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What is the America the Beautiful Pass?

Sunset at St Mary Lake Glacier National Park

“National parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst”   If the parks are our best idea then the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Lands pass may just be the second best idea.Β  What is the America the Beautiful Pass? The America the Beautiful pass or the US park pass is a pass that you can purchase for $80 USD. The pass covers your...

Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve

Craters of the Moon National Monument sign

-Updated November 2019- Our anticipation was high as we drove the isolated back roads through Idaho to Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve. I was halfway through a 5500 mile road trip with my daughter that had included Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Glacier National Park. We had been driving all day from Montana and we were so ready to be out of the car. Mainly, we were excited to see the park. Craters of the Moon had...

Big Bend National Park

Big Bend Mountains

  “Big Bend is a land of strong beauty-often savage and always imposing” Lori Garrison   When it comes to National Parks, Big Bend checks all the boxes. Rivers, mountains, canyons, dark skies, hot springs and fossils are just a few of the amazing things you will see in the park. Since it’s also one of the least visited and largest National Parks, there’s enough space to explore and not feel crowded. If you choose to visit in June, which...