Go Back  FlyerTalk Forums > Destinations > America - USA > USA
Reload this Page >

What is your favorite national park and why?

What is your favorite national park and why?

Old Jun 17, 2015, 6:55 pm
Community Director Emerita
Original Poster
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Anywhere warm
Posts: 33,640
What is your favorite national park and why?

When I was a teenager, my parents took up tent camping. They organized several trips around visits to national parks. I've seen a few as an adult, but not many. Suddenly, I find myself immersed in organizing visits to several of them.

Yellowstone - went two years ago and loved it, both the varied scenery and the range of animals. I want to return.

Yosemite - I just visited for the first time. We live in San Diego so it is only a six hour drive or so. (We flew into Fresno using BA Avios on the AS flight for just 4,500 points one way.) Stunning! Absolutely breathtaking scenery. I can't believe we never visited before.

Death Valley - we plan to visit late fall when the temperatures drop. We've driven thru some 40 years or so ago when it was 120 plus.

Zion, Bryce and Capital Reef, all in southern Utah - went 20 years or so ago and were blown away by their stunning beauty, each different from the other and yet geographically so close. We always meant to return and will finally do so next year.

Here is a list of all the US National Parks. Which do you think should be on everyone's sightseeing list?
SanDiego1K is offline  
Old Jun 18, 2015, 8:49 pm
Moderator Hilton Honors, Travel News, West, The Suggestion Box, Smoking Lounge & DiningBuzz
Join Date: Jun 2000
Programs: Honors Diamond, Hertz Presidents Circle, National Exec Elite
Posts: 35,971
Big Bend.

cblaisd is offline  
Old Jun 18, 2015, 9:02 pm
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Atherton, CA
Programs: UA 1K, AA EXP; Owner, Green Bay Packers
Posts: 21,691
I've been a Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park many times and love it.

One of the most peaceful, to me, is Acadia. I love hiking miles and miles there.

So many other great ones....
Doc Savage is offline  
Old Jun 20, 2015, 4:39 pm
In Memoriam, FlyerTalk Evangelist
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Durham, NC (RDU/GSO/CLT)
Programs: AA EXP/MM, DL GM, UA Platinum, HH DIA, Hyatt Explorist, IHG Platinum, Marriott Titanium, Hertz PC
Posts: 33,857
Wind Caves. It's an incredible thing to tour underground caves and the guides there are great. Plus, the scenery around it is stunning and you can see bison and numerous other animals. It's also really remote and as long as you stay away from Mt. Rushmore, you won't encounter many other people.

If we can count National Monuments I also really liked Organ Pipe.
CMK10 is offline  
Old Jun 20, 2015, 4:55 pm
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 461
Been to quit a few; the image of Crater Lake sticks in my head most. It looks like the story book home of a sorcerer.

Last edited by Fleck; Jun 20, 2015 at 5:18 pm
Fleck is offline  
Old Jun 30, 2015, 2:18 am
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Trenton NJ
Programs: UA Gold MM, Honors Diamond, Marriott Gold, Hertz Presidents Circle
Posts: 3,633
I've done a few of them across the country (Acadia, Badlands, Glacier, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Great Smoky Mountains, Hawaii Volcanoes, Kings Canyon, Sequoia, Shenandoah, Yellowstone, and Yosemite) but two of them stand out for me.

Kings Canyon - Was traveling with a high school classmate to Yosemite and we decided to stop at Kings Canyon on our way back to my place in Palmdale. We could have spent all day there due to the beautiful scenery. Actually, we spent so much time there we zoomed through Sequoia though I had seen it a few months earlier myself. We just saw so many beautiful vistas with the water flowing over the rocks.

Shenandoah - Used to camp on Skyline Drive every October at the peak of leaf season with former work colleagues from Lynchburg. Was the absolute best time to do it.
Bluehen1 is offline  
Old Jun 30, 2015, 2:44 am
In Memoriam, FlyerTalk Evangelist
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Benicia CA
Programs: Alaska MVP Gold 75K, AA 3.8MM, UA 1.1MM, enjoying the retired life
Posts: 31,849
Originally Posted by Fleck
Been to quit a few; the image of Crater Lake sticks in my head most. It looks like the story book home of a sorcerer.
Can't believe it's been 5 years since I was last there. Maybe I'll drive up this year after the summer is done and combine it with Lassen.

More Crater Lake National Parkphotos here: http://tom911.smugmug.com/Travel-USA...Park/i-CrqmqFG

I still hit Lassen Volcanic National Park every couple years. Used to camp there or at nearby Burney Falls State Park pretty regularly. Didn't make it up to the top of Lassen Peak last time, but then I'm getting a little older, too, making it more of a challenge than years past.

