasts a diverse array of 63 national parks, each offering unique natural beauty, geological features, diverse ecosystems, and various recreational opportunities.

US National ParksThese parks are managed by the National Park Service and are designated for their outstanding scenic features or natural phenomena.

The first national park, Yellowstone, was established in 1872, and since then, the system has grown to include parks in thirty states and the territories of American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Here is a list of the most popular National Parks:

Las Vegas Springs Preserve

Las Vegas Springs Preserve - Water Tower - from WikipediaA few miles away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Las Vegas and the Strip, you will find the Springs Preserve with exhibits, nature trails, and a bit of Las Vegas history.

The “Springs Preserve” is a 180-acre stretch of protected land around the original source of water for the Las Vegas Valley. These springs formed an oasis in the middle of the parched desert and helped support early inhabitants from local Native American tribes 10,000 years ago to the first settlers in the 1800s.

Hiking to the Hollywood Sign

Hollywood Sign By Russell Mondy Nestled in the expansive Griffith Park, one of America's largest urban parks, my hike to the iconic Hollywood Sign was an adventure blending urban exploration with natural wonder. 

Starting from the end of Beachwood Drive, this trail through Griffith Park offered a unique combination of Los Angeles' urban backdrop and its wilder side.

Griffith Park, sprawling over 4,300 acres, is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts in the heart of LA. It boasts a network of trails, picturesque viewpoints, and rich biodiversity. 

Oahu Surfing Lesson

Oahu Surfing lesson On a sun-drenched day in Oahu, I ventured into the heart of Hawaii's surf culture, embarking on a journey to master the art of surfing.

With no prior experience but a heart full of excitement, I turned to Surf Hawaii Surf School, renowned for its beginner-friendly approach to this revered sport. Their promise of a group Surfing Lesson on a secluded beach north of Honolulu was the perfect invitation to dive into the waves.

Cycling San Clemente to Oceanside

San Clemente to Oceano Bike TrailThe San Clemente to Oceanside bike trail is a 22-mile path that runs along the coast of Southern California. Parts of this trail are paved, and others are packed dirt.

It is a popular spot for cyclists, runners, and walkers of all levels. The trail starts in San Clemente, passes through San Onofre State Beach, and ends in Oceanside.

The trail starts at San Clemente State Beach, where you can park your car and start your ride. The first few miles of the trail are relatively flat, as it winds through the park. You can extend your ride by starting from sports to the North like the San Clemente Pier or the Metrolink Station.