Sunday, July 6, 2014

Travelers: National Parks

Since summer is a prime traveling time, national parks experience peak crowds this time of year. Kids are out of school, weather is great, and the scenery is at its best.

This means lodging, campgrounds, and hotels fill up quickly. Roads can become full of cars, RVs, and campers. Do a little planning and you can have a good trip through the national park of your choice.

Visit the web sites of the National Park Service for US parks or Parks Canada for those north of the US before you go. You will find up to date information on parks, road conditions, trail reports, hours, special fees, activities, lodgings, and more.

Consider a park pass if you're thinking of visiting several parks over the next year. The America the Beautiful annual pass is $80 and includes admission to national parks, monuments, and any sites managed by other government agencies. Your admission includes the pass holder and vehicle in some parks or the pass holder and up to three other adults in others. Kids under 16 are free.

Seniors age 62 and over pay only $10 for a lifetime pass.

Early morning is a great time to visit. So is just before sundown.

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