Park Pairings

There’s something in our national parks for everyone, from visitors looking for an adventure to those who simply enjoy taking in the sights. With our partners at Travelodge® by Wyndham, our Park Pairings series is designed to inspire you to visit parks in new ways. Created by NPCA's staff of experts, we’re sharing parks we love and pairing them with the perfect activity to ensure you’ll have a great time while visiting and adventuring responsibly!

Learn more about our Park Pairings below, and be sure to follow us on Instagram at @NPCAPics and TikTok at @NPCAVids to be the first to know when a new Park Pairing arrives!

View Wildlife in Joshua Tree National Park

Whether or not you’ve visited Joshua Tree, it’s safe to say that most people’s first thought when they think of the park is of its strangely beautiful namesake trees. But there’s more plant and wildlife in the park than its name alone suggests – take it from Luke Basulto, a staff member from NPCA’s California Desert Regional Office. With Luke’s help, we developed the video below to share more about the kind of flora and fauna you can expect to see when visiting this desert park.

Tackle Trails in Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Views of the Golden Gate Bridge are just the beginning of what this park on the California coast has to offer! With trails that wind through forests, across beaches and along rocky cliffs, there’s plenty of options for hikers of all experience levels in this park located in San Francisco. Kati Schmidt, an NPCA staff member from the Pacific Regional Office, leant her insight to the video below to inspire you to lace up your boots and take in the natural wonder and history of this urban park.

Cast a Line in Shenandoah National Park

Avid and aspiring anglers alike will have plenty of streams to explore when they try their hand at fly fishing in Shenandoah National Park. With beautiful hikes to the water and a wide variety of fish to catch (and release!), all you’ll need is a steady hand and a few pieces of gear. View the video below to see some tips and tricks we learned from Kyle Hart, a staff member from NPCA’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Office, including a spot you can hike to in the park for a great chance to catch trout while enjoying the park’s dense forests.

Since 2015, NPCA and Travelodge® by Wyndham have partnered to protect and preserve our public lands while sharing information to help you learn about the National Park System and plan your own adventures. Here are more resources we’ve created together to help you plan memorable – and responsible – national park visits.

Insider Guides

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Full of fascinating and practical information to help you plan trips to parks like Gettysburg National Military Park, Olympic National Park and more, these guides are a great first stop to take a look at when planning your park visit.

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Hidden Gems Guides

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Take a closer look at some lesser-known sites within our national parks in our Hidden Gems guides, designed to help you learn more about unique vistas, little-known history and places off the beaten path in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Devil’s Tower National Monument and more!

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Family Park Guides

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Yellowstone National Park

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Looking to make a park visit with your family? We have the inside scoop on tips to make sure your trip is a success! Rocky Mountain National Park and Indiana Dunes National Park are just two of the parks in our Family Park Guides series, with useful information to help you plan an enjoyable trip for everyone in the family.

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Tips for Your Next Park Visit Park Talk

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Whether you’re considering visiting a national park for the first time or you’re a seasoned park frequenter, planning a trip can be challenging. In this Park Talk, you’ll hear from well-traveled panelists who share helpful information about the national park trips they have taken and the tips and tricks they utilize to make their trips successful. Plus, check out some of the resources they used to plan their own trips here.

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10 Ways to Adventure Responsibly

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