Mikaela Ruland

Mikaela Ruland

Mikaela is a sales and content specialist for National Park Trips Media. She earned her Bachelor’s of Arts degree from the University of Colorado Boulder. Her writing has appeared online for brands like Copper Mountain Ski Area and Keep Nature Wild and in print for the National Park Journals. 

Mikaela’s passion is to inspire others to get out and experience life. She spends most of her free-time outside hiking, skiing, climbing, taking photos, camping, snowshoeing, doing yoga – you name it! When she’s not outside, you can find her exploring hipster coffee shops or on the hunt for Denver’s best mac n’ cheese. You can follow her adventures on Instagram @themillennialoutside

Linn Cove Viaduct on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway Road Trip From Shenandoah to Great Smoky

The National Park Service’s best East Coast sights are peppered with history, breathtaking nature and a vibrant music scene along the way.

High Falls waterfall and Lover's Leap at Rock City Gardens, Lookout Mountain, Georgia, outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee

Atlanta to Great Smoky Mountains Loop Road Trip

Wind your way on this hilly and curvy road trip from Atlanta's big city attractions to America's favorite national park.

Tamron photographer Andre Costantini helping a workshop participant at Great Sand Dunes National Park

National Park Photography Workshops

National Park Trips Media and Tamron have teamed up to offer Photo Workshops inside your favorite national parks.

RV camping at the Cades Cove Campground in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

6 RV Tips for Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Get ready to explore America’s most popular national park.

BearWaters Brewery in Canton, NC, in Haywood County

Smoky Mountain Beer and Spirits Trail in Haywood County

From Canton to Maggie Valley, experience North Carolina’s craft beer and spirits scene.

Indian motorcycle at the Wheels of Time Museum in Maggie Valley near Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Discover Motorcycle History at Wheels Through Time Museum

Located just off the Blue Ridge Scenic Byway, this museum is a no-brainer stop for motorcycle lovers and novices alike.

Sunset over Shenandoah National Park

Skyline Views in Shenandoah National Park

Just 75 miles from the hustle and bustle of Washington, D.C., Shenandoah National Park feels a world away.

Downtown Asheville restaurants

Asheville is a Haven for the Creative Soul

An hour east of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you’ll find yourself in the eclectic city of Asheville, N.C.

KOA Deluxe Cabins in Townsend, Tenn., the quiet side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Cabins and Panoramic Smoky Mountain Views at Townsend KOA Holiday

Stay in one of the premier campgrounds on the quiet side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park with views of the surrounding mountains and lush forests.

KOA Deluxe Cabin in Cherokee

Cozy Cabins in the Great Smoky Mountain Foothills at Cherokee KOA Holiday

Set in the foothills of the Great Smokies, in the heart of Cherokee tribal country, the Cherokee KOA boasts 360-degree views of the mountains.

Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg KOA Holiday Deluxe Cabins

Deluxe Cabins at Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg KOA Holiday

Make your basecamp at the closest campground to Dollywood near Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Sevag Kazanci (left) and Keith Eshelman (right), co-founders of Parks Project

A Parks Project for Goodness Sake

Giving back to national parks with thoughtful products

Family photo on the river with Pink Adventure Tours

Think Pink When Looking for a Great Smoky Mountains Tour

See Great Smoky Mountains National Park through a local’s eyes on a tour with Pink Adventure Tours

Twin Tunnels on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina

Charlotte to Asheville to Great Smoky Mountains Loop Road Trip

Experience the best of the South from food and history to gorgeous wilderness including waterfalls and autumn colors.

Legends Corner mural in Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville to Knoxville to Great Smoky Mountains Road Trip

Experience the heart of American music, classic southern food, Civil War history and natural beauty on your way to the most visited national park in the country.