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Title: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Something Fishy on April 22, 2013, 11:28:08 PM
I've been to:

1- Acadia (ME)
2- Rocky Mountain (CO)
3- Everglades (FL)
4- Yellowstone (WY)
5- Grand Teton (WY)
6- Hawaii Volcanoes (HI)

Hawaii Volcanoes was the most amazing and unique, Grand Teton was definitely the prettiest, but my favorite overall is Yellowstone. There's something for everyone there - amazing scenery and hiking, awesome wildlife, and not to mention over 10,000 thermal features.

How about you?
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Post by: ual902 on April 22, 2013, 11:53:40 PM
Every park is unique.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: jaywhy on April 22, 2013, 11:54:45 PM
Yellowstone.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: whYME on April 23, 2013, 01:17:11 AM
I'm way too tired to even try and make a comprehensive list right now...

My favorite National Park is definitely Glacier, although many of them are amazing and unique in their own right.

Are we counting National Parks specifically, or do things like National Monuments and National Seashores count as well?
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Achas Veachas on April 23, 2013, 08:25:28 AM
Gotta agree with Yellowstone for overall. There are many amazing places but Yellowstone as mentioned, is a Kol-Boi.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: bigez747 on April 29, 2013, 11:18:12 PM
I'm way too tired to even try and make a comprehensive list right now...

My favorite National Park is definitely Glacier, although many of them are amazing and unique in their own right.

Are we counting National Parks specifically, or do things like National Monuments and National Seashores count as well?

I would definetly include any NPS (National Park Service) site.
My list of NPS sites, in no particular order:
1. Jean Lafitte NHP
2. Big Thicket NPres
3. Channel Islands NRA
4. Santa Monica Mountains NRA
5. Chiricahua NM
6. Fort Bowie NHS
7. Glen Canyon NRA
8. Grand Canyon NP
9. Petrified Forest NP
10. Walnut Canyon NM
11. Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP
12. Colorado NM
13. Great Sand Dunes NM
14. Vicksburg NMP
15. Capulin Volcano NM
16. Fort Union NM
17. Pecos NHP
18. Petroglyph NM
19. White Sands NM
20. Ellis Island
21. Fire Island NS
22. Alibates Flint Quarries NM
23. Chamizal NM
24. Fort Davis NHS
25. Lake Meredith NRA
26. LBJ NHP
27. Palo Alto Battlefield
28. Arches NP
29. Capitol Reef NP
30. Cedar Breaks NM
31. Grand Staircase Esalante- NM
32. Zion NP


Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Something Fishy on March 05, 2017, 01:22:45 AM
Wow, long-forgotten thread. I recently updated my list, may as well post it here. Bolded ones were added last week.

United States:

International:
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: 12HRS on March 05, 2017, 01:24:57 AM
Wow, long-forgotten thread. I recently updated my list, may as well post it here. Bolded ones were added last week.

United States:


Surprised Yosemite is not on there.
Also Bryce/Zions

I have to do my list I may actually win at one of these list threads.
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Post by: SSLPhD on March 05, 2017, 09:34:19 AM
Just the US NPs:

Favorites, in no particular order:  HVNP, Olympic, Bryce, Sequoia, Yellowstone, Katmai, Lassen, Glacier Bay
Least favorite:  Kings Canyon.
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Post by: Something Fishy on March 21, 2018, 10:55:11 AM
United States:


International:
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: whYME on March 21, 2018, 11:04:42 AM
United States:
  • Acadia, ME (2011, 2017)
  • Cuyahoga Valley, OH (2014)
  • Everglades, FL (2010)
  • Grand Teton, WY (2012)
  • Great Smoky Mountains, NC/TN (2013)
  • Haleakala, HI (2014)
  • Hawaii Volcanoes, HI (2012)
  • Kenai Fjords, AK (2013)
  • Rocky Mountain, CO (2009)
  • Yellowstone, WY/ID/MT (2012)
This is embarrassing. We should do a serious road trip this summer ;)
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Something Fishy on December 21, 2018, 07:13:41 AM
United States:


International:
Title: What US National Parks have you been to and how would you rank them?
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 10, 2020, 08:14:28 PM
Yesterday May 9th some of the NP reopened (Visitor centers remain closed), after this pandemic passes many families will naturally take to hitting the road and visiting some of these magnificent parks, what parks do you plan to visit?

Here are some of the parks I've visited and my rankings.

United States:

1. Yellowstone, Wyoming
2. Zion, Utah
3. Bryce  Canyon, Utah
4. Grand Canyon, Arizona
5. Yosemite, California
6. Grand Teton, Wyoming
7. Sequoia, California
8. Petrified woods, Arizona
9. Acadia, Maine
10.Great sand Dunes, Colorado
11.Joshua Tree, California
12.Saguaro, Arizona 


International:


Sanjay Gandhi , Mumbai, India
Arenal Volcano , La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Manuel Antonio, Quepos, Costa Rica
Carara,Costa Rica
Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
Iguazú, Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
Iguaçu,  Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil
Soberanía, Panama
Portobelo, colon, Panama
Metropolitan NP, Panama city,Panama
Masada, Israel
Ein Gedi Antiquities,Israel
Yarkon, Israel
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Something Fishy on May 10, 2020, 09:21:45 PM
Updated, new in bold. My rankings are below.

United States:


International:

U.S. top 3:
Yellowstone
Grand Teton
Everglades (distant third)

Hawaii Volcanoes would've been my #3, but that was before the 2018 eruption pretty much destroyed the entire thing.

International top 3:
Vatnajökull (Iceland)
Banff (Canada)
Sassen–Bünsow Land (Svalbard)
Title: Re: What US National Parks have you been to and how would you rank them?
Post by: Something Fishy on May 10, 2020, 09:23:59 PM
Yesterday May 9th some of the NP reopened (Visitor centers remain closed)

BTW there are lots of lists online about which parks are open and which aren't. This is the one I've found to be the most accurate: https://rvshare.com/national-state-park-closures
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 10, 2020, 10:37:05 PM


  • Gateway Arch, MO (2019)

Gateway Arch NP is a misnomer.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: yitzgar on May 10, 2020, 10:46:00 PM



Everglades (distant third)

Now that I know about the bird obsession, I can finally understand how this is anywhere close....
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Something Fishy on May 10, 2020, 10:55:34 PM
Gateway Arch NP is a misnomer.

Used to be, until Feb. 2018 when it was officially redesignated from a national memorial to a national park.

https://www.nps.gov/jeff/index.htm
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Something Fishy on May 10, 2020, 10:55:56 PM
Now that I know about the bird obsession, I can finally understand how this is anywhere close....

Yup ;D
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 10, 2020, 11:31:55 PM
Used to be, until Feb. 2018 when it was officially redesignated from a national memorial to a national park.

https://www.nps.gov/jeff/index.htm
Well aware.
Still think its a misnomer.
Title: Re: What US National Parks have you been to and how would you rank them?
Post by: Galitzyaner on May 12, 2020, 03:57:53 PM
BTW there are lots of lists online about which parks are open and which aren't. This is the one I've found to be the most accurate: https://rvshare.com/national-state-park-closures
I kept checking manually each one, so thank you for this.
Oh how I can't wait to get back to the southwest!
Title: Re: What US National Parks have you been to and how would you rank them?
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 12, 2020, 04:15:47 PM
I kept checking manually each one, so thank you for this.
Oh how I can't wait to get back to the southwest!

LOL.
Wish WN would fly to RAP.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: yesitsme on May 12, 2020, 04:33:46 PM
just throwing an idea to have it on a google map places
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Something Fishy on May 12, 2020, 05:12:02 PM
just throwing an idea to have it on a google map places

Here's mine, feel free to copy and modify.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/drive?state=%7B%22ids%22%3A%5B%221t0gaXyBTxpMw1mf_pda3ZLnnNxZv0Gfm%22%5D%2C%22action%22%3A%22open%22%2C%22userId%22%3A%22102900636446882380227%22%7D&usp=sharing
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Galitzyaner on May 12, 2020, 06:35:56 PM
Here's mine, feel free to copy and modify.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1t0gaXyBTxpMw1mf_pda3ZLnnNxZv0Gfm&usp=sharing
"you need permission..."
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Galitzyaner on May 12, 2020, 06:44:23 PM
The other issue I'm monitoring is southwest state's restrictions on visiting NY'ers, 14d quarantine etc.
I've been looking mostly at AZ, but in general I haven't found any lifting of these restrictions, or even discussions of it.
Anyone see anything about this?

Not planning on going for another month, though I'm hoping that by then, all those NPs will be open (at least the main attractions therein).
At least UT has opened some, but I'd still be going through AZ...
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Something Fishy on May 12, 2020, 08:03:31 PM
"you need permission..."

Fixed, and updated my post.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Something Fishy on May 12, 2020, 08:05:29 PM
The other issue I'm monitoring is southwest state's restrictions on visiting NY'ers, 14d quarantine etc.
I've been looking mostly at AZ, but in general I haven't found any lifting of these restrictions, or even discussions of it.
Anyone see anything about this?

Not planning on going for another month, though I'm hoping that by then, all those NPs will be open (at least the main attractions therein).
At least UT has opened some, but I'd still be going through AZ...

Most states are lifting those restrictions. Seems that most everyone wants to be open (to some extent) by Memorial Day.

I haven't found a list, I just google specific states for updates.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 12, 2020, 08:12:00 PM
Most states are lifting those restrictions. Seems that most everyone wants to be open (to some extent) by Memorial Day.

I haven't found a list, I just google specific states for updates.

SD,ND,NE have been open the entire time, for those that haven't been yet, could be a great option.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Galitzyaner on May 12, 2020, 09:33:39 PM
Fixed, and updated my post.
Getting 400 error.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 12, 2020, 09:47:52 PM
Getting 400 error.
Working for me.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Something Fishy on May 12, 2020, 10:47:54 PM
Working for me.

Same
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: yesitsme on May 13, 2020, 12:16:23 AM
Here's mine, feel free to copy and modify.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/drive?state=%7B%22ids%22%3A%5B%221t0gaXyBTxpMw1mf_pda3ZLnnNxZv0Gfm%22%5D%2C%22action%22%3A%22open%22%2C%22userId%22%3A%22102900636446882380227%22%7D&usp=sharing
weird only works for me in incognito not logged into google
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: SSLPhD on May 13, 2020, 09:28:16 AM
Here's mine, feel free to copy and modify.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/drive?state=%7B%22ids%22%3A%5B%221t0gaXyBTxpMw1mf_pda3ZLnnNxZv0Gfm%22%5D%2C%22action%22%3A%22open%22%2C%22userId%22%3A%22102900636446882380227%22%7D&usp=sharing
Error 400 on my computer, but works on my phone.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: lifetimedeals on May 13, 2020, 11:40:46 AM
SD,ND,NE have been open the entire time, for those that haven't been yet, could be a great option.
What's there to see in SD ?
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 13, 2020, 11:41:37 AM
visitors flock to the GSM after it reopens (https://www.knoxnews.com/picture-gallery/news/local/2020/05/10/visitors-flock-great-smoky-mountains-national-park-coronavirus/3106570001/)
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 13, 2020, 11:49:33 AM
What's there to see in SD ?

