questionsever been to a national park? yosemite? zion…

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I've been to Yosemity, though I was only 7 at the time so I hated it :P

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I used to take my motorcycle through The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It was a very nice ride.

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Been to a bunch, but THE BEST is Glacier National Park in Montana.

http://www.nps.gov/glac/index.htm

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We go to Yosemite regularly and it's amazing. I recommend spring or early summer when the waterfalls are roaring and Mirror Lake actually exists (seasonal lake).

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It depends on when and how far you want to travel. For leisurely motoring, motorcycling, and hiking, the Great Smoky Mountains are terrific, especially in late spring and early fall. The Blue Ridge/Skyline Drive is good, also.

In another direction entirely, John Pennecamp, at the northern end of the Florida Keys, is great for diving; the coral reefs are still more or less intact. (No idea how long that will last, however, with our current Governor Gollum in charge.)

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Glacier, by my friend's pics, is definitely the best-- i haven't been yet. However, i've been all over southern utah, yosemite, yellowstone. You need to go to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It's the town next to Grand Tetons, and Yellowstone.

Sorry I'm rambling. If you're in souther utah, go to Zion, Arches (Moab), and Bryce Canyon at dawn. if in Cali, go to the smaller NPs next to Yosemite like Sierra National Forest ( there's a cave to see), Kings Canyon. Drive through the north part of the park in Yosemite. Daytime or nighttime, you'll love it.

Also, don't forget there are NPs in Hawaii, outer territories, Alaska, etc. In fact, other countries have their own parks system.

Anyway, I'll be happy to help if you like.

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Yellowstone is fun, but you need to go at an off-peak time, otherwise it's just jam-packed with tour buses and RVs. If you go right now it might still be good. I've been there in early July (packed) and early June (a handful of buses).

While you're in the area of Yellowstone, you can also go to Grand Teton. The Jenny Lake area is pretty crowded, but if you go out into the backcountry it empties out pretty fast. I hiked most of the Teton Crest trail, from the tram at Teton Village to Cascade canyon. It'll still be snowy in early July (we were required to bring ice axes), but it's absolutely beautiful.

In Washington, Olympic NP is great and there's tons of things to see. Mt. Rainier is also in the area and has some pretty awesome scenery (especially if you like waterfalls).

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Other national parks/lakeshores/recreation areas/etc I've been to: Pictured Rocks, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Badlands, Grand Canyon, Smokey Mountains, Mammoth Cave, Petrified Forest, Wind Cave, Jewel Cave, Cumberland Gap, Bighorn Canyon. I might be forgetting some.

Of all the NPs that I've not been to, the one that I most want to go to is Isle Royale in Michigan. If you want isolated, that's the place to go (at least outside of Alaska). The only way to get there is by ferry or floatplane. It's the least-visited NP in the contiguous 48. I'd also like to spend some time in the remote parks in northern Alaska, but it'll be a while before I can raise the funds for a trip like that.

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I've been to Zion, loved it!

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@ohcheri: Do you all wear lingerie while hiking/exploring?

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Thanks for all of the input! It's nice to hear opinions of people who've traveled alot more than I. I think I'll go to Yosemite, though, since we've got family close by up there.