Unleash your inner explorer with our functional and fashionable outdoor gear. From Yellowstone to Yosemite, we’ve got you covered.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of National Travel and Tourism Week (May 7-13), an annual tradition to highlight the importance of tourism and its contributions to the economy. It serves as a reminder to appreciate the beauty of the world around us. At Free Country, we believe the #OutsideIsOurs, and there’s no better way to celebrate than by exploring the stunning national parks right in our backyard. With 63 destinations to choose from, you’re sure to find a park that’s perfect for you. So whether you’re an avid hiker or a first-time visitor, here are three of our favorite national parks to add to your bucket list, along with some packing tips for a memorable and stylish trip.
Yosemite National Park
Located in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, Yosemite National Park is known for its plunging waterfalls, sheer granite cliffs and ancient giant sequoia trees. Casual travelers can use the affordable public transit system to meander through the park car-free. Hardcore hikers and daredevil rock climbers will find plenty of heart-pumping activities, too. Check out the highest waterfall in North America, which flows an impressive 2,435 feet, via a challenging trail to the top or leisurely stroll along the base. Don’t forget your rain gear (like Free Country’s packable X2O jacket) to keep the fall’s icy spray at bay. You’ll also want comfortable and breathable pieces that let you move and explore with ease, so add our four-way stretch and water-repellent Get Out There leggings to your packing list, stat.
Yellowstone National Park
Millions of visitors flock to Yellowstone National Park every year, and for good reason. Located primarily in Wyoming—but extending into Montana and Idaho—Yellowstone sits on top of a dormant volcano and is home to more geysers and hot springs than any other place on earth. Within the park’s 2.2 million acres, observe abundant wildlife or explore dramatic canyons, lush forests, alpine rivers and mesmerizing hydrothermal and geological wonders. The weather is unpredictable: Big temperature swings are common, along with rain or snow during every month of the year. So no matter when you visit, a warm jacket is essential. Pack overachieving outerwear: Our 3-in-1 Systems jacket features a removable, reversible inner vest in a super-soft sherpa fabric, so you’re prepared for whatever nature brings.
Zion National Park
In southwestern Utah, Zion National Park attracts adventure seekers and outdoor enthusiasts for its breathtaking views and unique geological formations, which are easily accessible to visitors. Hike, bike, ride by horseback or take a tour along the narrow, winding canyons and towering monoliths. Explore the massive sandstone cliffs in punchy pinks, ruby reds and dreamy creams that glisten during the sunset for some truly picture-perfect photos. No matter the month, temperatures vary with elevation and time of day, so pack and wear layers. Protect your skin from the scorching desert sun by wearing clothing with built-in UPF protection, like our sun shirts. Then pair it with our lightweight and quick-drying Bermuda board shorts so you’ll be ready to jump into any of the park’s flowing streams and natural emerald pools at a moment’s notice.