So I guess you have an itinerary for ND an NE,lol
SD, Where should I start?
- Badlands NP
- Wind Cave NP
- MT Rushmore NM
- Crazy Horse Memorial
- Custer SP
- The Needles/Needles Highway
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Something Fishy on May 13, 2020, 12:08:59 PM
- The Needles/Needles Highway

So weird... I was watching a camera review yesterday and he's shooting in this "cool place in South Dakota" and I'm thinking hey, that might be worth a visit.

Now you post this, which I've never heard of. So I Google it, and there it is. What are the odds!
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Something Fishy on May 13, 2020, 12:11:09 PM
visitors flock to the GSM after it reopens (https://www.knoxnews.com/picture-gallery/news/local/2020/05/10/visitors-flock-great-smoky-mountains-national-park-coronavirus/3106570001/)

Same misleading telephoto images as always ::). I'm getting tired of this agenda.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: cgr on May 13, 2020, 12:23:40 PM
Just chanced on this thread. I love National Parks but unfortunately haven't been to that many. Goal is to visit them all (in the US).
I don't really like rating them because I loved them all (except maybe Gateway Arch NP which I just felt was mis-classified as a NP...)

1) Rocky Mountain NP
2) Acadia NP
3) Indiana Dunes NP
4) Congaree NP
5) Shenandoah NP
6) Cuyahoga Valley NP
7) Hot Springs NP
8) Mammoth Cave NP
9) Gateway Arch NP
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 13, 2020, 12:26:11 PM
Just chanced on this thread. I love National Parks but unfortunately haven't been to that many. Goal is to visit them all (in the US).
I don't really like rating them because I loved them all (except maybe Gateway Arch NP which I just felt was mis-classified as a NP...)

1) Rocky Mountain NP
2) Acadia NP
3) Indiana Dunes NP
4) Congaree NP
5) Shenandoah NP
6) Cuyahoga Valley NP
7) Hot Springs NP
8) Mammoth Cave NP
9) Gateway Arch NP

Should have pinged you,lol
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Dan on May 13, 2020, 12:27:19 PM
Here's mine, feel free to copy and modify.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/drive?state=%7B%22ids%22%3A%5B%221t0gaXyBTxpMw1mf_pda3ZLnnNxZv0Gfm%22%5D%2C%22action%22%3A%22open%22%2C%22userId%22%3A%22102900636446882380227%22%7D&usp=sharing
Error 400
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 13, 2020, 12:33:47 PM
Same misleading telephoto images as always ::). I'm getting tired of this agenda.

I didn't realize there was an agenda to this article, ( im familiar with the Scandinavian article), I was really just pointing out the hunger people have to explore the outdoors and our NP, and that there is no doubt in my mind that all the NP will be full as soon as they reopen.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 13, 2020, 12:36:00 PM

(except maybe Gateway Arch NP which I just felt was mis-classified as a NP...)


Well aware.
Still think its a misnomer.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Something Fishy on May 13, 2020, 12:36:44 PM
Error 400
Error 400 on my computer, but works on my phone.
Getting 400 error.

Not sure what's going on, everything seems good on my end. And clearly it's working for many, it's gotten sa bunch of views since I posted the link.

Anyway, if you want the data and are having issues: create a new map here (https://www.google.com/mymaps/), click Import on the left-hand side, and import the file attached here.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Something Fishy on May 13, 2020, 12:44:15 PM
Well aware.
Still think its a misnomer.
(except maybe Gateway Arch NP which I just felt was mis-classified as a NP...)

File it together with Hot Springs NP and (nothing personal, @Dan) Cuyahoga Valley NP. Not sure why either of those are deserving of that title.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: yitzgar on May 13, 2020, 01:18:35 PM
File it together with Hot Springs NP and (nothing personal, @Dan) Cuyahoga Valley NP. Not sure why either of those are deserving of that title.
And Indiana dunes np
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Something Fishy on May 13, 2020, 02:37:07 PM
Yellowstone and the Tetons partially reopening on Monday.

https://www.ktvq.com/rebound/yellowstone-will-begin-first-phase-of-reopening-on-may-18
https://k2radio.com/grand-teton-national-park-begins-phased-reopening/
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Der Deutsche Jude on May 13, 2020, 03:07:45 PM
File it together with Hot Springs NP and (nothing personal, @Dan) Cuyahoga Valley NP. Not sure why either of those are deserving of that title.
I believe Cayahuga, Gateway Arch, and Indiana Dunes were designated NP’s just to add some balance to the eastern side of the country. If they used Western Standards on the East, the eastern half of the country may only have 6 National Parks.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: yitzgar on May 13, 2020, 03:27:45 PM
I believe Cayahuga, Gateway Arch, and Indiana Dunes were designated NP’s just to add some balance to the eastern side of the country. If they used Western Standards on the East, the eastern half of the country may only have 6 National Parks.
It was intense lobbying by the local governments to help increase visitation and help their economies that did it.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: yitzgar on May 13, 2020, 03:29:20 PM
Btw, the wording in the laws designating gateway arch and Indiana dunes as NPs isn't so clear. It didn't actually change their status, just the name, so not clear exactly if they have a regular din of NPs
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Something Fishy on May 13, 2020, 03:31:38 PM
The reality is that the eastern half of the country simply doesn't have the natural wonders that the west does. I think that the few truly spectacular places are either already national parks (Acadia, GSM, etc.), or too small/one trick pony/completely commercialized to constitute a national park (Watkins Glen and Niagara are two examples in NYS).
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Something Fishy on May 13, 2020, 03:32:45 PM
Btw, the wording in the laws designating gateway arch and Indiana dunes as NPs isn't so clear. It didn't actually change their status, just the name, so not clear exactly if they have a regular din of NPs

Could be, but for me at least the deciding factor is simply whether or not they're listed as a national park on nps.gov.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Der Deutsche Jude on May 13, 2020, 03:37:02 PM
The reality is that the eastern half of the country simply doesn't have the natural wonders that the west does. I think that the few truly spectacular places are either already national parks (Acadia, GSM, etc.), or too small/one trick pony/completely commercialized to constitute a national park (Watkins Glen and Niagara are two examples in NYS).
It also has to do with if it’s federal or state. Some of the most spectacular parks are State parks.

Dry Tortugas is a national park (deservedly so) but is still really small
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: lifetimedeals on May 13, 2020, 11:51:38 PM
So I guess you have an itinerary for ND an NE,lol
SD, Where should I start?
- Badlands NP
- Wind Cave NP
- MT Rushmore NM
- Crazy Horse Memorial
- Custer SP
- The Needles/Needles Highway
No itinerary just am closer to SD, can't do it all at once anyways
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 14, 2020, 07:39:53 AM
No itinerary just am closer to SD, can't do it all at once anyways
Not sure how much closer you can be to to SD over ND. Lol
Either way for everyone else, i would also add Theodore Roosevelt NP in ND.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 15, 2020, 01:13:36 AM
The other issue I'm monitoring is southwest state's restrictions on visiting NY'ers, 14d quarantine etc.
I've been looking mostly at AZ, but in general I haven't found any lifting of these restrictions, or even discussions of it.
Anyone see anything about this?

Not planning on going for another month, though I'm hoping that by then, all those NPs will be open (at least the main attractions therein).
At least UT has opened some, but I'd still be going through AZ...
Which states in particular are you referring to?
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Traveler718 on May 15, 2020, 04:46:18 PM
I've B"H been to 35 out of the 62 NP's. Hands down, Glacier NP in Montana is my favorite - I've gone back another 2 times since the initial visit and would gladly head there again. But you have to be willing to hike to experience and appreciate all of its beauty, not just drive the Going-to-the-sun-road with all the rest of the tourists. Happy to type up the full list of 35 or give more ratings or recommendations if it will be helpful.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 15, 2020, 04:47:00 PM
I've B"H been to 35 out of the 62 NP's. Hands down, Glacier NP in Montana is my favorite - I've gone back another 2 times since the initial visit and would gladly head there again. But you have to be willing to hike to experience and appreciate all of its beauty, not just drive the Going-to-the-sun-road with all the rest of the tourists. Happy to type up the full list of 35 or give more ratings or recommendations if it will be helpful.
That's impressive. Looking forward.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Traveler718 on May 15, 2020, 06:26:41 PM
Okay then, I've been to:

Acadia
Arches - loved it!
Badlands
Big Bend
Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Bryce - stunning!
Canyonlands
Capitol Reef
Carlsbad Caverns - amazing!
Crater Lake - gorgeous!
Denali - enjoyed the all-day bus tour so much we did it again the next day
Gateway Arch
Glacier - my favorite!!
Grand Canyon - to the bottom and back up!
Grand Teton
Great Sand Dunes - really cool and not as well-known as it should be
Great Smoky Mountains
Guadalupe Mountains
Kenai Fjords
Kings Canyon
Mammoth Cave
Mesa Verde - lots of fun for kids
Mount Rainier
North Cascades - another one that deserves more love than it gets
Olympic
Redwood - I really loved it here, had an amazing time tracking down Hyperion, the tallest living thing on Earth, whose location is kept secret, a shame it's so remote
Rocky Mountain
Sequoia
Shenandoah - Old Rag is a great hike - but not in the rain!
White Sands
Wind Cave
Wrangell-St. Elias
Yellowstone
Yosemite
Zion

Ask away.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: yitzgar on May 15, 2020, 06:30:09 PM
Okay then, I've been to:

Acadia
Arches - loved it!
Badlands
Big Bend
Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Bryce - stunning!
Canyonlands
Capitol Reef
Carlsbad Caverns - amazing!
Crater Lake - gorgeous!
Denali - enjoyed the all-day bus tour so much we did it again the next day
Gateway Arch
Glacier - my favorite!!
Grand Canyon - to the bottom and back up!
Grand Teton
Great Sand Dunes - really cool and not as well-known as it should be
Great Smoky Mountains
Guadalupe Mountains
Kenai Fjords
Kings Canyon
Mammoth Cave
Mesa Verde - lots of fun for kids
Mount Rainier
North Cascades - another one that deserves more love than it gets
Olympic
Redwood - I really loved it here, had an amazing time tracking down Hyperion, the tallest living thing on Earth, whose location is kept secret, a shame it's so remote
Rocky Mountain
Sequoia
Shenandoah - Old Rag is a great hike - but not in the rain!
White Sands
Wind Cave
Wrangell-St. Elias
Yellowstone
Yosemite
Zion

Ask away.
Are all 3 near Seattle doable In a one week trip?
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 15, 2020, 06:42:51 PM


Any recommendations for GSM, in terms of where to base out of, hikes, sights, etc. ?
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: yitzgar on May 15, 2020, 06:51:42 PM
Any recommendations for GSM, in terms of where to base out of, hikes, sights, etc. ?
There is a thread for gsm btw, very helpful
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 15, 2020, 07:11:41 PM
There is a thread for gsm btw, very helpful

Honestly didn't see much there.
And a Minyan is not in the making now,lol
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: SSLPhD on May 16, 2020, 10:10:51 PM
Are all 3 near Seattle doable In a one week trip?
Driving-wise, it can work. But really, no.  Each one of those NPs is amazing on its own.  I tried planning such a trip, but couldn't do it.  Had to choose two.  There's at least one TR on those NPs.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: yitzgar on May 16, 2020, 10:20:46 PM
Driving-wise, it can work. But really, no.  Each one of those NPs is amazing on its own.  I tried planning such a trip, but couldn't do it.  Had to choose two.  There's at least one TR on those NPs.
Which two would you choose in sucha situation?
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: SSLPhD on May 16, 2020, 10:49:52 PM
Which two would you choose in sucha situation?
Depends when your week starts and ends and if you'd want to be in Seattle for Shabbos.  I'd most likely choose Olympic and Mt. Rainier, but you will only have a taste of each. 
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Traveler718 on May 16, 2020, 11:36:57 PM
Are all 3 near Seattle doable In a one week trip?

