Yosemite + Crater Lake Travel Diary


For the past almost three weeks I’ve been traveling on the west coast to different national parks, which is why I have been a bit absent on here. Every summer for the last 5 years, my family and I take a trip together. It is almost always to national parks since we all love hiking, and this year we managed to go to four different ones. It was honestly one of the best trips I have ever been on, and since I love taking photos I thought I would share all my favorite ones from my trip in two posts! So grab a cup of tea or coffee, and here is a look at Yosemite + Crater Lake National Park.


The first stop on my trip was Yosemite National Park. It was a bit crowded, but I highly recommend visiting if you haven’t. A lot of the main, popular sites can be seen really easily. And it’s filled with some of the most beautiful waterfalls.

My go-to outfit for most of the trip was these mom jeans from Zara, a t-shirt, and this rust bandana.


In between Yosemite and Crater Lake, I spent a night in a cute little cabin at Lake Tahoe. It was really beautiful there and it’s definitely a place I would love to go back to.


The next stop on my trip was to Crater Lake in Oregon, which might just be the most beautiful lake I’ve ever seen. Sadly most of the park was closed due to the snow, but it was still lovely to be in a winter wonderland in June.

I stayed in a cute little cottage just outside the park that was surrounded by lots of farms and cows.

On my last day there, it was a bit too crowded to get into the park, so we hiked to the Toketee Falls.

And that is all the photos from the first part of my trip! I highly recommend taking the time to visit national parks if you can. There is nothing more calming and magical than exploring the beautiful world we live in. I will be sharing the second part in two weeks, which honestly has some of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken it in. You can also see more photos on my Instagram!

35 responses to “Yosemite + Crater Lake Travel Diary”

  1. Emma Lisa says:

    Amazing photos! I’d love to visit Yosemite – it looks so beautiful! x

  2. Eena says:

    OMG! You were in Yosemite?! That’s my neck of the woods! And yes, it can totally get so crowded there but it’s definitely a place one has to visit at least once in their lifetime. I love your photos, Kara! I’m glad you had a fantastic time.

    cabin twenty-four

  3. Patricia says:

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos, Kara! I always immensely enjoy your vacation photos. They are so beautiful, they belong in a travel magazine!

  4. April Rodea says:

    Is this even real? Your shots look like paintings. It’s so beautiful! ♡

  5. cate says:

    wow it is so rough and magical! nature is really intense and to explore it is one of the best thing to do!

    Cate // 35mminstyle

  6. Mica says:

    Oh my goodness you got so many beautiful photos! What a great spot to visit! Thanks for sharing 🙂
    Hope that you had a wonderful weekend 🙂

  7. Jessica says:

    Wow! Such beautiful photos! Thanks for taking us along!

  8. I visited Yosemite last winter and it was beautiful! It’s adifferent kind of beauty during this season!

  9. Aimee says:

    I adore your pictures! the way you captured the photos are so relaxing and calming, awesome trip!

    Capturing Life Memoirs | Aimee

  10. Lovely says:

    Your pictures look amazing Kara and would love to visit Yosemite!


  11. Your family have such a beautiful tradition. I can’t describe how your photos are stunning, nature in Yosemite National park is so wonderful and lakes looks so peaceful. Your smile shows that you have great time and I’m so happy to see it.

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  12. Simone says:

    I’ve always wanted to visit Yosemite but somehow never made it. It’s still on my bucket list and it look so spectacular and that nature is so beautiful.

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

  13. Kathrin says:

    These photos are absolutely incredible! These parks are so beautiful. I’m glad you had a good trip and I can’t wait to see the rest of the photos you took.

    I’m also a big fan of hiking and I love to visit national parks. My favorite trip of that kind was to the Rockies. Your photos make me want to visit these parks as well.

    I hope you have a great week.

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

  14. shaira says:

    Wow, this is incredibly beautiful! These places look so dreamy! I’d love to visit this too someday <3


  15. These pictures are amazing! Hope you had a great trip.
    Adi xx |

  16. Jessica says:

    Such a breathtaking place indeed. Love your photos dear!

    Jessica |

  17. mercy says:

    These are breathtaking photos, the lake looks calm and pristine. Good on you that you’ve got to bond with your family this way.

  18. Anna says:

    Your photos are so stunning! I dream of visiting USA national parks since I haven´t been to any so far. Only cities – NY, LA, SF, Vegas, and Orlando. And it´s such a wonderful tradition you and your family have – a trip together, especially the one that involves hiking and nature, sounds like the best summer vacation choice for me.


  19. Quinn says:

    This post is BANANAS – it’s incredible how much you got to see! You and your family are absolute goals. How beautiful it is that you vacation together at national parks – I’m dying to do that. Can’t believe you stayed in a little cottage too! So much perspective here. Also love your photo edits xx

  20. Gemma says:

    Wow what an absolutely beautiful place! Thanks so much for sharing the pics.

    Gemma x

  21. Ashley says:

    What a trip! So much beauty- nature really does knock it out of the park, right?

    And love your bandana- need to break a few of mine and work ’em into the rotation!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  22. Kelsey Bang says:

    I have always wanted to visit Yosemite! looks soooo gorgeous!

  23. Jules says:

    WOW, what a stunning place!!

  24. Kinga says:

    It’s fantastic <3

  25. Margot says:

    Theses pictures are breathtaking.
    I would love to visit theses places. It’s so beautiful !

  26. Amy Aed says:

    I have always wanted to go to Yosemite, and your photos are just making me want to go more! It looks like such a lovely time.

    Have a great weekend 🙂
    Amy x Wandering Everywhere

  27. Gabrielle says:

    Oh wow, I absolutely adore your style of photography – it literally feels as though I’m right there with you looking at these incredible landscape through my own eyes!! x

  28. Joy says:

    Your photo is spectacular , I would love to visit this amazing place

  29. Nancy says:

    I haven’t been to Yosemite in ages! Even then, I still remember how amazing the waterfall looks. I feel like Yosemite will always be crowded regardless of the season. I love the shots you got though!! It looks super neat and background wallpaper worthy!!! Lake Tahoe is an amazing place. Glad you had fun overall!!

    Nancy ♥

  30. Amazing photos Kara!!
    The nature is beautiful and we dont know that living in cities!
    Love you stripped tee with bandana so chic!!

  31. Wow! What amazing shots! My family and I do all the national parks and these are both on our lists. Thanks for sharing.

  32. Ivana Split says:

    Yosemite and Cracker Lake both look like wonderful places to visit. USA has great national parks. So great you got to visit these two. The photos are amazing. The nature there is so beautiful. I love hiking too.

  33. Maria says:

    Bravo! Breathtaking photography. I’ve been to all these places, and I enjoyed these pics so much. Looks like you had a blast 🙂