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National Park visits

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by StephenHero, Apr 8, 2010.

  1. StephenHero

    StephenHero Senior member

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    Has anybody here traveled among the more notorious national parks and come away with thoughts about the merits of visiting them? I've got a week off in May and I'm thinking about going to one or two to get some much needed outdoor time. I guess I'm not even sure what all there is to do to occupy time. I'm not much of a camper or hiker, but open to anything. The less physically intensive the better. Fishing? Bird watching? Geysers? What goes on at these places and when is the time to visit them?
     
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    I'll cast a vote for the Badlands. Nothing active like geysers, but the lack of tourists made it the most serene environment I've ever been in. Just driving through the roads was breathtaking, much less getting out to walk around, pause, watch the sun set. [​IMG] Somebody's youtube clip:
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    I the badlands are pretty awesome.

    Also, a vote for the Moab.

    Or maybe something in AZ between Tucson and Phoenix.
     
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    turboman808 Senior member

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    I didn't do this of course...

    Hitch hike into Mesa Verde then sneak into the back trails off limits to the general population. Great way to get lost in an ancient world.


    Badlands are nice but not someplace I could spend a week hiking thru.

    Hiking into the Grand Canyon from the north entrance is pretty cool.



    Seriously you need to hike and escape the crowds in order to really get an appreciation for these places.

    For general tourist stuff Yellow Stone is alot of fun




    OH I forgot hiking down to the Havasu falls and getting drunk with the indians for a week during the peach festival. That was an experience.
     
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    The Grand Canyon, try for a cancelation at El Tovar http://www.grandcanyonlodges.com/el-tovar-409.html


    Then, Yosemite, try for a cancelation at the Ahwahnee Lodge. http://www.yosemitepark.com/Accommod...eAhwahnee.aspx

    Both of these places you will remember for the rest of your life.


    +1 on Yosemite. one of my favorite places in the world. yes, it's overcrowded in the summer time and people are killing it. but May (before Mem Day) is quite possibly the perfect time to visit. the Sierras got a pretty decent snowpack this past winter and by May, the waterfalls will be absolutely stunning like you wouldn't even believe. and the summer hordes won't have descended yet.

    -Jeff
     
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    zion national park is pretty amazing - i was there in the winter with all the snow.. gonna go back in the summer to scale some of the walls.

    hiking in the winter was pretty amazing though - you see it in a view most ppl never get the chance to.
     
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    black canyon of the gunnison national park in colorado. theodore roosevelt national park in north dakota. [​IMG]
     
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    Nat'l Parks are cool, and May will is a good time for fewer people. Acadia! Grand Teton! Yellowstone! Yosemite! Grand Canyon! Glacier! All awesome, all memorable.. Where are you and what are you looking for?
     
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    I would hit Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Mesa Verde and maybe Canyonlands and then go hang out in Telluride for a few days.
     
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    theodore roosevelt national park in north dakota.


    +1, was going to recommend this.
     
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    Bryce and Zion canyons are very cool as well. Definitely recommended
     
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    I would hit Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Mesa Verde and maybe Canyonlands and then go hang out in Telluride for a few days.

    Telluride is the shit...although I would much prefer to be there 3 weeks ago when the ski area was still open
     
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    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?
     
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    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?

    Three out of four.
     
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    Big Bend National Park is a miraculous place. Just not during the summer; February and March are the best times to go.
     
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    mt zion national park in utah in the winter time!

    aaaammmmaaazzziiiinnggg
     
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    Yosemite valley is wonderful, but go in the spring or winter to avoid the ridiculous summer/fall crowds. The place is absolutely stunning year round, but late winter is really special IMO.
     
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    Three out of four.
    I know you're from California, but I'm guessing Yosemite is the one that isn't a must-see in your view.
     
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    I'll cast a vote for the Badlands. Nothing active like geysers, but the lack of tourists made it the most serene environment I've ever been in. Just driving through the roads was breathtaking, much less getting out to walk around, pause, watch the sun set.

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    +1 on this. If solitude and serenity are what you're looking for, the Badlands, and Teddy Roosevelt further north, are about as good as it gets in the lower 48. The topography and wildlife are very interesting and the crowds are non-existent.

    I lived for a summer right next to the North Unit of Teddy Roosevelt. Hiked it twice a week, for three months. Saw two other people on the trails the entire time. And summer is their peak season. Lots of buffalo, fossils, elk, and supposedly the big horn sheep population is rebounding.

    Badlands is more crowded, but compared to other national parks, it's still a very, very quiet place. Lots of wildlife there too and beautiful canyons and hills. Additionally, Wind Cave and the Black Hills are nearby, as is Mt. Rushmore. Devil's Tower (from the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind) is within driving distance as well. I'd move to Rapid City in a heartbeat if I weren't such a bitch about cold weather.

    Big Bend National Park is a miraculous place. Just not during the summer; February and March are the best times to go.

    +1.
     

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