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Old 12-12-2010, 07:01 AM   #1
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National Parks Less Traveled

Best national parks in ten must-see categories

I've never been to any of these parks. Many of them sound fastinating!
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I've been to four of them: The Smokies, Olympic, Petrified Forest and Redwood.

I'd love to go back to Olympic and spend more time there as it is a beautiful area.

The Smokies is practically in my backyard and have been going there regularly for over thirty years. I'd love to know the total mileage I've covered while hiking the trails there over all these years.

Will have to see about checking off the rest of the list. Kobuk has been on my wish list too long.
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I've been to most of them. Big Bend is still a huge favorite and I plan to get back there before too many moons pass.

Our national parks are truly a national treasure.
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Isle Royale is easily the least visited park in the Lower 48, and well worth a look, providing you enjoy hiking and wilderness camping (or have a boat).

One of my favorite lesser-known national parks is the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, in western Colorado. Also not exactly popular, but pretty spectacular.
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I've been to most of them. Big Bend is still a huge favorite and I plan to get back there before too many moons pass.

Our national parks are truly a national treasure.
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Forgot to mention, in case it's not general knowledge:
When you turn 62, you can buy a lifetime pass for $10.

America The Beautiful - Senior Pass

Best deal around.
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I don't get the "Less Traveled" part of the article title, given that Great Smoky Mountains is one of the very busiest parks in the land.
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Olympic National Park is just a gem, IMHO. While the article focused on the Hoh River area (among the wettest), the mountain vistas along Hurricane Ridge are not to be missed.

Crater Lake is stunning, but best seen in August when all the snow has melted.

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Redwoods was enjoyable, but you can only look at giant redwoods so long before they start to look the same. Great Basin in Eastern Nevada doesn't see too many visitors, but is rather undeveloped.
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I don't get the "Less Traveled" part of the article title, given that Great Smoky Mountains is one of the very busiest parks in the land.
I thought that was odd too. The only reason I can see for that is that something like 90% of the visitors never get out of their cars. They just do a driving tour through the park and think they've seen it. Then they head back to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and the outlet malls.
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We have been to 3: Petrified Forest, AZ, Redwood, CA, and Olympic, WA.

About Kobuk Valley, Alaska, which is said to be "accessible exclusively by airplane, boat, or snowmobile", I am afraid it will never make my list.

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I thought that was odd too. The only reason I can see for that is that something like 90% of the visitors never get out of their cars. They just do a driving tour through the park and think they've seen it.
Yes, we used to do that. Now, I have got a motor home so we can linger longer and do some hiking and enjoy the outdoor more.
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Olympic National Park is just a gem, IMHO. While the article focused on the Hoh River area (among the wettest), the mountain vistas along Hurricane Ridge are not to be missed.

Crater Lake is stunning, but best seen in August when all the snow has melted.

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+1 on ONP. That is our back yard. This was from a snowshoe trip about a week ago looking from Hurricane Ridge across the Elwha River Valley at Mt Olympus:

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FYI they are working on removing the first of the two dams on the Elwha River. If successful we may see further removal of large dams on sensitive rivers in the west. Before she was dammed the Elwha was one of the only rivers in NA to host all species of anadromous salmon as well as steelhead and searun cutthroat trout. Chinook in excess of 100# were not uncommon. Alas they are all gone .

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I don't get the "Less Traveled" part of the article title, given that Great Smoky Mountains is one of the very busiest parks in the land.
Good point. This article indicates the Great Smokey Mountains is the most visited park.

The 20 most-visited national parks in the U.S. - latimes.com
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I have only visited Redwoods (from this list of 10). I lived in CA from 88-93 and it was a favorite family pursuit to hike in the various parks whenever we could.
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7 outta 10 for me... guess when I retire I will have to make it to the other three...
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I have been to three
Great Smoky Mountains
Petrified Forrest
Redwood
My favorite is the great smoky mountains in the fall
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Our national parks are truly a national treasure.
i would add BLM land as well. and refuge land. and...

who would have thunk? largest slot canyon in the world on BLM land, not in a national park. and some of the most unique geological structures within a stones throw....red rocks is on BLM land.

and a little taste of a wildlife refuge...

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My favorite is the great smoky mountains in the fall
With a convertible to drive from one trail head to the next..
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I had only heard of 5 of 10. Been to 0 of 10. I would like to visit 2 or 3 of them but probably won't any time soon.
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5 out of 10; better quit posting and start traveling....
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