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Old 07-27-2012, 08:55 AM   #1
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National Parks Annual Pass: Worth it for a month?

Taking a 1 month road trip, and plan on hitting up yellowstone, tetons, yosimite, grand canyon, redwood, and perhaps a few others.

I was wondering if anyone uses "The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass" which is $80 for a year, but doesn't seem to get any discounts for hookup sites. The link is:

America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass
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Old 07-27-2012, 09:39 AM   #2
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Personally, I think it's well worth it!



But I am gonna question your itinerary, Are your plans to enjoy yourself or have a marathon of National Parks in your photo album?

Just a suggestion, slow down, visit just a few of them and the surrounding areas. Rather than racking up road miles trying to drive through as many National Parks as you can in a Month.


Basically every place you mentioned has so much to see and do in the surrounding area. As well as the parks are worth a few days stay.

Enjoy!
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I'm with Robin on this. Each of these parks has so much. When ever I visit one I'm always thrilled by the visit but also feel I needed a lot more time. This also applies to places that are on no one's list.

You'll understand when you visit a place like Yellowstone. There's months worth of depth there. A quick tour will leave you wanting and often generate a return agenda which is also OK.

Our initial travel plans originally were for 3 years to see it all. After 11 years we now know we'll never see it all.... and that's good as well.
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Personally, I think it's well worth it!



But I am gonna question your itinerary, Are your plans to enjoy yourself or have a marathon of National Parks in your photo album?

Just a suggestion, slow down, visit just a few of them and the surrounding areas. Rather than racking up road miles trying to drive through as many National Parks as you can in a Month.


Basically every place you mentioned has so much to see and do in the surrounding area. As well as the parks are worth a few days stay.

Enjoy!
Well were doing a loop around the US in one month, and hitting up some NPs along the way. I couldn't take any longer off work so we're making do with what we can. I am sure I will revisit them one day!
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BTW, how old are you? If you are 62 and older you can get a lifetime pass for $10. See: U.S. National Park ServiceAmerica the Beautiful
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BTW, how old are you? If you are 62 and older you can get a lifetime pass for $10. See: U.S. National Park ServiceAmerica the Beautiful

I am 26!
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I am 26!
Heh... a few years to catch up to me then.
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BTW, how old are you? If you are 62 and older you can get a lifetime pass for $10. See: U.S. National Park ServiceAmerica the Beautiful
This past April my wife and I drove to the closest national park to us (50 miles) There was only one ranger for the whole park (Budget cut) and she informed us that our Congress was looking at eliminating the Senior pass as a budget cutting measure. She said that anyone who has the pass will be able to retain it but no new passes would be issued if the changes as proposed were passed into law . It might be smart if you are old enough to get the Seniors pass to obtain it now , $10.00 is cheap insurance!
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Wonder if you can get duplicate passes? or apply several times? The older I get the harder it is to find things....I need one for the billfold, the purse, the safety deposit box, inside the egg, inside the TV. Glad I've got one....
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It's worth it. When your vacation is over you can use it on fall weekends to visit Shenanodah NP to checkout the leaves and other Park Service locations in the D.C. area during the year.
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Well were doing a loop around the US in one month, and hitting up some NPs along the way. I couldn't take any longer off work so we're making do with what we can. I am sure I will revisit them one day!


I understand, time off issue! Been there done that. And your young enough to take a marathon National Park tour , but what I am trying to suggest is (from someone who's been there done that) step back, take in the beauty and not make your vacation crazy!
Everyone of the Parks you mentioned are well worth the time spent there. And that doesn't even begin to explain the things you missed along the marathon vacation. There is so much to see and do along the way, take the time to enjoy it!


I understand the thinking that your traveling so far, see as much as you can, but I still think your burning pavement and not enjoying life! Just my thoughts......................


Certainly can't make your vacation plans for you, only suggesting that you perhaps only try to hit some of them and enjoy your self along the way!
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I bought an annual pass the past two years in a row. In 2010 I visited 5 national parks, in 2011 I made it to 4. Each park has their own entrance fee, but the annual pass covers all of them. If one were planning to go to 4 or 5 in a year and pay each fee separately, one would spend about as much as an annual pass. So why not just get the pass, I figure. The annual is good for a calendar year.... actually 13 months is possible if you buy it early in the month.
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I think you should buy the pass and make a run at your plan and enjoy! At your age(s) you should have plenty of stamina for it. Take lots of pictures drive safe and have a ball.
When she got out of the navy in Maine my daughter and I drove to California with her cat. It took just over a week and we hit Cheers in Boston, Niagara Falls, Wall Drug, Badlands, Mt Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Yellowstone, Great Salt Lake, and Reno plus lots of places we we spent a couple days in Yellowstone and one exploring the Falls.
Overall it was the best road trip I've ever been on.
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Definitely get the pass. I live 20 minutes from Zion np, and go there hiking 3 to4 times a year. Also, to Bryce and Death Valley at least 1x a year. At $25 entrance fee per car, it is well worth the $80.
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I got the pass last year for an Arizona, Utah, Colorado trip and definitely saved money with it. If you go to the nps.gov website you can check the entrance fee for each park you plan to visit, then add it up.
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Do not forget the National Parks located closer to you, in Maine, Virginia, Kentucky, Florida, Tennessee. These can be seen via a 3 day weekend.
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I don't think you should get the pass. I think when you actually get to say Yellowstone/Teton you are going to want to stay much longer than you think. Even if that one doesn't slow you down, the next one will. There is just so much to take in. If you don't have the pass and do everything you hope, the NPS makes a few bucks more. They can use the money. Having the pass might make you hurry when it's better to linger and fully appreciate where you are. In any event have a safe trip. Oh, and in exchange for our advice we expect you to post a few pictures of your journey. Take care, Raz
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I agree with the less is more crowd. Having extensively traveled to our national parks, I'm amazed at how many people skid in, hop out and take a few photos and tear off again. Even in a very crowded park, you can walk 100 yards from the parking lot and see almost no one.

I'd advocate for spending quality time at a few parks and saving the rest for another time. It's all about the journey not the destination(s).
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If you are 62 you can purchase a lifetime pass to all National Parks for just $10.00. You cannot purchase online, you need to purchase at a National Park. What a deal!
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Don't let them talk you out of your dream but definitely get the pass. We recently returned from a western states loop (see blog) and now have an even longer list of places to go back and spend more time.
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