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National Parks Special
2007
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Discover the most mind-bending natural phenomena, plentiful wildlife, and sybaritic pleasures in the national parks.
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The Best of the National Parks
For our annual parks issue, we polled rangers, guides, and outfitters to find fifty easy-to-execute plans that put you in the wild heart of America's national parks, whether you love hiking, paddling, climbing, wildlife viewing, or sublime lodges.   By Robert Earle Howells   Photograph by Corey Rich / Aurora Photos

Photo: Rafting the Grand Canyon


BIG CANYON, TINY BOAT: A group takes in the splendor of rafting the Grand Canyon portion of the Colorado River.

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Hike to lava, paddle with icebergs, look a grizzly in the eye—the national parks are a breeding ground for extraordinary adventures. For our annual parks issue, we polled rangers, guides, outfitters, and Contributing Editors (heck, even the Secretary of the Interior chimed in) to find out their most cherished activities.

The result? Fifty easy-to-execute plans that put you in the wild heart of America's national parks.

National Parks 2007:

Best Hikes  Best Paddling  |  Best Wildlife  |  Best Treks 

Best Drives  |  Best Climbs  |  Best Lodges

Best Trip: Rafting the Grand Canyon

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The Best Hiking >>
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee and North Carolina
Haleakala National Park, Hawaii
Point Reyes National Eashore, California
Wind cave National Park, South Dakota
Yosemite National Park, California


The Best Paddling >>
Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska
Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Missouri
Congaree National Park, South Carolina
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan
Channel Islands National Park, California



The Best Wildlife Viewing >>
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho
Everglades National Park, Florida
Katmai National Park, Alaska
Isle Royale National Park, Michigan
Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota



The Best Trekking >>
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming 
Big Bend National Park, Texas
North Cascades National Park, Washington
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan
Denali National Park, Alaska


The Best Driving >>
Acadia National Park, Maine
Colorado National Monument, Colorado
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Badlands National Park, South Dakota
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii



The Best Climbing >>
Olympic National Park, Washington
New River Gorge National River, West Virginia
Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Sequoia National Park California



The Best Lodges >>
Yosemite National Park, California
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Wrangell–St. Elias National Park, Alaska
Glacier National Park, Montana

National Parks 2007:

Best Hikes  Best Paddling  |  Best Wildlife  |  Best Treks 

Best Drives  |  Best Climbs  |  Best Lodges

Best Trip: Rafting the Grand Canyon

Weird and Wild in the Parks quiz map >>

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