questionswhich is your favorite national park?

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Glacier, up in Montana.

Beautiful place.

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I haven't been to too many national parks, but in March I spent a week cross country ski camping in Grand Teton and that was pretty awesome. So I guess that's my current favorite.

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Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan, though I haven't been there since I was a kid. I remember trying to run down the dunes, doing an end-over-end most of the way down; and the buggy rides!

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So far I've been to 21 national parks, and if someone put a gun to my head and asked me to pick my favorite, I'd actually also go with Zion. It's just a truly incredible place. That said, Yellowstone is pretty amazing too-there's a reason it was the first national park! And finally, if you're lucky enough to manage to not be there when it's crowded (which is getting quite hard to do), Yosemite is right up there with the best of the best!

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I don't know that I've ever been to an official National Park, which is sad. Once the baby is born and old enough to go on such adventures though, I have my heart set on beach camping at Assateague. Yeah, it's incredibly girly of me, but my inner heart simply can't get past the "Ohh ponies" and it's close enough to not be an overwhelming journey just to get there.

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Like others I haven't been to a lot of National Parks, but the Grand Canyon would still be at the top of my list. If I had the $$ and health I always wanted to visit there in the winter and fall to see the changes, and to hike all the way down. It wasn't too crowded when I was at the south rim, and I was able to walk a lot of the trails at that point in my life. Breathtaking.

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Jellystone. They're so nice and polite there, even the bears wear neckties.

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I've been to many, many national parks, monuments, historic sites and similar places. Amongst my favorites:
Mesa Verde - The cliff dwellings are really cool.
Rocky Mountain - I love the mountains and RMNP has so many really great hikes.
Devil's Tower - It's technically a national monument but also very, very cool.
I haven't been to the St Louis Arch recently, but the last time I went the museum under the arch was very cool. Mostly Louis and Clark but also another section on all the different national park system sites.

I have a friend who is on a quest to visit every site in the national park system (including all the historic sites, monuments, etc). He's started reviewing them all on his blog complete with pictures and his own rating system. He's also on a quest to visit all of the US state capitols and high points, so those are detailed there as well. http://further-in--higher-up.blogspot.com/

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Yellowstone, but I've heard Glacier is awesome, I'll make it there and to Zion some day and let you know. Yellowstone is just so massive, with vastly different scenery. You can be in a rolling meadow one day with a stream running through it, to a wasteland looking place, to boiling mud pots, to awe inspiring pools- morning glory, to Yellowstone lake, to timbered land sides, Yellowstone Falls, and of course, the geyers.

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Yosemite is breathtaking! Even Ansel Adams' photographs cannot prepare one for the experience. Go off-season for the best access.

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I love Bryce Canyon. The pictures turn out great, but it's even more breath-taking in person!

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White Sands, New Mexico is really cool. So beautiful. I also really enjoyed the Grand Canyon and the cliff dwellings at Montezuma's Castle.

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@pute: I was there as a kid as well. Cool place!

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@gt0163c: Your friend has an ambitious goal! My goal is just to make it to all of the national parks. Of course I'll see my fair share of national monuments and the like, but the goal is just all of the national parks-and that'll be hard enough to do! Thanks alaska for having like a million...