CELEBRATE ‘NATIONAL TAKE YOUR PANTS FOR A WALK DAY’ AT THESE BREATHTAKING NATIONAL PARKS
There are plenty of awesome holidays to celebrate in July (like the 4th of July or National Ice Cream Day), but our favorite name for a celebration has got to be National Take Your Pants for a Walk Day. The holiday, celebrated each year on July 27th, is all about getting out into the great outdoors and enjoying a good walk. It makes for the perfect reason to pack up the RV and head out to explore the hiking trails at these absolutely beautiful National Parks!
Arches National Park
Arches National Park in Utah features some of the most breathtaking hiking trails in America. The incredible rock formations are almost unbelievable to witness, especially if you take a few moments to ponder the incredible natural forces that created the plethora of arches and other rock formations.
There is no bad time of year to visit Arches National Park–it’s incredibly beautiful all year round. But if you’re going during July, you might want to consider substituting your pants for a breathable pair of shorts (don’t worry, we think it still counts as properly celebrating the holiday).
A hike to the iconic Delicate Arch is an absolute must for visitors of any hiking skill level. Arches is also located in the cool town of Moab, UT, which gives you central access to a wide range of awesome places like Dead Horse Point State Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Capitol Reef National Park. Don’t miss the jaw dropping sunsets (or sunrises if you’re an early bird) and enjoy the interesting wildlife from one of the town’s many RV parks.
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park, located in Montana, is one of the most gorgeous and wondrous of America’s national parks. Long distance views of mountains and forested valleys dotted with blooming meadows make for a stunning view no matter which area of the park you decide to visit for your celebratory walk.
The Highline Trail in Glacier National Park, however, is an excellent place to start to surround yourself in natural beauty. You won’t take one step on this trail without being offered a spectacular view of the surrounding wilderness. If you’re lucky, you may even spot an elusive mountain goat walking along the trail as well (bonus points if they’re wearing pants to celebrate the holiday too)!
Yosemite National Park
If you want to feel accomplished not just for getting out to a good hiking trail, but for doing something really awesome on your walk, then you’ve got to check out Half Dome in Yosemite National Park — no one’s going to blame you for bragging all about the experience afterwards.
A system of cables and supports allows visitors to make the exhausting trek to the top of the 4,737 foot tall dome. (Just don’t look down!) You will never forget this hike once you complete it — mostly because your body will remind you of it for weeks after you return home. Just a heads up that the National Park Service instituted a 300-hiker-a-day cap on the trail, so you’ll have to win the lottery in order to take your pants on this incredible hike.
Presidential Traverse, White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire
Okay, so it’s not technically a National Park, but for daring hikers on the East Coast, the Presidential Traverse is a true test of stamina and skills, and a great summer RV destination to boot!
Located within the White Mountain National Forest, the Presidential Traverse presents hikers with the challenge of reaching the summit of 11 different mountain peaks and over 9,000 feet of elevation in a single day. Six of the mountains, which are all named after former Presidents, have a peak elevation of over 3,500 feet.
These areas can even see snow and ice in the middle of the summer’s warmest months, so you’ll be glad you’ve got a motorhome or trailer to come back to at the end of the day. Being able to say that you climbed 11 mountains in one day is an accomplishment that would make any hiker proud.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
A great place for any hiker’s bucket list is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There are dozens of great trails to walk through in the park, and they offer trips through incredibly unique forests within the Appalachian Mountains subrange. The thick trees and heavy fern undergrowth make for a truly memorable and lasting experience, and you’ll think you are walking through the rainforest in some sections.
Be sure and bring a sturdy pair of pants no matter where you choose to celebrate, and we hope you have a very merry Take Your Pants for a Walk Day!
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