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This group is for anyone who enjoys our national parks and wants to share their experiences with others. 

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  • Warren and Terry of NE PA
    Warren and Terry of NE PA:
    Mon at 8:32 PMWe were at Mammoth Cave National Park. It was great. You can't imagine until you take a tour or more. Can't describe with words you need to experience it.
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    • Warren and Terry of NE PA
      TJAK 9 hours ago If you have time there is the Crystal Onyx cave not too far away that is a great tour. We really enjoyed it. 
    • Warren and Terry of NE PA
      Debbie and Larry 9 hours ago Also Diamond Caverns and Kentucky Down Under. Glad you are enjoying my state! If you are near Lexington go to the Horse Park and also see our Castle.
  • M & C Rving
    M & C Rving :
    Mon at 10:38 AMI’m so excited. I just got done planning AND RESERVING places for a 52 day trip that will include stays to explore Glacier, Yellowstone and Tetons. This will be the 4th time I have tried to see Yellowstone. Maybe this year it will work out. We are staying...  more
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    • M & C Rving
      chiefkazoo Mon at 2:53 PM Great plan. Most people think they can see our National Parks in a day or two and miss most of it. If you have time, there is a road that comes into Yellowstone at the SW corner (no way to it from the main park roads.) look at an Idaho map.
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      • M & C Rving
        M & C Rving Mon at 4:17 PM Last year we spent a month in Utah exploring parks and another month exploring Colorado.  I like to read the words off  every sign in a park or museum (at least according to my DH!!)
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        Julkat99 Mon at 7:57 PM Thank you. We are driving a class B van, so I guess we can Boondock anywhere if we can’t find a campsite. We will only need to find a place to dump and refill water every for five days or so with non-restrictive usage. Thank you for your comments!
    • M & C Rving
      Bill & Connie Mon at 4:06 PM Hope you have a great time. We are 2 month into a 6 month trip and are having the time of our life. We started in Az went thru California, Oregon coast and are cu in Washington headed for B.C. and the Canadian Rockies, will be at Glacier end of July and Y...  more
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      • M & C Rving
        M & C Rving Mon at 4:16 PM Your profile says you are still in CA??  We are currently in WA and will be heading to the Tacoma area on Thursday.  I have jury duty there next week. This is part of my plan to prove Washington is our domicile state. 
      • M & C Rving
        Bill & Connie Mon at 6:31 PM We left GVP 3/13 went back to Tucson for a week and then hit the road. We are currently just south of Olympia headed to Everet tomarrow for 3 days then to Bellingham to visit relatives then to Vancouver, Kelowna, Lake Louise and Banff
    • M & C Rving
      Tracie and Roy Smith Mon at 4:20 PM Sounds like a great trip
    • M & C Rving
      Explorers Mon at 5:21 PM Sounds like a great trip! We head out of AZ on 7/20 headed to Glacier, Yellowstone & Tetons also.  If you know of or hear of any must see sights please post! Be safe & have fun
    • M & C Rving
      Donna&Rand 13 hours ago Sounds great! We’re leaving next Tues for a 32 day trip. We’re meeting friends at Table Rock Lake, then to Albuquerque ( we lived there for 9 yrs) then to Mt Rushmore. We need to be back to the beach Aug 1 or we would have included a trip to Yellowstone. ...  more
  • Bill & Cynthia
    Bill & Cynthia :
    June 16Well we were in Denali Park these last three nights. last night we took a drive. Look what we saw, we've been up here three times each time we've been able to see Mt Denali (MT Mckinley )we've been very lucky.
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    • Bill & Cynthia
      Irvin & Nancy just outside of normal June 16 And horses in the clouds, wow.
    • Bill & Cynthia
      John And Debbie Maxson Mon at 5:55 AM You are lucky . There is a I believe it’s a state park south of Denali. Beautiful fairly new good hiking it is on the left side going south. If you get a chance to go south. It’s a must see. If interested I will try to message you the name.
    • Bill & Cynthia
      RVillage with Ann Mon at 6:00 AM So beautiful, almost looks like a painting! 
