From sea to sea, there's always a place to explore!
Canada’s parks aren’t the only place to explore! Our neighbours down south have a vast network of must see magnificent park systems and natural wonders that are a must as well!
Acadia National Park
Robert H. Treman State Park - NY
Buttermilk Falls State Park - NY
Taughannock Falls State Park - NY
Mojave National Preserve, CA
This park is hot! I don’t just mean that it is a cool park, but that it can get pretty toast. I am not sure what the record temperatures are, but when we visited in April, the temperature managed to hit 100°F.
The preserve is quite large, and with quite a lot to see. From desert, to Joshua Trees, to giant sand dunes and endangered tortoises this is well worth your time. We had made the mistake of visiting the sand dunes when the sun was hottest and all I can think of is the scorching heat and sun. This is definitely a park you want to bring your water bottles filled to the brim to.
We didn’t have a chance to stay the night but from what I’ve heard is that the camping facilities are great, and the stars at night even greater! I would highly recommend staying a night instead of just passing through the National Preserve.
Things to consider: there seems to be a few ways into the park and not all of them give you paved access to the camping area. Be sure you are entering through the correct entrance to avoid driving around needlessly. Also keep your eyes peeled for tortoises on the road, they’re known to make their way on to the asphalt.
Joshua Tree National Park, CA
Joshua Tree National Park, has got to be one of my top National Parks. I am actually currently having an internal debate on deciding which park gets first place.
A climber’s paradise, whether you’re bouldering or trad climbing, there are is infinite amount of problems and routes to keep you busy. We had stopped at the Joshua Tree Outfitters in town and rented a crash pad and guide book. Following the guide book on a problem solving treasure hunt is the highlight of any trip to the park.
We had gone not long after the closure, so the washrooms were in a bit of a messy state, but the campsites are to say the least, awesome.
Things to consider: If you’re staying multiple days, you can shower in town for a small fee. Water is something you should bring with you as well as it can get pretty hot during the day. Lastly, don’t forget your climbing shoes!