A life well-traveled is a life well-lived. We often wait for perfect conditions to travel but by perfect conditions, we don’t necessarily mean perfect weather. We all need a break from our hyper-connected daily lives, and making time for a small vacation just once a year allows us to get away and experience the breadth of our world. Be sure to keep up with our Top 5 Pins: Wanderlust posts for some new ideas for your next adventure!

Since Independence Day and Canada Day just passed, it seemed appropriate to start off our travels with the National Parks in North America! The U.S. and Canada are known for having amazing natural landscapes and an abundance of National Parks. It’s summer, so it’s a perfect time to pack up your gear and travel boldly out to one of these sites to experience the vast wilderness. Let these top 5 pins help you plan your next outdoors vacation!

1. Arches National Park, Utah

Arches National Park is home to more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches created by years of erosion. If you love climbing, this is a great spot for you. Although climbing is prohibited on the arches, there are an abundance of other great structures to climb. This National Park is also a fantastic place to let out your inner astronomer. Camp out and wait for the stars to fill the sky!

2. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Yellowstone is one of the most well-known National Parks in the U.S., famous for its variety of wildlife, hot springs and geysers. There are more geysers and hot springs located here than anywhere else in the world! Grand Prismatic Spring (pictured above) is the largest hot spring in The United States. If you’re looking for a wholesome outdoor experience with a range of natural wonders, Yellowstone is a perfect destination.

3. Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

A volcanic National Park? Sounds dangerous, right? All of you adventurous souls, gear up for a trip to Hawaii! Hawaii has one of the most unique National Parks in the world. It’s recognized as an International Biosphere Reserve so scientists can study and observe the evolution of new islands and ecosystems. At this park you can explore the Kilauea crater, the Thurston lava tube, steam vents and lava fields. So if you’re looking for a little beach time and a little adventure on the islands, Volcanoes National Park is the place for you!

4. Biscayne National Park, Florida

Experiencing the great outdoors doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend it in the woods. We hope you can swim! If you want to enjoy more than a welcome sign at the Biscayne National Park, you’re going to need a mask and some fins. Biscayne’s abundance of colorful wildlife and its coral reef make it a great place to go snorkeling and diving. Because The great thing is that Biscayne is in Florida, you can end your! When you’re done exploration ofing the underwater wilderness with a trip to the urban jungle of Miami!, head out to Miami and explore the city too!

5. Banff National Park, Canada

Canada has a vast collection of beautiful landscapes and National Parks as well. Lake Louise is situated right in Banff National Park so be sure to check it out before you end your trip! The lake’s crystal blue water and serene vistas make it as rewarding of a trip as it is relaxing. If you’re not the type to sit and stare at the wilderness all day, Banff National Park is also a great place to go white water rafting, horseback riding and hiking.

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