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.

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.

Tenaya Lodge's explorer cabins in the forest

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.

Exterior of Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino

Chukchansi is a Straight Bet at Yosemite's South Entrance

Head to Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino near Yosemite's South Entrance to roll the dice, swim in a pool or get in some spa time.

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.

Half Dome viewed from Yosemite Valley. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

How Yosemite Came to Be

Pull back the curtains of history from the Miwok people to the establishment of the national park.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 this gorgeous area is one of California's best-kept secrets.

Autocamp fire pit near Yosemite at Mariposa

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.

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.

Cowboy hat and western wheel

Oakdale is Cowboy Country

Turn off the main strip to explore the historic downtown. Start at the Cowboy Museum, then learn about or experience the April rodeo. End the day at the H Bar B.

Hillside Villa at Rush Creek Lodge.

Rush Creek Lodge at Yosemite's 120 Entrance

The first new resort to open in the Yosemite area in more than 25 years is set on 20 woodland acres, less than a mile from the Yosemite’s Highway 120 entrance.

Evergreen Lodge in Groveland, CA

True Getaway at Evergreen Lodge near Yosemite's Hetch Hetchy

Experience more than a walk in the park when you stay at Evergreen Lodge just outside Yosemite. Take their tours or attend a wine tasting.

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.

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.

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.

Stagecoach at Columbia State Historic Park in Tuolumne County

Tuolumne's Top 7 on the Edge of Yosemite

Half of Tuolumne County lies in Yosemite. Discover the top seven things to do in its quaint towns from boating to Gold Rush-era experiences.

Grant Grove of giant sequoia trees in Kings Canyon National Park near Visalia, California

Naturally Outdoors at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

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.

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.

Green hills of Del Valle Regional Park in Tri-Valley, California

The Bay's Sunny Side 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.

Alcatraz Island

Explore Alcatraz Island

Once home to Al “Scarface” Capone and other notorious criminals, Alcatraz Island is a National Park Service site located 1.25 miles offshore.

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.

Santa Maria BBQ at the Far Western Tavern

Barbecue Central in Santa Maria Valley

Experience an affordable getaway while enjoying award-winning wine, legendary barbecue and the outdoors. Here are six authentic things not to miss.

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.

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.

Santa Cruz Island, part of Channel Islands National Park

Los Angeles to Yosemite Coastal 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.

La Purisima Mission in 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.

A couple hiking in Channel Islands National Park. Photo courtesy of Ventura County Lodging Association

Channel Islands National Park

Home to eight unique mammal species found only on the islands, including the island fox and deer mouse, you’ll find solitude and beauty at the "American Galapagos."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.