Olympic is the most spread-out of the 3. If you want to see the various parts of it, you need 2 full days. Rainier you could do in 1 full day, but you'd probably need to stay there the night before or after. North Cascades can also be done in just 1 day, though a lot of the best parts of it require longer hikes and would involve a 2nd day.

So that's 4-5 days of touring, plus you need to look on a map and see that although they're all technically near Seattle, they're in different directions and not so close to each other. If you were spending the Shabbos before or after in Seattle, you could probably pull it off if you start your days early enough.

We actually spent the Shabbos before in Portland, then came up the coast through Olympic to North Cascades, then spent 2-3 days in Seattle proper along with a Shabbos, then hit Rainier and Mt. St. Helens on our way back to PDX, from where we flew home.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Traveler718 on May 16, 2020, 11:40:08 PM
Which two would you choose in sucha situation?

Didn't see your post and SSLPhD's posts before I wrote mine. A lot of it depends on the ages of the people in your group and how much you like hiking. North Cascades is gorgeous and not so far from Seattle, but you need to do more hiking to really appreciate its beauty (with little kids, we didn't).

Olympic is much more diverse - beaches, rain forests, waterfalls, lakes, Hurricane Hill - but also spread out and the most driving to see it all. Rainier is really nice and enjoyable even without major hiking.

But they're all in different directions from Seattle, so the best would be to look at them all on a map and figure out where you want to go.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: yitzgar on May 17, 2020, 12:21:27 AM
Depends when your week starts and ends and if you'd want to be in Seattle for Shabbos.  I'd most likely choose Olympic and Mt. Rainier, but you will only have a taste of each.
Thanks
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: yitzgar on May 17, 2020, 12:21:47 AM
Didn't see your post and SSLPhD's posts before I wrote mine. A lot of it depends on the ages of the people in your group and how much you like hiking. North Cascades is gorgeous and not so far from Seattle, but you need to do more hiking to really appreciate its beauty (with little kids, we didn't).

Olympic is much more diverse - beaches, rain forests, waterfalls, lakes, Hurricane Hill - but also spread out and the most driving to see it all. Rainier is really nice and enjoyable even without major hiking.

But they're all in different directions from Seattle, so the best would be to look at them all on a map and figure out where you want to go.
Thanks. Good information
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Der Deutsche Jude on May 17, 2020, 12:55:33 AM
Any recommendations for GSM, in terms of where to base out of, hikes, sights, etc. ?
In terms of nature, I think Cherokee is a bit more conveniently located than Gatlingurg, except for its distance from Cades Cove(a must do). Gatlinburg though has more touristy things and more lodging options. So I guess it depends if you’re going this summer or some time in the future. Cherokee is near blue ridge mountains which are less crowded than the national park and offers the same scenery. Hikes depend on your capabilities and time. My LeConte is very nice but will take up your whole day.  Also if you happen to go May/June the synchronous fireflies are a bucket list item, but hard to predict exactly when it’ll occur.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Galitzyaner on May 17, 2020, 01:54:10 AM
I've B"H been to 35 out of the 62 NP's. Hands down, Glacier NP in Montana is my favorite - I've gone back another 2 times since the initial visit and would gladly head there again. But you have to be willing to hike to experience and appreciate all of its beauty, not just drive the Going-to-the-sun-road with all the rest of the tourists. Happy to type up the full list of 35 or give more ratings or recommendations if it will be helpful.
Thank you for the list in your next post (figures I'd spare people the long quote that would be if I'd quote that one).

My question if focused on your statement "you have to be willing to hike to experience and appreciate all of its beauty, not just drive..."

The problem is, that's not possible for families who travel with very little children and/or babies.

Hence my question to you and to everyone else here who's been to many NPs like you. Can you please list your top ten or twenty NPs (or even state parks for that matter, if they're nice enough), in order of your favorites, but specifically keeping in mind someone who can't go on any long or strenuous hikes, or any hikes impractical or unsafe for small children.

With that in mind, would Glacier still be your favorite? Or would that alter your order of preference entirely?

To give some perspective, I for one have been to the following NPs (most of them with kids):

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
Grand canyon,
Petrified Forest,
Zion,
Bryce canyon,
Grand Teton,
Yellowstone,
Yosemite,
Shenandoah,
Jasper (+ Banff),  - Canada

I'd like to go back to most of them, though Glacier is also high on my list. But at this point in life it's gonna have to be with little kids in tow.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Traveler718 on May 17, 2020, 10:01:01 AM
Thank you for the list in your next post (figures I'd spare people the long quote that would be if I'd quote that one).

My question if focused on your statement "you have to be willing to hike to experience and appreciate all of its beauty, not just drive..."

The problem is, that's not possible for families who travel with very little children and/or babies.

Hence my question to you and to everyone else here who's been to many NPs like you. Can you please list your top ten or twenty NPs (or even state parks for that matter, if they're nice enough), in order of your favorites, but specifically keeping in mind someone who can't go on any long or strenuous hikes, or any hikes impractical or unsafe for small children.

With that in mind, would Glacier still be your favorite? Or would that alter your order of preference entirely?

To give some perspective, I for one have been to the following NPs (most of them with kids):

[snip]

I'd like to go back to most of them, though Glacier is also high on my list. But at this point in life it's gonna have to be with little kids in tow.

Perhaps I should clarify. Even if you just drive through Glacier on GTTS road (the main artery through the park), you'll still be blown away by the beauty. But unfortunately, IG/FB has killed the park by overrunning it with tourists. There have been months when it got more visitors than Yellowstone - insane! Yellowstone is huge and spread out and can handle the traffic, but Glacier has one road cutting through most of the park, and the visitor increase has made navigation and parking really frustrating unless you wake up ungodly early or ... unless you hike to get away from the crowds.

Additionally, unlike in other parks where you can see most of the main event from your car (see list below), in Glacier there's so much beauty waiting to be discovered around every turn on every trail, primarily stunning lakes at the base of a mountain that you have to hike through a valley to reach.

But if you just drive through Glacier and stop at the main pullouts, you'll definitely be blown away by the beauty no question, as long as you can be patient regarding the traffic and parking situations.

But if you've been to the Canadian Rockies, you'll likely find it very similar. And most (non-hikers) I speak to prefer Banff/Jasper because it's all so much more accessible. Peyto Lake is 5 minutes from your car, while Glacier's equivalent takes 2-3 hours to get to. If you're willing to put in the 2-3 hours, you'll escape the crowds and have a magical hike every step of the way until your destination, but with kids, that's not always feasible, hence why most prefer Canada. Me, as beautiful as Lake Louise was, and even hiking 13 miles to both tea houses, I was still repulsed by the crowds on the Canadian side and would take Glacier in a heartbeat.

Getting back to your question, other parks that would be great to visit with kids that aren't up to any real hiking would be, where you can still feel like you "got" most of the experience, would be:

Bryce
Carlsbad
Crater Lake
Denali
Great Sand Dunes
Mammoth Cave
Mesa Verde
Mount Ranier
Rocky Mountain
Sequoia

Hope that helps!
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Galitzyaner on May 17, 2020, 10:59:52 AM
Perhaps I should clarify. Even if you just drive through Glacier on GTTS road (the main artery through the park), you'll still be blown away by the beauty. But unfortunately, IG/FB has killed the park by overrunning it with tourists. There have been months when it got more visitors than Yellowstone - insane! Yellowstone is huge and spread out and can handle the traffic, but Glacier has one road cutting through most of the park, and the visitor increase has made navigation and parking really frustrating unless you wake up ungodly early or ... unless you hike to get away from the crowds.

Additionally, unlike in other parks where you can see most of the main event from your car (see list below), in Glacier there's so much beauty waiting to be discovered around every turn on every trail, primarily stunning lakes at the base of a mountain that you have to hike through a valley to reach.

But if you just drive through Glacier and stop at the main pullouts, you'll definitely be blown away by the beauty no question, as long as you can be patient regarding the traffic and parking situations.

But if you've been to the Canadian Rockies, you'll likely find it very similar. And most (non-hikers) I speak to prefer Banff/Jasper because it's all so much more accessible. Peyto Lake is 5 minutes from your car, while Glacier's equivalent takes 2-3 hours to get to. If you're willing to put in the 2-3 hours, you'll escape the crowds and have a magical hike every step of the way until your destination, but with kids, that's not always feasible, hence why most prefer Canada. Me, as beautiful as Lake Louise was, and even hiking 13 miles to both tea houses, I was still repulsed by the crowds on the Canadian side and would take Glacier in a heartbeat.

Getting back to your question, other parks that would be great to visit with kids that aren't up to any real hiking would be, where you can still feel like you "got" most of the experience, would be:

Bryce
Carlsbad
Crater Lake
Denali
Great Sand Dunes
Mammoth Cave
Mesa Verde
Mount Ranier
Rocky Mountain
Sequoia

Hope that helps!
Thanks for your informative response, you really grasped my issue and what I'm seeking, I appreciate your perspective.

I find your comparison of Glacier to Banff & Jasper interesting (and mention of Peyto Lake just makes me want to go back). So in summation, aside for the traffic/parking issue, would you still suggest Glacier to someone who's already explored Banff/Jasper and won't be going on any long strenuous hikes?

(BTW, your above list doesn't include obvious choices like Yellowstone or Grand Canyon. Is that because it was directed at me and I've already been there? Because I've been to Bryce and you included that as well. Just wondering.)
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: SSLPhD on May 17, 2020, 11:16:39 AM
My question if focused on your statement "you have to be willing to hike to experience and appreciate all of its beauty, not just drive..."

The problem is, that's not possible for families who travel with very little children and/or babies.

Hence my question to you and to everyone else here who's been to many NPs like you. Can you please list your top ten or twenty NPs (or even state parks for that matter, if they're nice enough), in order of your favorites, but specifically keeping in mind someone who can't go on any long or strenuous hikes, or any hikes impractical or unsafe for small children.

With that in mind, would Glacier still be your favorite? Or would that alter your order of preference entirely?

...

I'd like to go back to most of them, though Glacier is also high on my list. But at this point in life it's gonna have to be with little kids in tow.
Out of the 30 National Parks I've been to, 25 have been with kids 5 and under.  We just don't do long hikes, and that's fine...

