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10 Ways to Avoid the Crowds at the National Parks this Summer

In July 2017, more than 835,000 people visited the Grand Canyon National Park while more than 416,000 people visited Bryce Canyon National Park during that same time period. Nearly every other national park across the country experiences record-breaking crowds during the peak summer months, and the popularity of these destinations continues to rise every year. 

While it's inevitable that you will encounter at least a few other tourists on your next national park vacation, here's a few tips that will help you avoid the masses.

10 Ways to Avoid the Crowds at the National Parks this Summer

  1. Stay on location when you can, so that you can explore the park in the early morning and late evening hours. For example, The Lodge at Bryce Canyon is the only hotel located within the park's boundaries.

  2. Avoid booking your trip during peak weeks. The Fourth of July holiday is particularly popular.

  3. Start your day as early as possible. 

  4. Visit the tourist hot spots on a weekday, rather than on a Saturday or Sunday.

  5. Avoid the tourist hot spots all together, and explore the lesser-known corners of the national parks.

  6. Choose a national park that is not as popular. For instance, the Rock Harbor Lodge is located within the Isle Royale National Park in Michigan. This quiet and peaceful park is often passed over for more well-known parks.

  7. Do a nighttime tour instead of a daytime tour. Work with a guide to find spots to go stargazing, when most other tourists have left the area for the day.

  8. Skip the restaurants and souvenir shops. There aren't very many on-site, so they are nearly always crowded.

  9. Get out of your car instead of sitting in traffic with the rest of the windshield sightseers. 

  10. Talk to the rangers about the hidden treasures located within the park you are visiting. They can offer insight that no one else can.

To make the most out of your next national park vacation, be sure to stay at one of the fabulous Forever Resorts. Resorts such as Parry Lodge and the Grand Canyon Lodge at the North Rim provide you with premier access to some of the best national parks in the country.


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