White Sands National Monument – NM

Next destination on our “Road Trip Thanksgiving 2015” was White Sands National Monument. The same day morning, we had spent time exploring the City of Rocks State Park. These dunes of gypsum sands is another one of magic hour paradises. Getting there for sunset to see the line up of colors like an artist’s palette is truly …

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Saguaro National Park, AZ

Park Alert: Stay till the golden hour, when everything seems a bit more magical !! We were 723-miles away from home. Got to say the drive from home (Sunnyvale,CA) to Phoenix, AZ is the longest we have driven in one day. We decided to drive our own dear-car, Honda Accord 2003, instead of renting a newer …

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El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico

As the only rainforest in the US National Forest System, a must-visit place in Puerto Rico is El Yunque National Forest. The forest area is relatively small with a handful of hiking options. I chose to do the following trails: El Yunque peak La Mina waterfall For someone pressed on time, a drive through the …

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Eastern Sierra lakes in a weekend

A weekend getaway to Eastern Sierras to visit lakes. Yes, it can be done in one weekend. We left at 5AM on Saturday and returned at 5PM on Sunday. Any opportunity to drive through Tioga pass, don’t miss it. It’s just gorgeous with majestic mountains, meadows, valley, and lakes. We drove to Mono county for …

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Visit Lassen Volcanic National Park in the winter !!

== If you want to get out for a weekend and if snow/cold/ice fascinates you, Lassen Volcanic National Park is your best bet == == Given the dry year in California, Lassen NP has real snow. With fresh powdery snow, snow-shoeing, cross-country ,alpine skiing, and winter camping are at its best without the crowd. == == Yes, …

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How to plan “National Parks” trip in the US ?

I have been receiving lot of questions on how to plan a “National Parks” trip  in the US. I figured I will write a post to answer some of the questions. Why National Parks ? What kind of a question is this ?! Aren’t they the best part of visiting this country ? With 59 …

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Visiting Sequoia National Park in November.

Sequoia Sunset

  We have visited Sequoia National Park in November, twice so far. And both the times, it has been a really pleasant experience. Both the times, it was during the Thanksgiving weekend and it’s a great place to go if you didn’t make any other plans and just want to hit the road for an …

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Winter in the valley – Yosemite National Park, CA

Yosemite National Park will never let you down irrespective of the season. Yosemite Valley, approximately 3,000 feet deep and less than a mile wide, is known for its incredible rock formations, created from plutonic rock that cooled far below the earth’s surface. While the hiking opportunities are abundant, a casual drive through will also take …

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Canyonlands National Park, UT

You can’t go to Moab, UT and skip Canyonlands National Park. The Green and Colorado rivers carve out sections that are unique in their landscape and geological formations. Just an hour away from Arches National Park, Canyonlands will take your breath away with thousands of square miles of colorful canyons, mesas and buttes. If you …

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