- By John
- On Sep 28, 2018
- North America
- Travel Tips
When planning a trip to a sprawling national park, especially one as vast as Yellowstone or Arches National Park, it can be overwhelming deciding where to start. To making the most of a national park trip by our tips by drive or take the Arches National Park tours on the site. Instead of fretting over how many historic landmarks you need to fit into your trip itinerary or driving yourself crazy with time allotments and schedules, pick one thing you want to accomplish on your trip.
Know when to go
National Geographic adventurer, photographer, and filmmaker Jimmy Chin has been exploring and photographing national parks for years. Solitude is something he values, especially when trying to get away from the human hustle of the city streets to enjoy nature.
“Go in the shoulder seasons right when kids go back to school or right before they get out,” he says. “When you go right off the main season it tends to be quieter, but still beautiful. September is one of the best months to plan a visit.”
For those with families, such as Ford Cochran, director of programming for National Geographic Expeditions, which includes family trips to the American West, planning a trip for early spring and fall can be challenging.
“If you are a parent like me with kids in grade school you need to plan your trips around when they are free, which will be in the summer during peak tourist season,” he says. “There are crowds at popular spots, but you can go at unusual times. Go early in the morning or late at night with a full moon. Everything is quieter and you can feel almost as if you are alone.”