Tag: U.S. National Parks

Yellowstone In 2020

Yellowstone In 2020

Yellowstone is certainly one of the most heavily visited national parks in the the Western U.S. with over 4 million tourists coming each year from 2015 through 2019.

But thanks the coronavirus, visitation may drop off considerably this year especially since park lodging and dining may be quite limited.

Even in a normal year, waiting until late April or May to book lodging could result in you discovering that there is “no room at the inn.”

With luck, a year from now a vaccine against the virus will be widely available so putting off a trip to Yellowstone until 2021 might be prudent.

In the meantime, this short film shows the importance of Yellowstone not only to Americans but to citizens of the world.

Yellowstone: Saving The World, Park By Park from Dick Jordan on Vimeo.

“See America” Illustrates America’s National Parks

“See America” Illustrates America’s National Parks

In August, the U.S. National Park Service celebrated its 100th year protecting the parks and helping park visitors enjoy the country’s scenic and cultural wonders.

Since summer vacations have come and gone for the year, thoughts of trips to those parks made this year may already be fading from memories of those who enjoyed what the writer, Wallace Stegner, and documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns, have called “America’s best idea.”

But this post-Labor Day, pre-Thanksgiving period is an excellent time to be conjuring up a 2017 national park visit.

And a good way to visualize that next trip is by reading See America: A Celebration of Our National Parks & Treasured Sites.

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Priced Out of Nature: The High Cost of a National Park Vacation

Priced Out of Nature: The High Cost of a National Park Vacation

(Originally published September 21, 2016; last updated April 12, 2018)

“$30 park fee?” That’s what my wife said after reading an article in our local newspaper about what it costs to “get in the door” at Grand Canyon National Park.

(Grand Canyon National Park Flickr Photo)

That sounded high to me, so I checked the park’s Website.

Yep, it’s $30 for a 7-day pass for a single non-commercial vehicle and its passengers.

Only staying part of one day? Just doing a “drive-thru”? It’s still $30.

Come on a motorcycle and you’ll save $5. Come on foot and keep $15 in your wallet.

Still, it seems like a grandiose fee to see that grand view.

But what about the other national parks? What are the entry fees there?

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