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Life changing experiences in USA's national parks

Life changing experiences in USA's national parks

Posted by Liliana Castaño on April 11, 2014

Travelers typically speak of Yellowstone, Yosemite or the Grand Canyon with a sense of reverence. These, along with the other 398 units managed by the National Park Service, preserve special places with spectacular landscapes and memorable activities. Some park experiences are well-known, such as rafting down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon or strolling Yellowstone's Upper Geyser Basin to witness the eruption of Old Faithful. But plenty of others are often overlooked. Here, David and Kay Scott, authors of Guide to the National Park Areas: Eastern States and Guide to the National Park Areas: Western States, select 10 unique activities in America's national parks that are especially rewarding.

 

1. Take a full-moon walk at Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming.

Before it became the centerpiece of the popular movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind, we camped in the monument during the night of a full moon. What luck! At dusk we joined a ranger-led walk that ended an hour and a half later when we climbed a rise and came upon the view of a brilliant full moon glistening beside Devils Tower. It is a sight we have never forgotten. nps.gov/deto

2. Stroll the beach at Cumberland Island National Seashore, Georgia.

Georgia's southernmost barrier island boasts one of the East Coast's most magnificent beaches. Because the seashore is reached only by boat, you can enjoy a solitary stroll along a wide beach spotted with shells, sand dollars and starfish. A concessionaire-operated passenger boat offers scheduled transportation to the island from the small village of St. Marys. Enjoy a guided tour in the historic Dungeness Historic District and visit Plum Orchard, an 1890s mansion once owned by the Carnegies. nps.gov/cuis

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