So, have the stories of tremendous crowds at some national parks this summer convinced you to put off your national park adventure until next year? Or have you shied away from the iconic parks like Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Grand Canyon, and instead focused on small, less traveled units?
Reader Participation Day
We're halfway through summer vacation season, with Labor Day on the horizon, which brings up the question: How crowded, or uncrowded, are the national parks?
While there are more national seashores (10) than national lakeshores (4), there still aren't a lot of them when you consider there are 410 units in the National Park System. That said, which is your favorite national seashore, and why?
What untold national park stories would you like to see told in 2016? Not stories about the management side of the National Park System -- though they're important -- but rather stories about explorations, science, personalities behind the badges of park staff.
We're less than one year out from the National Park Service's centennial, and visitation has been booming in many units of the National Park System this year. So tell us, travelers, how was your national park stay?
Hundreds of millions of people visited the National Park System last year, and at times it no doubt seemed you were surrounded by most of them. But you probably found a way to avoid the crowds on occasion. Which brings to mind a question: What tips do you put to good use when you visit the parks?
A Champagne-doused celebration of an ultra-marathoner's record run up the Appalachian National Scenic Trail that finished atop Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park in Maine didn't set well with Jensen Bissell, the state park's director. He has suggested moving the trail out of the park, in part because of growing crowds of hikers and their celebrations.
National parks were not created equally. Some have towering waterfalls, others sprawling lakes, a few curious geothermal features, and still others rich histories within their borders.
There have been shark attacks and bear attacks in the national parks this summer. Which is more likely to keep you in your car?
It's been said that in many national parks, visitors don't trek far from the parking lots. Which is a shame, as there's so much to see and experience in the backcountry. How far do you typically roam into the backcountry during your national park vacation?