What's Your Favorite National Park?

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    1. Bill Bauer
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      The best a country has to offer is often located in national parks. What are your favorite national parks? In the United States, are there any good national parks in the east?

      All of my favorite national parks happen to be located in the United States. Ordered from north to south they are Glacier National Park (NP) in Montana [IMHO much more interesting than the Rocky Mountain NP in Colorado], Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP in Colorado, Utah NPs (Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Zion), and Big Bend NP in Texas.
       
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      Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon.
       
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      Yosemite by far.
       
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      Are there any national parks in the UK that are unusually special?
       
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      Plenty - the UK has stunning scenery. I would particularly recommend the South Downs and the Lake District but there are many more. Some more information here:

      https://nationalparks.uk/
       
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      Scotland doesn't exactly have National Parks because such huge parts of the land mass are very underpopulated, so there's no need. Plus much of the land is owned by private landlords rather than the State. There are two official ones in the Cairgngorms and Trossachs. Parts of the Highlands of Scotland are not national parks but are widely considered to be some of the most beautiful areas of Europe. The Lake District in England is a pretty National Park but has nothing on the Highlands
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      Indiana Dunes has now been made into a National Park.
      It is at the southernmost point on Lake Michigan and is only 55 miles away from me.
      If you ever visit, try Trail 9 - 3 .75 miles up and down 100 yard high sand dunes - it rivals the most grueling military training.
      But the view of Lake Michigan is spectacular - you are high up enough to see the curvature of the Lake and the Chicago Loop Skyline across the expanse of water.
       
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      Yosemite is the nicest national park I have been to.

      In the East, I have been to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, which was quite pretty, but the mountains are hardly as impressive as what you find out West. I have not been there, but supposedly Great Smoky Mountain National Park is the most impressive in the East, especially with the Fall foliage.
       
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      I think Plitvice in Croatia is one of the best in Eastern Europe.
       

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      Banff, Alberta is pretty sweet.
       
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      Definitely the one in Johto.
       
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      I've never been to one
       
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      You ought to do something about that!
       
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      Wicklow mountains national park Ireland
       
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      We have lots of fantastic national parks on the east coast Bill, we have got the Appalachian trail which goes from Maine to Georgia, or somewhere down south.
      I would love to spend 6 months, perhaps a year walking it. What an adventure.
      There’s a book by an author named Bill Bryson called “a walk in the woods” if I remember correctly. It’s got lots of really good info about the history of the trees and it is really funny too. The east coast is not as dramatic as the west coast, but it’s beautiful. As a kid I used to go hiking in the white mountains a lot. Just beautiful, clean, and inspiring.
       
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