    • Bill & Cynthia
      Bill & Cynthia Mon at 4:34 PM Today we drove up to Hatcher Pass Independence Mine SHP. Beautiful!!!!
    • Bill & Cynthia
      Travelinlady 11 hours ago I took a group to Denali a couple of years ago. We cruised from Vancouver to Seward stepped off the ship and boarded the train that took us to Anchorage then to Denali. That was such a beautiful train ride. We took a guided tour of Denali and was lucky en...  more
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      • Bill & Cynthia
        Diana & Michael 41 minutes ago I lived in Alaska for years and Travelinlady’s itinerary is by far the best for those who don’t want to drive: Vancouver to Seward by ship and Seward to Denali by rail.
  • djsroadtrip
    djsroadtrip :
    June 15Been in Great Smokey MOUNTAINS NP for 3 days in Tennessee and going to do 3 days on the North Carolina side. Road on of the top rated motorcycle rides in the country called Tail of the Dragon with 318 turns in 11 miles. It was awesome. Staying at Deep Cre...  more
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    • Landmark Adventures (Cheryl & David) and 8 others like this.
    • djsroadtrip
      TeamFoxy June 16 We love GSMNP and were there last month and stayed at Elkmont. Will have to try Deep Creek the next time through.
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      Andy & Maureen T June 16 Hope you have time to do the Cherohala Skyway, and the Moonshiner 28, while in the smokeys. Great motorcycle roads. Our thoughts we liked them better then the Dragon..  If you are close to Marion, VA., you need to do the "Back of the ...  more
    • djsroadtrip
      Paul & Kay Legare Mon at 5:35 AM I've done the dragon, but most definitely not with MH.
  • LarandSus
    LarandSus :
    June 14We went to the Great Sand Dunes NP this morning arriving at the line for the gate at about 9:20 AM. It took us at least 20 minutes to get through the single entry gate. It was hard to get a parking spot near the water at 11 after our visit to the Visitor ...  more
    • Christina - RVillage Business Success Mgr and 8 others like this.
    • LarandSus
      Diana & Michael June 14 I understand the annual snowmelt creek is one of the Park's big attractions this time of year.  That may explain the queue.  When we were there last fall, we couldn't fit in the campground as the sites are mostly small.  We stayed at the de...  more
    • LarandSus
      Marie & Jack June 15 We were there over the Memorial Day Weekend and you should have seen the lines then!  We weren't in a hurry, and had brought a picnic lunch (good thing too!) so had to just laugh at the very, very long lines!  Took us over an hour just to get to...  more
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      • LarandSus
        LarandSus June 15 I had checked  the hourly forecast and saw that afternoon  winds in the > 20 mph range were expected.  That was one of th reasons we wanted to go in the morning.
  • Joe & Terri Arbuckle
    Joe & Terri Arbuckle:
    June 13Two days and two National Parks with the Grandkids. Crater Lake Oregon and then John Day Fossil Beds.
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    • Joe & Terri Arbuckle
      David & Leslie June 14 Must have been hot near John Day, OR yesterday!  Sure was hot in Hermiston, OR!
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      John And Debbie Maxson June 14 It’s great when you take the grands Love it
  • Bill & Cynthia
    Bill & Cynthia :
    June 12Hi Well were on our third week on our Alaska trip. We arrived in Tok on Saturday and Fairbanks Sunday were leaving tomorrow for Denali for 3 nights. Anchorage on Sunday for 4 nights. Weather has been Ok a lot of rain so far today is warm. If anyone is com...  more
    • The Mountains and 15 others like this.
    • Bill & Cynthia
      EXPLOREAZ June 12 What a fantastic photo!
    • Bill & Cynthia
      LarandSus June 13 And which national parks have you been to or are headed to on this journey?
  • K Hawke
    K Hawke:
    June 12Starting a 45 day + road/RV National park trip today
    Theodore Roosevelt national Park, Glacier national Park, Cascades national Park, Olympic national Park, crater Lake national Park, redwood national Park, Mount Rainier national Park, Capital reef nat...  more
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    • Andy & Maureen T and 10 others like this.
