Looking for recommendations on a national park vacation
Written by Robert Niles
I apologize for the light posting recently. We're wrapping up the semester at the University of Southern California, where I write and teach, and school commitments have kept me from TPI.Tweet
That said, I have a question for you, the reader, today. We're planning a national park trip again this summer, and I'd love to hear from you about places to stay and things to do in the Grand Canyon/Four Corners/Mesa Verde areas.
In return, and to give you a little perspective on what the Niles family likes, let me recommend the Tenaya Lodge for anyone visiting Yosemite. We stayed there last year and found it a wonderful destination.
Think Disney's Wilderness Lodge, a touch scaled down but in a much more authentic setting. The resort is located in Fish Camp, just outside Yosemite's southern entrance, and marks the National Park Service's new vision to place lodging outside the over-crowded Yosemite Valley. You can still get shuttles to the Valley, as well as tours of the park, from the Tenaya. I'd highly recommend the summer hayride and jamboree cook-out, too, which Natalie (a little curmudgeon at times) utterly loved. It's not cheap -- $40 for adults and $20 for kids, if memory serves -- but it is certainly a bargain.
I know that we don't formally cover national parks here on TPI. But I do know that there's quite an overlap among theme park and national park fans for family vacations, so I thought this a nice time to bring up the subject and solicit recommendations, as so many of us start planning our summer vacations.
(And don't worry. I'll be hitting several theme parks, too. In fact, I'm planning an Orlando trip right now....)
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