Tourism Ireland

Tips for Visiting National Parks for Beginners

by Angelique Platas

Jan 15, 2019

Zion National Park, Utah © Yun Gao | Dreamstime
After Yellowstone was designated the first national park in the United States in 1872, the National Parks System was created in 1916 to protect the country’s most beautiful spaces. In celebration of National Parks & Recreation Month, here’s a list of the some of the most magnificent parks in the country.

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Visiting some National Parks in the New Year? Here’s how to get started.


Pick Your Park
There are so many parks to choose from, but, as a novice explorer, stick to the most popular locales for your first trip. Some of the most visited parks, including Glacier National Park in Montana; Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming; Yosemite National Park in California; or the Grand Canyon in Arizona are a great way to begin. They have all the incredible beauty and trails you’re looking for, but with the added security that so many travelers have been there, done that.


When to Visit

Depending on the weather and region you’re visiting, you can narrow down the time of your visit. You want to stay safe and avoid dangerous weather seasons, which means you may end up in the high-tourist season. Spring and summer may be the easiest, go-to time of year, especially for new National Park visitors.


Where to Stay

While an Airbnb may be a fun way to enjoy the park, a chain hotel or comfortable inn may be the way to go. You’ll have all the essentials you need with the added comfort of lodging staff to help with any tips and suggestions for the park.




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