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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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“Droning” Over National Parks

“Droning” Over National Parks

Since I shoot video when I travel and have produced a few TV travel “shorts,” I’ve been intrigued with the idea of using a miniature helicopter, such as the Phantom 2 Vision Drone, to make my own version of  travelogues like “Over Hawaii.”

But there’s one set of places where I won’t be able to do filming from the air: U.S national parks.

And that’s either good or bad news for aspiring filmmakers and park visitors.

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Lassen: An Undiscovered National Park Gem

Lassen: An Undiscovered National Park Gem

Yellowstone gushing with geysers and populated by herds of bison.

Yosemite with waterfalls streaming over granite cliffs.

The Grand Canyon with its grand views across the Colorado Plateau.

These are the crown jewels of the National Park System in the Western United States.

I’ve been there, seen them.

But to me, lesser-known Lassen Volcanic National Park is an undiscovered national park gem.

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