It's winter, the days for much of the country are more conducive to sitting inside than heading outdoors. So you're spending some time planning your summer vacation in the National Park System. How do you decide where to go?
Reader Participation Day
Is there an overrated unit of the National Park System, one that doesn't quite meet your criteria for being among the properties carrying the tag of national park?
Which unit of the National Park System would you most like to see...but fear you won't for one reason or another (most likely distance and/or cost)?
Visit Mesa Verde National Park in December and you can experience cliff dwellings by the soft glow of luminarias. Head to Yosemite National Park later in the month and you can feast at The Ahwahnee. But what other winter events are there that interest you?
Among the many casualties of the recent government shutdown were cancelled plans for visits to National Park Service areas. Now that parks have reopened, do you have plans for a trip that you'd put on hold due to the shutdown? If so, what are your park destinations"
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?
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?