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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #45 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.
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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #46 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

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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #48 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.
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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #49 on: May 13, 2020, 03:27:45 PM »
I believe Cayahuga, Gateway Arch, and Indiana Dunes were designated NPs 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.

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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #50 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

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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #51 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).
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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #52 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.
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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #53 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
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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #54 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

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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #55 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.

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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #56 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?

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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #57 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.

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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #58 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.

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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #59 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.