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Escaping Crowds at U.S. National Parks

Escaping Crowds at U.S. National Parks

Last week I covered two new books that are sure to spur interest in visiting U.S. national parks.

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But there’s a problem with that increased interest which comes as the National Park Service celebrates its centennial: The most popular parks are already very crowded, especially in whatever is there high season.

If you are thinking about a national park vacation, how can you avoid the crowds?

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U.S. National Park Service Hits Century Mark

U.S. National Park Service Hits Century Mark

NPS-symbol_thumb.jpgAs summer 2015 draws to an official close, kids are back in school, adults are back at work.

Before long, rain and snow will begin to fall across the U.S.

Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the Christmas and New Year’s holidays are coming up soon.

But what most Americans probably aren’t thinking about is an important historical event that will take place next year: On August 25, 2016, the U.S. National Park Service will celebrate its 100th anniversary.

Some of the parks themselves pre-date the creation of the National Park Service.

Yellowstone was established in 1872. Abraham Lincoln signed legislation in 1864 that led to Yosemite becoming a state park. And in 1890, it joined Yellowstone as a national park.

But while dreams of backpacking, camping, hiking, or just loafing in the woods next summer are probably buried in the back of your mind, the fall season is the perfect time to be planning your 2016 visit to what documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns, called “America’s Best Idea.”

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