Many moons ago, when I was in my early 20s (pre-kids), we did a ranger-guided hike to Iceberg Lake in Glacier National Park.  That's a 7-hour roundtrip hike, mostly uphill on the way there, mostly downhill on the way back.  The most memorable part was the knee pain on the way back.  Each step downhill sent shooting pain to my knees.  When we got back to the car, I wanted to sit for a year.  In retrospect, we were in terrible shape and should not have done the hike.  Having young kids actually keeps us from doing hikes we are not prepared for.   :-[  My new approach to hiking is that the payoff has to be something truly unique.  7 hours to hike up close to lava, I'll get through it somehow.  7 hours for a view?  Not a chance.

To answer your question, here are some NPs with nice hikes even kids can do/other activities for kids:

Indiana Dunes NPsand dunes
White Sands NPsand dunes
Great Sand Dunes NPsand dunes
Carlsbad Caverns NPcave
Mammoth Cave NPcave
Wind Cave NPcave
Hawai'i Volcanoes NPlava tube/cave
Sequoia NPhike to the General Sherman tree
Olympic NPHall of Mosses, beaches
Grand Canyon NPwalk up to great views
Yellowstone NPlots of short walks on boardwalks
Bryce NPshort walk among hoodoos

Almost all national parks have ranger-led activities that are appropriate for kids.

I have a friend that runs the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim-to-rim every year as a birthday present to himself, so he likes long hikes.  When his son was a year old, they did a cross-country road trip hitting up about 20 national parks.  He carried his son in his arms everywhere, so obviously no long hikes, but they still managed to see and enjoy quite a bit.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Galitzyaner on May 17, 2020, 11:28:13 AM
Most states are lifting those restrictions. Seems that most everyone wants to be open (to some extent) by Memorial Day.

I haven't found a list, I just google specific states for updates.
HERE's (https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/news/2020/04/04/coronavirus-travel-restrictions-us-states-quarantine-requirements/2947021001/) a list that is updated. There's been good progress, but there's still some pretty states that unfortunately haven't lifted their travel restrictions yet
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Traveler718 on May 17, 2020, 12:07:48 PM
Thanks for your informative response, you really grasped my issue and what I'm seeking, I appreciate your perspective.

I find your comparison of Glacier to Banff & Jasper interesting (and mention of Peyto Lake just makes me want to go back). So in summation, aside for the traffic/parking issue, would you still suggest Glacier to someone who's already explored Banff/Jasper and won't be going on any long strenuous hikes?

(BTW, your above list doesn't include obvious choices like Yellowstone or Grand Canyon. Is that because it was directed at me and I've already been there? Because I've been to Bryce and you included that as well. Just wondering.)

Yes, my list meant to exclude places I thought you'd already gone. GC and Yellowstone are both great with kids, but I saw that you'd already been. Overlooked that you'd already gone to Bryce. As kids age though, some places are definitely worth going back without them. For example, when we did a family trip to GC, we hiked 1.5 miles down South Kaibab Trail to Cedar Ridge with a 1.5-year-old on my back. I almost passed out on the way back up. Years later, I went back alone and had a much easier time hiking to the bottom, staying overnight, and back up the next day.

As for Glacier, it's dear to my heart and I could never tell somebody not to go. But as I said before, it's quite similar to the Canadian Rockies (hence the proximity). If you loved the Rockies and want something similar without border crossings, by all means go. But if you want a diverse change of pace, you might want to first look into some of the others I mentioned.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 17, 2020, 12:29:40 PM
Yes, my list meant to exclude places I thought you'd already gone. GC and Yellowstone are both great with kids, but I saw that you'd already been. Overlooked that you'd already gone to Bryce. As kids age though, some places are definitely worth going back without them. For example, when we did a family trip to GC, we hiked 1.5 miles down South Kaibab Trail to Cedar Ridge with a 1.5-year-old on my back. I almost passed out on the way back up. Years later, I went back alone and had a much easier time hiking to the bottom, staying overnight, and back up the next day.

As for Glacier, it's dear to my heart and I could never tell somebody not to go. But as I said before, it's quite similar to the Canadian Rockies (hence the proximity). If you loved the Rockies and want something similar without border crossings, by all means go. But if you want a diverse change of pace, you might want to first look into some of the others I mentioned.

Thank you, Very informative.
If i can add my personal experience, I've gone to the following NP with a baby carrier and immensely enjoyed hiking in them.
Bryce, Zion, Yosemite, Acadia.
Plan on going to GSM, Badlands,Wind cave, TRNP,  shortly and doing the same.

Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Galitzyaner on May 17, 2020, 12:50:33 PM
If i can add my personal experience, I've gone to the following NP with a baby carrier and immensely enjoyed hiking in them.
Bryce, Zion, Yosemite, Acadia.
I get the first three, as I did them as well. I was actually looking into Acadia recently but couldn't find any "jaw-dropping" sceneries that I've gotten so used to seeing in the southwest NPs or Canadian Rockies. The scenery seemed like I can find the same in the Catskills/Adirondacks without having to travel to Maine.

Obviously this is all very subjective, but wouldn't mind to be shown information than can perhaps convince me otherwise.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Something Fishy on May 17, 2020, 01:29:49 PM
The scenery seemed like I can find the same in the Catskills/Adirondacks without having to travel to Maine.

Inland, maybe. But along the coast is spectacular.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: cgr on May 17, 2020, 01:48:28 PM
Inland, maybe. But along the coast is spectacular.

Agreed. The view at the top of precipice trail is nothing like the Adirondacks... (here it is: 1, (https://www.instagram.com/p/B4IItUDFDdQ/?igshid=58yuzvdsp0am) 2, (https://www.instagram.com/p/B4C1nCcAwxo/?igshid=1eat1jedli128) 3, (https://www.instagram.com/p/B4AOfQYA9uP/?igshid=16xfjiscvkhux) 4. (https://www.instagram.com/p/B-cN4VWlgQ_/))



Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 17, 2020, 02:20:52 PM
I get the first three, as I did them as well. I was actually looking into Acadia recently but couldn't find any "jaw-dropping" sceneries that I've gotten so used to seeing in the southwest NPs or Canadian Rockies. The scenery seemed like I can find the same in the Catskills/Adirondacks without having to travel to Maine.

Obviously this is all very subjective, but wouldn't mind to be shown information than can perhaps convince me otherwise.

Will definitely have to write a TR to change that perception.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Iz on May 17, 2020, 02:50:09 PM
Agreed. The view at the top of precipice trail is nothing like the Adirondacks... (here it is: 1, (https://www.instagram.com/p/B4IItUDFDdQ/?igshid=58yuzvdsp0am) 2, (https://www.instagram.com/p/B4C1nCcAwxo/?igshid=1eat1jedli128) 3, (https://www.instagram.com/p/B4AOfQYA9uP/?igshid=16xfjiscvkhux) 4. (https://www.instagram.com/p/B-cN4VWlgQ_/))
Gorgeous. Imagine that view in the fall.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Traveler718 on May 17, 2020, 02:54:17 PM
PSA: The Precipice Trail in Acadia is normally closed until mid-August due to endangered birds that nest there. A much more accessible alternative is the Beehive Trail, which we enjoyed immensely.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 17, 2020, 03:27:36 PM
PSA: The Precipice Trail in Acadia is normally closed until mid-August due to endangered birds that nest there. A much more accessible alternative is the Beehive Trail, which we enjoyed immensely.

The Peregrine falcon.
Let us hope they even open by mid August.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Der Deutsche Jude on May 17, 2020, 05:54:00 PM
Agreed. The view at the top of precipice trail is nothing like the Adirondacks... (here it is: 1, (https://www.instagram.com/p/B4IItUDFDdQ/?igshid=58yuzvdsp0am) 2, (https://www.instagram.com/p/B4C1nCcAwxo/?igshid=1eat1jedli128) 3, (https://www.instagram.com/p/B4AOfQYA9uP/?igshid=16xfjiscvkhux) 4. (https://www.instagram.com/p/B-cN4VWlgQ_/))
Wouldnt do Precipice with kids under the age of ten though.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Something Fishy on May 20, 2020, 01:13:50 PM
Montana lifting quarantine restrictions on June 1. Yellowstone NP has stated that the reason only the WY entrances to to the park have opened is due to the MT quarantine, so this likely means that all entrances - and, I assume, all roads - will be open by that time.

https://nbcmontana.com/news/coronavirus/gov-bullock-to-address-phase-2-of-reopening
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: whYME on May 20, 2020, 01:16:36 PM
Montana lifting quarantine restrictions on June 1. Yellowstone NP has stated that the reason only the WY entrances to to the park have opened is due to the MT quarantine, so this likely means that all entrances - and, I assume, all roads - will be open by that time.

https://nbcmontana.com/news/coronavirus/gov-bullock-to-address-phase-2-of-reopening
The West Yellowstone entrance is open in the winter so I'm not sure this means all roads are opening.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Something Fishy on May 20, 2020, 01:32:21 PM
The West Yellowstone entrance is open in the winter so I'm not sure this means all roads are opening.

How does that impact anything? At the moment only the lower loop is open. They want to open the other entrances but MT didn't let - which is changing now. And you can't have the three MT gates open without opening pretty much all the roads as well.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: whYME on May 20, 2020, 02:53:23 PM
How does that impact anything? At the moment only the lower loop is open. They want to open the other entrances but MT didn't let - which is changing now. And you can't have the three MT gates open without opening pretty much all the roads as well.
My point was that they can open up from Montana without opening the whole park. It's possible that parts are still closed for the winter.
 The first time I went there was right around this time of year (actually a week or two later IIRC) and it wasn't fully open for the season. I don't remember all the details but the Beartooth highway was definitely still closed. (Yes I know that's not part of the park)
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Something Fishy on May 20, 2020, 03:06:27 PM
My point was that they can open up from Montana without opening the whole park. It's possible that parts are still closed for the winter.
 The first time I went there was right around this time of year (actually a week or two later IIRC) and it wasn't fully open for the season. I don't remember all the details but the Beartooth highway was definitely still closed. (Yes I know that's not part of the park)

I see what you mean.

See here with official estimates for road openings - the latest is June 5th (of course this was pre-covid though). Personally, the most important road for me is one that is normally open all winter regardless - from the N entrance to the NE one through the Lamar Valley. As soon as MT opens up I assume this road will officially reopen again.

As far as the Beartooth Highway, that's currently under around 5 feet of snow and being dug out. They expect to have it clear in a few days.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Der Deutsche Jude on May 20, 2020, 04:04:43 PM
Montana lifting quarantine restrictions on June 1. Yellowstone NP has stated that the reason only the WY entrances to to the park have opened is due to the MT quarantine, so this likely means that all entrances - and, I assume, all roads - will be open by that time.

https://nbcmontana.com/news/coronavirus/gov-bullock-to-address-phase-2-of-reopening
but is there going to be an enforced quarantine on out of state residents?
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Something Fishy on May 20, 2020, 04:08:47 PM
but is there going to be an enforced quarantine on out of state residents?

