National Park Road Trip Guide: West Coast Edition

America's best idea is turning 100!

By: The Outbound Collective
August 10, 2016

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This year marks 100 years of the National Park Service and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than planning an adventure-filled road trip through the national parks. From the rugged mountains in the Pacific Northwest all the way down to the desert sand dunes of Southern California, the West Coast may be home to the most diverse group of national parks in the country. Because we're here to make getting outside easier, we picked some of our favorite adventures from these parks to get the ball rolling. We also threw in a few pit stops along the way from our favorite cities. If you like local craft beer and consider yourself a foodie, you'll be glad you made the detour. Start planning now and make time to celebrate the 100th birthday of America's best idea.

North Cascades National Park

Hike Thornton Lakes and Trappers Peak


Photo: Scott Kranz

Olympic National Park

Hike to Olympic Hot Springs


Photo: Matt Williams

Hike to Klahhane Ridge (Switchback Route)


Photo: Stephen Bellrichard

Hike to Elk Mountain from Obstruction Point


Photo: Seth Whelden

Backpack to Lake Angeles


Photo: Nick Lake

Hike Mount Storm King


Photo: Jason Horstman

Pit Stop: Seattle, Washington


Photo: Scott Kranz

Mount Rainier National Park

Hike to Panorama Point


Photo: Michael Matti

Hike Pinnacle Peak


Photo: Sean Van Dommelen

Camp at Snow Lake


Photo: Michael Matti

Hike to Fremont Fire Lookout


Photo: Mitch Pittman

Pit Stop: Portland, Oregon


Photo: Alan Maxcy

Crater Lake National Park

Explore Crater Lake


Photo: Eric Johnson

Take a Boat Tour and Hike to the Top of Wizard Island


Photo: Jess Curren

Bike around Crater Lake


Photo: Colton Jacobs

Hike Mount Scott


Photo: Amy Lin

Redwood National and State Park

Backpack Redwood National and State Park


Photo: Austin Trigg

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Photograph Lassen Peak


Photo: Beth Young

Pit Stop: San Francisco, California


Photo: Josiah Roe

Yosemite National Park

Top 10 Adventures in Yosemite Valley


Photo: Tiffany Nguyen

Backpack Sunrise Lakes to Clouds Rest


Photo: Nathaniel Polta

Camp at Glacier Point


Photo: Sarah Vaughn

Hike to Taft Point


Photo: Joel Bear

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

Hike Crescent Meadow


Photo: Dane

Backpack to Mount Silliman


Photo: Debra Alison

Hike the Congress Trail


Photo: Will Cebron

Backpack the Rae Lakes Loop


Photo: Kevin Kaminski

Death Valley National Park

Photograph Death Valley’s Wildflower Bloom


Photo: Michael Wigle

Explore Zabriskie Point


Photo: Tiffany Nguyen

Camp at Wildrose Campground


Photo: Cameron Gardner

Hike the Badlands Loop


Photo: Shannon Kalahan

Channel Islands National Park

Hiking and Kayaing on Santa Cruz Island


Photo: Tiffany Nguyen

Pit Stop: Laguna Beach, California


Photo: Josiah Roe

Cover photo: Beth Young

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Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph.