The Gourmet Camper
Great Basin National Park

Pros: amazing hiking among one of the oldest trees on the planet (Bristlecone pine), Lehman Caves (cave bacon & popcorn, soda straws…) surprising colors in the autumn Cons: long drive to...

Pros: beautiful sand dunes with magnificent mountains in the background, sand-boarding Cons: enough activities just for a day (night) or two, need to visit in the winter again to e.g. hike...

Pros: beautiful hikes through forests, amazing snowy peaks, wildlife, close to Yellowstone Cons: requires time and experience to truly explore (e.g. climb Grand Teton)

Pros: that pleasant feeling of a place that you know from pictures, but is a hundred times better in real life; best sunrise ever; Bright Angel Trail – on of the...

Pros: easy to visit Cons: not really a national park, so don’t visit if you don’t have to Great article about the “park” – Gateway Arch National Park: The Second Newest...

Pros: stunning sunset (e.g. Artist’s Palette), many places of interest Cons: gets hot and nowhere to hide

Pros: opportunities to spot amazing wildlife, each island is different, lots of hiking options Cons: need islands’ flora to regenerate to pre-industrial age as virtually no trees anymore

Pros: Feels like ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth‘, bats and guano extraction Cons: enough activities only for a day

Pros: Mesa Arch, 4×4 100-mile White Rim Road Trail, Dead Horse Point State Park nearby not to be missed Cons: No trees=no cover from the scorching sun

Pros: spectacular canyons, cliffs, towers, domes, and arches; Capitol Gorge; fewer people visit compared to other parks Cons: not that many hiking opportunities