I don't have a single reservation at a national park.
Where can I still go?
STRATEGY WHERE TO GO WHAT TO EXPECT INFO
Think urban. There Rocky Mountain Trail Ridge Road $2o/vehicle
are lots of great National Park, is the highest entrance fee;
parks near cities an hour from paved highway in nps.gov/romo
(i.e., avail able Boulder, CO the U.S. and
hotel rooms) spans the.
Divide: In 48
views to boot
Find a smart Kings Canyon Towering granite $2o/vehicle
alternative to the National Park Sierra Nevada entrance fee;
big guns (aka Not peaks, alpine nps.gov/seki
Yosemite), two meadows, a
hours east of dramatic canyon,
Fresno, CA and--wait for
many visitors as
Pick a park with Olympic National Look at the $15/vehicle
oodles of lodging Park, west of photo! Rain entrance fee,
Seattle forests, nps.gov/oly
stacks, and 4
that often can
be booked a few
Is it true you can't visit Alaska in summer unless you plan a year in advance?
Not true. The average booking window for a trip to Alaska is five months, according to the Alaska Travel Industry Association, but you can often snag a cruise cabin weeks before the departure date. If you want to stay in Denali National Park, with its limited lodging options, it's probably best to book for 2011 now, but for this summer, think about Denali State Park, which has camping in the park and nearby lodges like Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge. Even the most planning-averse travelers should be able to find a hotel room in Anchorage, Juneau, or Fairbanks and take day trips: You can visit the Mendenhall Glacier from Juneau, float the Placer River from Anchorage, or explore Chena Hot Springs from Fair banks. travelalaska.com
What summer events should I book now, before it's too late? …