Vacation ideas

There is only one Wonderland, but let's also talk about and share photos of other national parks.

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Winona
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Vacation ideas

Post by Winona » Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:06 pm

I apologize if this post isn't appropriate. I planned my Yellowstone trip based on years of information from the old site, so hoping you can help with my next trip. I would love to just go back to Yellowstone, but we should see other places. We are a family of 4 with twin girls, age 14. We like the outdoors, but I'm the only hiker. Love mountains, wildlife, lakes, etc. need ideas for our next trip.... I have been many places(Alaska, Canadian Rockies, Nova Scotia) but others have not. I would have 2 weeks max and would leave from NY. Would Alaska be doable? Montana or Colorado/Grand Canyon, etc.
Name your favorite National Parks! Thanks!



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Re: Vacation ideas

Post by Nordwil » Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:33 pm

I'll be following this thread for ideas as well! We love Yellowtone and the Tetons, but feel we need to see more.

I've heard Glacier can be crowded, which seems odd to me knowing how Yellowstone can get.

We are thinking of another redo by hitting the Southwest again. We did ABQ for the balloon fiesta one fall and did a whirlwind trip through Santa Fe, Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Zion and Bryce. Beautiful scenery and loved it all, but we didn't see a lot of wildlife. We'd like to try Taos if we get back, and maybe the Moab area.

Thumbs up for Nova Scotia, maybe the girls would like Cape Breton for the scenery, eagles and the culture? We did a ceilidh in Baddeck and loved it.

Other places on our list are Yosemite and maybe back to Hawaii. New Zealand I'm told is a must do if we're into travelling far, and I'd love to try another safari. We did Tanzania in 2007 with Overseas Adventure and it was more reasonable than what we could have done on our own if you don't mind travelling with a small group.

Have fun planning!



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Re: Vacation ideas

Post by Doubledub » Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:30 am

Last year we did a tour of the Pacific northwest with our first stop being Jackson. We were fortunate enough to find a mother Grizzly and cub to photograph (Willow and Digger if you follow facebook) From there we went to northern Washington, down the pacific coast to Monterey and back home. We drove and are based in the Midwest. We did a whale watching trip, with opportunities for Puffins, Whales, eagles, seals. We went to Olympic National Park, Redwood National park, Bodega Bay California, San Fran, and Monterey. Lots of coastal landscape opportunities, Marmots, Birds, Roosevelt Elk, Sea Lions and Sea Otters. It was particularly rainy in Oregon and Washington. Eastern Washington had loads of Pheasants and short eared owls. We traveled in the 2nd 2 weeks of May.

This year we are starting in Monument valley and working our way up to Yellowstone.



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Re: Vacation ideas

Post by RikWriter » Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:40 am

Doubledub wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:30 am
Last year we did a tour of the Pacific northwest with our first stop being Jackson. We were fortunate enough to find a mother Grizzly and cub to photograph (Willow and Digger if you follow facebook) From there we went to northern Washington, down the pacific coast to Monterey and back home. We drove and are based in the Midwest. We did a whale watching trip, with opportunities for Puffins, Whales, eagles, seals. We went to Olympic National Park, Redwood National park, Bodega Bay California, San Fran, and Monterey. Lots of coastal landscape opportunities, Marmots, Birds, Roosevelt Elk, Sea Lions and Sea Otters. It was particularly rainy in Oregon and Washington. Eastern Washington had loads of Pheasants and short eared owls. We traveled in the 2nd 2 weeks of May.

This year we are starting in Monument valley and working our way up to Yellowstone.
Wow! That sounds incredible!



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Re: Vacation ideas

Post by Winona » Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:26 pm

Thanks for the idea. Sounds great! I love how your trips always include YNP.



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Re: Vacation ideas

Post by rzrpirate » Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:51 pm

If You don't mind the return trip the Canadian Rockies and surrounding parks are hard to beat for scenery and wild life. I drive everywhere but if you are flying Calgary is a great hub. Another great route is to start in Olympic NP and work your way down the coast including Crater Lake, Redwood NP and state parks, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite and Sequoia NPs. From there I go on to Las Vegas and avoid all of California except the northern part.



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