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How long can one travel in the USA? For example, if one wants to tour all the parks in...

How long can one travel in the USA? For example, if one wants to tour all the parks in the US, would one be able to do that all at once, or would one have to return home (Canada) and then go back?
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     asked this on March 10, 2010 at 02:48 PM
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The suggestions above are good ones. It depends on how much driving you want to do and why you want to visit a particular park. We are hikers so we narrow our selections after we check out the trails in some parks in the same area and decide what else appeals to us in a particular park. I highly recommend that you select the USA region nearest you and get on the computer and do your homework. Then you will have a feel for what our parks are like.
If there are parks in Canada that you also have not visited, then consider how that will fit into your route. For example, Glacier in the USA and Waterton in CA are one huge international park that changes its name at the border. From my personal experience I would suggest that you see a few parks well and not just run from park to park and not remember much except how much driving you did! Hopefully you are young enough to make many trips! The variety in our parks is outstanding. I suggest a library book to help you decide which parks to look at online. I live near the Smokies so the Rocky Mountains
in the west and places like Yellowstone entered into my planning. If you have to travel when the children are out of school, then you must make reservations far in advance; staying in a Park Lodge or Inn may mean a reservation a year or more ahead of your trip.
(If you like rustic, I do recommend the Park Lodges!) Driving time depends on terrain and crowds! Plan time to stop at roadside overlooks, too. Maps, etc. ordered or from online ahead of time will help you plan. DO YOUR HOMEWORK ON THE COMPUTER!!!
will help you plan. Always allow too much time rather than too little!!! Wildlife beside the road demands photos! Accommodations near the parks will be less expensive, but require a bit more driving and hence more time. Do not go without reservations as some parks are isolated and if all accom. are booked solid, you will be in a pickle!
  • RUTH
     answered this on April 18, 2012 at 04:25 PM
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Well, you could travel as long as you would like! There are hundreds of National Parks in the US and even more State Parks and wildlife reserves. You could spend years traveling to them all. Why not pick a few in the same region to visit, and that way you can plan a number of trips full of park-related activities. And don't forget to pick up a Park Passport -- buy one in a park gift shop and each National Park will give you a stamp when you visit.
Check out our Park Finder to help guide your trips:
http://www.gorp.com/parks-guide/index-sp.html
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