Ah, the great outdoors. They seem especially appealing while we’re all stuck indoors, and local parks offer a great way to socially distance safely and easily.
As the hot summer months come upon us, we find ourselves pulling out our National Parks socks and daydreaming of road trips we’ll take in the future. Where do we want to go? Read on…
- Crater Lake National Park
Let’s start in Oregon, why don’t we? It is the home state of Sock It to Me, after all. Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United states, coming in at a depth of 1,943 feet. It was formed thousands of years ago by the collapse of Mount Mazama. It is a treasure trove to scientists due to its diverse ecosystems and the geological phenomena that can be found. For tourists like us, it offers an abundance of recreational activities (think hiking, fishing, and snowshoeing), as well as campgrounds and lodges to stay in the summer months!
So what do you think? Start the road trip here?
- Glacier National Park
Glacier is home to over 700 miles of trails. Seven. hundred. miles!!! Human history relating to this park dates back over 10,000 years, so history buffs and hikers alike can visit and experience the incredible glory that is Glacier National Park.
Pop a tent and camp or stay in a chalet, and don’t forget to take a drive down the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road! Pack a pair of our Glacier National Park socks for double the glaciery goodness.
- Yellowstone National Park
How could we forget to include the world’s very first national park? With features like Old Faithful (one of Yellowstone’s most famous geysers that has erupted over ONE MILLION times since the park’s opening in 1872), the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone (not to be confused with the one in Arizona!), and Hayden Valley (where you’re likely to see bison, elk, bears, and pelicans!), this is a national park you’ll never forget.
Of course, we’re partial to the Grand Prismatic Hot Spring – we put it on a sock, after all! It has mesmerizingly vivid colors thanks to bacteria that live in the water and is the third largest hot spring in the world!
- Capitol Reef National Park
Originally named “Wayne Wonderland”, Capitol Reef National Park is located in southern Utah and was established as a national park in 1971. It is the seventh park in the National Park Service to be designated as an “International Dark Sky Park”. If you visit, be sure to stay up late to see what reduced light pollution can do for a starry sky. Dark night skies are crucial for both ecosystem and human health!
Capitol Reef is the easiest portion of the Waterpocket Fold to access, and is home to diverse creatures and natural landscapes. Follow its winding canyons and gaze at the layers of sandstone surrounding you.
- Arches National Park
Let’s stay in Utah for a while and visit Arches National Park, a vast expanse of beauty that showcases the natural wonder erosion leaves behind. Water, gravity, and time have come together in this park to create arches unlike any you’ve ever seen. The Delicate Arch is an icon; it is a destination and a must-see for tourists from all over the world. We wanted to capture some of its awe-inspiring beauty on a sock, so we can always be reminded of nature’s power.
Of course, nothing lasts forever, and arches do fall. So remember: even if you’ve seen one arch, one park, one state, it will be different and incredible every time.
- Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
This may not be a national park, but Monument Valley’s beauty and history caught our hearts and we knew we had to make it a sock. Monument Valley, found in Arizona, is one of the most photographed places on earth. You’ll soon see why when you get a glimpse of its breathtaking panoramas and incredible rock formations.
- Crater Lake National Park
Always remember to take in the beauty that surrounds you, no matter where you are. Leave it better than you found it!