The Gourmet Campers

Pros: ancient history and archaeological sites, beautiful colors in the autumn Cons: small park

Pros: small cave tours, fat man’s misery point, knowledgeable park rangers Cons: small park with not too many activities around

Pros: Ribs at McClard’s – Bill Clinton’s favorite place, old school spa ‘experience’ Cons: not really a national park

Pros: iconic trees, desert wildlife, rock piles and boulders Cons: watch where you step and don’t touch cactus Resources: The Ultimate Joshua Tree National Park Travel Guide (Outside Online) Official website

Pros: Guadalupe peak trail – highest peak in Teas, El Capitan during sunset, opportunity to visit White Sands National Monument on the same trip Cons: can get very windy on top...

Pros: great camping and hiking, wildlife (black bears), the natural fog that often hangs over the mountains Cons: hungry wildlife (black bears), you need to hide your food well

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...