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Old 04-03-2013, 02:57 PM   #41
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I've visited to at least 3 dozen U.S. national parks (several of them multiple times) and many more national monuments. Plus quite a few Canadian national parks. Virtually all of the national parks I've visited are gorgeous. I'm always surprised that a relatively small percentage of Americans have visited more than a handful. In the summer, a majority of visitors to some of the parks are foreign tourists. They especially seem to like the national parks in the southwest, though I've tried to visit those in the spring or fall when the temperatures are more reasonable.

I love going on dayhikes, and even in crowded parks, it's easy to find solitude on the hiking trails. Among my favorite parks: Redwood, Yellowstone, Olympic, Glacier, Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon, Yosemite, and Crater Lake.

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Old 04-03-2013, 03:43 PM   #42
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I agree, I live in MA and we have lots of nice SP but few NP's. Since we are not in a rush I am hoping to use guides and ask them where the other interesting places are.

We live outside Springfield, last summer we went to Cape Cod for a week and found that the National Park pass we had bought for a fall trip the year before got us into all the national seashore parks for nothing.

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Old 08-02-2013, 08:38 AM   #43
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Going to Acadia NP in early September. Pretty excited about this as I've heard and read some great things about this particular park.

I've read the past threads on the Maine area in general and Acadia specifically. We likely will follow up on Gumby's excellent recommendations on our way from Boston to to the park.

I'm not much of a collector usually, but we do have one of the NP stamp books and enjoy getting stamps at the park ranger offices of each park we visit. Getting the Acadia stamp will be a nice addition as we don't often go up NE direction. So far we have:
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Old 08-03-2013, 06:40 PM   #44
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I've found that National Parks are crowded around the parking and visitor centers, but if you can hike a couple hundred yards off the main drag you practically have the place to yourself.
Saw that this summer at Zion. The valley was so overrun you could not park to get on the shuttle or go to the visitor center. Going to the Kolob Canyons section (it even has its own exit off I-15 so its not hard to find), and there were very few folks. Then there is the Kolob Terrace road, just west of the valley, which eventually will take you to Lava Point where you can overlook the valley. Few folks on this road.
I understand that the same is true of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, it has far fewer folks than the South Rim. Let alone talk about places in the park like Tuweep/Toroweep, which you need 4 wheel drive to get to. Capitol Reef was not overrun either, nor was Great Sand Dunes NP
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Saw that this summer at Zion. The valley was so overrun you could not park to get on the shuttle or go to the visitor center.
I normally don't like crowds but I'm glad that the NP system has so many visitors. The way I see it, the more people that visit, the more likely that the NP system will continue to have funding (and maybe even expand).
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Denali was great. No private vehicles and they limit the number of buses inside. Hike all you want. It's immense and beautiful. We hooked a park CG spot with no reservations. Go during the week. Better yet, make a reservation for the furthest CG inside, then walk into park proper. Carry bear spray. We saw numerous grizzly, one with two spring cubs.

Talk to the people at Our two month trip to Denali went great (still havent returned home yet) because we spoke to locals all along the route prior to leaving, and got many great tips.

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Old 08-13-2013, 12:53 PM   #47
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I think it sounds fun! I even want a Prius! I might not do them all in one big yer long road trip. I can comment on any Utah parks and Yellowstone/Grand Tetons as those are the parks I've seen the most of.

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