Tag: Yellowstone National Park

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.

Planning Your National Park Vacation

Planning Your National Park Vacation

As winter wanes and spring waxes, summer isn’t far in the future.

But if you want a visit to a national park in the Western U.S. to be in that future, and haven’t already booked your accommodations, you may find that there is no room at the inn, lodge, or cabins.

This isn’t a new phenomenon. Vacationing in national parks during summer, and sometimes in late spring and early fall, has long been feasible mostly for those who can plan ahead, perhaps as long a year in advance.

So, if your employer won’t let you request vacation time off until the beginning of January, you may discover that every bed in the national park you really want to see has long since been reserved.

And if you dilly-dally around until early to mid-March of 2017, what is room availability likely to be in summer? Here’s what I discovered.

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Yellowstone: Mother of All Parks

Yellowstone: Mother of All Parks

When I made a guest appearance last month on the award-winning NPR podcast, “Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer,” the show’s host and my travel writing colleague, Tom Wilmer, and I discussed visiting U.S. National Parks during this year’s centennial celebration of the establishment of the National Park Service.

Both the general news media and travel publications and blogs have been making much-ado about the 100th year of service by the NPS, and in honor of that agency, PBS stations have been re-running Ken Burns’ 2009 documentary series, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.

But what may have been overlooked in the hoopla over the park service anniversary, is what made creation of that government entity necessary: The establishment of the world’s first national park, Yellowstone, decades earlier in the post-Civil War era.

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