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Pros and Cons of Visiting Yellowstone in September

I’ve been a long-time advocate for shoulder season travel. More often than not, you get smaller crowds and lower prices with only minor trade-offs. Visiting Yellowstone in September is no exception and in fact, fall might be the best time of year to go. Not only will you get traditional shoulder-season benefits, but there are …

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Everyone Loves Yellowstone, Except (Apparently) Me

“I feel like we’re in a scene from The Land Before Time,” I commented. We were walking through clouds, the fog obscuring our view past twenty feet or so. In front of us, I could make out one of Yellowstone’s mud craters, a hideous gray pool frothing away. My right ear was tuned into the …

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No One Hikes in Acadia National Park and That’s Why You Should Go

I assumed Acadia National Park hiking would be a nightmare.  We were visiting on a warm summer weekend and many of the trails are short and flat with gorgeous views.  That’s a recipe for crowds and congestion. Sure enough, we parked our rental car at Jordan Pond’s overflow parking lot at 11am on a Saturday …

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The Complete List of US National Parks with Printable PDF

Nowhere else has national parks that can measure up like the United States. No, they’re not run perfectly, but there is a tremendous amount of protected land and incredible outdoor settings just waiting to be visited. In fact, you just might be surprised by the variety that’s on the complete list of US national parks. …

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This North Dakota National Park is Way Better than Expected

I caught myself judging North Dakota before I went. Even though Theodore Roosevelt National Park is the North Dakota national park that inspired our country’s conservation efforts, I didn’t expect much. Ask anyone: North Dakota is just a boring plains state. It’s home to Little Missouri National Grassland — that’s one MILLION acres of fields, …

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3 Days in Rocky Mountain National Park (for Hikers!)

Rocky Mountain National Park captures your heart immediately: snowy summits provide a gorgeous backdrop, alpine forests and fresh air are waiting to be explored, and there’s wildlife everywhere if you’re willing to look. While many people visit on a day trip from Denver, you’ll want 3 days in Rocky Mountain National Park if you want …

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