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Sharlene Earnshaw is Trekaroo’s Editor in Chief. She lives in sunny Orange County, CA, with her husband and 13-year-old son and daughter (twins!). She is a self-proclaimed National Park junkie and has the goal of visiting each and every one with her kids. When she isn't traveling to places like Norway, Peru, Disney World, and Hawaii with her family, she enjoys hiking, beach days, obsessively rooting for the San Francisco 49ers, and planning her brood's next trip.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park [with Kids]!

With less than a million visitors per year (compared to nearby Zion’s 3.6 million visitors), Capitol Reef National Park is a park that tends to lie below many traveler’s radars. The park is certainly not the easiest to get to – it’s 225 miles away from the closest major airport in Salt Lake City. But...

California National Parks Road Trip | Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Yosemite, & Lassen

Enjoy a great road trip? Love our nation’s National Parks? Well then we have a California National Parks road trip itinerary for you! Much of California’s eastern spine is dominated by some of the most incredible mountain scenery that our country has to offer. Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Yosemite National Parks, and Lassen Volcanic National Park...
When is the best month to visit DIsney World?

The Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2020

What is the best month to visit Disney World? These days, it is harder and harder to find a month of the year that isn’t busy. New lands are opening, ticket prices are higher than ever, and crowd levels are high. Thankfully, there is hope! We have done the research and know exactly when the...

Best Things to do in Great Basin National Park

If you are looking for a summer national park experience that is crowd free, head to Great Basin National Park. Just 90,000 people visit Great Basin each year (Yellowstone receives 3 million visitors). Those who make the journey are rewarded with 100-mile views, ornately decorated caves, wondrous alpine scenery, trees older than Jesus, and some...
Mount Rushmore

26 Things to do in the Black Hills of South Dakota

Home to stunning scenery, iconic monuments, and lots outdoor fun, the Black Hills of South Dakota are truly one of the most family-friendly regions of America. From national parks to Wild West shootouts to the largest reptile zoo in the world (really!), there are so many fun things to do in the Black Hills!  A...

8 Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park [with kids!]

I love the diversity of our National Parks. Some parks draw visitors because of their exquisite natural beauty. Mesa Verde National Park’s draws aren’t towering waterfalls or prime wildlife viewing.So what are the best things to do in Mesa Verde National Park? Mesa Verde is a great place to hike and enjoy nature but the park’s...
yosemite with kids

Yosemite with Toddlers | 7 Easy Hikes

I’ve visited Yosemite National Park every summer since I was a kid, so friends often ask me what one thing you absolutely must do while you’re there. The answer is easy: Take a hike! I don’t think there’s a better way to explore the park than on foot. Hikes offer free entertainment for kids and...

8 Best Hikes in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

While Yosemite tends to get the most fame and park attendance of the Sierra Nevada national parks, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are just as beautiful and family friendly as their sister to the north. Better yet, there are plenty of Sequoia National Park hikes and Kings Canyon hikes that offer stunning scenery with...
Yosemite Biking in the Fall

The Best Time to Visit Yosemite | Tips to Avoid the Crowds

Yosemite National Park is 1,169 square miles in size and while most visitors are cramming the Valley during the summer months, there are still many opportunities to enjoy Yosemite without the crowds; you just have to know both when to go and where to go.
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