Here at Wilderness Inquiry, we are passionate about sharing the outdoors with people from all walks of life. To celebrate National Park Week, we have compiled a list of some of our favorite national parks. Read on for some of our favorite destinations.
Voyageurs National Park
Voyageurs National Park, situated at the Minnesota/Canada border, is named after the French-Canadian fur traders who were the first to paddle through Minnesota’s remote lake wilderness. This North Woods gem is comprised of dozens of lakes dotted with hundreds of secluded, spruce-covered islands. Over 40% of the park is water, making it an ideal getaway for water-enthusiasts who love to fish, swim, and canoe. It’s remote position yields an abundance of wildlife. Listen to the cry of the loon at night and spot bald eagles soaring amongst the treetops during the day. Watch the colors of the sunset fade into a pitch-black sky, making way for some of the best stargazing in the country. The lack of light pollution makes Voyageurs the perfect destination for spotting shooting stars, the milky way, and even the aurora borealis. Join us on a 5-day family adventure.
Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park has one of the most diverse ecosystems in all of the United States. Situated on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington, this national park is known for its vast wilderness of mountains, beaches, and dense old-growth rainforests. Explore the 60+ miles of rugged coastline, the snow-capped peaks, and the temperate Hoh rainforest and you will quickly see why Olympic is a designated UNESCO world heritage site. The park is home to a variety of wildlife including cougars, deer, black bears, and the rare Roosevelt elk. Interested in exploring more of this ecological paradise? Join us on a 5-day lodge-based adventure.
Glacier National Park
Coined the “Crown of the Continent,” Glacier National Park is a park unlike any other. Upon first glimpse of the towering forests, alpine meadows, and crystal-clear lakes, you will easily see why Glacier is a WI favorite. With over one million acres of wilderness, 700 miles of trails, and thousands of species of plants and animals, Glacier is sure to inspire even the most seasoned travelers. Travel along the famed Going-to-the-Sun Road as you stop to hike and explore stunning landmarks such as Lake McDonald, Logan Pass, and St. Mary Lake. Whether you are looking for a family adventure, or hoping to explore the park from the comfort of a mountain lodge, Wilderness Inquiry has the perfect Glacier adventure for you!
Yellowstone National Park
Founded in 1872, Yellowstone became the first of the 58 parks in our national parks system. Located at the northwestern corner of Wyoming, this national park boasts spectacular lakes, rugged mountains, and sky-rocketing geysers. The hundreds of species that call Yellowstone home are nearly as famous as its geysers. Yellowstone is also home to the largest concentration of mammals in the lower 48 states. Join us this summer on a Yellowstone family adventure.
Capitol Reef National Park
Located in the heart of red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park is a place of serenity and dramatic beauty. Known for being the home of one of the largest exposed monoclines in North America, Capitol Reef is bursting with geological history. The breathtaking rock formations and spectacular slot canyons are among the most beautiful geologic features on earth, often referred to as the “sleeping rainbow.” Want to take a walk on the wild side? Join our expert Wilderness Inquiry guides.