Could high gas prices be impacting national park visitation as (shudder) the last gasp of summer sets in? That question comes up in the wake of a pretty impressive lodging deal being offered in Shenandoah National Park.
While parks such as Yellowstone, Yosemite and Grand Canyon, just to name three, seem to be doing fine, visitor-wise, the deal to save 45 percent or more at Skyland Resort or Big Meadows Lodge in Shenandoah between August 17 and September 25 spurs the question of whether traffic is falling off in Shenandoah.
The lodging deal, which features nightly lodging for $59, is good Sundays through Thursdays. To qualify, there's a two-night minimum and you have to mention the promotional code, "ALISPR." To take advantage of this rate, which, by the way, is not good August 31, call 1-800-778-2872.
With that said, any insights out there as to how gas prices and inflation overall are affecting park traffic? While I suspect the destination parks aren't hurting too much as folks make plans far in advance and don't want to cancel, how are the "drive up" parks faring? I know when I was at Great Smoky Mountains National Park last week the general consensus in Gatlinburg as that business was way off, possibly as much as a third.
Let us know what's going on out there, fellow travelers.