No, that's exactly what they're lifting.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: SSLPhD on May 20, 2020, 04:34:06 PM
No, that's exactly what they're lifting.
At least one national park is not having any transportation, lodging, or concessions, and requires people to be entirely self-sufficient.  So even if you do go, it won't be easy.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Traveler718 on May 21, 2020, 12:02:55 AM
Which NP are you referring to?
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Galitzyaner on May 21, 2020, 12:10:15 AM
As far as the Beartooth Highway, that's currently under around 5 feet of snow and being dug out. They expect to have it clear in a few days.
Wow, never knew. Pretty cool. 

At least one national park is not having any transportation, lodging, or concessions, and requires people to be entirely self-sufficient.  So even if you do go, it won't be easy.
Transportation is a problem if it's a park that has sections that can only be accessed via shuttle bus (e.g. Zion, GC etc.). As for the rest? Big deal. I'd guess most of us don't usually rely on/use those services anyhow. I for one, don't. Though restrooms are helpful ::) .
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 21, 2020, 09:45:02 AM
Wow, never knew. Pretty cool. 
Transportation is a problem if it's a park that has sections that can only be accessed via shuttle bus (e.g. Zion, GC etc.). As for the rest? Big deal. I'd guess most of us don't usually rely on/use those services anyhow. I for one, don't. Though restrooms are helpful ::) .
Agreed.
AFIK restrooms are open.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Galitzyaner on May 21, 2020, 01:38:44 PM
Somewhat concerning that AZ, WY, ID, & FL are  seeing a rise in cases  (https://www.axios.com/new-coronavirus-cases-south-68f29ae8-2120-4edd-b336-02eb80bbbecf.html).

Don't wanna plan travel only to arrive to new rules in place (though FL [at least officially] still requires quarantine for out-of-state arrivals).
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: SSLPhD on May 21, 2020, 01:51:45 PM
Transportation/concessions are essential in some NPs, and greatly enhance a visit in others, e.g.,  Biscayne, Channel Islands, Denali, Dry Tortugas, Glacier Bay, Isle Royale, Kenai Fjords, Voyageurs.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: aygart on May 22, 2020, 01:12:15 PM
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/may/21/wildlife-national-parks-covid-19-shutdown-death-valley
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Mr_Geek on May 23, 2020, 12:44:40 PM
Yellowstone. Besides it's beauty and uniqueness, I think Yellowstone is more representative of the entire US than any other national park. Yellowstone is like a mini United States in terms of the ecosystems in the US. With the exception of jungle/tropical and desert ecosystems, pretty much everything else is in Yellowstone.

If you want to see everything the US has to offer when it comes to nature, you can't beat Yellowstone. You can see mountains, valleys, canyons, waterfalls, great planes (which turn into tundra during the winter), rapids, rivers, dense pine forests, lakes and on and on.

10/10
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Dan on May 24, 2020, 11:18:50 AM
File it together with Hot Springs NP and (nothing personal, @Dan) Cuyahoga Valley NP. Not sure why either of those are deserving of that title.
Forget about ever getting your toes back  >:(
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Galitzyaner on May 24, 2020, 01:55:46 PM
HERE's (https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/news/2020/04/04/coronavirus-travel-restrictions-us-states-quarantine-requirements/2947021001/) a list that is updated. There's been good progress, but there's still some pretty states that unfortunately haven't lifted their travel restrictions yet
HERE (https://ballotpedia.org/Travel_restrictions_issued_by_states_in_response_to_the_coronavirus_(COVID-19)_pandemic,_2020) is a better and more updated list on which states still have travel restrictions. Thankfully most of them have either been rescinded or are unenforceable (e.g. Nevada).
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: chinagel on May 25, 2020, 10:51:40 AM
Thinking of going to Glacier with family for 3-4 days in the summer. What would be recommended activities? @SSLPhD @Traveler718 @mord1
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Traveler718 on May 25, 2020, 01:30:53 PM
It really depends how much you like to hike. I could easily spend 3-4 days there just doing different day hikes. If you want other activities, look into white-water rafting, horseback riding, and boat rentals/rides on lakes in the park (assuming they're open this season). As for top hikes, Hidden Lake is a no-brainer as the best short, family-friendly hike, and once you're there at Logan Pass where it leaves from, definitely walk out at least 20-30 minutes on the Highline Trail. This is assuming you can find parking, as in normal years, parking at Logan Pass can be a nightmare unless you get there really early or late in the day.

The Many Glacier area is an absolute must just to see the view from the hotel, and I'd highly recommend the drive to Two Medicine to see the view there as well (the boat ride on the lake is really relaxing). And if you have passports, a leisurely drive up to the Canadian side of the park (Waterton) is really pretty as well.

Another popular short hike (4 miles RT) is Avalanche Lake, though if you have to choose, Hidden is better (shorter, prettier, and almost guaranteed close-up goat sightings). If you're up for one or two longer hikes (8-10 miles RT), the top 5 would be Grinnell Lake (can be knocked down to 7.5 miles RT if you take the boat ride to cut off the beginning of it), Iceberg Lake, Cracker Lake (not as pretty throughout the hike but a jawdropping destination at the end), the full Highline Trail, and Siyeh Pass (my personal favorite, but you can't go wrong with any). And if you really want to push yourselves, I once hiked the 18ish mile Pitamakan-Dawson loop on my birthday as my present to myself, and it was the best hike I've ever done.

As you can tell, I really love this place! You didn't ask about lodging, but that will be one of your most important decisions. Please don't make the mistake of staying outside the park in the big chain hotels on the west side (Whitefish, Columbia Falls, West Glacier). You'll be 60-150 minutes each way (!) from all the best scenery in Glacier and will spend far too much of your valuable time waiting in traffic. Best is if you can find in-park lodging on the east side, ideally Many Glacier, Swiftcurrent, or Rising Sun (and have reasonable expectations of in-park lodging, you're paying for the location). Any more questions, just ask, and hope you love it as much as I do!
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: chinagel on May 25, 2020, 05:48:48 PM
It really depends how much you like to hike. I could easily spend 3-4 days there just doing different day hikes. If you want other activities, look into white-water rafting, horseback riding, and boat rentals/rides on lakes in the park (assuming they're open this season). As for top hikes, Hidden Lake is a no-brainer as the best short, family-friendly hike, and once you're there at Logan Pass where it leaves from, definitely walk out at least 20-30 minutes on the Highline Trail. This is assuming you can find parking, as in normal years, parking at Logan Pass can be a nightmare unless you get there really early or late in the day.

The Many Glacier area is an absolute must just to see the view from the hotel, and I'd highly recommend the drive to Two Medicine to see the view there as well (the boat ride on the lake is really relaxing). And if you have passports, a leisurely drive up to the Canadian side of the park (Waterton) is really pretty as well.

Another popular short hike (4 miles RT) is Avalanche Lake, though if you have to choose, Hidden is better (shorter, prettier, and almost guaranteed close-up goat sightings). If you're up for one or two longer hikes (8-10 miles RT), the top 5 would be Grinnell Lake (can be knocked down to 7.5 miles RT if you take the boat ride to cut off the beginning of it), Iceberg Lake, Cracker Lake (not as pretty throughout the hike but a jawdropping destination at the end), the full Highline Trail, and Siyeh Pass (my personal favorite, but you can't go wrong with any). And if you really want to push yourselves, I once hiked the 18ish mile Pitamakan-Dawson loop on my birthday as my present to myself, and it was the best hike I've ever done.

As you can tell, I really love this place! You didn't ask about lodging, but that will be one of your most important decisions. Please don't make the mistake of staying outside the park in the big chain hotels on the west side (Whitefish, Columbia Falls, West Glacier). You'll be 60-150 minutes each way (!) from all the best scenery in Glacier and will spend far too much of your valuable time waiting in traffic. Best is if you can find in-park lodging on the east side, ideally Many Glacier, Swiftcurrent, or Rising Sun (and have reasonable expectations of in-park lodging, you're paying for the location). Any more questions, just ask, and hope you love it as much as I do!
Where would you recommend whitewater rafting?
I made the mistake of booking on the west side already.
Hike will include little ones so can't be any of the long ones. Logan pass with a little highline trail my best bet? Which lakes have the nicest leisure rafting?
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Traveler718 on May 25, 2020, 07:05:11 PM
Can lodging be cancelled, even for a fee? Being on the east side for me would make or break the trip, but if you're doing a low-key family-friendly visit, I know people make it work (hence all the hotels on the west side), but it will mean a LOT more car time. If you can't cancel in full, could you get even one night on the east side somehow to reduce the driving?

As for rafting, I love the park so much that I've never done rafting, which is outside of the park (conveniently for you, on the west side). Here are a few companies to look at. I would assume they're all basically the same, running the same water, so double-check online reviews, and then choose whichever has the best times and rates for your schedule:

https://glacierraftco.com/rafting/
https://glacierguides.com/rafting/whitewater/
https://www.riverwild.com/

As for in-park boat excursions and rentals, the info is here, but it looks like they've canceled this season due to Covid: http://glacierparkboats.com/

For short hikes, definitely Hidden Lake (3 miles RT on a boardwalk with not so much elevation gain) and walk out a bit on Highline. Avalance Lake is 4 miles RT and would be #2 if you can't do anything longer. There's also a short hike to Baring Falls and St. Mary Falls that kids may enjoy, but it's a pale substitute for the true beauty of the park.

I'd also look into the Swiftcurrent Pass trail from Many Glacier/Swiftcurrent, NOT to hike up to the pass which is a brutal climb, but the beginning part of it is flat and beautiful and great for kids. Or the beginning of the Grinnell Glacier trail, which again they won't be able to complete, but the beginning is totally flat, walking around stunning lakes, and really beautiful and peaceful.

One other important thing to know about Glacier is that trails there can unpredictably be closed due to bear activity at any time. Also, if you're going early in the summer (i.e. July, which may not seem early to you, but can be early for many feet of snow to melt out), some of the trails may not yet be open for the season if they're still full of dangerous snow and ice. So for every day, have a plan B (and C if possible), and whatever you end up doing, it's all great!
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: chinagel on May 25, 2020, 09:26:41 PM
Can lodging be cancelled, even for a fee? Being on the east side for me would make or break the trip, but if you're doing a low-key family-friendly visit, I know people make it work (hence all the hotels on the west side), but it will mean a LOT more car time. If you can't cancel in full, could you get even one night on the east side somehow to reduce the driving?

As for rafting, I love the park so much that I've never done rafting, which is outside of the park (conveniently for you, on the west side). Here are a few companies to look at. I would assume they're all basically the same, running the same water, so double-check online reviews, and then choose whichever has the best times and rates for your schedule:

https://glacierraftco.com/rafting/
https://glacierguides.com/rafting/whitewater/
https://www.riverwild.com/

As for in-park boat excursions and rentals, the info is here, but it looks like they've canceled this season due to Covid: http://glacierparkboats.com/

For short hikes, definitely Hidden Lake (3 miles RT on a boardwalk with not so much elevation gain) and walk out a bit on Highline. Avalance Lake is 4 miles RT and would be #2 if you can't do anything longer. There's also a short hike to Baring Falls and St. Mary Falls that kids may enjoy, but it's a pale substitute for the true beauty of the park.

