If you’d had to choose to visit a city or national parks, what would you choose? If you go to US, it is very tempting to choose the big cities, however, choosing a more laid back experience can be cheaper and more fulfilling. Last year, I made a camping trip in 2 of the 58 National Parks there are in US: Yosemite and Sequoia national parks. We made an international team with Vesco & Ivan from Montenegro and Anca & Irina.
We camped in North of Yosemite in White Wolf campground. The best sights to see in Yosemite are the Glacier Point, Half Dom, Yosemite Valley, Tenaya lake, el Capitan rock. You can easily reach these by car. We did not have a team prepared for hiking, so we have missed beautiful waterfalls that could only be seen through hiking.
In Sequoia Park we camped in Lodgepole Campground. Try to arrive by daylight. We arrived in the middle of the night and had to put up the tent by the car’s lights. It is especially scary to be in this giant forest by night because you never know if you could meet a bear. We saw posters in the campground’s toilet saying there could be grizzly bears, however, we read more information on the Internet and found out that the only place where you can find grizzly bears in California is the San Francisco zoo. The Sequoia Park it is particularly worth to go, especially if you are in the area of Yosemite Park. It is a 4h drive south. You can see the General Sherman Tree, the world’s largest tree, you can drive around beautiful paths. If you go at sunset, you can catch a beautiful red light on the trees which will make you believe you are in a fairytale. (see photos below). Moro Rock is also a granite dome which can be reached in 30 min easy hiking at it offers amazing park views from above. Nearby, you can find the Tunnel Tree, where I took my best photo ever.
5 reasons why we choose a trip in national parks:
- cheap – I paid 150$ for the whole 4 days trip
- unique – you get to see beautiful scenery that a city will never offer
- challenging – one night, we did not have any wood and had to go in the woods, with no light and many grisly bears around
- nourishing – coffee and barbecue are the best in the nature. I still remember the taste of the grilled chicken cooked at the lantern light
- great photo opportunity – I’ll let the photos speak.
The summer of 2016, we chose to see other national parks in Utah. Check the short video here.