Tori Peglar

Tori Peglar

Tori is the co-brand and content director of National Park Trips Media. She specializes in writing inspiring national park travelogues, foodie adventures and personal, heartfelt stories of people who shape our culture.

In 2018, Tori was recognized for her work with National Park Journal, winning three first-place awards for the Grand Canyon edition of the magazine. Later the same year, Tori was honored as a Folio: 100, a list of the top innovators, entrepreneurial thinkers, and industry-disruptors in magazine media.

Before joining National Park Trips Media, Tori worked for her alma mater as director of marketing for the CU-Boulder Alumni Association, developing and executing campaigns for national and local events and programs. She led an award-winning creative team of six and served as editor of the Coloradan magazine, which won two first-place national awards in 2011 and 2014 for magazine excellence, as well as two regional first-place awards and a second-place award in 2011-14.

Tori's travels have taken her across the globe and she has lived in Hong Kong, Kenya, Ecuador and Nepal. Some of her favorite national park experiences are hiking the Bright Angel Trail in the Grand Canyon, taking the trail down to the Yosemite Valley from Glacier Point, snowshoeing to Lone Star Geyser in Yellowstone and doing Rocky Mountain's East Inlet Trail with her family. When she's not in search of a story, she loves spending time with her family and skiing, running, biking, backpacking and traveling.

Eden Rift Winery in San Benito County

The Pinnacle of a Getaway in San Benito County

Undiscovered Pinnacles National Park, a gorgeous wine trail and historic areas await.

High Peaks Trail in Pinnacles National Park

Pinnacles National Park Top 6

Here are some of our favorite things to do from gorgeous hikes to exploring a cave.

2021 Yosemite Gear Guide

6 Things to Take on your Yosemite Vacation

After many trips to Yosemite and California's coast, our editor has created a list of her favorite things to bring along.

Rafting on the Merced River in Yosemite with views of Yosemite Falls

48 Hours in Yosemite National Park

Only have 48 hours? Make the most of your time by walking among giant sequoias, hiking a downhill trail, picnicking lakeside and floating on a river.

Entrance sign to Yosemite National Park

Which Entrance to Yosemite Should I Take?

There are five entrances into Yosemite National Park, and the road to each of them offers unique sights to see along the way.

Yosemite Ranger Shelton Johnson, Buffalo Soldier reenactment

The Living History of Yosemite's Buffalo Soldiers

Yosemite ranger Shelton Johnson brings to life the stories of the Black soldiers who served as the park’s first rangers.

Photographers in the Alabama Hills in Inyo County, California

4 Sights to See in Inyo County, the Land of Extremes

Inyo County claims the highest and lowest points in the lower 48. Stop at a WWII internment camp, read tales of local mountaineer, and see restored trains.

Malibu Wine Safaris at Conejo Valley, Calif.

Hollywood Sets and Wine Safaris in Conejo Valley

Say goodbye to the hustle and bustle of LA and hello to its quieter but fun side when you visit Conejo Valley.

Yosemite's Ahwahnee Hotel now called Majestic Yosemite Hotel. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

Which Lodging in Yosemite National Park?

With nine accommodation options in Yosemite, it can be difficult to figure out where you should stay. Here's how to find the perfect place.

Tenaya Lodge's Explorer Cabins in the Winter next to Yosemite

Resort Getaway at Tenaya Lodge near Yosemite's South Entrance

Tenaya Lodge offers offers a full-resort vacation with a world-class spa, three swimming pools, on-site activities, a concierge and four restaurants.

GyPSy Guide Audio Driving Tour App for Yosemite National Park

Narrated Driving Tour Apps by GyPSy Guide

Listen to an entertaining guide that automatically tells you stories about where you are while you drive.

National park ranger wearing a face mask and gloves to protect agains COVID-19

5 Things to Know About California National Park Travel Amid COVID-19

In light of the spread of COVID-19, trying to find out what is open and closed in our national parks is a moving target these days. Here are updates.

Friends at a Modesto restaurant

Break for Modesto, California

Stop in Modesto, half way between Yosemite and San Francisco, for a much-needed break from the car and grab a bite to eat, visit a farm stand or see a show.

