Originally Posted by Ambulance Chaser
I have developed an interest in visiting the national parks as a short and sweet way to recharge the batteries. The last national park I visited was Canyonlands/Arches in 2002. From my research, the must-sees are Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Bryce/Zion, and Yosemite. Anyone been to these? Any other suggestions?
Originally Posted by Manton
Three out of four.
Ditto (but hoping to hit the Grand Canyon in the near future). You can't go wrong with any of these, although they are also the most crowded parks, especially in the summer. Even so, if you're willing to walk you can always find plenty of solitude - no exaggeration, easily 75% of all park visitors never get more than 1/4 mile from the nearest parking lot.
What do you enjoy most when you're out in nature? Solitude? Wildlife? Stunning views? Peak bagging? How far are you willing to go? How hard-core are you when it comes to hiking and camping?
If you've never been (even if you have!) I'd recommend Alaska, for some of the most amazing National Parks of all: Denali. Kenai Fjords. Glacier Bay. Wrangell/St. Elias. The Brooks Range. You can't go wrong.