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National Geographic Traveler contributing editor Heather Greenwood Davis is the magazine’s family travel advocate, guru, and soothsayer. Here’s her latest advice.

The best day hikes have an element of quest, or mission, which is why so many of them climb to the top of a mountain or a landmark. Such is the case with many of the hikes presented below. But there’s no serious mountain trekking here—the point of each hike is the experience of getting there—and the inspiring view gained at the quest’s end.

Kari Cobb has been a ranger at Yosemite National Park for nearly a decade, and has been a public affairs specialist there since 2008. Kari’s duties include conducting hundreds of media interviews every year, writing and disseminating news releases, arranging dignitary visits, and managing special events in the park. Here are a few of her favorite things about mighty Yosemite.

The beauty of America’s 59 national parks, from the crystal clear waters of Glacier to the sharp silhouette of the Grand Tetons, is something you should experience firsthand–and this is the perfect time to do it. Why? It’s National Park Week. To pay homage to the amazing natural splendor of America’s best idea, we asked our Facebook community to share their favorite national park with us–and what makes it so special. Here’s what they had to say.

YOLO in Yosemite

“We’re all native to this planet, but we’ve made a mess of it by using our intelligence very unintelligently,” Ron Kauk said, as El Capitan towered over us. “It’s just mind boggling how we’ve managed to damage our own home,” he continued — not with condemnation, but a sincere concern for life in all its forms.