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Celebrate National Park Week with the One Legal Team

View from Point Reyes hiking trail
This Saturday, April 20, National Park Week kicks off with an entrance fee free day followed by a week of programs and events in parks across the country. To celebrate, the One Legal team got together and shared our favorite park picks and pictures. We all agreed that it is hard to choose just one out of more than 400 parks, monuments, memorials, and historic sites, but here’s our curated list to help you plan your next park visit.

Joshua Tree National Park

Denise Holden, Sales Consultant, Los Angeles

Joshua Tree National Park is where California’s high desert and low desert converges to create amazing views of rock formations, cactus gardens, wild flowers and deep blue skies. Hiking in the park is a feast for the senses. I know my colleague Lili Daniel enjoys visiting Joshua Tree too!

Channel Islands

Thomas Howard, Sales Consultant, National

Channel Islands National Park, in Ventura county, provides a wide variety of recreational opportunities and a delightful break from the congestion and clamor of urban life. However, since the park encompasses five islands and their surrounding one mile of the ocean, the decision of where to go, what to do, and how to do it can be challenging.

Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

Lindsey Dean, Head of Marketing

Ebey’s Landing in Washington is one of the many breathtaking places along our incredible West Coast. I do love a place with lots of history and exquisite views. On my next visit, I’m determined to hike the Bluff Trail.

Point Reyes National Seashore

Lisa Eggers, Community Marketing Manager

Entrance to Point Reyes National Seashore is always free, but this Saturday you can help with a restoration project to save Marin County’s endangered coho salmon! The Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN) is hosting a Salmon Fest at their headquarters in Olema from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with snacks and drinks throughout the day. There’s also plenty of trails to hike, including the the old pines, sky, and meadow loop! As you can see from the main photo at the top of this blog, the views from this trail loop are fantastic.

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

Lisa Eggers

Another one of my favorites, but I’ve just found out they closed this part of the Park and Jagger Museum because of the ledge of the caldera being unstable after the May 2018 eruptions and earthquakes from the drainage of the magma.

Indiana Dunes National Park

Alex Braun, Senior Campaign Manager, National

I’ve taken the South Shore Train from downtown Chicago to go hiking on the sand dunes there a few times. On a clear day you can just barely make out the upper sections of Chicago’s tallest skyscrapers across the lake. (Sorry, Flat Earth-ers.)

Cabrillo National Monument

Jerry Gregg, Sales Consultant, Southern California

Don’t forget the State parks! I love Torrey Pines & Crystal Cove, but I choose Cabrillo National Monument as my Federal favorite.  Located at the southern tip of the Point Loma Peninsula in San Diego, California, Cabrillo National Monument commemorates the landing of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo at San Diego Bay on September 28, 1542. It was the first time a European expedition set foot on the land that later became the West Coast of the United States.

Muir Woods

Lili Daniel, Senior Customer Success Manager, Los Angeles

Denise is right: Joshua Tree is a deeply meaningful place for me. But last Thanksgiving weekend I fell in love with Muir Woods, especially the hike trail from the woods to Muir beach. The 6 miles hike was so picturesque and refreshing to end up at the beach.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Diane Andreoli, Sales Consultant, Bay Area

Hey, Muir Woods is in my backyard in lovely Mill Valley! And don’t forget the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco county. The GGNRA covers Alcatraz Island, Fort Point National Historic Site, Baker Beach, China Beach, Cliff House & Sutro Baths, Battery Chamberlin, Crissy Field Marsh & Beach and Airfield and center, Fort Funston, Fort Mason, Lands End, Presidio of San Francisco, Ocean Beach, and more. You do have to pay to access some of the areas, so Saturday’s fee-free day is an opportunity to save. And count me in as a fan of the state parks as well!

Rosie The Riveter/WWII Home Front

Lora Templeton, Senior Campaign Manager, California

Diane’s choice shows how history is all around us in the San Francisco Bay, but this national historic park along the waterfront in Richmond is a must for fans of WWII and women’s history. Built on the site of the Ford Motor Company Assembly plant, it honors the estimated 18 million women who joined defense and support industries during the war including former “Rosie” Betty Reid Soskin who, at 94, is the oldest ranger in the National Park System. Visit the Park and then tour the USS Potomac followed by the SS Red Oak Victory Ship—their next pancake breakfast is coming up in May!

Yosemite

Stephanie Sagaria, Sales Consultant, Northern California and all of us on the One Legal Team

It’s unanimous. The mighty Yosemite National Park is nearly 1,200 square miles of waterfalls, meadows, ancient sequoias, and much more. Everyone on the One Legal team seconded Stephanie’s motion that this is an awesome national park.

What favorite National Park did we miss? Let us know your choices in the comments below.

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