Visiting The Parks 101

Tips & Practicalities

Park Passes

Nationwide Passes If you're going to visit several American national parks in one vacation or over the course of a year, you can save money

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What to Pack

Top 10 Essentials Packing lists for any trip vary according to the individual and his or her needs, of course, but here are 10 essential things

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Staying Healthy, Playing It Safe

Altitude Sickness Altitude sickness can result when you’ve moved to high elevations without having time to adjust. When you're at a mile (5

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National Park Tours

Whether you want an experienced guide for an active-sport trip or an educational but leisurely program that takes the planning out of your hands

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Photography Tips

Today's digital cameras make it difficult to take a truly lousy picture, but there are still some things even the best models can't do on their

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Outdoor Activities in the National Parks

Hiking Hiking in the national parks can mean many things, from a leisurely hour-long stroll along the rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison

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Great Lodges of the National Parks

If you build it, they will come" could apply to the railroad barons who laid track in the early 1900s to lure wealthy Easterners westward. But

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Family Vacation

Top 5 Tips

1. Plan ahead. At many parks, rooms and campsites fill up fast, so make your reservations as early as you can. Many parks will have every room

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Budgeting Your Trip

Like most vacations, a trip to a national park can be as frugal, or as fancy, as you like. Here are a few things to consider: Getting in.

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Kids Programs

More than half of the 408 U.S. National Park Service areas (national parks as well as historic sites, national monuments, preserves, and other

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Pets in the Parks

Generally, pets are allowed only in developed areas of the national parks, including drive-in campgrounds and picnic areas. They must be kept

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Learn Before You Go

Tips for Stargazing in the National Parks

If your typical view of the night sky consists of a handful of stars dimly twinkling through a hazy, light-polluted sky, get ready for a treat

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Founding Fathers of the Parks

Without Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, many of America's natural treasures would have ceased to exist. A generation apart

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