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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: August 13, 2020, 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, 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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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #171 on: September 21, 2020, 08:42:47 PM »
Sigh... I just want a summary of the Washington National Parks
Did you end up going?

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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #172 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

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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #173 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

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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #174 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.

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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #175 on: Yesterday at 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.)

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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #176 on: Yesterday at 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.

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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #177 on: Yesterday at 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.
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