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The Shenandoah National Park park felt like home for 5 years when we used to live in the USA. Lots of great memories as we visited and camped there many times.

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Pros: fantastic hiking (e.g. Long Peak-Keyhole Route, which is more like a climb; Bear Lake), wildlife, the park is amazing any time of the year Cons: need to adjust to high altitude, be careful with the changing weather conditions The Rocky Pledge (source) “To preserve unimpaired for this and future generations the beauty, history, and wildness therein, I pledge to protect Rocky Mountain National Park.” To prevent fire scars and human-caused fires, I… Read More

Zion National Park is one of a handful of parks that I must see again, one day.

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 More resources: Official website Official map (pdf)

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 the park Overall, it’s a definitely one of the most amazing parks in the US. A place that we want to come back and explore more. Important links: Map of the park Top attractions by Tripadvisor Check out this great guide… Read More

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