Best national parks for......

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    Aug 10, 2009 4:42 PM GMT
    Other opinions wanted.
    Based on my experiences:

    Backpacking
    - Banff (Alberta)
    - Yosemite (California)

    Hiking (day hikes)
    - Yosemite (California)
    - Rocky Mountain (Colorado)

    Wildlife

    - Denali (Alaska)
    - Yellowstone (Wyoming/Montana/Idaho)

    Cycling

    - Acadia (Maine)

    Photography

    - Yellowstone (Wyoming/Montana/Idaho)
    - Arches (Utah)

    Mountaineering
    - North Cascades (Washington)
    - Banff (Alberta)

    Scenery
    - Glacier-Waterton Lakes International Peace Park (Montana-Alberta)
    - Canyonlands (Utah)

    Wilderness experience
    - Denali (Alaska)
    - Jasper (Alberta)

    Worse Crowds
    - Yosemite *especially Yosemite Valley (California)
    - Bukhansan National Park (South Korea)

    Under appreciated
    - Glenveagh (Ireland)
    - Yoho (British Columbia)


  • calibro

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    Aug 10, 2009 7:11 PM GMT
    I would have to say Olympia national park and the Hoh rainforest are breath taking
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    Aug 10, 2009 10:04 PM GMT
    In the USA the one National Park visited was the Grand Canyon, Arizona.
    There I hiked, dayhiked, backpacked (Phantom Ranch near the Colorado River) and took spectacular photographs

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    Wildlife at the Grand Canyon were very timid, although the rattlesnake are common. Near the Rim those damn squirrals would go for anything edible in the rucksack. And at the bottom there is the continuous screech of millions of crickets and other insects.

    In the UK, two places, one is the mountainous Lake District National Park in Cumbria where lakes of all sizes nestle between mountains (and mountaineering is permitted), and the other is the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, which hiking trail stretches both Dorset and Devon. Great pics can be taken at both areas, as one can both hike and dayhike. Wildlife is scarce. Being in Britain, both are subject to wet weather, but when the sun is out, they are strikingly beautiful places.
    Where cycling is concerned, only the Lake District has a network of roads suitable for the bicycle.
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    Aug 10, 2009 11:11 PM GMT
    Rock climbing - Yosemite (California)

    Mountaineering - Kings Canyon/Sequoia (California), North Cascades (Washington), Rocky Mountain (Colorado), Banff/Jasper (Alberta).

    Scenery/Photography - many to choose from, this category is more subjective. I would highlight Yosemite, Arches (Utah), Grand Teton (Wyoming), Glacier Bay (Alaska), North Cascades.

    Backpacking - Kings Canyon/Sequoia, Yosemite.
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    Aug 11, 2009 1:46 AM GMT
    Beachgoing, including biking and hiking in dunes: Cape Cod National Seashore, Provincetown - Truro - Wellfleet MA