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Old 07-16-2018, 07:12 AM   #1
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Share your Top 5 FIVE National Parks

Let’s share our - TOP 5 – Not 6 – Not 10 – only 5 (FIVE) - National Parks Think about it if you could visit only 5 spots – which would you, choose?
Likely these are revisits – places that are filled with Memories, maybe even share a story or two.
After 8 pages on Campfires and 6 on Dog Poop, thought I might try to see if we could talk about the Great RV Experiences we have had.


Only FIVE (5) – MY Five;
1. Yellowstone
2. Glacier
3. North Rim
4. Zion
5. Rocky Mountain



Yellowstone because it is the Biggest, the First and the Best, Just is, I’ve been going for 50 years, and have watched the changes – the crowds – the Sheer Beauty and Variety. There truly, is nothing else like it on Earth. You can just do the Loops, just see Old Faithful, but if you get out of the Car – if you Hike just a little, the sights you will see, the things you will never forget. Yes it is now Crowded, but it always has been, but IMHO that is part of the Draw – Watching the People, Seeing the Kids, just look into their eyes, feel the excitement they have it is truly Contagious.



Glacier, where do you find Rocks like you find there? Going to the Sun Road – Epic – the Lakes, the Color of the Water, just the Pure Wildness of the Area, everything about Glacier will pull you in. Eye Candy at every turn, For me I carry a Chair so I can pull off, sit back and just soak it all in. Without the Chair I get a Kink in my Neck, always looking - always having to Look UP – never long enough. Short season, makes it even more desirable.


North Rim – Just because of the Lodge and all the Positive trips we have had to the North Rim – I Just Love it. Many think that it does not provide a Grand View – Might not be as Grand as the South Side but it is Surely GRAND. And to watch the clouds rise out in the Morning, to catch a snow storm in June……….again to watch – see the excitement on the faces of the Kids when the see it……….. Plus what a beautiful area to drive in and around, I just love it.


Zion – For me this is My Winter destination – not really much for riding the Bus – so when things quiet down – when it might snow or get cooler – Zion is just special – Some of my best memories are here – Angels Landings – Walters Wiggle’s – they are just special – I even have enjoyed the Lodge and the Meals there with the fireplace. To lie on the Hood of the Toad and stair up at the Stars in the Canyon…..really just a special Place.


RMNP – while it, like Yellowstone, has become over Loved – it still is special – the hikes –the places you can go – Yes, Estes is a Zoo – but the drive over Trail Ridge, to Grand Lake is special – the ability to get away from the crowds is still possible and those are some really great Rocks. Again just get out of the Car put your feet on the ground and walk around, hike up, bring a Chair and Soak it all in, Special.


There you go I started it now let’s see if we have nearly as much interest in the Real Reason we RV as we have on Camp Fires and Dog Poop.















Sorry but…………………….when I find something I don’t like I just get the wheels on the Bus to go round – round – round………..
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1. Yellowstone
2. Glacier NP

3. Northern Rockies in Alberta Canada
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Yellowstone, Yosemite, Rocky Mountain, Great Smoky Mountain, Grand Teton
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#1 - Zion
#2 - Yellowstone
#3 - Volcano (Hawaii)
#4 - Death Valley
#5 - Yosemite
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Not all are parks but some portion of them are owned or operated or protected by the ntl park service.

1. Arlington National Cemetery and the ntl Mall in dc, counting as one even though there are lots of memorials and such there that could be counted alone.
2. National Civil Rights Museum Memphis Tn
3. Devils Tower
$. Canyonlands
5. Dry Tortugas (hard to get to in an rv but sailing to it is close enough to rving to count.

Everyone in the US should make an effort to spend a few days in DC and set aside at least one day to visit Arlington.

Civil rights museum is a reminder that 1968 was only 50 years ago. There are still people alive today who were adults then who could be in photographs there either enduring unfairness or dishing out evil. It would not hurt for many to go see it and be reminded of just how screwed up we were as country and inspired to be better humans to each other regardless of color.

