I want to see as much of America's best nature before it gets completely shitted as I can. What's the best national park in the states? Only one I've been to is Grand Canyon.
Have two weeks in late July / early August to go so would like to avoid popular picks Glacier, Yellowstone etc bc of crowds. Looking for dark horses here. Money and accessibility does not matter.
Would I be able to knock out more than three or four if I went to Alaska?
I think Washington State has what you are looking for.
Olympic National Park
Another option would be Redwood, Crater Lake, Lassen Volcanic.
Its going to be hot as f in the desert so stay north
Looks cool as hell, how do they stack up against the others?
Utah has 5 national parks and they're all great.
>Its going to be hot as f in the desert
It's not too bad at places with a high elevation unless there's a heat wave. Joshua Tree will be too hot but Arches or even the top of GC will be fine. Anything in the pnw will be very comfy.
You're really not getting out of crowded national parks if you insist on going during the busiest time of the year.
National park visitation increased greatly during the pandemic when indoor entertainment closed and hasn't returned to normal.
Kings Canyon will get less visitation than Yosemite though and Canyonlands less than Arches so go to the ones that are near another park but not the favorite. But don't completely skip Arches.
Never been to Alaska but you'd be taking a lot of flights and ferries with possibility of weather delays so it would be logistically very difficult in just two weeks, kobuk and gates of the arctic probably out of the question.
they're still pretty fucking hot, and the Utah parks are less equipped to deal with big crowds than other popular parks, most have just one major entrance, so they really can be unpleasant to visit in Summer, not that I've been in Summer, but from what I've heard. best to wait for a winter or late fall early spring trip to visit Utah,
In the end I'd probably go Pacific Northwest also. I think a Yellowstone/Glacier trip would be fine too though, it's hard to be disappointed with those two, they're popular for a reason and if you really want to there are some excellent trails where you can escape the crowds.
Based on OPs criteria I think this is a very insightful post.
These areas are amazingly beautiful and not too crowded.
Remember to do some physical conditioning before your visit, the less popular areas are usually less popular cause they are more difficult to access.
Which one will provide the most clout?
gates of the argtig
Dry Tortugas if you want to impress actual parkgoers.
Why Dry Tortugas? I've gotten into the habit of going to FL a couple of times a year now but haven't been to the Keys so that might happen on the next round and have thought about including a visit to the park.
It is perhaps the most unique biome in the world and is hard to access so there's less crowds. It's also a sleeper pick (most chuds and stacies would rather get their insta shot at glacier or yellowstone) so you can flex on others just by knowing it exists.
Whats wrong with YELLOWSTONE?
There is a reason it was the FIRST Nat Park in the world . !50 years old. The cool thing is it is so large you will see all kinds of different landscapes. Wild life everywhere. Just avoid Old Faithful. I too avoid crowds & know all the camp grounds outside the park. Trust me...
I've worked in the park for the last seven years.
Flying back in two weeks to get ready for the season. I've been down here on Marathon Key for the last 3 months. It gets prettyt borring down here after dark. Kew West has a night life but too touristy for me.
I'm sure yellowstone is nice but this pic makes it look boring as hell. Literally could have been taken in northwest NJ
Yellowstone is great, favorite national park I've been to, it's just unique and diverse. I also prefer to avoid crowds but it can't be helped at Yellowstone at the main attractions. The crowds at Yellowstone don't really bother me like the crowds on popular trails somewhere like Glacier or Grand Teton. I guess because if I'm hiking a trail I expect that sense of being out in the wilderness, leaving the developed world behind and going out into the mountains. But the popular trails in those parks are basically a conga line of people, it's very off putting and also annoying having to or being unable to pass people. Meanwhile in Yellowstone the main attractions are never far from the road, usually on a boardwalk or paved path so it doesn't really feel like I'm going out into the wild and other people being around doesn't bother me. Of course there are also great backcountry areas in Yellowstone with barely a soul around.
Yellowstone isn't that great for grand vistas, the mountains in the park aren't very impressive or scenic for the most part. Fortunately the surrounding mountain ranges make up for it, the Tetons and Wind River ranges are gorgeous, haven't explored the Beartooth or Absaroka ranges but those are the place to be if you really want to avoid crowds.
what's so unique about it, seems like it's a pretty mediocre reef. The coolest thing about the park is a man made fortress
>The coolest thing about the park is a man made fortress
That's the cool thing about it. Also since its only accessible by boat, the number of blubbering lardass Amerifat visitors is kept to a minimum.
yep. that was not the pic i thought it was.
I got THOUSANDS of just random park pics. Worked there for last 7 years. Sometimes i will help make deliveries & do both upper & lower loop in same day. see it all.
There are trails all over the park where you will not see a soul., Some pretty cool camping spots with nobody around also. Just need to pick up a decent trail guide book.. Some friends & I did a 5 day hike / camp out @ Mallard lake last season. Did not see any strangers for days. Ranger came & checked up on us few times ( Fire safety )Just remember it gets cold @ night.. Just avoid Old Faithful. Take the back way/ over look trail to Grand Prismatic & keep going a few more miles to Fairy Falls. it's like a 2-3 hundred foot water fall. might see a few people along the way. I dont have pic of it with me but here is Hell Roaring water Fall ( i think ) another easy get away from people trail located up around Mammoth.. Sory I've had way too much coffee need to quit posting...
And WEED is legal in Montana. Just not in the Park ( Federal Land ) But the rangers look the other way if you are cool about it.!
If you want a real dark horse park, I recommend New River Gorge in WV. Went last year and was surprised how much I liked it. You could also hit up the Great Smoky Mountains afterwards.
Yeah West Virginia is a dark horse candidate alright..... for the worst state in America.
VRBO filters are fucking awful
>1/10 locations fit the filter
you could visit Isle Royal off of the tip of MN in lake superior for a week long trek through uninhabited island with a chance to see moose and wolf population (but no bears).
Dark horse national park as in it is the least visited national park we have. Be prepared for MOSQUITOS