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Old 03-08-2016, 04:55 PM
 
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Old 03-09-2016, 12:06 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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Mount Rainier, North Cascades, Grand Canyon, Rocky Mountain, Redwood.
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Old 03-13-2016, 09:26 AM
 
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The Badlands are pretty breathtaking…you don't expect to see this type of topography in South Dakota. From the Badlands, you can drive an additional 84 miles, and visit Mt. Rushmore National Park. Both are awe-inspiring, and worth the visit.

https://www.google.com/search?q=badl...w=1324&bih=873

https://www.google.com/search?q=mt.+...w=1324&bih=895
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Old 03-13-2016, 09:54 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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I consider Bryce Canyon my favorite "National Park". It was part of a 30 day adventure from the West Coast to The East Coast in 1984... I might wake up tomorrow and change my mind.

I have no "Least Favorite".

How many "National Parks" are there? I don't know, there are over 400, here is a good list: Find A Park with Our National Parks Map | National Park Foundation It also shows the National Trails, Monuments, Historical Parks, etc.
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Old 03-13-2016, 10:05 AM
 
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I am not a big fan of the National Parks, but I have a real fascination with Yellowstone, largely because of the geology/geothermal activity and wildlife aspects.

Also, I have neve been, but I would like to check out Acadia sometime. I love the heavily indented, rocky coastlines of the Northeast.
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Old 03-13-2016, 10:08 AM
 
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I can't believe how popular Zion and Bryce are (per your experience). The purpose of going to a national park is to get some peace and quiet while enjoying the beauty. Maybe I'll have to go during a shoulder season or even winter. Capitol Reef is on my radar.
The National Parks make up a tiny fraction of America's protected 'wild' lands. If you are looking for peace and quiet while enjoying nature, you are not limited to the National Parks.In fact, you may more easily find what you are looking for outside the NP system.
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Old 03-13-2016, 01:13 PM
 
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I am not a big fan of the National Parks, but I have a real fascination with Yellowstone, largely because of the geology/geothermal activity and wildlife aspects.

Also, I have neve been, but I would like to check out Acadia sometime. I love the heavily indented, rocky coastlines of the Northeast.
If you like rocky coasts, Acadia is your ticket:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1u38YSOj00


And regarding Yellowstone - it is amazing. We spent a full week there and didn't run of of things to do.

Why I'm posting however, is to hear why you are not a fan of the NPs? Too many people?
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Old 03-13-2016, 02:37 PM
 
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If you like rocky coasts, Acadia is your ticket:

Why I'm posting however, is to hear why you are not a fan of the NPs? Too many people?
Pretty much. While they are remarkable places, they are too popular and in parts overdeveloped and overused for my tastes.

I generally prefer National Forest areas, especially those off the beaten path. Then, I am looking for backcountry, not picnic tables.

That doesn't mean I think NPs are not worth visiting, though. They are just not the experience I am looking for more often than not.
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Old 03-13-2016, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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Great thread!

Loved Grand Teton, Yosemite, Zion, Smoky Mountains, Grand Canyon

Liked Badlands, Yellowstone, Saguaro

Want to see Acadia, Glacier, Redwood, some others.
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Old 03-13-2016, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Center City
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Pretty much. While they are remarkable places, they are too popular and in parts overdeveloped and overused for my tastes.

I generally prefer National Forest areas, especially those off the beaten path. Then, I am looking for backcountry, not picnic tables.

That doesn't mean I think NPs are not worth visiting, though. They are just not the experience I am looking for more often than not.
Thanks - makes sense. When I was younger, I used to backpack and sleep under to stars on occasion, so I understand the attraction to remote beauty. Now that I'm older, picnic tables and warm beds suit me better. We tend to travel in shouldler season, however, when the parks are less crowded.
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