Many feel the national parks are being used by both parties as "political pawns" during the government shutdown. If that's the case, is the temporary reopening of several major parks likely to shorten or lengthen the shutdown?
Reader Participation Day
Last week we wondered how many folks were using their smartphones as cameras in the national parks. Let's stay with the smartphone theme this week: Do you have a national park app on your phone, and do you use it?
The equipment we use to capture photos of our park visits has changed dramatically over the years, and although they aren't likely to replace a "real camera" for serious photographers, the ability of cell phones to capture quality images has made them increasingly popular with many people. Has your phone replaced your camera for your photos, in parks and elsewhere?
Reader Participation Day: What Was Your Best, And Worst, Experience In The National Parks This Summer?
With the bulk of the summer national park vacations having been taken, we want to know what was the best experience you had in the parks, as well as the worst.
Reader Participation Day: What Impacts On The National Parks Have You Noticed From The Budget Sequestration?
In your travels through the National Park System this summer, have you noticed any impacts from the budget sequestration? If so, how did they impact your visit?
There are many incredible drives in the National Park System, but two of the best, at least in the western half of the country, are Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park and Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. Which is your favorite, and why?
There are restaurants in and near national parks that serve up some mighty fine food, but not all of them offer an outstanding view to go with your meal. What are your choices for the restaurant with the best view in or near a national park?
If costs and scheduling didn't get in the way, what would be the national park trip that would top your bucket list? Want to float the Colorado through Grand Canyon National Park, or climb Mount McKinley in Denali?
How would you market and promote the national parks to build not just overall visitation, but visitation that reflects the country's diversity and various age groups?