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Old 03-13-2016, 11:23 PM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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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.
You should consider north cascades, it is probably the most underrated park, it only has 20,000 - 25,000 visitors per year. Most people go to lake Ross which is actually not in the park, there is also no entrance fee and I think the camp sights are also free.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nort..._National_Park
North Cascades National Park (U.S. National Park Service)
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Old 03-14-2016, 06:38 AM
 
Location: Idaho
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Someone mentioned, "like another planet..."
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Old 03-14-2016, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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My favorite is the Olympic NP, it is the most diverse, and has the most to see.

you got the glaciers


the alpine meadows


Waterfalls


Lakes


rivers


Rainforests


ancient trees


and the ocean


and a lot more.
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Old 08-07-2016, 09:57 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Old 08-08-2016, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
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Can we include monuments and seashores? My favorites are Effigy Mounds (Iowa) and Point Reyes National Seashore probably. Honestly though.. each park I've been to has left a positive impact on me and I love each of them because of that.
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Old 08-08-2016, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Madison, WI
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Glacier. Easily my favorite place in the U.S. that I've had a chance to visit.

hoping to visit again next summer via Amtrak.
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