I'd also look into the Swiftcurrent Pass trail from Many Glacier/Swiftcurrent, NOT to hike up to the pass which is a brutal climb, but the beginning part of it is flat and beautiful and great for kids. Or the beginning of the Grinnell Glacier trail, which again they won't be able to complete, but the beginning is totally flat, walking around stunning lakes, and really beautiful and peaceful.

One other important thing to know about Glacier is that trails there can unpredictably be closed due to bear activity at any time. Also, if you're going early in the summer (i.e. July, which may not seem early to you, but can be early for many feet of snow to melt out), some of the trails may not yet be open for the season if they're still full of dangerous snow and ice. So for every day, have a plan B (and C if possible), and whatever you end up doing, it's all great!
Thanks for all the info. I think I can do 1 day Hidden Trail and 1 day rafting. Any recommendations for a 3rd day? Either the west or east side?
On a side note ever been to Sandpoint ID? Worth the drive there?
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Kobe bryent on May 25, 2020, 10:06:02 PM
Thinking of going to Glacier with family for 3-4 days in the summer.
Are you flying in or driving from out of state?
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: chinagel on May 25, 2020, 10:33:13 PM
Are you flying in or driving from out of state?
flying
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Traveler718 on May 25, 2020, 10:38:04 PM
Thanks for all the info. I think I can do 1 day Hidden Trail and 1 day rafting. Any recommendations for a 3rd day? Either the west or east side?
On a side note ever been to Sandpoint ID? Worth the drive there?

It would be a crime to go all that way and not at least see Many Glacier, arguably the best scenery in the entire park, so on day 3 I'd head there. Just the approach drive is magnificent, then the view from the hotel across the lake is out-of-this-world. Depending on time and weather, you can take a relaxing stroll around the lake. There are also often ranger programs going on, such as a spotting scope setting up in the parking lot at (adjacent) Swiftcurrent Hotel where rangers find bears on nearby mountains that you can look at through their powerful scopes. And if you have extra time, I'd drive to Two Medicine to see the view from there, then take highway 2 back to the west side of the park (avoiding the congested drive through the park).

I've never been to Sandpoint. I can't get enough of Glacier and would never voluntarily take away time from it, especially on a first (and likely only) visit. One of the reasons that Idaho is one 7 states I still haven't visited. :)
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: chinagel on May 25, 2020, 10:49:47 PM
It would be a crime to go all that way and not at least see Many Glacier, arguably the best scenery in the entire park, so on day 3 I'd head there. Just the approach drive is magnificent, then the view from the hotel across the lake is out-of-this-world. Depending on time and weather, you can take a relaxing stroll around the lake. There are also often ranger programs going on, such as a spotting scope setting up in the parking lot at (adjacent) Swiftcurrent Hotel where rangers find bears on nearby mountains that you can look at through their powerful scopes. And if you have extra time, I'd drive to Two Medicine to see the view from there, then take highway 2 back to the west side of the park (avoiding the congested drive through the park).

I've never been to Sandpoint. I can't get enough of Glacier and would never voluntarily take away time from it, especially on a first (and likely only) visit. One of the reasons that Idaho is one 7 states I still haven't visited. :)
Can I do Many Glacier the same day as Hidden Trail? How much time would you allocate for each? Any other suggestions for the west side? What about Kootenai?
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Traveler718 on May 26, 2020, 05:25:25 PM
Yes, you can do both in one day, but it may be a fairly long day. It really depends on your travel style and what time you can get out the door. From Whitefish you're looking at about 2:30 to MG (you can beat Google Maps times in MT, though not if you drive through the park). You could get away with about an hour at MG, seeing the hotel itself and the view across the lake, maybe walking around the lake. Obviously if you give it its own day, there's tons more to do there, but 1-1.5 hours should suffice.

Then you drive from MG to Logan Pass, which is probably 1.5 hours in normal conditions (though I've done it in under 1 hour). Parking at LP is a nightmare, so you need to either get there really early before it fills up, or else later in the day (after 3 is likely safe, definitely after 4 is) when it starts to empty out. So by starting with the long drive to MG and spending time there, you can break up the drive back at LP. I'd suggest 2 hours minimum for Hidden Lake with little ones, and ideally another hour to get a taste of the amazing Highline Trail, so 2-3 hours total at LP, then a 1-1.5 hour drive back to your hotel (later in the day, traffic across the park is usually much better). This will still be a long day, and will cost you Two Medicine though, but it's totally doable.

Another option on the west side is the North Fork of the park, the only part of the park that I have not visited. The roads to get there aren't the best, so it gets much less traffic than other parts of the park and may be worth looking into. No experience with anything in Idaho, though Craters of the Moon has been on my list as a place I'd like to make it to one day.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Something Fishy on May 28, 2020, 01:26:43 AM
Crazy story, but man, someone's gotta sort out their priorities.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/151866528164424/permalink/4292912730726429/
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: SSLPhD on May 28, 2020, 07:56:15 AM
Crazy story, but man, someone's gotta sort out their priorities.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/151866528164424/permalink/4292912730726429/
I think his reaction was pretty good (can be very important to have photo of aggressive wildlife), but his wife's was better.  Also, it's illegal to discharge a firearm in Yellowstone, even in self-defense.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: lubaby on May 28, 2020, 08:32:37 AM
Crazy story, but man, someone's gotta sort out their priorities.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/151866528164424/permalink/4292912730726429/
POIDH
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: chinagel on May 28, 2020, 01:04:56 PM
Also, it's illegal to discharge a firearm in Yellowstone, even in self-defense.
So by his funeral they'll say he kept the law...
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Something Fishy on May 28, 2020, 06:11:42 PM
Montana lifting quarantine restrictions on June 1. Yellowstone NP has stated that the reason only the WY entrances to to the park have opened is due to the MT quarantine, so this likely means that all entrances - and, I assume, all roads - will be open by that time.

https://nbcmontana.com/news/coronavirus/gov-bullock-to-address-phase-2-of-reopening

What do I win?

https://nbcmontana.com/news/coronavirus/yellowstone-national-park-will-open-montana-entrances-monday
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Something Fishy on June 14, 2020, 10:09:42 PM
Updated, new in bold. My rankings are below.

United States:


International:

U.S. top 3:
Yellowstone
Grand Teton
Badlands

Hawaii Volcanoes would've been my #3, but that was before the 2018 eruption pretty much destroyed the entire thing.

International top 3:
Vatnajökull (Iceland)
Banff (Canada)
Sassen–Bünsow Land (Svalbard)
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: SSLPhD on June 15, 2020, 08:32:28 AM
Indiana Dunes, IN (2020) (Just a quick visit to "be yotze". Doesn't really count as much.)
Was Wind Cave NP closed? Didn't go just to be yotze?
Title: Re: What US National Parks have you been to and how would you rank them?
Post by: Kobe bryent on June 15, 2020, 09:40:31 AM
Updated, new in bold.

United States:

1. Yellowstone, Wyoming
2. Zion, Utah
3. Bryce  Canyon, Utah
4. Grand Canyon, Arizona
5. Yosemite, California
6. Badlands, South Dakota
7. Grand Teton, Wyoming
8. Sequoia, California
9. Petrified woods, Arizona
10. Theodore Roosevelt, North Dakota
11. Wind Cave, South Dakota
12. Acadia, Maine
13. Great sand Dunes, Colorado
14. Joshua Tree, California
15. Saguaro, Arizona 

MT Rushmore NM

International:


Sanjay Gandhi , Mumbai, India
Arenal Volcano , La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Manuel Antonio, Quepos, Costa Rica
Carara,Costa Rica
Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
Iguazú, Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
Iguaçu,  Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil
Soberanía, Panama
Portobelo, colon, Panama
Metropolitan NP, Panama city,Panama
Masada, Israel
Ein Gedi Antiquities,Israel
Yarkon, Israel
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Kobe bryent on June 15, 2020, 09:50:22 AM
Was Wind Cave NP closed?
The caves closed in July of 2019, due to saftey issues with the elevator, necessitating major repairs. And remain closed till further notice.
Title: Re: What US National Parks have you been to and how would you rank them?
Post by: Kobe bryent on June 15, 2020, 11:33:05 PM
Updated, new in bold.

United States:

1. Yellowstone, Wyoming
2. Zion, Utah
3. Bryce  Canyon, Utah
4. Grand Canyon, Arizona
5. Yosemite, California
6. Badlands, South Dakota
7. Grand Teton, Wyoming
8. Sequoia, California
9. Petrified woods, Arizona
10. Great Smokey Mountains, Tennessee
11. Theodore Roosevelt, North Dakota
12. Wind Cave, South Dakota
13. Acadia, Maine
14. Great sand Dunes, Colorado
15. Joshua Tree, California
16. Saguaro, Arizona 

MT Rushmore NM, South Dakota


International:


Sanjay Gandhi , Mumbai, India
Arenal Volcano , La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Manuel Antonio, Quepos, Costa Rica
Carara,Costa Rica
Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
Iguazú, Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
Iguaçu,  Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil
Soberanía, Panama
Portobelo, colon, Panama
Metropolitan NP, Panama city,Panama
Masada, Israel
Ein Gedi Antiquities,Israel
Yarkon, Israel
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Kobe bryent on June 16, 2020, 01:33:42 PM
Are all 3 near Seattle doable In a one week trip?
Going to attempt to do all 3 in a week .
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: jose34 on June 16, 2020, 02:55:48 PM
Found this on Enterprise seems like a nice list: If it can be helpful for anyone.


https://www.enterprise.com/en/inspiration/drives/great-scenic-drives.html
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: BCL on June 16, 2020, 10:16:43 PM
I am interested in spending a few days to a week by either Yellowstone/Teton or Bryce/Zion/Arches. (First week of August, but flexible)
Family w/ kids. Ideally, I would be based at one hotel that won't eat up driving time to daily activities.
Probably will first spend Shabbos in Vegas and then start the trip. Return to Vegas as well.
 
Yellowstone seems more our style, but we lose Sunday for the drive up and maybe even Thursday/Friday for the drive back, unless I can come up with a Shabbos option on the way. (We aren't too keen on spending Shabbos at the hotel.)

Utah is closer and allows for Sunday and Thursday activities. However, the heat may be too uncomfortable for us. Hotel options seem less here.

Lastly, I would love to use a Marriott 7 day cert Cat 1-4 here. But probably won't be enough for us without an upgrade. I could use points as well.

Would love some input.
Thanks
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Something Fishy on June 16, 2020, 10:19:54 PM
I am interested in spending a few days to a week by either Yellowstone/Teton or Bryce/Zion/Arches. (First week of August, but flexible)
Family w/ kids. Ideally, I would be based at one hotel that won't eat up driving time to daily activities.
Probably will first spend Shabbos in Vegas and then start the trip. Return to Vegas as well.
 
Yellowstone seems more our style, but we lose Sunday for the drive up and maybe even Thursday/Friday for the drive back, unless I can come up with a Shabbos option on the way. (We aren't too keen on spending Shabbos at the hotel.)

Utah is closer and allows for Sunday and Thursday activities. However, the heat may be too uncomfortable for us. Hotel options seem less here.

