First light on Three Brothers in Yosemite National Park, California • photo: Andrew Mace on Flickr

First light on Three Brothers in Yosemite National Park, California • photo: Andrew Mace on Flickr

One of the first parks in the National Park Service, California's Yosemite is a World Heritage site. Its most famous scenery includes mountain peaks like Half Dome and El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, giant sequoias, and sub-alpine lakes. Adventure travel expert Matt Villano recommends Hetch Hetchy, an uncrowded area in the park’s northwest corner, for unparalleled hiking.

One of the first parks in the National Park Service, California's Yosemite is a World Heritage site. Its most famous scenery includes mountain peaks like Half Dome and El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, giant sequoias, and sub-alpine lakes. Adventure travel expert Matt Villano recommends Hetch Hetchy, an uncrowded area in the park’s northwest corner, for unparalleled hiking.

Moraine Lake in Banff National Park, outside the Village of Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

Moraine Lake in Banff National Park, outside the Village of Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

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