Author Bio: Brad Lane

Travel Writer & Photographer

Brad Lane is a freelance writer and photographer with a heavy interest in travel, adventure, and the natural world. Upon graduating from the University of Iowa in 2012 with an undergraduate Accounting degree, Brad was chosen to deliver the student commencement speech for the Tippie College of Business and effectively began a career of writing and storytelling. Working his way through personal blogs, small online journals, and local newspapers, Brad coupled his freelance writing journey with pursuits of his favorite subject matter (and an assortment of day jobs).

In 2016, Brad hiked the 2,600-mile Pacific Crest Trail between April and October, and solidified a life committed to exploring outdoors. Originally from the state of Iowa, Brad has lived and played in Virginia, Washington, and Montana - where he currently resides in Missoula. Always on the go and planning three trips at a time, Brad's most-recent favorite place to be is deep in the backcountry of Glacier National Park.

Brad has been working with PlanetWare since 2016, just after completing his thru hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. He has enjoyed reporting on a wide variety of places across the country for PlanetWare, including California, Oregon, and Washington.

More of Brad's articles and photography can be seen in local newspapers, regional magazines, and other online publications. Brad is also an award winning photographer, and accomplished public speaker and live storytelling performer.

Brad is currently planning to travel internationally in 2020 and is looking forward to broadening his horizons. You can see some of Brad's other writing work and photography, as well as connect with the him, at www.BradLaneWriting.com

California Reporting

Ocean scene in Big Sur |Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

For three months in the Spring of 2019, I traveled throughout the state of California from south to north. Beginning my journey in Joshua Tree National Park, I made it quickly to the coast and to scenic places like Laguna Beach and Huntington Beach. Heading up the coast through Santa Monica, I had the chance to visit such bucket-list places like Channel Islands National Park and the Santa Monica Mountains

Southern California Articles: Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in Santa Monica, Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in Laguna Beach, Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in Huntington Beach, Top-Rated Hiking Trails in Southern California, Best Hotels in Anaheim

After enjoying the sun and fun of Southern California, I continued up the coast and hit other seaside destinations like Big Sur, Mendocino and Fort Bragg. I explored the redwoods of Northern California from there, and I really enjoyed and felt most at home with the culture of Northern California.

Central & Northern California Articles: 1Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in Big Sur, Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in Mendocino, Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in Eureka, Top-Rated Hiking Trails near Santa Cruz, California, Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in Santa Rosa, CA

Oregon Reporting

Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

In 2018, I donned my hiking boots and headed to Oregon to photograph and experience first-hand the many beaches, waterfalls, and cultural centers of the state. Spending three months on the road, my first stop was the scenic Oregon Coast.

Oregon Coast: The logistics of driving and having a car on the Oregon Coast seemed more demanding than just simply walking along the beach — so for my first two weeks of Oregon reporting I backpacked the 360-mile Oregon Coast Trail, carrying my camera with me the entire way. Gaining insight and taking photos of what makes the Oregon Coast so special, I had plenty of long strolls on the beach to appreciate the landscape.

Oregon Articles: Best Hiking Trails in Oregon, Best Campgrounds in Oregon, Top-Rated Weekend Getaways in Oregon, Top-Rated Hot Springs in Oregon, Top-Rated Waterfalls in Oregon

Oregon Coast Articles: Attractions & Things to Do on the Oregon Coast, Top-Rated Campgrounds on the Oregon Coast, Best Small Towns on the Oregon Coast, Best Beaches on the Oregon Coast, Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in Astoria , Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in Seaside

Inland Oregon: Upon completing a thru hike of the Oregon Coast and catching a pretty nice suntan, I headed inland in Oregon to report on waterfalls and cities like Salem and Bend. Beginning in Portland, I headed south and tried to catch every national forest I could. Never staying in one spot for more than a few nights, perhaps the place I'd like to return to the most is the idyllic alpine meadows of Mount Hood (Crater Lake was pretty awesome, too).

Inland Oregon Articles: Best Hiking Trails near Portland, Best Day Trips & Weekend Getaways from Portland, Top-Rated Campgrounds near Portland, Top-Rated Attractions & Things to do in Salem Top-Rated Waterfalls in Oregon

Washington Reporting

Skyline Trail at Mt. Rainier National Park | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

After exploring the waterfalls, hiking trails, and cities of Oregon in 2018, I headed straight north and put some more time on the road while reporting on Washington attractions. Having already lived and worked in Washington, it felt good to be back in familiar territory and on familiar trails. It's a tossup whether my smile was bigger on the Skyline Trail at Mt. Rainier or the Hoh River Trail in Olympic National Park.

Washington Articles: Top-Rated Campgrounds in Washington State, Top-Rated Hiking Trails in Olympic National Park, Top-Rated Campgrounds at Mount Rainier National Park, Top-Rated Attractions and Things to Do in Vancouver, Top-Rated Campgrounds in North Cascades National Park, Top-Rated Hikes in Mount Rainier National Park, Best Ski Resorts in Washington, Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in Yakima, Top-Rated Hiking Trails at Mt Saint Helens

South Dakota and Wyoming Reporting

Geyser in Upper Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park: | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

One of my first big assignments for PlanetWare, I traveled to South Dakota and Wyoming in 2017 to report on several cities, natural spaces, and a collection of National Parks including Badlands, Grand Teton and Yellowstone. Catching the 2017 solar eclipse somewhere along the way, other major highlights of these 2017 travels include bison in Custer State Park, the enchanting Teton Crest Trail and the many hydrothermal features of Yellowstone.

South Dakota Articles: Best National & State Parks in South Dakota, Best Campgrounds Near Mount Rushmore, Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in Deadwood

Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park Articles: Top-Rated Campgrounds at Grand Teton National Park, Top-Rated Hiking Trails at Grand Teton National Park, Top-Rated Hiking Trails in Yellowstone National Park, Top-Rated Campgrounds in Yellowstone National Park

Other Trips and Highlights

North Rim of the Grand Canyon | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

Through my work with PlanetWare, I've had a few trips that really stand out in my memory, and all of them all took me to very wild places. From the bottom of the Grand Canyon to the depths of the backcountry in Glacier, Olympic and Grand Teton National Park, here are some of my favorite articles that I'll keep in my collection forever: