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gandb7 Feb 22nd, 2006 02:58 AM

Yellowstone or Grand Canyon
 
Planning a trip in June. Which is a better trip for 4 young seniors,from east coast, Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon? May I ask Why? thanks gandb7

charli Feb 22nd, 2006 03:55 AM

Ok, I am jumping in first. No way can you compare these two fabulous, beautiful destinations. Do them both in separate trips to give them the justice they deserve. They are nothing alike and don't by any means offer the same experiences. Obviously, one is mountains and one is desert. Enjoy.

PaulRabe Feb 22nd, 2006 07:30 AM

The best way to decide is to flip a coin. Both sites are wonderful places to visit and you will be happy with either one.

As noted by Charli: if you want desert, go to the Canyon; if you want forests and mountains and water, go to Yellowstone.

The only reason one might prefer Yellowstone is because it is cooler and has animals in the wild. The only reason one might prefer the Grand Canyon is because it is warmer. In June it could go either way: the Canyon MIGHT be too hot and Yellowstone MIGHT be too cold. But either could be perfect.

BayouGal Feb 22nd, 2006 07:45 AM

You can go to the Grand Canyon and have both mountains and desert if you go to the North Rim and throw in a few of the beautiful NPs in Utah.

You won't be disappointed regardless of which you choose. Have fun!

wtm003 Feb 22nd, 2006 07:58 AM

I have been to both parks, but my personal preference is Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park. Why? The breathtaking views, geysers, hot springs, wildlife. It is truly a special place.

Little_Man Feb 22nd, 2006 07:58 AM

personally, I think Yellowstone is much more interesting, more to see and do.

Michael Feb 22nd, 2006 08:18 AM

It depends on the amount of time you have. Yellowstone requires more time than the Grand Canyon because what there is to see is more spread out. Spending a day or two at the south rim of the Grand Canyon, including a partial hike down one of the trails, will give you a good sense of the place.

RedRock Feb 22nd, 2006 11:16 AM

Two different places as has been said. If time is not any problem spend it in the the Yellowstone area. Much more to see and do in that area. You made no mention of what activities you were looking for or what mode of transportation you would be using so it would be difficult to offer any suggestions.

http://www.nps.gov/yell/home.htm

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

utahtea Feb 22nd, 2006 12:00 PM

I agree with Michael that the amount of time you have for this trip will make a big difference on which park you will want to visit.

I think Yellowstone is my all time favorite National Park and I've been to a great many in the west. There is so much to see and do that I like to plan at least 5 to 7 days for this one park. Then add a couple more days for the Grand Tetons next door.

The Grand Canyon can be seen in 2 days or 3 if you plan on hiking down into the canyon at all. Nearby the Grand Canyon are many other beautiful national parks, national monuments, and national recreational areas like Bryce Canyon, Zion, Glen Canyon and Canyon de Chelly to name a few. If you have 2 weeks you can even include Arches, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef National Parks.

Utahtea


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