Lastly, I would love to use a Marriott 7 day cert Cat 1-4 here. But probably won't be enough for us without an upgrade. I could use points as well.

Would love some input.
Thanks

Jackson is normally a good option for Shabbos, but according to @Traveler718 the Chabad there is essentially closed at the moment.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Traveler718 on June 16, 2020, 11:51:26 PM
Jackson is normally a good option for Shabbos, but according to @Traveler718 the Chabad there is essentially closed at the moment.

Yes, this is what I told @Something Fishy, but since @BCL is asking about August, let me clarify that "at the moment" are the key words. The local Jews are currently terrified about the prospect of summer visitors coming in and bringing Covid with them, so at the moment Chabad is indeed essentially closed.

However, the shaliach there did say that as the summer goes along, attitudes may or may not change, and I could check back with him in July to see what's going on. So if you need to make plans now, you should not count on being able to spend Shabbos there, but if you have some flexibility, you could check in with him in a few weeks to see where they're holding.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Something Fishy on June 18, 2020, 02:21:37 PM
Just gonna leave this here for now :P.

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Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: shmaya on June 18, 2020, 04:49:52 PM
Just to make it clear, the Chabad House is far from closed. Chabad Houses around the country are extremely active trying to help their communities in whatever way possible at this time.

However, their physical location and ability to help visitors has been severely limited
Yes, this is what I told @Something Fishy, but since @BCL is asking about August, let me clarify that "at the moment" are the key words. The local Jews are currently terrified about the prospect of summer visitors coming in and bringing Covid with them, so at the moment Chabad is indeed essentially closed.

However, the shaliach there did say that as the summer goes along, attitudes may or may not change, and I could check back with him in July to see what's going on. So if you need to make plans now, you should not count on being able to spend Shabbos there, but if you have some flexibility, you could check in with him in a few weeks to see where they're holding.
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Post by: whYME on June 18, 2020, 04:53:28 PM
Just gonna leave this here for now :P .
DDF really needs a "dislike" option (https://emoji.tapatalk-cdn.com/emoji35.png)(https://emoji.tapatalk-cdn.com/emoji35.png)
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: shmaya on June 18, 2020, 04:59:45 PM
We just did Mt. Rainer and North Cascades this week with our kids this week.

Mt. Rainer was beautiful, and very kid friendly with deer, easy hiking trails, and beauty you can easily enjoy with kids.

North Cascades has majestic waterfalls, you can watch them as they drop down the sides of a glacier for what seems like 1,000 feet. 

Never saw anything like it.


Both of them have many highlights that are best visited later in the summer.






Going to attempt to do all 3 in a week .
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: SSLPhD on June 19, 2020, 07:23:43 AM
Are passport stamps from now-closed visitor centers available elsewhere?
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Kobe bryent on June 19, 2020, 08:24:01 AM
Are passport stamps from now-closed visitor centers available elsewhere?
Yes. Outdoor tents.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Divora M on June 22, 2020, 10:51:39 AM
Does anyone know if or how I can get a Every Kid Outdoors pass for my son who just finished 3rd grade, for this summer?
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: SSLPhD on June 22, 2020, 11:11:40 AM
Does anyone know if or how I can get a Every Kid Outdoors pass for my son who just finished 3rd grade, for this summer?
https://everykidoutdoors.gov/index.htm

Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Kobe bryent on June 22, 2020, 11:12:40 AM
Does anyone know if or how I can get a Every Kid Outdoors pass for my son who just finished 3rd grade, for this summer?
Seems to apply from Sep. Through Aug.
https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.nps.gov/foun/planyourvisit/upload/4th-Grade-Pass-USGS-FAQ-Page-FINAL-508.pdf&ved=2ahUKEwjj7ZO22pXqAhVRSjABHTJkDf0QFjAAegQIBxAB&usg=AOvVaw0MMe6nmx2me_Tm9PUzvlJe
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Divora M on June 22, 2020, 11:45:00 AM
Seems to apply from Sep. Through Aug.
https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.nps.gov/foun/planyourvisit/upload/4th-Grade-Pass-USGS-FAQ-Page-FINAL-508.pdf&ved=2ahUKEwjj7ZO22pXqAhVRSjABHTJkDf0QFjAAegQIBxAB&usg=AOvVaw0MMe6nmx2me_Tm9PUzvlJe

Oh well, thanks though!
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Kobe bryent on June 22, 2020, 11:46:43 AM
Oh well, thanks though!
The best $80 I've ever spent, lol
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Divora M on June 22, 2020, 12:18:21 PM
The best $80 I've ever spent, lol

$80 spent on what?
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Kobe bryent on June 22, 2020, 12:25:05 PM
$80 spent on what?
NPS annual pass.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Traveler718 on June 28, 2020, 10:15:31 PM
Important PSA regarding Glacier NP: The Blackfeet Indian tribe just voted to deny access to most of the roads that surround Glacier NP, due to their concerns about park visitors bringing Covid into their territory. As a practical matter although the national park is open, the entire east side of the park will be effectively closed for this year.

There will be no way to access Many Glacier, Two Medicine, or even the St. Mary's east entrance to Going-to-the-Sun Road. Lodging will be unavailable on that side of the park. That means the only access to the "heart" of the park will be by entering GTTSR from the west side, driving in as far as you want to go, then doubling back to exit the way you came in.

With park shuttle service already closed for this season due to Covid, I cannot overestimate how much pain this will inflict on an attempt to have an even remotely normal visit to Glacier NP this summer. Parking will be impossible to come by unless you are willing to be in line to enter the park by 6 am. Traffic delays in both directions will be beyond painful, and for all this, you won't even be able to see the best part of the park in Many Glacier.

This was a decision that caught everyone by surprise, as the expectation was that the Blackfeet would reduce or completely end the restrictions on July 1. I am still waiting to see how the NPS will respond to this new development, but as things look now, I would strongly advise not visiting Glacier NP this summer (and I am personally planning to cancel my reservations there if nothing changes in the next couple of weeks).

More details here:
https://flatheadbeacon.com/2020/06/25/blackfeet-tribe-closes-eastern-border-glacier-park/
https://montanafreepress.org/2020/06/26/as-covid-spikes-blackfeet-leaders-close-eastern-entrances-to-glacier-for-summer/
Title: Re: What US National Parks have you been to and how would you rank them?
Post by: Kobe bryent on July 16, 2020, 10:17:53 AM
Updated, new in bold.

United States:

1. Yellowstone, Wyoming
2. Zion, Utah
3. Bryce  Canyon, Utah
4. Grand Canyon, Arizona
5. Yosemite, California
6. Badlands, South Dakota
7. Grand Teton, Wyoming
8. Sequoia, California
9. Petrified woods, Arizona
10.Great Smokey Mountains, Tennessee
11.Theodore Roosevelt, North Dakota
12. Hot Springs, Arkansas
13. Wind Cave, South Dakota
14. Acadia, Maine
15. Great sand Dunes, Colorado
16. Joshua Tree, California
17. Saguaro, Arizona 
18. Shenandoah, Virginia
19. Mammoth cave, Kentucky
20. Gateway Arch, Missouri

•MT Rushmore NM, South Dakota


International:


Sanjay Gandhi , Mumbai, India
Arenal Volcano , La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Manuel Antonio, Quepos, Costa Rica
Carara,Costa Rica
Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
Iguazú, Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
Iguaçu,  Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil
Soberanía, Panama
Portobelo, colon, Panama
Metropolitan NP, Panama city,Panama
Masada, Israel
Ein Gedi Antiquities,Israel
Yarkon, Israel
Title: Re: What US National Parks have you been to and how would you rank them?
Post by: cgr on July 16, 2020, 10:21:36 AM
12. Hot Springs, Arkansas

What did you think of the place? It's tiny and not much to do but I loved the vibe.
Oh and nothing beat hiking 2 miles in 100F with an empty water bottle because well springs... and then having hot "tea" when I needed a drink...
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: shmaya on July 16, 2020, 01:07:10 PM
Win a RV rental and $1,500 to visit the National Parks tonight here:

https://www.dansdeals.com/advertisement/national-parks-bucket-list-win-luxury-rv-rental-visit-americas-wondrous-national-parks/
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Something Fishy on July 19, 2020, 12:00:30 AM
New in bold. My rankings are below.

Katmai is just insane. Might just be the most amazing travel experience I've ever had, short of Antarctica.

United States:


International:

U.S. top 3:
Katmai
Yellowstone
Grand

Hawaii Volcanoes would've been my #3, but that was before the 2018 eruption pretty much destroyed the entire thing.

International top 3:
Vatnajökull (Iceland)
Banff (Canada)
Sassen–Bünsow Land (Svalbard)
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Something Fishy on July 19, 2020, 12:02:45 AM
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Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: yitzgar on July 19, 2020, 12:29:39 AM
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WOW
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: SSLPhD on July 19, 2020, 02:49:57 AM
Katmai is just insane.
Lol. How'd you like the mosquitoes? Biggest ones I've ever seen.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Kobe bryent on July 19, 2020, 08:24:07 AM
New in bold. My rankings are below.

Katmai is just insane. Might just be the most amazing travel experience I've ever had, short of Antarctica.

United States:
  • Acadia, ME (2011, 2017)
  • Badlands, SD (2020)
  • Cuyahoga Valley, OH (2014, 2020)
  • Everglades, FL (2010, 2019)
  • Gateway Arch, MO (2019)
  • Grand Teton, WY (2012, 2020)
  • Great Smoky Mountains, NC/TN (2013)
  • Haleakala, HI (2014)
  • Hawaii Volcanoes, HI (2012, 2018)
  • Indiana Dunes, IN (2020)
  • Katmai, AK (2020)
  • Kenai Fjords, AK (2013)
  • Rocky Mountain, CO (2009)
  • Yellowstone, WY/ID/MT (2012, 2020)


International:
  • Banff National Park, Canada (2017)
  • Jasper National Park, Canada (2017)
  • Lovćen National Park, Montenegro (2018)
  • Parque Nacional Viñales, Cuba (2015)
  • Sassen–Bünsow Land National Park, Svalbard (2016, 2018)
  • Skadar Lake National Park, Montenegro (2018)
  • Snæfellsjökull National Park, Iceland (2016)
  • Tierra del Fuego National Park, Argentina (2018)
  • Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland (2015, 2016, 2019, 2019, 2020)
  • Yoho National Park, Canada (2017)

U.S. top 3:
Katmai
Yellowstone
Grand

Hawaii Volcanoes would've been my #3, but that was before the 2018 eruption pretty much destroyed the entire thing.

International top 3:
Vatnajökull (Iceland)
Banff (Canada)
Sassen–Bünsow Land (Svalbard)
There is no way this is ranked in order.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: yitzgar on July 19, 2020, 08:37:29 AM
There is no way this is ranked in order.
It's alphabetical
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Kobe bryent on July 19, 2020, 08:40:16 AM
It's alphabetical
True. But i thought we were looking for rankings.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: ponash123 on July 20, 2020, 03:17:30 PM
We just did Mt. Rainer and North Cascades this week with our kids this week.

Mt. Rainer was beautiful, and very kid friendly with deer, easy hiking trails, and beauty you can easily enjoy with kids.

