Traveler's Checklist

2009 in Review: Traveler’s Checklists

We posted Traveler’s Checklists for 19 different national parks in 2009. Check ‘em out. You’re sure to find helpful advice and useful tips a-plenty.

Traveler’s Checklist: Everglades National Park

The largest federally protected wilderness east of the Rockies is a wildlife cornucopia offering an abundance of recreational choices. In this park, knowing where and when to go is as important as knowing what to do when you get there.

Traveler's Checklist: Death Valley National Park

What is it about the hard salt pan, the shifting sand dunes, and the life-threatening temperatures that make Death Valley National Park such a lure with travelers?

Traveler's Checklist - Big Bend National Park

Big Bend scene.
If you're looking for dramatic desert scenery, a chance to get away from crowds, and lots of variety in elevation, climate and things to do, you'll find all that and more in Big Bend National Park in Texas. Here are some tips to help you plan a visit.

Traveler's Checklist – Colonial National Historical Park

Commander in Chief's Guard.
Many people are more familiar with the names of the component parts of this park than they are with the whole. Colonial National Historical Park includes Yorktown Battlefield, Jamestown and the Colonial Parkway, and a great time for a visit is coming up in mid-October.

Traveler's Checklist: Acadia National Park

Summer's crowds, heat, and bugs have passed, making Acadia National Park a particularly attractive fall destination. The park's hardwood forests are beginning to show their true colors, while the hiking trails are carrying fewer feet, the Carriage Roads fewer cyclists. And those mouth-watering, jam-carrying popovers are still be served at the Jordan Pond House.

Traveler’s Checklist: New River Gorge National River

New River Gorge National River has a lot more than whitewater rafting and views of one of America’s most spectacular bridges. This West Virginia gem also offers auto touring, historic sites, primitive camping, picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, rock climbing, and more.

Traveler's Checklist: Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park

Touring a Civil War battlefield can be both a somber experience and one that opens doors into incredible history, one that gives you a better appreciation for the growing pains the United States experienced in the past. At Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, four battlefields await your visit.

Traveler's Checklist: Canyonlands National Park

For starters, you'll need a good rig with good gas mileage, for a trip to Canyonlands National Park entails a lot of traveling.

Traveler's Checklist: Grand Portage National Monument

the historic Rendezvous Days encampment
Wilderness exploration, high finance, and a frontier trading post are all part of the story at Grand Portage National Monument (Minnesota), and the park's big annual event is coming up later this week. Here are some tips to make the most of your visit, summer or fall.

Traveler's Checklist: Grand Teton National Park

The question of "what" to at Grand Teton National Park is relatively easily to answer. The more difficult question is "when" to do it. Here are some thoughts on both those questions from the Traveler.

Traveler's Checklist - Glacier National Park

Two Medicine Lake. Jim Burnett photo.
The native Blackfeet people called this area the "Shining Mountains" and the "Backbone of the World." Glacier National Park will celebrate its centennial next year, but any year is a great time to experience this park. These tips from the Traveler will help you make the most of your visit.

Traveler's Checklist: Buffalo National River

Canoeing on the Buffalo River.
The Buffalo National River in northern Arkansas features over 100 miles of free-flowing river, massive sandstone and limestone bluffs, and excellent opportunities for a variety of outdoor activities in a scenic setting. Here are some suggestions to help you plan a visit.

Traveler's Checklist: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Shared by Tennessee and North Carolina, Great Smoky Mountains National Park stretches for more than 521,000 acres in the rumples of the Southern Appalachians. The park is easily one of the National Park Service's largest properties east of the Mississippi, so it is no wonder that many first-time visitors are overwhelmed. Here are 10 suggestions to help make your trip planning easier.

Traveler's Checklist: Cape Cod National Seashore

The "busy season" for Cape Cod National Seashore doesn't really begin until the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Which means you have plenty of time to consider the Traveler's suggestions for what you definitely must see or do when you visit the seashore.

Traveler's Checklist: Yellowstone National Park

Flat Mountain Arm sunset, copyright Kurt Repanshek
What can you do during a visit to Yellowstone National Park? Answering that can run the gamut from watching Old Faithful to learning about Thomas Moran, but to give you a head-start, here are 10 items that should be on your "to-do" list when you visit the park.

Traveler Checklist: Arches National Park In May

It's purely personal opinion, but I believe May to be one of the best months of the year to visit Arches National Park. It's not too hot, the spring rebirth is evident in the vegetation, and the crowds haven't yet arrived.
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