Nick Paquette and his girlfriend completed an epic road trip in North America, driving 35,000 km / 21,700 miles in six months. The couple wanted to explore the natural wonders of the continent, and returned with a stack of fabulous images and a ranking for the best nature destinations in North America.
The couple purchased a small second hand Ford van and converted it into a campervan. Without a campervan where it is possible to sleep and cook, covering such a distance in such a short time would have been very difficult. Still, they must have been on the road almost every day, because their average distance per day was about 200 km.
Paquette and his girlfriend are from Canada, and they started their trip from there, continuing to the U.S. side of the border. They wanted to explore the variety of North America from small coastal surf villages to adventure destinations on the mountains.
Here are top 25 destinations for nature lovers in North America by Nick Paquette. More images and Paquette’s descriptions of destinations at Time.
Medicine Lake — Alberta, Canada
Tombstone Territorial Park — Yukon Territory, Canada
Salmon Glacier — British Columbia, Canada
Joffre Lakes Provincial Park — British Columbia, Canada
Little Huson Cave Regional Park — Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
Tofino — Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
Mount Robson — British Columbia, Canada
Athabasca Falls — Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
Peyto Lake — Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Larch Valley — Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Emerald Lake — Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada
Washington Pass — North Cascades National Park, Washington
Rialto Beach — Olympic National Park, Washington
The Lost Coast — California
Barker Dam — Joshua Tree National Park, California
Yosemite National Park — California (at Night)
Moki Dugway — Utah
Fern Canyon — Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, California
Death Valley National Park — California and Nevada
North Rim — Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Horseshoe Bend — Arizona
Saguaro National Park — Arizona
Queen’s Garden — Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Zion National Park — Utah
Lower Antelope Canyon— Page, Arizona