North Cascades has majestic waterfalls, you can watch them as they drop down the sides of a glacier for what seems like 1,000 feet. 

Never saw anything like it.


Both of them have many highlights that are best visited later in the summer.

Washington State TR please?
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: ponash123 on July 20, 2020, 03:17:46 PM
Going to attempt to do all 3 in a week .

Did you end up doing this? TR?
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: shmaya on July 20, 2020, 05:00:42 PM
Washington State TR please?

Thats pretty much the Trip Report.


Do you have specific questions?
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: ponash123 on July 20, 2020, 05:09:01 PM
Thats pretty much the Trip Report.


Do you have specific questions?

Specific activities or hikes?
What did you do for food?
Where did you stay?
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Traveler718 on July 20, 2020, 10:22:08 PM
Specific activities or hikes?
What did you do for food?
Where did you stay?

Which of the 3 parks are you planning to visit and asking about?
Title: Re: What US National Parks have you been to and how would you rank them?
Post by: Kobe bryent on July 21, 2020, 12:33:57 AM
Updated, new in bold.

United States:

1. Yellowstone, Wyoming
2. Zion, Utah
3. Bryce  Canyon, Utah
4. Grand Canyon, Arizona
5. Yosemite, California
6. Badlands, South Dakota
7. Grand Teton, Wyoming
8. Sequoia, California
9. Petrified Forest Arizona
10.Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee
11.Theodore Roosevelt, North Dakota
12. Hot Springs, Arkansas
13. Wind Cave, South Dakota
14. Acadia, Maine
15. Great sand Dunes, Colorado
16. Joshua Tree, California
17. Saguaro, Arizona 
18. Shenandoah, Virginia
19. Mammoth cave, Kentucky
20. Cuyahoga Valley, Ohio
21. Indiana Dunes, Indiana *
22. Gateway Arch, Missouri *

•MT Rushmore NM, South Dakota


International:


Sanjay Gandhi , Mumbai, India
Arenal Volcano , La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Manuel Antonio, Quepos, Costa Rica
Carara,Costa Rica
Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
Iguazú, Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
Iguaçu,  Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil
Soberanía, Panama
Portobelo, colon, Panama
Metropolitan NP, Panama city,Panama
Masada, Israel
Ein Gedi Antiquities,Israel
Yarkon, Israel
Title: Re: What US National Parks have you been to and how would you rank them?
Post by: SSLPhD on July 21, 2020, 03:11:48 AM
9. Petrified woods, Arizona
Please recheck the name. (And 10 is misspelled.)
Title: Re: What US National Parks have you been to and how would you rank them?
Post by: Kobe bryent on July 21, 2020, 03:25:53 AM
Please recheck the name. (And 10 is misspelled.)
No need, as I am pretty familiar with the NPS.
Find it pretty funny that I didn't notice, I've simply been C/P when updating.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: ponash123 on July 21, 2020, 10:18:14 AM
Which of the 3 parks are you planning to visit and asking about?

Still deciding, but interested in all 3 possibly
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Kobe bryent on July 21, 2020, 10:39:21 AM
Did you end up doing this? TR?
If you followed this thread (https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=17387.19050) you would know, lol  ;)
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: ponash123 on July 21, 2020, 11:08:42 AM
If you followed this thread (https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=17387.19050) you would know, lol  ;)
Almost 1300 pages... care to give me a summary?
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Kobe bryent on July 21, 2020, 12:44:57 PM
Almost 1300 pages... care to give me a summary?
Updated, new in bold.

United States:

1. Yellowstone, Wyoming
2. Zion, Utah
3. Bryce  Canyon, Utah
4. Grand Canyon, Arizona
5. Yosemite, California
6. Badlands, South Dakota
7. Grand Teton, Wyoming
8. Sequoia, California
9. Petrified Forest Arizona
10.Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee
11.Theodore Roosevelt, North Dakota
12. Hot Springs, Arkansas
13. Wind Cave, South Dakota
14. Acadia, Maine
15. Great sand Dunes, Colorado
16. Joshua Tree, California
17. Saguaro, Arizona 
18. Shenandoah, Virginia
19. Mammoth cave, Kentucky
20. Cuyahoga Valley, Ohio
21. Indiana Dunes, Indiana *
22. Gateway Arch, Missouri *

•MT Rushmore NM, South Dakota


International:


Sanjay Gandhi , Mumbai, India
Arenal Volcano , La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Manuel Antonio, Quepos, Costa Rica
Carara,Costa Rica
Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
Iguazú, Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
Iguaçu,  Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil
Soberanía, Panama
Portobelo, colon, Panama
Metropolitan NP, Panama city,Panama
Masada, Israel
Ein Gedi Antiquities,Israel
Yarkon, Israel
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Something Fishy on July 21, 2020, 12:52:09 PM
Almost 1300 pages... care to give me a summary?

Profile > Account Settings > Look and Layout > Messages to display per page > 50.

You're welcome :D.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: ponash123 on July 21, 2020, 03:05:11 PM
Sigh... I just want a summary of the Washington National Parks
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Traveler718 on July 21, 2020, 03:20:44 PM
What kind of summary are you looking for? Olympic is very diverse and spread out. There's the beaches on the coast, the Hoh Rain Forest, and Hurricane Ridge. Lots of driving, and needs 2 full days minimum with driving to see it all, but very unique and fun. We went to 2 beaches (Shi Shi and maybe 2nd?), the Hoh Rain Forest, stopped at a beautiful lake, and loved the Hurricane Ridge hike.

Mt. Rainier is beautiful, but not as much "to do" other than various hikes and vantage points of the (beautiful) mountain. North Cascades is amazing and doesn't get the credit it deserves, especially for being so close to Seattle. We spent the better of a day driving the main roads through the park, getting out at viewpoints, and doing a lovely 1-2 mile hike to a lake surrounded by mountains. Hope that helps.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: ponash123 on July 21, 2020, 03:58:15 PM
What kind of summary are you looking for? Olympic is very diverse and spread out. There's the beaches on the coast, the Hoh Rain Forest, and Hurricane Ridge. Lots of driving, and needs 2 full days minimum with driving to see it all, but very unique and fun. We went to 2 beaches (Shi Shi and maybe 2nd?), the Hoh Rain Forest, stopped at a beautiful lake, and loved the Hurricane Ridge hike.

Mt. Rainier is beautiful, but not as much "to do" other than various hikes and vantage points of the (beautiful) mountain. North Cascades is amazing and doesn't get the credit it deserves, especially for being so close to Seattle. We spent the better of a day driving the main roads through the park, getting out at viewpoints, and doing a lovely 1-2 mile hike to a lake surrounded by mountains. Hope that helps.

Thank you!!
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: yitzgar on July 26, 2020, 09:13:03 PM
What kind of summary are you looking for? Olympic is very diverse and spread out. There's the beaches on the coast, the Hoh Rain Forest, and Hurricane Ridge. Lots of driving, and needs 2 full days minimum with driving to see it all, but very unique and fun. We went to 2 beaches (Shi Shi and maybe 2nd?), the Hoh Rain Forest, stopped at a beautiful lake, and loved the Hurricane Ridge hike.

Mt. Rainier is beautiful, but not as much "to do" other than various hikes and vantage points of the (beautiful) mountain. North Cascades is amazing and doesn't get the credit it deserves, especially for being so close to Seattle. We spent the better of a day driving the main roads through the park, getting out at viewpoints, and doing a lovely 1-2 mile hike to a lake surrounded by mountains. Hope that helps.
Extremely helpful, thanks.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Something Fishy on August 13, 2020, 09:43:31 PM
New in bold. My rankings are below.

United States:


International:

U.S. top 3:
Katmai
Yellowstone
Grand Teton

Hawaii Volcanoes would've been my #3, but that was before the 2018 eruption pretty much destroyed the entire thing.

International top 3:
Vatnajökull (Iceland)
Banff (Canada)
Sassen–Bünsow Land (Svalbard)
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Kobe bryent on September 21, 2020, 08:42:47 PM
Sigh... I just want a summary of the Washington National Parks
Did you end up going?
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Traveler718 on September 21, 2020, 09:38:32 PM
No, she went to Croatia instead. See her amazing TR (which mentions the original plan for WA got replaced with Croatia): https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=119332.0
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Traveler718 on September 21, 2020, 09:44:04 PM
Added 3 more this summer, bringing me up to 38 NP's. Theodore Roosevelt has some beautiful scenery and wildlife, but it's REALLY far from everything (esp. when you're on a road trip from NYC because you don't want to fly). Indiana Dunes and Cuyahoga Valley were hardly memorable, but some politician managed to make them NP's, so at least they're now checked off. Unfortunately, we were quite close to Isle Royale, but it could only be visited this summer via a $300 pp plane ride, and Voyageurs houseboats were all booked up. The updated list:

Acadia
Arches - loved it!
Badlands
Big Bend
Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Bryce - stunning!
Canyonlands
Capitol Reef
Carlsbad Caverns - amazing!
Crater Lake - gorgeous!
Cuyahoga Valley
Denali - enjoyed the all-day bus tour so much we did it again the next day
Gateway Arch
Glacier - my favorite!!
Grand Canyon - to the bottom and back up!
Grand Teton
Great Sand Dunes - really cool and not as well-known as it should be
Great Smoky Mountains
Guadalupe Mountains
Indiana Dunes
Kenai Fjords
Kings Canyon
Mammoth Cave
Mesa Verde - lots of fun for kids
Mount Rainier
North Cascades - another one that deserves more love than it gets
Olympic
Redwood - I really loved it here, had an amazing time tracking down Hyperion, the tallest living thing on Earth, whose location is kept secret, a shame it's so remote
Rocky Mountain
Sequoia
Shenandoah - Old Rag is a great hike - but not in the rain!
Theodore Roosevelt
White Sands
Wind Cave
Wrangell-St. Elias
Yellowstone
Yosemite
Zion
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Kobe bryent on September 21, 2020, 09:44:16 PM
No, she went to Croatia instead. See her amazing TR (which mentions the original plan for WA got replaced with Croatia): https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=119332.0
I did, and it's a great TR. Thought, there was a possibility of doing both.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: ponash123 on September 22, 2020, 09:55:47 AM
I did, and it's a great TR. Thought, there was a possibility of doing both.

I did not unfortunately, but I do hope to make it there one day, it looks beautiful. My spreadsheet shall remain with my others to be hopefully dug up in the future (as I've done with others, like Croatia, which I actually started researching about 4 years ago.)
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: Kobe bryent on September 22, 2020, 10:26:54 AM
I did not unfortunately, but I do hope to make it there one day, it looks beautiful. My spreadsheet shall remain with my others to be hopefully dug up in the future (as I've done with others, like Croatia, which I actually started researching about 4 years ago.)
Looking to go Mid October.
On the agenda: Crater lake NP, and the 3 parks in WA.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: SSLPhD on September 22, 2020, 10:48:33 AM
Looking to go Mid October.
On the agenda: Crater lake NP, and the 3 parks in WA.
Those are all truly beautiful parks.  You can easily spend an entire day or two in each.
Title: Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
Post by: cgr on September 22, 2020, 07:57:14 PM
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