Getaway Compass

National Parks

There are a total of 59 national parks in the US, each unique in its own way. The guides below provide information on where the park is located, the best time to go, where to stay, amenities in the park, the top hikes, and tips for visiting the park.

If you are planning to visit several national parks in one year, you should purchase the America the Beautiful Annual Pass. At $80, it covers entrance fees to all US National Parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests and grasslands.  As most National Parks cost $10-$30, this is a great pass to take advantage of. You can purchase the pass at any US National Park. The pass allows two people to sign the back who are the official pass holders. Note that National Parks do ask to see your ID to ensure that you are the pass owner. 

Grand Prismatic Spring

Yellowstone National Park Weekend Itinerary

Yellowstone National Park is a unique national park that protects an area where large volcanic eruptions happened with the latest an estimated 631,000 years ago. The park has diverse wildlife including bison, wolves, bighorn, elk, grizzly bears, black bears, and

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Lake Haiyaha Rocky Mountain

Weekend in Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain is an exciting park with mountains as high as 14,000 feet, stunning lakes and waterfalls, and trails perfect for any hiker. Rocky Mountain National Park is located in Colorado, about 1.5-2 hours from Denver and 1 hour from

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Delicate Arch at Arches National Park

Best Hikes in Arches National Park

Arches National Park has over 2,000 documented arches. The arches were created by water, ice, extreme temperatures, and underground salt movement. Arches National Park is located in Southeast Utah, about 5 miles from Moab. The best time to go to Arches

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Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park Weekend Getaway

Joshua Tree National Park Weekend Getaway Joshua Tree National Park offers a perfect weekend getaway to hike, rock climb, boulder, and enjoy the Mojave Desert and the funny looking trees. The north part of the park is where the largest concentration

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Haelakala National park

Haleakala National Park Guide

Haleakala National Park in Maui, Hawaii is composed of Haleakala Crater at the Summit District and the Kīpahulu District on the eastern coast. These districts are very different while both offering incredible views and experiences. Fee: $25 valid for 3

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