This summer, my friends and I decided to take a road trip and set off to explore six different national parks in two weeks. Our 200+ hours on the road meant listening to tons of podcasts, eating too many hot dog + mac n cheese dinners, and lots of naps in my new iKamper.
With all the beautiful hikes and long drives we took throughout this trip, it was so nice being able to pull in to any campsite, set up our tent (within literal seconds) and get a nice looong, comfy rest before heading out again.
ZION + BRYCE NATIONAL PARK
You can't do a National Park road trip without hitting Utah. It's illegal, I think.
I always love coming back here. There's magic in these giant orange mountains and I like to think that visiting once a year is good for the soul.
We arrived at Zion early that morning and made our way to Angel's Landing. Seems like every time I come back here, I'm introducing this place to new eyes and I love kicking off the day with this hike. I love seeing the terrified looks on people's faces when they first see the trail of people scaling the side of the mountain with only a chain to hang on to.
We hiked up to the top, ate some snacks (while Marissa and Neco chased away the squirrels) (I hate squirrels) (they carry the plague), and headed back.
After climbing back down, we drove out and spent the afternoon watching sunset at Bryce Canyon and found a nice campground just outside the park to set up our tent and rest for the night.
GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
After our day in Utah, we headed north for Montana to find Glacier National Park.
Unfortunately, the snow kept us from getting too far in, but we had a blast seeing what we could. We walked around by the lake, found some incredible viewpoints, and took tons of dumb photos in between.
LEWIS + CLARK STATE PARK
We only drove through here to get from Glacier to Yellowstone, but wow we couldn't leave without pulling over to explore for while because of how beautiful this place was.
We drove for miles alongside the river, and the entire road was lined the tallest, greenest trees that were half hidden from the fog. Rain gently tapped the top of our iKamper as we listened to all of our favorite rainy day playlists and drove through the park in pure bliss.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
wow wow wow wow wow
Yellowstone has some of the prettiest color palettes I've ever seen. Bright yellow wildflowers, turquoise waters, neon orange sands and miles and miles of green to top it all off.
We spent the day exploring different geysers, hot springs, lakes, and even drove past some bears playing in the snow.
We were able to catch Old Faithful just before sunset, and afterwards we found a last minute campground where the ranger put us in a spot where they had just seen a bear wandering two hours before... it's fine, we're fine.
GRAND TETONS NATIONAL PARK
One of the most underrated national parks out there.
You could see these mountains miles before you even entered the park. We stopped way too many times to take the same photo over and over again.
This is a popular park for all the avid hikers out there. Luckily, the snow was melted enough for us to hike to Hidden Falls. This hike started with a nice walk through the forest, but after a short climb we came out to the side of the mountain where we got to hike with a lakeside view for a while. After that, we hiked back down the other side of the mountain through some snow that eventually led us to one of the biggest, prettiest waterfalls I've ever seen. Marissa and I screamed about this for a couple of minutes while Neco just stared from a distance, and when we finally calmed down, we cheers'd our hike with some applesauce pouches and made our way back.
Fun fact: A random French guy named these the Grand Tetons because the mountains looked like boobs. Marissa really enjoyed that fact.
I loved having my iKamper with me on this trip. It is so much easier to set up than a tent, considering it basically sets itself up. It also fit the three of us so perfectly, and was so comfortable to sleep in. It helped save us some room in our trunk (which means more room for snacks) and I hardly felt a difference driving with it on top of the car. The iKamper made it insanely easy to pull over whenever + wherever we needed to, plus it just looks so freakin' cute on top of my car.
As Lizzie McGuire once said, (hey now, hey now) this is what dreams are made of.