Road Trip Guide - Page 27 - North American parks to check out

Road Trip Guide
- Page 27
North American parks to check out
Beaches, lodges, trails and more

By Lynn O’Rourke Hayes

Author Joe Yogerst was barely out of the cradle when his parents whisked him off to Yosemite National Park for his first camping trip. In the years that followed, family road trips often included visits to other parks, sparking a lifelong passion for wildlife, learning, outdoor recreation and conservation.

In his new book, “100 Parks, 5000 Ideas” (National Geographic, 2019), Yogerst showcases top national, state and city parks throughout North America, paired with stunning photography and expert tips.

Here are five ideas to consider:

1. Beach destinations
From Outer Beach on Cape Cod to Washington’s Ruby Beach to Ofu Beach in American Samoa, many North American parks offer pristine options for relishing the pleasures of sea, sun and sand. Padre Island in Texas boasts the world’s longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island. It’s protected, reports Yogerst, within a 70-mile stretch of national seashore along the Gulf of Mexico. The north end, close to Corpus Christi, offers a wide range of family-friendly beach activity. The rest is wild and free.