Del Valle Regional Park in Livermore

Happy Trails in Tri-Valley

Forty-five minutes from Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, you can lose the fog and city’s high prices and delve into a vibrant wine, beer and ice cream scene.

Port Hueneme Pier and Beach at Ventura

7 Sea-Swept Vistas on the Ventura County Coast

Uncrowded beaches, beautiful trails, historic places and ferries to national park islands in towns like Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo and Port Hueneme.

Sunset at the Marina at Miller's Landing Resort

Lakeside at Miller’s Landing Resort

Just 20 minutes from Yosemite National Park, Miller’s Landing Resort at Bass Lake offers a great basecamp full of lakeside fun, beautiful cabins and the best burger ever.

View of oranges and snowy peaks from the valley floor near Woodlake, Calif.

Fields of Dreams Border Sequoia and Kings Canyon

Discover more than the biggest trees and the tallest mountains. Explore the towns that sit at the foot of Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks.

Abundant Table store interior in Camarillo, California

In Camarillo, Pick Produce and Pay Tribute to a President

Pick your own strawberries, tomatoes, winter squash or pumpkins and then go see a piece of the Berlin Wall and a replica of the Oval Office.


Ride the YARTS Bus to Yosemite National Park

YARTS has four major routes to Yosemite ⎯ Hwy. 120/395 from Mammoth Lakes, Hwy. 120 from Sonora, Hwy. 41 from Fresno and Hwy 140 from Merced.

Evening view of the Fox Theater along H street in the downtown district of Bakerfield, California

Act Naturally in Bakersfield

At the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley and the heart of the Mojave Desert, you’ll find country music and a noteworthy luncheonette.

Sunset at Devils Golf Course in Death Valley National Park

6 Scenic Stops at Death Valley National Park

From palm groves to breathtaking purple and red mountains, here are our top stops, plus road-trip tips, for a fantastic scenic drive.

Ventura Harbor Village

Stop at Ventura Harbor Village

Base out of Ventura Harbor Village for easy access to Channel Islands National Park, a gorgeous beach and a lively seaside experience.

Golden Gate Bridge from Golden Gate National Recreational Area in San Francisco

San Francisco to Yosemite National Park Road Trip

Explore San Francisco before heading inland to sample Northern California’s amazing food and wines on this epic 431-mile adventure to Yosemite and back.

Hiking down from Glacier Point on the Panorama Trail in Yosemite.

Which Yosemite Hiking Trail Should I Hike?

Find your perfect Yosemite Hiking Trail by answering a few questions, then see the Trail Guide for details.

Leashed dog at a Yosemite overlook.

Can I Bring My Pet to Yosemite National Park?

For the most part, pets are not allowed on any trails, minus these few exceptions. Dog food must be stored in bear proof containers.

Camping at Flying Flags RV Resort. Photo courtesy Buellton Visitors Bureau

4 Things to Do in the Sideways Town of Buellton

Peel off the coastal Hwy. 101 to a town made famous by the film Sideways that follows two men on a weeklong vacation in wine country.

Park visitor standing on a rock in the Merced River in Yosemite National Park

What to Pack for Your Yosemite National Park Vacation

Be as prepared as a Boy Scout. Here are the top 14 items to put in your suitcase and 1 item to leave at home.

Santa Cruz Island, part of Channel Islands National Park

Los Angeles to California Coast and Yosemite Road Trip

From sparkling beaches to fresh food, this 886-plus mile route gives you the best of the Central Coast on the way to Yosemite National Park.

Surfer near the pie in Pismo Beach

California Dreamin' at Pismo Beach

Experience the West Coast's surf culture in this vibrant beach town. In winter, see the migration of thousands of monarch butterflies.

Upper Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park

Visit Yosemite Virtually

You don’t have to visit to Yosemite to see the majestic sight of water tumbling down Yosemite Falls, to visit the top of North Dome or hear its rangers speak.

Kids bike in Yosemite's Upper Pines Campground

Where Should I Camp in Yosemite National Park?

A personalized guide to help you decide where to spend the night, from car camping paradise and remote backcountry sites to RV heaven.

Using EcoVessel's Boulder Bottle

Why Reusable Water Bottles Are Important

Here are 5 tips from EcoVessel on why drinking water from a reusable water bottle is so essential both on and off the trail.

