Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail

Each day, my in-box is filled with dozens, sometimes hundreds of press releases from tourism entities vying for the attention of travel writers and photographers. I would like to tell you that I read each and every one, but …

However, one press release I look forward to, reading each word and detail as soon as it pops up on my screen, is the regular communication I receive from the National Park Service. Really, Ken Burns got it right when he called these little slices of heaven “America’s Best Idea.”

National Park Getaways

One of the communiques I receive on a weekly basis is “National Park Getaways,” which highlights the unique national park trailfeatures and qualities of a particular national park. Some I know intimately; some I’ve never heard of, like this week’s featured destination – the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail.

Here’s a little bit of what I’ve learned:

Like an historical drama or an adventure movie, this route takes a viewer/visitor through more than one spectacular setting. In the desert Southwest and along the Pacific coast, the true story of the 1775-76 Anza Colonizing Expedition unfolds. In southern Arizona and San Diego County, Calif., the landscape is desert. Looming cacti, colorful wildflowers, scrub, and rock formations meet the eye. Then the trail jump-cuts to the lush blue of the Pacific Ocean and the meadows and rocky highlands of its shore. The final scene of the trail features the Golden Gate Bridge and other San Francisco landmarks.

Oh, now I need to go there. I need to travel that trail and see what this is about.

So, each week, the Getaway series introduces another great place in our country. I’ll share many of them with you here, but as a mojotraveler, you may want to get there on your own. Just follow the link and enjoy where our parks and your mojo take you.