Regardless of the time of year, you’ll always have fun making a trip to one of the many national parks around the United States.
With such diverse scenery and environments, it can be hard to know how your travel plans should change based on which part you’re visiting. But luckily, there are plenty of tips and tricks that work for any national park you plan to visit.
So to help you in planning your trip to your next national park and ensure that you have a great time there, here are three tips for visiting U.S. national parks.
Pick The Right Transportation To Get There
Because most national parks are deep in nature, you won’t find them next big cities that are easy to get to. This usually means that you’ll have to drive quite a bit into the wilderness before you reach the national park. Because of this, it’s crucial that you pick the right form of transportation to get you to the parks.
If you plan to camp in the national parks, David Oliver, a contributor to USA Today, recommends that you drive something like a van so that you can pack everything you’ll need and maybe even sleep in your vehicles. For those national parks that have windy or treacherous roads leading to them, you’ll also want to be careful driving something like an RV or a motorcycle, as you could be at greater risk for getting in an accident on a motorcycle or with an RV.
Keep Your Schedule Flexible
Since all national parks have their biggest tourist attractions in the outdoors, it can be helpful to keep your schedule flexible in the event that the weather doesn’t cooperate.
To guard against this, the National Park Service recommends that you have a “Plan B” for all of the activities you want to take part in while at a national park. While you might be able to get away with just switching up days when you’ll be able to see certain sites or take particular hikes, it’s good to be aware that you might not be able to do exactly what you want to do if the weather gets bad.
Take Posted Warnings Seriously
With so much wildlife and other hazards at national parks, it’s important that you keep yourself and others safe by taking all posted signs and warnings seriously.
According to Shoshi Parks, a contributor to Fodors.com, this includes staying on marked trails so you don’t slip and fall, steering clear of wild animals, and not going on trails that are closed due to weather or other environmental issues.
If you’re wanting to visit some of the U.S. national parks in the future, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you do so safely.