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Beautiful things to see and trees to hug

I’m in DC, and going to San Francisco for a half marathon in early December. What National Parks and beautiful, nature-y things can I see out West that time of year, and how do I get to them? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Sep 8, 2016 - 9 answers

The [canyons] are calling and I must go.

What should we read/listen to as we hike and bike our way through Utah? [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on Aug 17, 2016 - 6 answers

Help me plan a 4-week road trip in Western USA

We are planning to do a 4-week road trip in Western USA, with some stops in the national parks for hiking/camping. More details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by lost_lettuce on Aug 16, 2016 - 15 answers

Camping/hiking on the cheap in Utah, NM, CO, AZ, etc.?

I have about 8-10 days I want to kill in the Southwest between events in Pueblo and Santa Fe. I would love to spend it camping, hiking, driving through scenic areas, working on photography, etc. I've read some other questions here and poked around my needs are kind of specific and I'd like advice on where to go. [more inside]
posted by pdq on Jun 4, 2016 - 14 answers

Is there legislation brewing to ban smoking in U.S. National Parks?

Both times I've visited Yosemite, my experience has been clouded by smokers parked at prime viewing spots and discarding cigarette butts on public trails. Can you find proposed legislation, legislators and/or lobbying groups who are actively working on banning cigarette smoking in national parks and/or restricting it to enclosed areas? [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on May 11, 2016 - 4 answers

Itinerary help for 6 week western USA partly-solo roadtrip extravaganza

Past answers have already given me tons of great ideas for the Best Roadtrip Ever™; now help me polish my itinerary to perfection. Bonus points for advice on enjoying the solo stretches of the trip. [more inside]
posted by exutima on Dec 1, 2015 - 12 answers

Natural beauty that transports you...

We went to Iceland this year loved the natural beauty of the island. I am looking to travel somewhere in the US that will inspire us, too. [more inside]
posted by beccaj on Oct 10, 2015 - 29 answers

Travel in the season of grandstanding

My parents, siblings and our families are set to converge on the Grand Canyon from Oct. 8-12 for an annual reunion. The plans and reservations were made late last year, and some are flying or traveling by amtrak, though myself and my family will drive from a few hours away. How worried should we be about a potential government shutdown? If it does happen Oct. 1st, is there any lag time before National Parks and similar agencies would cease operations, or would that be immediate? Should we cancel preemptively? I'm hopeful we don't have to do that, but if so, we all plan to donate the cash we'd have spent there to Planned Parenthood.
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! on Sep 23, 2015 - 6 answers

Moab Suggestions Advice Itinerary

Going to Moab for 2.5 days/3 nights on the 29th... Canyonlands & Arches, yes, but... [more inside]
posted by fumbducker on Jun 19, 2015 - 14 answers

How do I become a park ranger?

I would like to have a career in one of the federal agencies that administers our nation's (that is, America's) public and protected lands—a park ranger or similar. What are the prospects like for those types of jobs, and how do I go about getting one given where I am now and where I plan to be in a year or so's time? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Nov 6, 2014 - 11 answers

Things to do in Yosemite

Things to do in Yosemite when you only have one day and also the park is on fire! I'll be in Sequoia, finishing a backpacking trip on Tuesday, 9/22 around 10am, and was planning to drive up towards Yosemite from there. I want to be in San Fransisco by the evening of 9/24. I've never been to Yosemite and I'd love to see it, but not sure specifically where to go and what to do. [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Sep 16, 2014 - 9 answers

Weekend getaways (particularly national parks)

What are some natural places in the US that are transcendent and mind-blowing and just made you say "wow"? [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Aug 6, 2014 - 40 answers

Please help save our road trip!

So, the National Parks are shut and husband and I are on a US road trip of a lifetime, during which we were due to visit/camp at many of those National Parks. Boo! Please help us salvage our trip and tell us about your favorite State Parks/hikes/non-NPS camping spots in OR, CA, AZ and southern UT! [more inside]
posted by atlantica on Oct 1, 2013 - 27 answers

What are the best American historic sites east of the Mississippi

My husband and I want to carefully plan a series of American History field trips for our family, to take place over the next 3-6 years. We live in Northern New England and are, ourselves, pretty conversant in US History. Can you help us plan what we should see and -- most importantly -- what order we should see it in? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Aug 16, 2013 - 36 answers

Rocky Mountain High

After a recent drive from DC down to Tennessee In Which I Realized I'm a Little Bored with the Appalachians, I would like to plan a family vacation this summer (probably July) somewhere in the Rockies. I need some help figuring out where best to stage this grand adventure. [more inside]
posted by drlith on May 29, 2013 - 10 answers

Best day hikes in Middle Tennessee/Kentucky?

Friends visiting me in Nashville want to spend a day frolicking in nature while they're here. I'm embarrassed to say that I don't know much about the parks around my own hometown. Where should I take them? [more inside]
posted by elizeh on Apr 5, 2013 - 9 answers

Car camping in the US

Help me compile a togo list. I'm open to everywhere, everything. What is your favorite lesser-known US National Park or State Park for car camping? And the best time of year to visit?
posted by 1066 on Mar 18, 2013 - 16 answers

Wildlife and Modern America...give me a primer.

Do you know of any good resources providing data on how industrialization, urban expansion and / or hunting affects wildlife populations and ecosystems in the United States? Also interested in how conservation efforts do or do not produce a stabilizing effect. [more inside]
posted by jnnla on Nov 14, 2012 - 6 answers

Looking to rent a cottage near Acadia National Park for Thanksgiving, but drawing a blank. Please help.

