We also shared some of our favorite NPS destinations to help you plan a trip this summer.
Here are some more choices from our team:
Yosemite National Park, California Gloria Braddock, director of client services
I have made about a half dozen of these visits to Yosemite while living in the Bay Area and every single time, Yosemite National Park would take my breath away. You cannot put the experience into words – it’s a visceral one. You feel it deep in your bones. It overwhelms you. It moves you. The majesty of the vistas, the panoramic views, the sublime feeling that you have been transported – not to just any special place, but to a place of quiet reverence — changes you somehow too. With each visit you are immediately humbled, simultaneously aware there is no limit to the beauty that surrounds you.
I don’t think you need much of an excuse to explore any of our national parks, but for a transformational experience that will make an indelible mark on you, I urge you to visit Yosemite and behold its splendor.
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park, District of Columbia and Maryland
Rick Horten, account supervisor
It is 184.5 miles from urban beginnings in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C., to rural Cumberland, Md. I love the history and culture that the C&O Canal represents from the 19th and early 20th centuries.
There are many endless stories of westward expansion, commerce, transportation, engineering, and the Civil War. Some of the other parks that make up this national park, like Great Falls, are sometimes crowded for parking, but the C&O Canal National Historic Park has so many entrances that crowds can be avoided.
Also love all the myriad of activities to do: camping, canoeing, fishing, horseback riding, biking and hiking. As far as hiking, how many other parks—national or otherwise—refer to their hiking trails as towpaths? The park connects to other trails including: Potomac Heritage Trail, Appalachian National Scenic Trail, and Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail—all part of the National Park Service. There is just so much variety to the C&O Canal National Park.
Yellowstone National Park
Ken Krick, vice president, operations
Yellowstone was always on my bucket list. This is the first national park in the United States and the world. What I wanted to experience first and foremost was Old Faithful – and it did not disappoint. The park is simply bursting with outstanding natural beauty, from geysers, waterfalls, the forest to the crazy amount of wildlife.
Yellowstone claims to have the largest concentration of mammals in the USA. Must-sees include Norris Geyser, Grand Prismatic Spring, Mud Volcano, Fountain Paint Pots and South Rim Trail.
I would like to go back on my motorcycle exploring this huge park for another perspective of this gem.