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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #165 on: July 21, 2020, 12:52:09 PM »
Almost 1300 pages... care to give me a summary?

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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #166 on: July 21, 2020, 03:05:11 PM »
Sigh... I just want a summary of the Washington National Parks

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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #167 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.

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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #168 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.

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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #169 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.

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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #170 on: Yesterday at 09:43:31 PM »
New in bold. My rankings are below.

United States:
  • Acadia, ME (2011, 2017)
  • Badlands, SD (2020)
  • Cuyahoga Valley, OH (2014, 2020)
  • Denali, AK (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)
  • Lake Clark, AK (2020)
  • 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 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)
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