8 Parks To Get the Big National Park Experience Without the Crowds

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Looking to explore a National Park Service site this year, but want to try and avoid the crowds? We’ve got eight suggestions that will give you that big National Park feel without the BIG National Park crowds. What would you add to the list?

Parks covered:
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Dinosaur National Monument
Wind Cave National Park
Voyageurs National Park
Mesa Verde National Park
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
Guadalupe National Park
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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8 Parks To Get the Big National Park Experience Without the Crowds
8 Parks To Get the Big National Park Experience Without the Crowds
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  1. Welcome to a new RV Miles video all about visiting NPS sites while avoiding crowds. Join us for the live chat, or drop a comment after the video!

  2. Great video! We have been to many of the places you mentioned and those were some of our favorite National Parks. Thanks for giving some more ideas of others to visit. Chris and Barbara

  3. A heads up, you recently talked about a grill by Outback Grills, I actually bought one and they advertise one thing and send another. Shipping is outrageous too. Thought it might be worth it till it doesn’t include what they show. Still working on a resolution, but be careful. Glad you didn’t pay for it.

  4. Cool! Only thing is that everyone is going to flock there! LOL!! Aloha!

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    Hillbillyjeeper WV May 18, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    Thank you for this. I enjoy visiting places with the fewest amount of humans as possible. One quick question, #6 & #7 both said 178th visited NP. Was it a tie?

  6. I have been to most of these places, too. You're right! Of course, I also visited Acadia National Park in autumn. The best fall colors and ocean scenery I have seen. I wrote a song about Acadia "The Land of The First Sunrise"

  7. I loved Theodore Roosevelt National Park mostly for its wildlife. Medora had great places to eat meals and ice cream products

  8. Thanks for both the information and great videos.

  9. Isle Royale National Park is a beautiful park for hikers. Accessible from Michigan's Upper Peninsula towns of Houghton or Copper Harbor, by boat, the park is a great place to see moose and an occasional wolf, as both populations inhabit the island. To see most of the island requires a hike in it's rocky trails or a canoe. There is a lodge at Rock Harbor but other areas require tent camping at remote sites accessible only by hiking. It is one of the most beautiful parks I have ever visited.

  10. I wish I had known about the "best for last" program in North Dakota a few years ago. It was my 49th state! Missouri ended up being my 50th state.

  11. I'll be adding these places to my list.

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    Glenn Bishop-Smith June 7, 2021 at 4:01 am

    Great Basin National Park! I love that place.

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    The Homestead Librarian June 10, 2021 at 5:04 pm

    I know this is an older video, but I was on a road trip myself when it aired. I really was impressed by Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site and Homestead National Monument on my trip.

  14. Thank you for the inspiration! We have 10 days at a time for a vacation in our motorhome and I'd love to go to all of those! But it takes 2 days from Ohio to get out West, so maybe MN this year!! All 8 parks look great! I like your videos – just found today!! 😊

  15. Hey kids, very nice video brings back so many memories of Carl's bad caverns when I was a kid your oldest sons age my family made it there to the caverns was awesome to see, never forget those huge stalagmites as we walk down the trail in there, God Bless you kids. Thanks, Gary

  16. Great suggestions. Thanks!

  17. Great story about the 800 year old corncob. Good reminder that even organic material may not readily decompose. Pack it in, pack it out.

  18. Hit Carlsbad and Guadalupe Nat. parks last fall and loved them both. Hope to do Masa Verde and Gila this year

  19. Great Basin National Park and Scottsbluff National Monument are both really nice and not crowded. Both are a little off the beaten path but worth the extra effort.

  20. North Dakota is the best of the last! Theodore Roosevelt Park is a hidden gem gods creation and beauty

  21. Lava bed national monument is one I've visited several times. Located in Northern California next to Oregon. It has lots of lava tube caves including an ice cave it's also the site of the Modoc war with a trail through the site of the stand off. Just outside of the monument is Tule lake national wildlife refuse. Around the headquarters is large group of lava tubes with a ring road and parking at each cave. They do have camping and day use areas. It's a great place for the whole family.

  22. Colorado National Monument!

  23. Death valley national park the biggest national park in Lower 48 to get a big national park experience without the crowd. (Summer visit)

  24. You couple are wonderful just subbed

  25. Just came back from Lassen Volcanic National Park – a gem, I'd add it to the list of Big NP Experience w/o crowds.

  26. Thank you guys! Very informative

  27. Thanks! This was very helpful.

  28. New subscriber after viewing your very informative video on Full Time Freedom Week – was wondering if you could shed some light on the Congaree National Park in SC? Have you visited this park? If yes, do you recommend doing so and what other sights did you take in while in this area? Your additional insight is deeply appreciated & thanks in advance!

  29. I absolutely loved visiting Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve in Idaho. Why it’s not a national park, I don’t know. The land is from ancient volcanoes and it is so worth the drive.

  30. Great recommendations!!!

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    Turnbull’s Travels October 31, 2021 at 3:25 am

    Love this! We have been to all of these except Voyagers…now that is going on next year’s plan! 👍

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