July 19th, 2012 by CrispRoot
I saw a stat the other day that stated the number of overnight stays in National Parks is declining. This brings out mixed emotions. On one hand, that’s kind of sad. On the other, if crowds are down, what a great time to pack up and visit one…
Argue politics, health care, immigration reform, or whatnot; be on the left of the political spectrum, the right, or smack dab in the middle. None of it matters when it comes to our National Parks – I think everyone can agree, they’re pretty darned special, and pretty darned, well… pretty.
Ever been to Yosemite? No? Well, why not? It has got to be one of the single most beautiful places on Earth, as majestic a spot as can be found anywhere. It doesn’t matter when you go, because the four seasons play out in the park in wonderful contrast to each other; each has something to offer that the others don’t.
Of course, the pristine forests and sheer granite cliffs, domes, and spires are there year-round. The waterfalls, though, are best viewed from April thru June; in mid-summer they get a bit sparse, and by late fall they’re reduced to a mere trickle. However, in a wet and snowy winter, they have been known to return with an ethereal beauty not seen at other times of year.
So – any guesses to which National Park is my personal favorite?
But, as I’m sure you know, there are more – many, many more – National Parks other than Yosemite. For one, there’s Yellowstone, the only park that outdraws Yosemite. You know, Yellowstone… Old Faithful? Bears? Bison?
How about that rather large and colorful hole in the ground known as the Grand Canyon?
I could go on, but I won’t. You can look this stuff up on line, and get all sorts of information on National Parks located here, there, and everywhere. I’ve mentioned just three, but there are parks all over the country, and guess what – visiting one of them makes for a very affordable and pretty awesome vacation.
C’mon, what are you waiting for? It’ll be good for you!
Been there, done that, and love going to National Parks? C’mon, then… share your suggestions for a great vacation by posting a comment about your favorite National Park, and let your fellow CrispRooters in on the fun!