I am planning to make a trip with my family to Acadia national park during the Thanksgiving weekend in November. It will be a surprise gift for my family and having just graduated, my budget isn't too high, but I want to do the best I can for them. I am guessing that many of you have been to Acadia and could share some of your experience. We will be 3 adult couples (me/wife, my parents and my brother/wife) and are therefore looking for at least a 3-bedroom cottage. Since it is off-season there due to the winter, I had budgeted $500 for renting the cottage for 3 nights in Bar Harbor or surrounding areas. However, most cottages on homeaway, vrbo etc are at least $1000 for the week and most don't rent for less than a week - many don't rent at all after October. [more inside]
posted by libbrichus on Sep 13, 2012 - 16 answers

Best National Parks for mountains and snow in April?

Best US/Canadian National Parks in April to see mountains, a bit of spring slush snow, and do a little light hiking/ snowshoeing? [more inside]
posted by inflatablekiwi on Feb 5, 2012 - 13 answers

Visiting Yogi Bear in August

Is going to a national park in late August a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by elizeh on Jan 15, 2012 - 19 answers

No. Not Half Dome.

Yosemite trip with my parents: what not-ridiculously-hard hikes are best for my parents, who are in their late 50s? We're going this weekend (early October.) [more inside]
posted by soleiluna on Sep 30, 2011 - 8 answers

How can I thank some US National Parks employes?

I just got back from a brilliant fieldwork stint in a remote location - an experience that was made possible due to the assistance of some National Parks employees. What can I do to say thanks? [more inside]
posted by Alice Russel-Wallace on May 7, 2011 - 12 answers

Who solves a murder in a national park?

If a murder occurs in one of the National Parks who investigates it: The National Park Service rangers, the Bureau of Interior Office of Law Enforcement, Security & Emergency Management, the F.B.I.?
posted by tzuzie on Aug 27, 2010 - 12 answers

Roadtrip through the American West

Hey folks – I’m pondering a two week roadtrip through the American West this fall and would like your input. [more inside]
posted by Coyote at the Dog Show on Aug 12, 2010 - 14 answers

The stars at night, are big and bright... *clap clap clap clap*

Big Bend v. Guadalupe Mountains: Help me not die out in the deserts of West Texas in August! (Part Two In a Series) [more inside]
posted by greekphilosophy on Jun 16, 2010 - 19 answers

Help Me Plan My Yellowstone Trip!

I'm a few weeks from a big solo road trip to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons. I would love some answers from MeFites on a few questions related to routes, destinations, food, camping alone, bears, etc.! [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Apr 21, 2010 - 35 answers

Which Parks? Shower Etiquette? Camping Ideas?

We are overwhelmed with choices for a 9-11 day driving trip from Los Angeles. Which national parks/areas are must-see, and which are skip-its? And other Car-Camping conundrums... [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall on Feb 18, 2010 - 8 answers

How hard is it to become a National Park Ranger?

How hard is it to become a National Park Ranger if you've got a location in mind? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore on Nov 12, 2009 - 7 answers

Canadian National Parks

This is for our Canuck MeFites (or those with knowledge or experience). Please tell me about the Canadian National Park System. [more inside]
posted by netbros on Aug 10, 2009 - 22 answers

Help me get the hell out of here!

I'm at my wit's end here in Long Beach, CA. I have some money, I have a car, and I don't have to be anywhere till 9am on Tuesday. I want to get far away from here, just drive and drive and drive. But where should I go and what should I do when I get there? [more inside]
posted by malapropist on Mar 12, 2009 - 13 answers

Things to do in or near Southwest Harbor / Acadia NP?

Things to do in or near Southwest Harbor / Acadia NP , Maine this rainy weekend with a 5 year old and a 75 year old in tow? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Aug 23, 2007 - 10 answers

Artists inspired by U.S. national parks?

Who are some relatively modern (1950s+) and famous artists whose work was inspired by national parks in the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Dec 18, 2006 - 10 answers

Wintertime roadtripping in South-Western (?) US - what is sanity?

What is sanity - wintertime roadtripping in South-Western (?) US - where to go? [more inside]
posted by Grensgeval on Oct 6, 2006 - 10 answers

Places to see on a road trip?

A friend and I are taking a long drive from Philadelphia to Taos, NM. Which route should we take, and what should we see along the way, particularly in terms of national parks and campsites? What sites and campgrounds are a must? And what's some good advice for two people planning to be on the road for about a week? [more inside]
posted by deafmute on Jul 13, 2006 - 17 answers

Cold Feats

I want to hike in Hokkaido for the next two weeks. Can I do it? Will I freeze to death? [more inside]
posted by simonemarie on Apr 12, 2006 - 3 answers

Is it legal to posses/consume alcohol in National Parks (US)?

Is it legal to posses/consume alcohol in National Parks (US)? Are the rules uniform or do certain parks have their own rules regarding this? Specifically looking for information on the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park.
posted by mhaw on Jul 1, 2004 - 7 answers

Northern California State Forests

Northern California State Forests...I'm considering a drive from Seattle to there in a couple weeks with my four-legged companion. [More inside...] [more inside]
posted by vito90 on Mar 22, 2004 - 5 answers

Backpacking in North America

My husband and I are looking for a good get-away-from-everything backpacking location on the North American continent. We'd like a moderately challenging weeklong trail experience where we'd likely see more animals than people. I'm shopping around on national parks sites, looking at places like Tuktut Nogait, but do you have a recommendation for us? (Our most recent trips have been in Glacier, Isle Royale, and Kepler-NZ.)
posted by clever sheep on Jan 12, 2004 - 13 answers

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