Devils Tower amazing and has a lot of interesting stories and is church(not the right word i think but the closest i can think of to describe how important it is to some native american cultures) like to many people. Tread lightly. Treat it like you want a visitor to treat the church you choose to go to every week.

Canyonland is just pretty.

Dry Tortugas becausse it takes a fair amount of effort to get to and if you go by boat and stay the night you get to see it afterhours when all the tourist leave on the seaplanes and ferries. Sunset at that Fort is worth the effort to get there.
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Glacier NP
Yellowstone NP
Grand Canyon NP
Grand Tetons NP
Acadia NP

We need more than 5

Have to include:

Bryce NP
Zion NP
Everglades NP
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1. Bryce
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Let’s share our - TOP 5 – Not 6 – Not 10 – only 5 (FIVE) - National Parks Think about it if you could visit only 5 spots – which would you, choose?
Likely these are revisits – places that are filled with Memories, maybe even share a story or two.
After 8 pages on Campfires and 6 on Dog Poop, thought I might try to see if we could talk about the Great RV Experiences we have had.


Only FIVE (5) – MY Five;
1. Yellowstone
2. Glacier
3. North Rim
4. Zion
5. Rocky Mountain



Yellowstone because it is the Biggest, the First and the Best, Just is, I’ve been going for 50 years, and have watched the changes – the crowds – the Sheer Beauty and Variety. There truly, is nothing else like it on Earth. You can just do the Loops, just see Old Faithful, but if you get out of the Car – if you Hike just a little, the sights you will see, the things you will never forget. Yes it is now Crowded, but it always has been, but IMHO that is part of the Draw – Watching the People, Seeing the Kids, just look into their eyes, feel the excitement they have it is truly Contagious.



Glacier, where do you find Rocks like you find there? Going to the Sun Road – Epic – the Lakes, the Color of the Water, just the Pure Wildness of the Area, everything about Glacier will pull you in. Eye Candy at every turn, For me I carry a Chair so I can pull off, sit back and just soak it all in. Without the Chair I get a Kink in my Neck, always looking - always having to Look UP – never long enough. Short season, makes it even more desirable.


North Rim – Just because of the Lodge and all the Positive trips we have had to the North Rim – I Just Love it. Many think that it does not provide a Grand View – Might not be as Grand as the South Side but it is Surely GRAND. And to watch the clouds rise out in the Morning, to catch a snow storm in June……….again to watch – see the excitement on the faces of the Kids when they see it……….. Plus what a beautiful area to drive in and around, I just love it.


Zion – For me this is My Winter destination – not really much for riding the Bus – so when things quiet down – when it might snow or get cooler – Zion is just special – Some of my best memories are here – Angels Landings – Walters Wiggle’s – they are just special – I even have enjoyed the Lodge and the Meals there with the fireplace. To lie on the Hood of the Toad and stair up at the Stars in the Canyon…..really just a special Place.


RMNP – while it, like Yellowstone, has become over Loved – it still is special – the hikes –the places you can go – Yes, Estes is a Zoo – but the drive over Trail Ridge, to Grand Lake is special – the ability to get away from the crowds is still possible and those are some really great Rocks. Again just get out of the Car put your feet on the ground and walk around, hike up, bring a Chair and Soak it all in, Special.


There you go I started it now let’s see if we have nearly as much interest in the Real Reason we RV as we have on Camp Fires and Dog Poop.















Sorry but…………………….when I find something I don’t like I just get the wheels on the Bus to go round – round – round………..
Please take a minute and tell us what you love about your FIVE (5)
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1. Bryce
2. Arches
3. Grand Teton
4. Yellowstone
5. Big Bend
edited as to 'why' as suggested by Busskipper…

We are hikers and 4 are excellent hiking parks and Yellowstone has the interesting critters.
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