Planning a visit to the US National Parks? They’re called “America’s Best Idea” for a reason, but being prepared can make your visit even more magical. Make the most of your trip with these tips!
National Parks have busy seasons and can get crowded - avoid frustration by planning ahead! Research your park of choice well in advance. Make sure you know when things will be closed and if there are any permitting requirements for high-traffic areas. Additionally, some of the most popular parks now require purchasing tickets in advance and sell out fast. Knowing before you go is big!
The glory of our National Parks is that you can escape city life and experience adventure - but that often leaves you far away from amenities. When visiting National Parks, it helps to pack backup gear like rain coats, extra socks, first aid kits, and battery chargers. Even on day hikes, always be prepared for overnights in case of an emergency!
The best advice comes from the people who live and play in the parks themselves. Visit a local gear shop for last minute supplies, guide books, or souvenirs - and ask around for tips on favorite spots to visit or other insider info.
They’re there for a reason - park visitor centers have all the maps, guides, and information you’ll need to enjoy your visit. You can get your questions answered by park rangers and get up-to-date information about park events. For the kids, check out the Junior Ranger Program!
If you’re looking to discover hidden gems and to experience unique activities, hiring a local guide during your trip can help you make the most out of your vacation. Try horseback riding, rafting, fossil hunting, hiking, and more to fully enjoy your park!
You know the phrase, “Leave Only Footprints, Take Only Memories” - that applies here, too! Keeping your distance from wildlife, staying on the trail, and following Leave No Trace principles will leave our parks available for everyone to enjoy. Pack it in, pack it out!
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