Feature image for Yosemite National Park Journal

Buy the Yosemite Magazine

All about Yosemite National Park and the journeys to the park with tips on where to stay, things to do, and where to stop on the way. Choose paper or digital.

Sunset at Taft Point in Yosemite National Park

8 Ways to Live in the Moment, Yosemite-Style

Here are exceptional ways to have fun and be present, Yosemite-style, even if you can't visit Yosemite in person.

Biking in Henry W Coe State Park near Gilroy, California

Local Flavor in Gilroy, Garlic Capital of the World

Not far from Silicon Valley sits a quaint town where you can visit friendly boutique wineries, explore a gorgeous children’s theme park and dine on garlic dishes.

Alpacas on the Epic Alpacas Ranch

13 Gems in Mariposa County on the Edge of Yosemite

Find the largest alpaca farm in the state, do an olive oil tasting, take a scenic flight over the park plus five more things to do in this charming historic county.

Sunrise at a vineyard in Sta. Rita Hills near Lompoc

Lompoc's Top 6

This scenic valley town offers a ton to see and do year-round including sipping local wine, exploring a mission and strolling on a secluded beach.

Old Woody car near Cayucos Pier in California

9 Stops on the California Highway 1 Discovery Route

Go on fantastic strolls along 101 miles of Hwy 1. Experience these nine dazzling spots including a luxurious castle and a tree-lined hike to the beach.

Death Valley's Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

Las Vegas to Death Valley, Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon Road Trip

From the lights of Las Vegas to the wonders in four national parks, you'll be on a winning streak during this 1,377-mile adventure.

Twisted Oak Winery in Calaveras County on the way to Yosemite

California Gold Country Road Trip to Yosemite

Follow the golden road to and from Yosemite on this 453-mile adventure. Explore cowboy towns, taste local olive oil and apples, and see giant buddhas and gold nuggets.

Woman at Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Jumping for Calaveras

Mark Twain became famous with his story about the frogs of Calaveras County. Here are five reasons why you should stop in this gorgeous corner of California.

Rafting with OARS on the Tuolumne River

OARS Wet and Wild Whitewater Rafting Adventures Just Outside of Yosemite

Go on a 1-day rafting trip on the Merced River, or experience a 1- to 3-day rafting adventure on the Tuolumne River near the West Edge of Yosemite National Park

A San Francisco Street Car with a view of Fisherman's Wharf and Alcatraz Island

Dive Deep into Bay Culture at 9 San Francisco Gems

Walk with sharks at a famous pier, make hairpin turns on a steep street and cruise to "The Rock" in this Golden Gate city.

Oxnard waterfront in California

Harboring Fun in Oxnard, Calif.

In Oxnard, they like to take time to coast. Take their advice with these four top things to do including islands, beaches, a harbor and a collection.

Yosemite's Wawona Hotel and fountain

Wawona Hotel, formerly Big Trees Lodge

Away from the crowds, this Victorian lodge and cottages is closest to the park's South Entrance, the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias, and the park's golf course.

Tent Cabin in Curry Village in Yosemite

Curry Village Tent Cabins and Lodging in Yosemite

Generations of families have stayed in Yosemite's Half Dome Village (previously Curry Village) in safari-style tents and simple wooden cabins.

Yosemite Valley Lodge

Yosemite Valley Lodge, previously Yosemite Lodge at the Falls

Offering great views of Yosemite Falls, depending on your room, the Yosemite Valley Lodge has the distinction of being one of the most popular lodges in the park.

Biking in Yosemite

Year-Round Fun In Yosemite National Park

In summer, learn to rock climb at the Yosemite Mountaineering School, or rent a raft or bike. In winter, head for Badger Pass Ski & Snowboard Area or snowshoe the trails.

Park Visitors near the trailhead for the Tuolumne Grove of Sequoias in Yosemite

Tuolumne Grove of Sequoias in Yosemite

To avoid the biggest crowds at the Mariposa Grove, drive northwest of Yosemite Valley to the Crane Flat area.

The Bachelor and 3 Graces in Yosesmite's Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias in Yosemite

Mariposa is the largest of the three groves with about 500 mature sequoias.