More Lassen Volcanic National Park photos in two galleries:
tom911 is offline  
Old Jun 30, 2015, 8:39 am
Flyertalk Evangelist and Moderator: Coupon Connection and Travel Products
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Milton, GA USA
Programs: Hilton Diamond, IHG Platinum Elite, Hyatt Discoverist, Radisson Elite
Posts: 19,026
I have been to many of the National Parks.... but three truly stand out:

1. Glacier Bay, Alaska. Cruising through Glacier Bay is one of the most awe inspiring experiences. We will be doing it again in August.

2. Hawaii Volcano. If you are fortunate enough to be there when lava is flowing.... it is truly amazing. Such power from nature.

3. Haleakalā. The drive up/down this volcano gives many amazing vistas. The view from the top is so beautiful that you forget where you are for a moment!
wharvey is offline  
Old Jun 30, 2015, 9:03 am
Original Member
Join Date: May 1998
Location: NJ
Posts: 3,335
Checked the list, and have been to 25 of the listed parks.

I think the top 5 for me (in no particular order, and because I just could not narrow it any further) would be Kenai Fjords, Denali, Yosemite, North Cascades and Yellowstone.

Kenai Fjords -- incredible glaciers and biodiversity, birds, mammals, eagles, etc.

Denali -- again, for the animals almost as much, if not more so than the physical beauty.

Yosemite -- the most physically spectacular place I have ever been.

North Cascades -- the closest to a completely unspoiled wilderness I have ever experienced. Close encounter with a wolverine - one of the rarest animals in North America.

Yellowstone. No place like it on earth. other-worldly.
Djlawman is offline  
Old Jun 30, 2015, 12:58 pm
Community Director Emerita
Original Poster
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Anywhere warm
Posts: 33,640
I really appreciate everyone's posts. I'm picking up some ideas for where I should travel. King's Canyon is driving distance for us. Yet I've never visited. We tried to visit Glacier, but it was closed by snow. Looking at tom911's pictures, we should try again, paying better attention to weather. And there are others further afield we should visit again or for the first time. We are so blessed with the diverse nature we have in this country.
SanDiego1K is offline  
Old Jun 30, 2015, 2:14 pm
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: SMF
Posts: 1,251
The national parks are truly America's treasure. My favorite is probably Grand Teton National Park. Its amazing to me that size-wise, it really isn't that big compared to many of the others and yet there's so many different experiences you can have there, from serious climbing to kayaking Jenny Lake to a 5 day backpacking trip to skiing. GTNP is one of the only reasons I look forward to visiting family in Eastern Idaho each year.
Big4Flyer is offline  
Old Jun 30, 2015, 2:19 pm
FlyerTalk Evangelist
Join Date: Jul 2010
Programs: AA
Posts: 14,580
I grew up in Alaska so have a special place in my heart for Denali, Kenai Fjords, and also Glacier Bay. Some of my best memories of my dad come from visits to Denali every summer.

Also loved Hawaii Volcanoes.

I still have a lot of other National Parks I need to visit so I'm taking notes too.
wrp96 is online now  
Old Jun 30, 2015, 2:46 pm
Original Member
Join Date: May 1998
Location: NJ
Posts: 3,335
One of the big holes in my NP experience so far has been the Utah parks -- Arches, Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef. Hoping to get to those sometime in the next couple of years.

There are incredible national monuments too, worth visiting. (First visited Pinnacles, in CA, when it was still a monument.)

Unfortunately, I live in NJ, which has no NP or NM.
Djlawman is offline  
Old Jul 1, 2015, 1:18 pm
A FlyerTalk Posting Legend
Join Date: Aug 2002
Programs: UALifetimePremierGold, Marriott LifetimeTitanium
Posts: 70,918
North Cascades (The US's version of the Swiss Alps)

Sequoia & Kings Canyon (I'm more partial to the Sequoia side myself)


Grand Tetons
SkiAdcock is offline  
Old Jul 8, 2015, 10:38 pm
FlyerTalk Evangelist
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 19,252
Grand Canyon - North Rim

Far more secluded and less crowded than the South. Quieter, less polluted, more spectacular viewpoints. Cape Royal is one of my favorite spots on Earth. Even the drive south to the rim along Hwy 67 is breathtaking. We even saw buffalo grazing alongside the road last summer.
kale73 is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Manage Preferences - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

This site is owned, operated, and maintained by MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Designated trademarks are the property of their respective owners.