When searching for fall colors, don’t forget to look down! This crimson Virginia Creeper lends red hues to a stone wall at Buck Hollow Overlook in Shenandoah National Park. An autumn hike to enjoy changing colors and crisp air is sure to be a soothing tonic any day of the week. Photo by N. Lewis, National Park Service.


“I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” – John Muir

Author and conservationist John Muir – nicknamed the “Father of the National Parks” – shared his love of the outdoors through writing and inspired people to protect our country’s wild places like Yosemite, Grand Canyon and Sequoia & King’s Canyon national parks. Now’s the perfect time to get outdoors and start exploring your public lands – visit all national parks for FREE during National Park Week from April 16-24. Get inspired with a few of our favorite John Muir quotes:


Shenandoah National Park

Scenes from my trip to Virginia to visit this beautiful place. The park is long and narrow with a central road called Skyline Drive running through the length of it. I spent the time there driving on the beautiful winding roads, hiking several of the trails with breathtaking views of either waterfalls or the valley below, enjoyed watching the sunset while the fog slowly creeped its way through the trees, then stayed even as night fell in order to see the whole scene bathed under the moonlight.

Photographed by: Paolo Nacpil ( tumblr | instagram )

Why doesn’t sunrise make a sound? A vision so beautiful seems to deserve a musical overture. But maybe, overwhelming your sense of sight is enough for dawn at Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Photo by N. Lewis, National Park Service.

Shenandoah National Park

Drove 13 hours and 1,400 kilometers to go hiking in Virginia. This was taken during yesterday’s sunset while I was hiking on the ice covered trails to an overlook. The sun’s final rays casting its warm light on the surroundings and breaking through the leafless trees was absolutely beautiful. 

Photographed by: Paolo Nacpil ( tumblr | instagram