#155: Glacier, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton National Parks Road Trip
Dear Bob and Sue | A National Parks Podcast
by Matt and Karen Smith
2M ago
 One of the most frequent questions we get from travelers is how to plan a visit to Glacier, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton NPs in a single road trip. In this episode, we cover all the details you’ll need to do just that.   Without a doubt, these three parks are at the top of our “most spectacular” list. Each has its unique history and landscape, yet they’re all great places to witness once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounters. The other thing they have in common is that they all have mountainous regions. Given their elevations, winter weather can sneak up on you anytime during the year ..read more
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#155: Glacier, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton National Parks Road Trip
Dear Bob and Sue | A National Parks Podcast
by Matt and Karen Smith
4M ago
 One of the most frequent questions we get from travelers is how to plan a visit to Glacier, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton NPs in a single road trip. In this episode, we cover all the details you’ll need to do just that.   Without a doubt, these three parks are at the top of our “most spectacular” list. Each has its unique history and landscape, yet they’re all great places to witness once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounters. The other thing they have in common is that they all have mountainous regions. Given their elevations, winter weather can sneak up on you anytime during the year ..read more
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#152: Dry Tortugas National Park Update
Dear Bob and Sue | A National Parks Podcast
by Matt and Karen Smith
5M ago
Dry Tortugas National Park is in a category of its own: pre-civil war fort, 70 miles out to sea with nothing else around it, incredible history, beautiful tropical keys with campsites, and right in the path of the most powerful hurricanes on the planet. Nowhere else can you visit a place with world-class snorkeling and see the rooms where they held the most dangerous civil war prisoners.   In this episode, we discuss some recent updates about the park, provide details about visiting and camping there, and reminisce about our visit over a decade ago. What started out for us as a brief upda ..read more
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#151: Hiking in the Palm Springs Area
Dear Bob and Sue | A National Parks Podcast
by Matt and Karen Smith
5M ago
This episode is a companion to our previous release, #150: Exploring Joshua Tree National Park. So many travelers to this magical part of Southern California spend time in both Joshua Tree NP and Palm Springs that these back-to-back episodes would be perfect for anyone planning a trip to the area.   Today, we’re focusing on hikes in and around Palm Springs, sharing a few of our favorite trails with you. From an easy hike through an oasis in the Indian Canyon area of the Agua Caliente Reservation to a ladder-aided scramble up a slot canyon on a Bureau of Land Management site, we discuss ju ..read more
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#144: Five Perfect Days in Saguaro NP and Southern Arizona
Dear Bob and Sue | A National Parks Podcast
by Matt and Karen Smith
5M ago
As the temperatures drop up north, it’s time to start thinking about warm-weather escapes. In today’s episode, we have the perfect destination for you: Saguaro National Park and a whole bunch of other incredible public lands in Southern Arizona.   Join us as we take you on a journey through both districts of Saguaro NP, Catalina State Park, Sabino Canyon Recreation Area, and the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum, all within a stone’s throw from the always-bustling college town of Tucson.   We even take you on a few side trips an hour or two away from Tucson: Chiricahua NM, to the east; C ..read more
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#145 Unique Experiences in the National Parks
Dear Bob and Sue | A National Parks Podcast
by Matt and Karen Smith
6M ago
For many visitors, hiking is their go-to activity in the national parks; it is for us. But there are so many other activities the parks have to offer. In this episode, we talk about a dozen or more things you can do in the parks that are unique and amazing. From dogsledding to synchronized firefly tours, the parks offer activities that will thrill the entire family. Here are a few of the ones we discuss: Walk on the catwalk underneath the New River Gorge Bridge, Horseback ride, Attend the bat flight program in Carlsbad Caverns NP, Raft down a wild river, Hike to and spend the night in a backc ..read more
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#143: Mailbag: Where to See Moose in the National Parks, and More!
Dear Bob and Sue | A National Parks Podcast
by Matt and Karen Smith
6M ago
In our Mailbag! episodes, we answer questions from listeners about the national parks, ranger-led tours, road trips, hiking, camping, backpacking, gear, relationships, and pretty much whatever anyone wants to ask us.   In this episode, we cover these topics: ·     Glacier NP announced their vehicle entrance reservation plan for 2024, ·     Grand Canyon NP is temporarily closing a stretch of Bright Angel Trail until mid-April 2024, ·     We answer a question about where some of the best places in the national parks ..read more
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#142: 20 Incredible Things to See and Do in Southern Utah, Outside the National Parks
Dear Bob and Sue | A National Parks Podcast
by Matt and Karen Smith
6M ago
Southern Utah is home to five must-see national parks, but if you’re traveling to this part of the American Southwest, you won’t want to miss the other incredible things to see and do. In this episode, we take you to 20 of our favorite places we’ve discovered over the years. Each site is worth exploring, from slot canyons to one-of-a-kind landscapes to priceless cultural treasures.   Places we discuss in this episode: ·     Kanarra Falls ·     Cedar Breaks National Monument ·     Willis Creek Narrows ·   ..read more
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#103: Twelve Great National Parks for Snowshoeing
Dear Bob and Sue | A National Parks Podcast
by Matt and Karen Smith
6M ago
We used to think that winter was for hunkering down inside and planning for warm-weather activities in the parks. But that all changed one day when we rented snowshoes in Yellowstone on a zero-degree February day. After an exciting day experiencing the uncrowded backcountry covered in a deep blanket of snow, we were hooked. The scenery was breathtaking, and we had several wildlife encounters that would not have been possible in warmer months. Now, we make a point to snowshoe at least a few times each winter in our incredible public lands. In today’s episode, we talk about some of the basics of ..read more
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#145 Unique Experiences in the National Parks
Dear Bob and Sue | A National Parks Podcast
by Matt and Karen Smith
7M ago
For many visitors, hiking is their go-to activity in the national parks; it is for us. But there are so many other activities the parks have to offer. In this episode, we talk about a dozen or more things you can do in the parks that are unique and amazing. From dogsledding to synchronized firefly tours, the parks offer activities that will thrill the entire family. Here are a few of the ones we discuss: Walk on the catwalk underneath the New River Gorge Bridge, Horseback ride, Attend the bat flight program in Carlsbad Caverns NP, Raft down a wild river, Hike to and spend the night in a backc ..read more
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