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Reader Participation Day: Do Your Holiday Plans Include a Visit to a National Park?


Winter can offer some dramatic scenery if conditions are right in parks such as Yosemite. Photo by Chase Lindberg Photography via Creative Commons and flickr.

The combination of time off from work or school and an appealing destination will entice some Americans to spend at least part of the upcoming holidays in a park. For some it's an annual tradition; for others it's a special, one-time trip.

There are plenty of possibilities, from snowy slopes in Yosemite and Mount Rainier to more temperate locales such as Big Bend and Everglades. Many NPS areas also host special events in December and early January that offer a chance for a unique activity.

Does a visit to a national park figure into your holiday plans? If so, where are you headed? Perhaps you'd like to share a tip about a favorite place to stay or activity that lures you to the park of your choice.


Off to Joshua Tree and Mojave for New Years weekend.

Out to Golden Spike for the winter locomotive display.  Lots of white steam and hopefully blue sky.

Trail of the Wolf at Yellowstone.  Our second time.  YNP in the winter is just magical.

Going to Key West for the Holidays.   Looking forward to checking Dry Tortugas off my list.

Two years ago, I did Death Valley. Not sure what I'll do this year! Maybe something in Arizona?

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