Looking to travel to Rocky Mountains? 7 Reasons To Take A Train
Traveling to the Canadian Rockies is an amazing experience that will stay with us for the rest of our lives. Creating memories is part of our human nature and whether you are seasoned traveler who has traveled with family, friends or that special someone, or a traveler who is long overdue for a journey, we wanted to share our 7 Reasons To Take A Canadian Rocky Mountains Train:
Do you know what to pack for that perfect Yellowstone trip?
For those who crave adventure in the great outdoors, Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming is a paradise. It was the very first national park in the United States, covering over 3,000 square miles of majestic wilderness and attracting over 3 million visitors every year.
There are many possible accommodations in the park, depending on your personal needs. Anyone who is ready to answer the call of the wild with a resounding, Yes! can get the full Yellowstone experience by pitching a tent at one of the many campgrounds. On the other side of the coin, for those who love the outdoors, but want a warm, comfortable bed to sleep in, there are fantastic lodges in the park, available all year round.
Antelope Canyon Should Be On Your Travel List Of Beautiful Places To Visit This Year
For those nature lovers and adventure seekers, Antelope Canyon is one of the most spectacular, awe-inspiring sculptures set in stone of the Lake Powell area. This national park is also known as “Corkscrew Canyon”, one of the few slot canyons in the area and the most photographed destination in the world. Located on Navajo land near Page, Arizona, Antelope Canyon is the most mystifying place you could ever visit. Here are the top reasons why you should keep this beautiful destination on your travel list this year.
Memorial Day is a holiday in the United States for remembering and honoring all the Americans who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. Many families and volunteers visit cemeteries and memorials. Many of them place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries, particularly to honor those who have died in military service.
Best Places to See Giant Redwoods from San Francisco
For many, seeing Giant Redwoods is the highlight of their trip to San Francisco. And we completely get it! The San Francisco Bay Area is the perfect starting point for visiting these giant trees because there are so many different options within proximity of the city, “but what are really the best places to see Giant Redwoods from San Francisco?
The U.S. west coast is home to two species of evergreen redwoods and my guests are always keen to learn about the different types. Now, pay attention! There are the Coastal redwoods and the Giant Sequoia redwoods. Their geographic ranges do not overlap so pick your favorite to visit (or visit both!).
Sequoia National Park
The Giant Sequoias grow inland on mountain ranges or close to them and on elevations of 5,000 to 7,000 feet. They need dry summer heat but also the water from the snowmelt in spring to survive. The Giant Sequoias differ in size and shape from their coastal brothers. They are the bigger one with huge trunks. The most well known in this family is probably the General Sherman tree in Sequoia National Park whose trunk has a circumference of 102 feet (it is only 275 feet tall). It’s estimated weight of 2.7 million pounds makes it the world’s largest living organism. How cool is that?
The Coastal redwoods, however, grow, as the name suggests, along the northern California coast. They need the moist, humid but cool climate that can so often be found here. These types of trees need elevations below 1,000 feet. The tallest coastal redwood tree is the Hyperion tree north of Eureka, CA with 379.7 feet in height. Also, did you know that this type of tree has way softer needles than the bigger brother? Feel them both!
Yosemite National Park
So, now that you know about the different types you can see from San Francisco, you probably wonder once again, “but what are really the best places” to see them? Well, in our opinion, the best place to see the Giant Sequoias from San Francisco is the Tuolumne Grove in Yosemite National Park. So awesome! Many people don’t know that you can visit Yosemite in just a day from San Francisco (hey, it’s just a 4 hour drive!) and it’s awesome and worth it to gaze up into the canopy of those Giants and don’t think of anything else. Just be aware that the Summer months are super busy in Yosemite and parking to see these wonders of nature might be really difficult. Also, if you are not used to driving that far and that long, including windy mountain roads, you can always join one of the guided tours that travel there few times a week! Visit the following link for more info https://www.taketours.com/san-francisco-ca/sf-to-yosemite-and-sequoia-1-day-tour-139-297.html
Muir Woods National Monument
But there is also Muir Woods National Monument, just about 1 hour north of San Francisco, which is home to the coastal redwoods. Be aware, parking is even more limited and they are starting to introduce a parking reservation system in 2018 to limit cars into the area even more. If you prefer a more relaxed experience, check one of the Muir Woods Expedition tours! Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride! Visit the following link for more info https://www.taketours.com/san-francisco-ca/bay-in-a-day-with-muir-woods-from-san-francisco-839-5878.html
Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve
Another option to see Coastal Redwoods not too far away from the city, is the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, very popular among locals and tourists and it’s just 2 hours north of San Francisco.