Photos and words by wedding/elopement photographer and Staheekum ambassador: Lauren Fletcher (@lovelorraine.co)
"We were fortunate enough to spend a lot of time "living" in some of our favorite National Parks all over the country and are stoked to share our experiences with you and other adventurers."
Denali National Park:
Travis and I had the opportunity to visit Denali National Park in May of 2017. Our trip to Alaska changed the direction of our lives and where our van life journey started.
There is a crazy statistic that only 30% of the people that visit Denali National Park actually see the mountain peak. We were officially a part of that 30% in May of 2017! I'll never forget the moment we saw Denali. At first glance, we thought it was a cloud but realized that it was in fact Denali.
We did get to drive through part of the park and had some pretty awesome wildlife encounters. The moose in Alaska are risk-takers, and will walk in the middle of the road as they please!
Kenai Fjords National Park:
Kenai Fjords National Park is located near Seward, Alaska. Kenai Fjords National Park is made up of mostly water, glaciers, and some landforms. You can only experience Kenai Fjords by boat, so make sure to book one of the many boat tours in Seward. We booked two tours while in Seward. A wildlife tour and an Orca tour. Both took us to some of the most breathtaking glaciers, and we experienced a lot of wildlife encounters.
Both of these Alaska Parks are HIGH on our list and the first two we encourage people to visit. They might be more remote than most of the parks, but you'll see some incredible landscapes and wildlife that you won't get at most of the parks!
Grand Teton National Park:
Grand Teton National Park is the youngest of all mountain ranges in the Rocky Mountain chain. Travis and I spent time during the winter and summer months "living" in our van in the Tetons. This park is near and dear to my heart for many reasons. It's where I found out that my grandmother was sick, but also where we got to witness two of our favorite people get engaged!
Grand Teton National Park is located in Wyoming and sits just outside of Jackson. In the winter months, you can ski at Jackson Hole and in the summer hike many of the trails located inside Grand Teton National Park.
Joshua Tree National Park:
Joshua Tree National Park is a must. It has the most unique plant life and rock formations that you won't see anywhere else. What I love most about Joshua Tree is the story behind the unique trees that cover the park.
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