    • K Hawke
      Bruce & Linda (Omnibus) June 12 13 parks in 45 days is a lot, but it will be memorable.
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      Bill & Connie June 12 We are on a 6 month tour started at Lake Havasu then Sequoia, Yosemite, Virginia City, Lake Tahoe, California Coast, Oregon Coast, Columbia River, Mt Raineir, Mt St Helen. Just arrived at Olympia then north into Canada and the Rockies. Please let us know ...  more
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      • K Hawke
        Andy & Maureen T June 13 Thanks. We loved all the sights you visited, but had great memories of Lake Tahoe. We were fortunate to visit Incline Village to see the full- scale Ponderosa Ranch. Some Bonaza shows were shot there. Who didn't grow up watching this show. It is not there anymore.
    • K Hawke
      Bill & Connie June 13 Attached are photos from some of our stops
    • K Hawke
      PamandDan June 14 Would love a list of campgrounds on this fabulous trip
  • Susan Clancy
    Susan Clancy:
    June 8We are in the market for a new to us trailer. National park camping/visiting is something we have enjoyed in the past. Do most of you stay in the park or outside and do day trips? If you camp at the park what size trailer/rig do you have?
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    • Andy & Maureen T and 3 others like this.
    • Susan Clancy
      Debbie and Ceceile June 8 We have a 42 foot fifth wheel and have great difficulty parking in NPs and avoiding tree branches.
    • Susan Clancy
      John And Debbie Maxson June 8 We have stayed at parks 37 ft if there is availability but unless you have reservations it may be hard to get in. Always have plan B
    • Susan Clancy
      OurMobileBackPack June 9 We like to stay in the park and have found many NPs have some FCFS sites. The smaller the RV the more sites there will be available. Many state parks will only allow smaller RV’s We tour in a 22’ with a wrangler toad. All  parks we have seen have had...  more
    • Susan Clancy
      Blodn1 June 10 My Plan B is a "B". I've never had a problem getting a space in any campground at the last minute, even in season. I think it might be due to the small sizes of the sites - people with larger rigs arrive, decide they can't do it, and then they leave them ...  more
    • Susan Clancy
      Ramon & Elisa Alanis June 13 Most National Parks have a size limit. We have a 37ft 5th wheel and we find an RV resort
       outside the National Parks and use our tow vehicle to visit the parks. 
  • Melissa Curtis
    Melissa Curtis:
    June 5My National Parks visits this year completed:
    Carlsbad, Petrified Forest, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Sequoia, Red Wood, Crater Lake, Yellowstone, Tetons, Bryce Canyon, Red Canyon, Zion.
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    • Curt & Isabel and 31 others like this.
    • Melissa Curtis
      OurMobileBackPack June 9 Hi Chuckie and Wifey
      One tip is that there are many good close to the south GC entrance boondocking spots, mostly forest service roads with pull outs and dire rings. I doubt I will visit the north rim again, I will definitely go back to the south rim.
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      • Melissa Curtis
        Melissa Curtis June 10 I'll keep that in mind if I ever go back. This list is done already this year.
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        Bruce & Linda (Omnibus) June 11 I haven’t been to the north rim of the Grand Canyon since I was a kid, but I remember it fondly.  Remote and more difficult to get to for sure, but higher elevation than the south rim (by 1,000 ft.) and much less crowded.
      • Melissa Curtis
        LarandSus June 11 We agree with Omnibus, we've been to the North Rim twice and would definitely go again. There were also many awesome National areas to see along our route to the North Rim.
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      Andy & Maureen T June 11 It is pics like this that makes us miss it.
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    • Melissa Curtis
      Charlene and Steve June 11 The North Rim was one we visited.  Loved it.  Yes more remote and you are driving through forested areas wondering if you were ever going to get to the canyon, but beautiful!
    • Melissa Curtis
      Melissa Curtis June 12 @GaryG crater lake was open, I was there 2 weeks ago. I only saw 1 road, past the view point that was still closed.
    • Melissa Curtis
      OurMobileBackPack June 13 I hope to get to CLNP in July this year.